Friday, May 24, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 24 May 2013

Gov. Dayton signs solar energy standard
May 24, 2013 - Minnesota’s investor-owned utilities will be required to get 1.5 percent of their power from solar energy by 2020 under legislation signed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

The solar energy standard also sets a statewide goal of reaching 10 percent by 2030.

The proposal was championed by the Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs campaign. read more>>>

Kazakhstan to spend 2% of its GDP annually on green technology
24.05.2013 - Kazakhstan will be investing 2% of its GDP into green technology, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said when speaking at the Astana Economic Forum.

“Although Kazakhstan possesses abundant natural riches, including hydrocarbons, we are determined to actively develop renewable sources of energy. It’s a priority in the country’s 2050 Strategy. We intend to invest 2% of the country’s GDP into green technology annually as part of the national plans to shift to the green economy”, President Nazarbayev said. read more>>>

Coghlan Emergency Preparedness Kit

$1B power line undergrounding program proposed in DC
May 22, 2013 - A multi-year, $1 billion program has been proposed by the Power Line Undergrounding Task Force and accepted by Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray to address the significant power outages District residents and businesses suffered as a result of the severe derecho thunderstorm system that left extensive wind damage in June.

The program would be the first phase to underground up to 60 high-voltage lines most affected by storms and overhead-related outages, and is expected to improve service for Pepco customers on those feeders by 95 percent. read more>>>

Penn State launches net zero demo facility
May 22, 2013 - Researchers, manufacturers and economic development officials are embarking on a groundbreaking smart grid net zero energy building demonstration project -- the GridSTAR Center -- a Smart Energy Campus initiative at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.

Spearheaded by Penn State with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), the GridSTAR Net Zero Energy Demonstration Structure is the first phase of the GridSTAR Center and will serve as a hub for workforce training, building performance testing, energy management research and smart microgrid modernization deployments. read more>>>

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Globeleq inaugurates 44 MW wind farm in Nicaragua
21 May 2013 - Globeleq has inaugurated its 44 MW Eolo de Nicaragua S.A. (Eolo) wind farm in Nicaragua, further strengthening its position in the Central American region.

The Eolo wind farm is located in the province of Rivas on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, about 123 kms south of the capital Managua. Using 22 x 2.0 MW Gamesa G90 wind turbine generators, electricity is sold through two 20-year PPAs to the national privately owned distribution companies. read more>>>

Strawscraper, a new concept in urban energy generation
21 May 2013 - Belatchew Arkitekter has a plan to develop a cladding system for tall buildings consisting of straws that generate energy through the piezoelectric effect

The Swedish company Belatchew Arkitekter has developed an idea for a new building cladding system covered in straws that generate energy through the piezoelectric effect, thereby creating an ‘energy-generating shell’. The ‘straws’ are made of a composite material with piezoelectric qualities that turn motion into energy, which could be generated at quite low velocity wind speeds as only a light breeze is enough to induce the straws to start swaying. read more>>>

Augason Farms Emergency Water Storage Kit - Emergency Supplies

Bioinnovation Center
Highest Common Denominator: A center for nurturing bio-entrepreneurship in New Orleans is a prototype for nimble sustainability.

May 2013 - The New Orleans Bioinnovation Center (NOBIC) was a long time coming. From the moment the project began the planning phase in 2002, it was plagued by rising construction costs and fund-raising complexities. The owners had reclaimed a brownfield site in the burgeoning biotechnology district across from Tulane University Medical School on historic Canal Street and razed the existing structure. Then Hurricane Katrina nearly washed away the entire city. When New Orleans began to rebuild, NOBIC was back on track, helped by the state, which—like other states—had discovered the economic potential of attracting biotechnology incubators. The goal was to create a collaborative environment in which fledgling start-ups could grow into successful enterprises and spread the wealth. read more>>>

Massachusetts Home Solar Electric Installations Quadruple in Two Years
May 22, 2013 - As the cost of fossil fuels rises, the cost of renewables declines, with solar leading the way for homeowners. With its eco-conscious population, a growing number of options for going solar, and enticing Federal and state-level incentives, Massachusetts now ranks 6th nationwide for overall solar production. In fact, residential solar installations more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2012. This Massachusetts CEC data, along with economic factors driving the trend in solar purchases, is outlined in a new solar infographic released today by RevoluSun.

RevoluSun has installed more than 3,500 residential photovoltaic (PV) systems and is helping Bay State homeowners seize this perfect storm of opportunities by making it easy to lease or purchase a custom solar system. read more>>>

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