US, China commit to phase down climate-warming HFCs from refrigerators and air conditioners – but what will replace them this time?

By John Engel Scott Denning, Colorado State University The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule to start eliminating a class of climate-warming chemicals that are widely used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps. If that plan feels like déjà vu, it should. These chemicals, called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, were commercialized…

New York landfill to host 2 community solar projects

By Billy Ludt Source Renewables received re-zoning approval to develop two community solar projects on the Marilla Street Landfill in South Buffalo, New York. “Our company’s mission is to bring green energy to communities throughout New York,” said Andrew Day, Partner at Source Renewables. “We are extremely pleased to see that the Marilla Street Landfill…

Video Friday: DARPA Subterranean Challenge Final

This week we have a special DARPA SubT edition of Video Friday, both because the SubT Final is happening this week and is amazing, and also because (if I’m being honest) the SubT Final is happening this week and is amazing and I’ve spent all week covering it mostly in a cave with zero access…

Maine homeless shelter subscribes to 400 kW of community solar

By Kelsey Misbrener The nonprofit homeless shelter York County Shelter Programs (YCSP) in Alfred, Maine, has signed up for the Nexamp community solar program to reduce its annual electricity costs and become a more environmentally responsible provider to the community. The organization, which relies mostly on grants, fundraisers and donations for its operating budget, is…

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