Saturday, April 13, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 13 April 2013

Duke surpasses 100 MW milestone in commercial solar energy generation
April 10, 2013 - Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), today announced it has acquired two commercial solar power projects near Twentynine Palms, Calif., from project developer SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years.

The twin projects, named Highlander Solar 1 and 2, are in close proximity and will be run as a single operation. It will collectively generate 21 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, enough to power more than 4,000 average homes each year.

'Highlander will be the company's largest commercial solar farm in the nation,' said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. 'It enlarges our footprint in a key U.S. renewables market while delivering affordable, zero-emission solar power to help the state's customers meet their renewable energy goals.' read more>>>

COSEIA: Xcel Energy's solar programs too popular
April 11, 2013 - The Colorado Solar Jobs Act, introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives late last week, is receiving strong support from some in the state.

Businesses and environmental organizations have thrown their hats into the ring to support the legislation, which is designed to make improvements to Xcel Energy's popular rooftop solar rebate program, giving consumers more access to solar energy while protecting Colorado jobs.

Customer demand for the Xcel solar program in Colorado is currently on track to outweigh its annual funding levels in 2013 and beyond. As a result, new solar installations will flourish at the beginning of the year, but after that installation could come to a halt as funding stalls -- an annual "solar cliff." read more>>>

NY-Sun funds target BOS costs
April 11, 2013 - The NY-Sun initiative has made $13.5 million available for projects to reduce the installation costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and streamline the inspection and permitting process.

Of the $13.5 million, $10 million will support efforts to lower the overall cost of non-module PV systems (balance-of-system costs) and $3.5 million will fund a two-year effort to educate local officials and first responders.

Balance-of-system (BOS) costs can account for more than half of total system costs, including equipment and installation. read more>>>

Earth Day Events 2013
April 11, 2013 - Earth2Earth Day, on April 22nd, is a day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for conservation and protection of the environment. But why focus all this support for one day in April, when we can make celebrate for a whole month?

There are a countless number of events going on in New York in the next few weeks. Below you will find some incredible events for you and your friends and family. Spread the word! Protect the planet! read more>>>

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No green economy without blue economy, says FAO
April 12, 2013 - Efforts to end hunger and fight the effects of climate change in the Pacific Islands will hinge on the success of sustainable development, including wise use of oceans and fisheries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told ministers from the region today.

“There can be no truly ‘green economy’ without a ‘blue economy’, one that makes the sustainable development of oceans and fishery resources a priority,” Graziano da Silva said.

“The importance of capture fisheries and aquaculture cannot be neglected. They provide over 3 billion people with about 15 percent of their average per capita intake of animal protein. And these two activities contribute over 200 million jobs globally,” read more>>>

Solar trend could mean cash for utilities
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A new trend in solar generation could be one for utilities to cash in on.

The national trend is toward "disownership," according to solar company Sunrun. Sunrun research, conducted by Harris Interactive, explored consumers' attitudes on renting or leasing items and found that customers believe they can get more value through disownership.

"These results show we've entered an age in which Americans recognize they can get more value by owning less," said Sunrun co-Founder and co-CEO Lynn Jurich. "At the same time, smart companies are creating innovative business models that offer consumers more flexible choices for accessing the things they want and need." read more>>>

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Latest trends in Green Construction
11/04/2013 - With the construction costs of green buildings coming down significantly in recent years the affordability factor has led to its increasing usage nationwide. Dr. Prem C. Jain, Chairman - Indian Green Building Council looks at the future scenario of Green Construction in India.

Today Indian real estate sector is witnessing a very healthy trend. The future indeed looks promising and augurs well in addressing ecological issues and concerns. The future of real estate is bright and Green.

The construction costs of green buildings have come down significantly, making green buildings more affordable. The construction costs of a green building which is about 3-5 per cent higher for Platinum rated green building (highest level of performance) than a conventional building, the incremental cost gets paid back within 3-4 years with substantial reduction in operational costs. read more>>>

University of Salford to launch new solar power research facility
12 April 2013 - The £400,000 facility will offer free consultancy and R&D as well as a space for testing new designs and configurations

The University of Salford, in Manchester, UK, will officially open its new solar research facility on 16th April. The facility is equipped with industry-standard production machinery imported from Italy and staffed by experienced academics and technicians. It is capable of turning out a production line of solar panels but the University believes that it can be used most effectively as a testing facility in the same manner as the Salford Energy House project in which a rebuilt terraced house has been installed inside a climate-controlled lab and used by businesses to test the latest in energy efficient technology. read more>>>

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