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mindblowingscience:

Half of Germany Is Now Powered by Solar Energy

Continuing its unrelenting march toward a renewable-powered future, Germany now can produce more than half of its energy from solar. The official word of this milestone comes from the Fraunhofer ISE research institute, which showed that the country produced a record 24.24 GW of solar energy during the first week of June. Thanks to better weather in Germany compared to last year, the production of solar power has increased 34 percent in the first part of 2014. Germany’s expansion of solar energy hasn’t come from enormous farms of solar panels, but rather citizens installing photovoltaics onto their own homes. More than 90 percent of solar panels installed in Germany are on homeowner’s roofs. It’s not all sunshine, though. Despite this record, Bloomberg reports that the world’s biggest solar market might install the least new capacity that it has since 2008, partially because of shrinking solar subsidies. So growth continues, but slowly. Wondering how the U.S. compares? We currently get 0.2 percent of our energy from solar. Italy is in second place behind the Germans. Via The Local. 

mindblowingscience:

Half of Germany Is Now Powered by Solar Energy

Continuing its unrelenting march toward a renewable-powered future, Germany now can produce more than half of its energy from solar. The official word of this milestone comes from the Fraunhofer ISE research institute, which showed that the country produced a record 24.24 GW of solar energy during the first week of June. Thanks to better weather in Germany compared to last year, the production of solar power has increased 34 percent in the first part of 2014. 

Germany’s expansion of solar energy hasn’t come from enormous farms of solar panels, but rather citizens installing photovoltaics onto their own homes. More than 90 percent of solar panels installed in Germany are on homeowner’s roofs. 

It’s not all sunshine, though. Despite this record, Bloomberg reports that the world’s biggest solar market might install the least new capacity that it has since 2008, partially because of shrinking solar subsidies. So growth continues, but slowly. 

Wondering how the U.S. compares? We currently get 0.2 percent of our energy from solar. Italy is in second place behind the Germans. 

Via The Local. 

diy:

Here are the some of the best projects from DIY members who harness the power of solar energy to create amazing contraptions. Check out more challenges under the Solar Engineer skill.

supernatasha:

The Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan was started by an Indian man named Bunker Roy. The organization is essentially a college that teaches women from all over the world (but primarily “developing” countries) how to be solar engineers. 

That’s right. Solar engineers.

Classes are attended by local women and women from Peru, Fiji, Rwanda, Nepal, Belize, Ethiopia, Bhutan, and more who are illiterate or semi-literate. Most of them are from rural and poverty-stricken areas. The school does not take attendance, have exams, demand their students speak English or have prior education, and does not ask for fees. These women learn how to make solar panels and bulbs, how to plug them into an electrical grid, and how to provide clean renewable energy to their entire village. They then take this knowledge back to their hometowns in distant countries. 

How are they taught without a common language? Everything technical is color coded. The women learn important words “LED, wire cutter, copper, connection, etc.” They communicate through common sense and the desire to learn. The college accepts anyone and everyone, mothers, lower castes (still an ongoing problem in India), older women, young women, women who have never attended school, married women. 

Since 2004, the College has taught at least 250 women from 41 different low-industrial countries to be solar engineers. 5 out of their 8 engineer professors are women. 35 out of 200 workers are physically disabled. The BC is currently powering both their own facility, homes in nearby villages and towns, and their former students are powering homes all across the world from wisdom and materials imported from the BC. Their local villages pay their salary. 

Roy did try to teach both men and women, but they didn’t stay in the harsh conditions or wanted jobs that paid more (as the BC doesn’t hand out “official” diplomas or degrees). Eventually, the college became largely female. "Why not invest in women, older women, mature women, gutsy women who have roots in the village?" Roy said.

I cannot emphasize how amazing this organization is. The Barefoot College is a safe and accepting place for anyone who wants to learn about clean and renewable energy. It encourages women’s empowerment, helps them out of poverty, and provides solar energy to places where the prices of kerosene and batteries are excessively high.

Sources (please look over them as there are more pictures and I could never do justice to how incredible this entire thing is with just my own words): [x][x][x][x][x][Bunker’s Ted Talk][Donate]

Awesome will to learn

clemente3000:

Best usb stick ever? :)

clemente3000:

Best usb stick ever? :)

businessinsider:

Emotional intelligence isn’t just ‘being nice’ to people.

All work and no play makes jack a dull boy… Just like some graduates and upper management

businessinsider:

Emotional intelligence isn’t just ‘being nice’ to people.

All work and no play makes jack a dull boy… Just like some graduates and upper management

dizzydennis:

Yuna Ito and Nick from the Backstreet Boys sing I Want It That Way [2007.11.03 - Music Fair21]

twisting-vine-x:

It’s not enough that they’re insanely talented.

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And ridiculously gorgeous on top of that.

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And endearing as all freaking hell.

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And absolutely fucking brave and heart-rending.

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And holy shit I am fucking ecstatic for these guys.

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And then they just had to go and be

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freaking

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adorable

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and

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so kick-ass

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that.

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Die Mannschaft, man. These guys are something special. ♥

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What a mouthful!

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(Source: thetonser)