Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 17 April 2013

The ‘Green’ Military Installation Of The Future
Solar panel arrays form a canopy at a construction site in Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 12, 2013. The construction site is for phase 1 and 2 of a solar microgrid project at the installation, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District. (Photo by John R. Prettyman, USACE)

04/16/2013 - Using those two words in the same sentence several years ago would have probably been considered the punch line to a joke.

But today, a military base that is both environmentally friendly and meets the needs of warfighters, is quickly becoming a reality. read more>>>

April 22 Earth Day to Put a Face on Climate Change
4/15/2013 - Earth Day, April 22, is one week away. The theme of Earth Day 2013 is The Face of Climate Change. This campaign seeks to harness the power of Earth Day to personalize the massive challenge that climate change presents, while uniting people around the globe into a powerful call to action.

Earth Day Network is collecting images of people, animals and places affected by climate change, as well as images of people doing their part in the fight against climate change. On Earth Day itself, an interactive digital display of all the images will be shown at thousands of events around the world. The display is also available online to anyone who wants to view it, show it or read the stories. read more>>>

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Jaden Smith PSA - The Canopy Project - Earth Day Network
With Earth Day only one week away, actor and musician Jaden Smith is supporting Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project! Jaden wants you to join him to help plant 10 million trees over the next five years in the places that need them most.

Union Station, for the wind
Apr 11, 2013 - Inside the Capitol, Congress is fighting over the fate of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but across the street at Washington's Union Station, officials have reached their own energy verdict. According to DCist:

Union Station recently started getting all of its electricity from wind power, and will do so for the next three years, its power supplier said yesterday. The historic train depot signed a contract with Herndon, Va.-based Washington Gas Energy Services that will see it purchase renewable energy credits from a network of wind farms in order to offset its annual energy consumption.

The station consumes nearly 19 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, according to a news release announcing the deal. Switching Union Station to wind power will be equivalent to reducing gasoline consumption by 1.4 million gallons or taking 2,700 vehicles off the roads for a year.

Wind energy had its best year ever in 2012, growing 28 percent, according to the just released annual report for the America Wind Energy Association. read more>>>

The secret to the microgrid market (Hint: reliability)
Apr 16, 2013 - "You can't throw a stone at a smart grid conference these days and not hit a panel talking about microgrids," writes Katherine Tweed in a recent piece in The Energy Collective. "The chatter is incessant, but the actual work done to date has been far more limited."

Tweed points out that despite all the noise, only a few actual installations are underway and those are mostly at universities. Why the slow uptake? In the U.S., the price of power is relatively inexpensive, making it more difficult to cost-justify a microgrid (especially when you consider the extra risk you are taking on with a largely unproved technology). read more>>>

Indiana University installs $245,000 solar power array
15 April 2013 - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is covering the flat roof of one of its buildings with solar panels – believed to be the largest array of its kind in downtown Indianapolis

The solar PV panels being installed on top of the Business/School of Public and Environmental Affairs building will generate 43kW of electricity per day representing an amount that would supply the daily needs of over two dozen houses. read more>>>

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