Friday, June 28, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 28 June 2013

Renewable energy use gaining worldwide: IEA
27 June 2013 - Renewables like solar and wind represent the fastest-growing source of energy power generation and will make up a quarter of the global power mix by 2018, the International Energy Agency said in a report Wednesday.

The IEA said that in 2016 renewable energy will overtake natural gas as a power source and will be twice that of nuclear, and second only to coal as a source of power.

The growth of renewables "is a bright spot in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards a cleaner and more diversified energy mix," said IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven. read more>>>

L.A. program lets DWP pay customers to generate solar power
Clean L.A. Solar's goal is to add 150 megawatts, or enough to power 30,000 homes, to the city grids.

June 26, 2013 - Atop a beige apartment complex in North Hollywood, rows of solar panels began providing energy Wednesday as part of what backers say is the nation's largest urban rooftop solar program.

Called Clean L.A. Solar, the program allows the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to pay customers to generate solar power across the city's vast expanse of flat roof space.

The goal of the effort, the brainchild of the Los Angeles Business Council, is to generate 150 megawatts of solar electricity, or enough to power about 30,000 homes. read more>>>

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Groundwork for Repair America Plan Found in a View From Space
06/27/2013 - In President Obama's climate change speech this week, he harkened back to the wonder of the first humans to orbit the moon. The president quoted something astronaut Jim Lovell said from space in 1968, "It makes you realize, just what you have back there on Earth." Though very few of us have been to space, it's still possible to understand the sense of awe the astronauts felt. Today the BlueGreen Alliance launches the Repair America campaign -- a campaign as much about protecting ourselves and our communities from the effects of climate change as it is preserving Earth's beauty. Repair America is recognition of the fact that the basic systems we rely on are not prepared for the impacts of increasingly severe and frequent weather events. We can't afford to wait, we must act now. read more>>>

Safety office blames ‘holes’ in regulations for Texas factory blast
06/27/13 - A federal safety office is warning Congress that holes in the "patchwork" of chemical safety regulations led to lax oversight of a Texas fertilizer facility that exploded in April.

Decades-old regulations covering storage of chemicals including ammonium nitrate, a substance at the root of the West, Texas, blast need to be updated, U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said on Thursday.

"Ammonium nitrate fertilizer storage falls under a patchwork of U.S. safety standards and guidances, a patchwork that has many large holes," he said. read more>>>

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Abercrombie signs bill advancing Hawaii's clean energy goals
Jun 27, 2013 - Solar energy has been saving customers hundreds of dollars on their electricity bill, but only for homeowners who can afford thousands of dollars in upfront installation costs. That's about to change.

Through green infrastructure financing, residents can apply for state loans to cover the costs of installing rooftop photovoltaic systems or solar water heaters. Customers then repay the loans over time from the energy savings on their electrical bills. read more>>>

Smart ECO Hub Host Event To Boost Green Economy
Businesses from the North and South have gathered in County Armagh to discuss collaboration in order to sustain growth within the renewable construction sector.

The event, hosted by Smart ECO Hub, took place at Northern Ireland's first zero carbon house to be accredited by the Government, where key speakers delivered the message that sustainable building technologies is a key driver for the green economy in Northern Ireland. read more>>>

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Out with the Old Electrical Grid In with the New (Micro) Grid
June 24, 2013 - Microgrids are becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Currently an estimated $4.5 billion market in the US alone with 1,459 MW online and 1,122 MW in planning or development, the microgrid market is expected to continue to grow as the world demands ever more electricity usage and the grid struggles to keep up. The truth is that the traditional grid was not built to cope with the extraordinary level and fluctuations of present-day demand, and microgrids present the perfect solution. The question (to the utilities) is whether we are ready to embrace the change and adapt. read more>>>

CPUC more than triples Xcel solar capacity
June 25, 2013 - The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has approved a request to increase the 2013 capacity of Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards program for small-sized solar installations throughout the state. The capacity increase was jointly proposed in April 2012 by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA), and Xcel Energy to avoid possible disruption to the program, which encourages the growth of solar energy by offering customers incentives to install solar panels electric systems on their homes and businesses, in 2013. read more>>>

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Conergy builds 4.6MW solar park and carport plants in France
18 June 2013 - The solar park will generate enough energy to supply more than 1,800 homes with the carports providing for a further 36 households

Two orders for installations in La Fare-les-Oliviers, a village near Aix-en-Provence in the South of France, have been completed by Conergy. One of these orders consisted of a 4.5MW solar park on a site in the southeast of the village for a local grid operator and energy provider. The other project consisted of two solar carport plants totalling 100KW which will provide shade for 56 cars in the summer heat of Provence. read more>>>

Sunrun secures $630M to put solar panels on every house in America
June 25, 2013 - Sunrun wants to put solar panels on every home in America. Today, the company announced that it has secured financing for more than $630 million in residential solar projects, led by JP Morgan.

Sunrun claims to have invented “solar power service.” Its approach to solar financing has people leasing solar panels from third-party providers so they can go solar without the actually buying and installing panels. Sunrun owns, insures, monitors, and maintains all the equipment. This model works for consumers, who can lower their energy costs, as well as solar companies that need help adding customers. read more>>>

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