Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 15 May 2013

Young Americans Lead Trend to Less Driving
May 13, 2013 - Dan Mauney keeps misplacing his car.

Mr. Mauney, 42, lives in an apartment tower in this city’s Uptown neighborhood, a pedestrian-friendly quarter with new office buildings, sparkling museums and ambitious restaurants. He so seldom needs to drive that when he does go to retrieve his car in his building’s garage, he said, “I always forget where I parked it.” read more>>>

America's first climate refugees
Newtok, Alaska is losing ground to the sea at a dangerous rate and for its residents, exile is inevitable.

Sabrina Warner keeps having the same nightmare: a huge wave rearing up out of the water and crashing over her home, forcing her to swim for her life with her toddler son.

"I dream about the water coming in," she said. The landscape in winter on the Bering Sea coast seems peaceful, the tidal wave of Warner's nightmare trapped by snow and several feet of ice. But the calm is deceptive. Spring break-up will soon restore the Ninglick River to its full violent force. read more>>>

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Clean Energy Learns to Compete
May 15, 2013 - Europe used to be nirvana for companies in the clean-energy business, but in the past couple of years it has become a much tougher place. With economies anemic, electricity demand is down; and, not surprisingly, once-generous subsidies that encouraged installing swaths of solar collectors in sun-poor Germany or wind farms in relatively calm areas of France are either being reduced or look as if they could be.

But for some people and companies, the harsher environment is fostering a tough-minded approach that may be healthy for the effort in the years ahead to curb the greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming. read more>>>

Minnesota pushes solar power; mines, mills off the hook
The Minnesota Legislature appears poised to enact landmark state energy policy in coming days requiring, for the first time, that big utilities make electricity from the sun.

The Minnesota Legislature appears poised to enact landmark state energy policy in coming days requiring, for the first time, that big utilities make electricity from the sun.

The solar energy mandate will mean cleaner energy, less coal burned and probably higher utility bills for many Minnesotans who get their electricity from large utilities like Minnesota Power and Xcel Energy. But the legislation won’t affect Northeastern Minnesota’s taconite mines and paper mills because of exemptions secured by the region’s legislative delegation. read more>>>

Electronices Category

Solaria Corp expands into China solar market
14 May 2013 - Solaria Corporation has begun building power plants in China, in order to meet increasing demand for large-scale solar projects.

“As China expands its deployment of solar energy, there is a big push toward increasing the efficiency and reliability of large-scale solar power plants,” said Solaria CEO Dan Shugar. “Solaria’s state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic module technology, reliable tracking systems, and expertise in large-scale project development will be of great value as China moves toward renewable power.” read more>>>

Solar Panels as Inexpensive as Paint?
May 13, 2013 — Most Americans want the U.S. to place more emphasis on developing solar power, recent polls suggest. A major impediment, however, is the cost to manufacture, install and maintain solar panels. Simply put, most people and businesses cannot afford to place them on their rooftops.

Fortunately, that is changing because researchers such as Qiaoqiang Gan, University at Buffalo assistant professor of electrical engineering, are helping develop a new generation of photovoltaic cells that produce more power and cost less to manufacture than what's available today. read more>>>

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Mid-American Solar to develop the world’s largest solar power plant
03 May 2013 - The 579MW Antelope Valley Solar Projects are expected to create around 650 jobs and inject more than $500 million into the regional economy.

MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corporation have started construction on what will potentially be the world’s largest solar plant to date. The Antelope Valley Solar Projects consist of two installations located in Kern and Los Angeles counties in California and the two companies recently held a community celebration to mark the start of the construction process. read more>>>

Top 3 efficiency opportunities for utilities
May 14, 2013 - Intelligent efficiency is changing the way companies integrate and operate equipment, according to GTM Research.

Energy-efficiency opportunities in the building and commercial and industrial sectors are vast, and utilities can get involved in a number of technology areas -- the most lucrative being lighting, HVAC and energy storage.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), lighting in commercial buildings makes up 21 percent of electricity use and between 20 to 38 percent of consumption in the industrial sector. read more>>>

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