Friday, February 15, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 15 February 2013

Keeping Google Healthy
March 2013 - David Bennett joined Google in June 2011 as the Real Estate and Workplace Services Green Team Operations and Innovations Lead. He implements sustainability strategies for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings, and pilots emerging technologies for Google's built office environment.

David Bennett: Our global facilities teams work hard to ensure that Googlers are working in vibrant, healthy, and environmentally efficient spaces. The most successful strategy we’ve found is to build a program that’s actually fun for facility managers and their teams to participate in. We do this through an internal program called Sustainable Pursuit, where teams from around the world compete to earn points through implementing sustainability measures for the built environment. read more>>>

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PV Demand in the Asia Pacific Region to Reach 13.5 GW in 2013, Reports NPD Solarbuzz
February 13, 2013 -- Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand from the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is forecast to grow to 13.5 GW in 2013, growing 50% Y/Y, according to the NPD Solarbuzz Q1’13 Asia Pacific Major PV Markets Quarterlyreport.

China, Japan, India, and Australia remain dominant for PV demand in the APAC region, and they will account for 90% of APAC demand in 2013. However, discrete end-market demand environments are now evolving in each of these countries. As a result, PV suppliers and technologies are being selected in each territory based upon factors such as domestic manufacturing, policies, import duties, and customer preferences.

“Having a single go-to-market strategy to meet growing PV demand across the entire APAC region is no longer viable,” stated Chris Sunsong, analyst at NPD Solarbuzz. read more>>>

China, India Emerge as Most Promising High-Growth Markets For Solar
Feb. 12, 2013 - Japan, U.K., France, and South Korea also offer attractive landscape and large addressable markets, according to Lux Research’s analysis of policy and market drivers

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Global policy changes and the crystalline silicon module price crash have brought the solar industry to a pivotal point from which it must transform and thrive in a cost-conscious environment, targeting high-growth markets such as China and India, says Lux Research.

“While some historically strong demand markets will continue to pay dividends, the real winners going forward will need to make a few well-informed bets,” said Matt Feinstein, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Past is Prologue: Market Selection Strategy in a New Solar Policy Environment.” read more>>>

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Global 2050 envisions EU on pace to 100% renewable energy
February 14, 2013 - The EU could reduce its energy use by more than a third and generate almost half of the remainder from renewables by 2030 if the right policies are put in place, according to WWF European Policy Office.

The WWF's Global 2050 energy scenario shows that by 2030 the EU could use at least 38 percent less energy; generate more than 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources; and reduce its energy related greenhouse emissions by 50 percent compared to 1990 levels.

As Europe's economies try to recover, WWF contends that renewable energy and energy savings are part of the solution. And nearly 80 percent of Europeans agree. read more>>>

Build Smart NY celebrating huge energy-efficiency savings
February 14, 2013 - The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have announced that energy-efficiency projects at the State University of New York at Albany (UAlbany) will save approximately $704,000 in energy costs and eliminate more than 4,100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

The improvements go a long way to meeting the "Build Smart NY" goal of increasing energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years.

By strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy performance, the statewide initiative will save millions of dollars and create thousands of jobs. read more>>> - #1 online destination for solar panels & wind power!

In Indiana, seeking to ramp up wind without state mandates
02/14/2013 - Despite Indiana’s abundant wind resources, renewables provide just 3 percent of the state’s electricity, far less than in other states, and 85 percent of the state’s electricity is generated by burning coal.

Not coincidentally, the conservative state legislature has rejected state renewable energy mandates that have spurred wind development elsewhere in the Midwest.

But a wind-energy coalition thinks they’ve found another way to expand renewable energy in the state, without government mandates. read more>>>

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