The Earth’s Fire in Iceland

no coal fireWe came into Iceland yesterday morning and I saw this poster at the airport.  I thought it was great.  Today, after visiting Þingvellir National Park, we were driving back and came across this geothermal power station.  It’s nestled just below and off to the right from where I took this picture of the biggest lake in Iceland, Lake Þingvallavatn. Continue reading

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The Sun Shines on Germany

I wrote in April about Germany’s ambitious goal of deriving 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2050.  It seems to me that they’re going to get there a lot sooner than 2050.

Solar electricity world record: Germany cranks half its power with PV was the headline recently from SmartPlanet.  Germany hit a breathtaking 22.15 gigawatts of PV output on May 25th.  There are several astonishing things about that, one of which is that the US may get to 3 GW of installed capacity this year, a drop in the bucket compared to Germany’s herculean output. Continue reading

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