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ANNUAL SOLAR CAR CHALLENGE BEGINS FOUR-DAY RACE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY


The annual Solar Car Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway is underway with a record number of teams participating.

This year 36 teams are competing in the four-day competition at TMS, which makes the event the largest Solar Car Challenge in the Western Hemisphere.

http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/news/news-releases/posts/2017/july/annual-solar-car-challenge-begins-four-day-race-at-texas-motor-speedway/

World’s cutest solar farm in China is shaped like a panda


Who says solar panel installations can’t be adorable? The Panda Power Plant in Datong, China is shaped like the country’s treasured animal – and the first phase offers 50 megawatts (MW) of clean energy. Panda Green Energy installed the array under an agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to advocate for renewable energy. The first phase of the giant panda solar station was just connected to the grid.
https://inhabitat.com/worlds-cutest-solar-farm-in-china-is-shaped-like-a-panda/

Japan’s Renewable-Energy Revolution


Japan’s approach to stewardship of its land and water resources is distinct from that of the U.S. As an island nation with a millennia-long history, the concepts of reuse, repurposing and multiple use are intrinsic to Japanese culture. In 2011, the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster caused Japan to reassess its dependence on nuclear power as a primary source of electricity generation. Building renewable-energy capacity, predominantly in the form of photovoltaic projects, is one answer in the nation’s quest for alternatives.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2017-07-13/japan-s-renewable-energy-revolution?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it


On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power.

Well, actually better than free. California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren’t using to avoid overloading its own power lines.
http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-fi-electricity-solar/

Will Tesla’s Tiles Finally Give Solar Shingles Their Day in the Sun?

Tesla’s glass solar tiles look and act like ordinary shingles. These slate solar shingles will be available in 2018. Credit: Tesla

Elon Musk has built a formidable personal brand on futuristic visions of driverless cars and space travel. But the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Tesla CEO could soon make a very real impact in a much-nearer future—and much closer to home—simply by helping U.S. homeowners harness the power of sunlight. This summer Tesla aims to begin installing solar cell roof tiles that look and act like ordinary shingles.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/will-tesla-rsquo-s-tiles-finally-give-solar-shingles-their-day-in-the-sun/?WT.mc_id=SA_TW_ENGYSUS_NEWS&sf80460587=1

Launching Today: “Atlas Of Utopias” – real-world examples by Transnational Institute

Worldwide, mayors are increasingly a progressive and fearless voice advancing bold agendas on climate change, welcoming refugees and trialling new forms of democratic participation. …

Can a group of cities really offer any fundamental solutions to a crisis created by the immense power of corporate capital?

To try and answer this question, the Transnational Institute in 2017 launched Transformative Cities, asking communities to share their stories of radical transformation, in particular in the areas of water, energy and housing. With hundreds of examples, these are now arrayed in an ‘Atlas of Utopias‘. http://transformativecities.org/atlas-of-utopias/

The Atlas of Utopias is a global gallery of inspiring community-led transformation in water, energy and housing. It features 32 communities from 19 countries working on radical solutions to our world’s systemic economic, social and ecological crises. http://transformativecities.org/atlas-of-utopias/

TNI also asks you to VOTE for your favorite of many examples, for an award to be announced June 06! More to come.

(Courtesy Peer 2 Peer Foundation, Transnational Institute (TNI). Thanks to TNI for header, post images.)