Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today (6/16/11)

Here are five recommended reads for today (6/16/11).

  1. Wired Science writes, “News that solar activity might fizzle for a few decades has prompted talk of a new “Little Ice Age,” even a quick fix for global warming. But that’s just not going to happen.” In fact, “The cooling impact of the last prolonged solar lull ‘was probably only a couple tenths of a degree Celsius.’”
  2. The Sacramento Bee reports that the U.S. solar energy industry is continuing its record-setting growth in 2011.  According to the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, “Cumulative grid-connected solar electric installations [in the first quarter of 2011] exceeded 2.85 gigawatts (GW), enough to power nearly 600,000 homes.”
  3. According to the New York Times Green blog, “two-thirds of the city’s one million or so buildings are suitable for solar panel installations. That means an estimated 615.4 million square feet in usable roof area is capable of producing half of the city’s power needs at peak periods in the summer.”
  4. CleanTechies lists the top ten U.S. retail chains with cleantech initiatives.  The list includes Whole Foods, Walmart, Safeway, Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, Walgreens, Costco, CVS Caremark, and the Army Air Force Exchange.
  5. Reuters reports, “A halving of a global nuclear power expansion after Japan’s Fukushima disaster would increase global growth in carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent through 2035, the IEA said on Wednesday.”