From Cleantechnica: Ube Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Support Smart Dimmer


This is really neat. Please note, that Ube had just switched their crowdfunding campaign to Kickstarter.

Ube Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Support Smart Dimmer (via Clean Technica)

Disruptive technologies and the emerging crowdfunding platform are becoming more commonplace as not only a marketing and finance tool, but also changing the dynamics of how energy is distributed. Enter Austin, Texas-based company Ube, who launched their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for their award…

From CleanTechnica: China Reaches 50 GW Of Connected Grid Wind Capacity; Expected To Top 140 GW By 2015


China is serious about cleaning up their air and rapidly moving towards a sustainable economy. This is what the power of globalization looks like.

China Reaches 50GW Of Connected Grid Wind Capacity; Expected To Top 140GW 2015 (via Clean Technica)

China advanced past 50 gigawatts (GW) of on-grid connected wind capacity in 2012, and is expected to grow a further 40% by the end of 2013. GTM Media Research and Azure International in their China Wind Market Quarterly for the fourth quarter of 2012 said the emerging market country is on target this…

From CleanTechnica: Tesla Motors Expects Small Profit In Q1 Of 2013; Reports $306 Million Revenue In Q4 Of 2012


Is Tesla starting to to hit the road in profitability?

Tesla Motors Expects Small Profit In Q1 Of 2013; Reports $306 Million Revenue In Q4 Of 2012 (via Clean Technica)

Tesla Motors expects to make a small profit in the first quarter of 2013, with the critically acclaimed Model S especially helping to move EV company slowly into profitable territory. Green Car Congress notes that Tesla’s 2012 fourth quarter revenues were $306 million, a whopping 500% increase from…

From Cleantechnica: US Solar Residential Financing Expected To Top $5.7 Billion By 2016


Here is an interesting story for all of those interested in finance and renewable energy that I just wrote today for Cleantechnica. The question is why is Canada’s residential solar financing so pathetic compared to the US? Better programs are needed, especially here in Manitoba.


US Solar Residential Financing Expected To Top $5.7 Billion By 2016 (via Clean Technica)

US solar residential financing is expected to reach $5.7 billion according to GreenTech Media Research. The new report suggests solar financing for residential homes will grow from $1.3 billion in 2012, to $5.7 billion in 2016, more than four times the current rate. Much of the strength anticipated…

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Time To Go Big Or Go Home on Renewable Energy (Infographic)


Often, I go through my Twitter feed trying to find good information relating to what is impacting the 21st century. This time, I found an infograph (see below) that the Pew Charitable Trusts released today relating to United States clean energy policy. Here is some interesting numbers:

- Between 2012-2018 could see global revenue for clean energy reach U.S.$1.9 Trillion, which is quite an astonishing number given the rapid rise globally of renewable energy within recent years.

- 118 nations (sorry, Canada and U.S.) have some sort of national renewable energy goals. Heck, even China, and India, two of the world’s top emerging markets have some sort of national targets.

- What is even more interesting is China currently has 30.1% of the global solar photovoltaic manufacturers in their own country, and 26.7% of companies producing wind turbines. Just showing how emerging markets are embracing clean energy.

So, isn’t it time for countries like Canada and the U.S. to go big or go home? We know likely Barack Obama mentioned in his inauguration address in January his commitment to battling climate change and boosting renewable energy targets. I wonder if Stephen Harper will too face up to that challenge. In Manitoba, will the spirit of entrepreneurism and activism finally rise up to create new and exciting businesses? Or will the lack of entrepreneurial spirit seal this provinces fate as a renewable energy leader.

So what do you think? Do you think that It’s time to go big or go home with clean technology?  Email me at adamjwpg@mymts.net, or contact me on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, or Google+.

Image Credit: The Future of U.S. Clean Energy via Pew Environment

Image Credit: The Future of U.S. Clean Energy via Pew Environment

From Cleantechnica: French Solar Power Generation Advances By 67% In 2012


My most recent post at Cleantechnica. This post was actually featured in the February 11, 2013 top news stories on Climate Progress.org.


French Solar Power Generation Advances By 67% In 2012 (via Clean Technica)

French solar energy generation in 2012 saw some big gains.  According to the 2012 French Electricity Report, 4 terrawatt hours (Twh) of solar energy came from photovoltaic systems, making up for 0.79% of France’s energy demand last year. Meanwhile 1.022 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy was installed…

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Generation Y and Technology (Infographic)


It’s quite clear that Generation Y is the most comfortable with technology, compared to previous generations. More proof is in the pudding, when Cisco released their Cisco Connected World Technology Report, late in 2012. (infograph below).

Image Credit: Generation Y and Technology via Cisco

Image Credit: Generation Y and Technology via Cisco

Some of the more interesting findings relating to the report include:

-Nine out of ten between 18 and 30 check their smart phone as part of their early morning routine.

- 60% of respondents said they are consistently checking their mobile device/smart phone for updates, text messages and emails.

- Nearly half of those who answered the survey check their smart phones at the dinner table.

These numbers within my own generation do not surprise me. However, for the Baby Boomer set, they might be disappointed to see GenYers checking their Facebook statuses while eating mom’s chicken and mashed potatoes at the dinner table when the evening CBC news is blurring in the background.

What do you think? Drop me a line and let me know what you think. Email me at adamjwpg@mymts.net, or contact me on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, or Google+.