Thursday, January 17, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 17 January 2013

Green Economy: Slowly but surely on the rise
KATHMANDU, Jan 17 2013: Based on sustainable development with a focus on environmental conservation and its positive uses, green economy is a pressing issue of the hour. We know terms like solar energy, rainwater harvesting, vermicompost (process of composting using various worms), among others. But knowing is not the same as taking an extra step forward and acting on the knowledge.

“It’s a misconception of many people that only those who have studied about environment and work in this field have the responsibility of conserving it,” says Barsha Parajuli, Vice President of Safe Environment Nepal – Youth for Conservation (SEN-Y4C). A non-profit organization led by women, SEN-Y4C has been dedicated to working for the conservation of environment and different environmental issues since 2008. As Barsha says, each person has responsibility towards the environment. read more>>>

'Net-zero' School Pays Off
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12/23/2012 - There's no big smokestack. You also don't see a bunch of workers scurrying around in hard hats. Rest assured though, Warren County Public Schools has a power plant.

The district received a check for $37,227.31 this year. The Tennessee Valley Authority paid the school district for electricity it generated. The school district doesn't have a power plant, per se, like the utility company. But it does have an energy producer, the first "net-zero" school in the nation: Richardsville Elementary School.

The check is tangible evidence that net-zero pays for itself and then some.

"It has exceeded expectations. We're seeing a savings of millions of dollars in energy costs," state Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green, said of the net-zero schools concept developing across the nation. read more>>>

Earth Heating, America Hurting, Prompts ’100 Days of Climate Action’
WASHINGTON, DC, January 15, 2013 (ENS) – Evidence that the planet’s temperature is rising came flooding in this week, and in response environmental and public health groups have launched “100 Days of Climate Action,” from Inauguration Day to Earth Day

The Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, Environment Colorado and many other groups plan to put pressure on President Barack Obama to provide a specific climate agenda for his second term.

Gretchen Alfonso, policy analyst for Clean Air Council and Pennsylvania organizer for Moms Clean Air Force, told reporters on a telebriefing today, “We will push President Obama to own this issue, and we will push for a climate champion as the next head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

“We will push for the mention of climate and clean air in both Inaugural Address and the State of the Union Address,” said Alfonso.

“We will be trying climate fools in the court of public opinion and planning climate-focused Earth Day events,” she said. read more>>>

North American Development Bank supporting 54 MW wind project in Mexico
15 January 2013 - The North American Development Bank and Mexico’s Grupo Financiero Banorte have lent $51 million to wind developer Compañía Eólica de Tamaulipas S.A. de C.V. (CETSA)for construction of a 54 MW facility on the farm cooperative known as Ejido El Porvenir in Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

The project consists of the installation of 30 wind turbines, each with a nominal capacity of 1.8 MW, which will be provided by the Danish company Vestas.

The Mexican retailer Organización Soriana will purchase the electricity produced by the wind farm through a long-term power purchase agreement.

“This electricity will be used by Soriana to supply 163 stores throughout Mexico, which represents the displacement of 100,00 tons of carbon dioxide a year, equivalent to taking 29,000 cars a year out of circulation,” said Aurelio Adán Hernández, Soriana Chief Financial Officer. “Construction is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of this year and is estimated to cost more than $130 million.”

Once completed the facility will be the first wind farm in the state of Tamaulipas. read more>>>

Romanian wind farms enter service
02 January 2013 - Enel Green Power reaches a generation capacity of 500MW with three new wind farms connected to the Romanian national grid

The new wind farms, Elcomex EOL (Zephir I), Targusor (Zephir II) and Gebelesis, are all located in the Dobrogea region of Romania and will be able to generate around 560 million kWh of energy per year once they are fully operational.

Elcomex EOL wind farm consists of fifty-two 2.3MW turbines achieving a total of around 120MW installed capacity. Targusor wind farm consists of twenty six 2.3MW turbines achieving around 60MW. Gebelesis consists of five 3MW turbines and six 2MW turbines for a total capacity of 27MW. read more>>>

Duke Energy, Solon wrap up work on solar power plant
Jan 15, 2013 - Duke Energy Renewables and Solon have wrapped up work on a 10-megawatt solar project that increases both companies’ portfolios in the state.

While most were focusing on the energy continuum that seems to stretch from Phoenix and Tucson west along the dual interstate corridor, Solon Corp. was building a project in Kingman. That Northern Arizona town has been the site of several projects.

Completion of the Black Mountain Solar Power Project grows the total installations in Arizona by Solon to 60 megawatts and becomes the second largest project in Arizona owned by Charlotte-based Duke, which has five of its 13 solar projects in Arizona. read more>>>

Green construction's value in affordable housing
January 15, 2013 - It used to be that affordable housing emphasized cheap construction above all else. Thanks to the problems this caused (unattractive buildings, costly maintenance, and high utility costs, among others) most developers do better now. One growing trend is that of green affordable housing, designed with an eye towards the long-term benefits.

In a recent report from Global Green USA, Minnesota tied for fifth (with a grade of A-) in how well it encourages green practices in affordable housing. Global Green USA examined states’ criteria for distributing federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs). The ranking is based on how well those criteria incentivize eco-friendly development and how much green housing is actually built as a result. Subcategories included Smart Growth, Energy Efficiency, Resource Conservation, and Health Protection. read more>>>

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