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Energy – Will Third World Nations Leap Frog over First World Nations?

Positive Future #338 (Feature photo – Countryside in Kenya – By Masai29 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9464969) At first blush, wealthy first-world nations have such a tremendous head start in the fields of energy. However, first-world nations have a problem. They are over-consumed with making money regardless of the technology. Thousands of miles of power lines and polluting technologies fail at the first winds of a hurricane or other weather event. Very poor African nations where half the people have no electricity, are starting to discover mini-solar systems. While they are a far cry from modern electrically outfitted homes, they are off the grid. Being off the grid is…

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Babcock Ranch – City of the Future & Changing the World?

Positive Future #219 (Feature photo – The Sun, Our Future Source of Energy– CCA SA 4.0 International) The cost of solar continues to go down, but many situations call for having some form of storage (such as battery) to store energy for night time use or when sunshine is weak. Batteries have been expensive. However, the combination of solar plus storage is gaining traction. According to GTM Research, projections over the next five years call for an almost 10 fold increase in the deployment of solar plus storage. Broader use of the technology suggests that storage prices may come done. Enter Babcock Ranch – America’s first solar-powered town. Babcock Ranch…

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Micro Solar Plus Storage Edging Into Puerto Rico

  Positive Future #214 (Feature photo – Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico – CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain)) The significant failure of large utilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has started a small but steady exploration of micro grids. Sonnen, Inc., headquartered in the USA, just announced it has installed its 11th small solar plus battery storage set-up in Puerto Rico, according to a recent Clean Technica story. While it is far from solving the larger power issues of Puerto Rico, the installations are demonstrating to the world that smaller – decentralized – power grids hold hope for a world seeking greater resiliency. You can read the full story…

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