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Crowdfunding Renewable Energy November Update: Solar and Wind Powered Campsites & Building Green Energy Agriculture in Africa
As the Internet serves to democratize the world and enable strangers to share everything from their spare bedrooms to their personal cars through apps and websites, the trend has made its way to renewable energy startups. Specifically, crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow innovators to break outside of the traditional model of seeking out venture capital or applying for government grants. Instead, these ambitious renewable energy projects are increasingly gathering needed startup capital by splitting the risk up among many backers willing to offer up bite-sized chunks of funding.
With a grant to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund supported the installation of 200 kW of solar PV in the Minneapolis parks system to model the seamless incorporation of renewable energy into public amenities. The PV installations demonstrate a wide variety of solar designs and are featured in high-traffic public areas, with the potential to reach the parks’ 23 million visitors per year. The project includes education and interpretive components, while demonstrating an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution for public works or park projects to mitigate energy costs, reduce carbon emissions, and promote local solar businesses.
Just how serious are the consequences of the world not pushing towards lowered emissions and increased deployment of renewable energy? Pretty dire if you're a sucker for the suspended disbelief necessary to watch Hollywood Blockbusters. While the ice-age disaster scenario depicted in the forthcoming film "The Day After Tomorrow" is fictional and quite exaggerated, human-caused changes in climate, including possible abrupt climate change, will have serious consequences for humanity, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
Marketing is an essential ingredient for the success of energy efficiency finance. But too often, finance and efficiency experts focus on technical and financial issues and underestimate the importance of marketing. Using best practices in marketing is necessary to drive demand to the high levels state goals require.
With renewable energy technologies maturing, surely the era of 'demonstration projects' has passed? Not if the hearts and minds of the general public are still to be won - Edward Milford looks at some examples in Ohio.
Brazil is to host the World Cup in June and July 2014, when the most successful international soccer team in history will attempt to win the competition for a record sixth time — and for the first time on home soil. The tournament will also present Brazil with a huge opportunity to show the world it is finally ready to achieve its goals in a host of other important areas and leave behind its long-term status as the sleeping giant of the Americas.