- More than 16,000 Indian households in 800 remote villages will be given a solar panel, with an eight-hour battery storage backup, according to the Indian energy minister. He said the households would also be given 5 LED bulbs, an energy efficient ceiling fan and a solar power-based mobile phone charging socket. [PV-Tech]
- Middlebury College has won an important battle in what Resident Scholar Bill McKibben recently asserted must become an all-out war on climate change. Late last week the college announced it had reached carbon neutrality, bringing its net carbon footprint to zero, in response to a student challenge of 2007. [Addison County Independent]
- A transformation is happening in global energy markets that is well worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the least costly form of new electricity. Unsubsidized solar is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gas on a larger scale, according to fresh data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [TechCentral]
- Massachusetts has been a national leader for reliable power sources such as solar, wind and water, according to the 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report. Early-stage investments in clean energy companies in the state grew 166% from the previous year, adding more than 6,300 clean energy jobs this year. [Metro.us]
- The Burlington Electric Department has proposed creating an electric public bus fleet as part of its efforts to reach “net zero” carbon emissions in the city and meet state renewable energy requirements. The utility hopes to partner with a transit provider, such as Green Mountain Transit or the University of Vermont. [vtdigger.org]
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