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EcoZen

Touch the Soil News #938 (Feature photo – Solar Water Pumping – courtesy of EcoZen) There are many new companies out there that are trying to re-invent agriculture. And, there at millions of dollars of venture capital ready to assist. Interestingly, many of these innovations are taking place in third-world countries. It is not surprising that some of the inventions are intended to help people of modest means. EcoZen is a company from India that has developed solar-powered refrigeration systems for small farmers operating in electricity-insecure regions. In addition, EcoZen has developed solar powering of small irrigation systems. It is interesting to note that by leapfrogging over coal and nuclear…

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Is Tesla Re-inventing the Future of Power in 2018?

Positive Future #68 (Feature photo – Solar Rooftop – photo CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Over the past few months, the Tesla Company has been in talks with the government of South Australia. South Australia is a state of Australia along the Southern coast of the continent. With some 1.7 million people, South Australia has teamed up with Tesla to do what even a year ago would have been considered utterly outlandish. The plan calls for the installation of solar panels and Tesla power walls to store that energy on 50,000 homes – at no cost to the homeowners. The solar rooftops and the Tesla power walls will be connected via…

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Is a Solar Power Revolution Underway?

Positive Future #51 (Feature photo – The Westmill Solar Co operative in England is the largest community-owned solar farm in the world – CCA SA 3.0 Unported – Ben Cavanna) Making the news early this year is a BNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance) report. Investment in clean energy in 2017 was $333.5 billion – of that amount, solar was $160.8 billion. China invested $132.6 billion in clean energies, while the U.S. came in second at $56.9 billion. Globally, Investment in clean energy since 2010 is $2.5 trillion. You can read the full report at the following link: https://about.bnef.com/blog/runaway-53gw-solar-boom-in-china-pushed-global-clean-energy-investment-ahead-in-2017/ The big news is that early estimates project new solar capacity in…

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