5 GreenTech Stories You Should Be Reading: April 12, 2012

The emergence of clean technology like solar power and electric vehicles in the future, and as responses to rising fuel costs, the pros and cons of solar, and more: it’s what’s on the tip of everyone else’s tongue. Check out what all the talk is about.

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1. “Campaign Energy Debate Missing the Biggest Opportunity” – Huffington Post – As electricity prices continue to climb, it seems that locally owned solar, according to this article, will become the next big thing in power, especially in cities like New York, where rooftops offer prime real estate for solar panels. But the U.S. government still has some work to do if they’re going to jump on the solar bandwagon, including providing incentives and a cohesive plan of action.

2. “Electric-Drive Vehicle Demand Recharged by Gas Prices” – Bloomberg – As gas prices continue to rise, it seems that electric vehicles—plug-ins and hybrids included—might see a major surge in popularity, especially if you ask Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. But others are less optimistic, and are weighing the options between gas-power, electric and hybrid vehicles as the cars of tomorrow.

3. “Smart Meter Opt-Out: Noise Versus Reality” – Green Tech Media – Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) recently announced that customers would be able to opt out of having smart meters installed in their homes. About 15,100 people, or 0.3 percent of customers, have decided to keep their old meters, even at an extra cost, and the reasons some are against the advent of smart meters is shown to be entangled in politics.

4. “Should Corporations Deploy Solar Portfolio-wide?” – Renewable Energy World – After the North American energy manager for Ikea and the president of SoCore Energy looked into facilitating large-scale solar projects across their respective portfolios, as opposed to singular projects at singular locations, some controversy over doing so arose. Here, the pros and cons of undertaking such a large solar project are examined.

5. “Solar Photovoltaics: Pros and Cons” – TriplePundit – A comprehensive list of the good and the not-so-good sides of solar power and photovoltaics, from the materials to construct panels to the social, political and economic changes that would have to take place in order for solar to take off. But overall, it seems as though solar is growing steadily, of slowly, around the world.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.