Monday, July 1, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 1 July 2013

New Solar Car Has Sleek, Asymmetrical Design
June 19, 2013 — The lopsided solar car named Generation, unveiled today, might be the oddest-looking vehicle the top-ranked University of Michigan team has ever built. But the bold shape is a calculated effort to design the most efficient car possible, given major changes in World Solar Challenge race rules.

The World Solar Challenge is an 1,800-mile, week-long endurance contest across the continent of Australia that takes place every other fall. read more>>>

Palo Alto Municipal Utility: Going Big on Solar
June 20th, 2013 - The city of Palo Alto (CA) has set a goal of 100% carbon-free power for its municipal utility. To achieve this goal, they are going solar in a big way…and with some mindblowing results.

The utility just signed 80 MW worth of contracts with 3 solar plants (40 MW, 20 MW, and 20 MW) at a great price: 6.9 cents/kWh over a 30 year term. Try building a new nuke or coal plant at that price. read more>>>

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Green Economy Project in Central Africa
26/06/2013 - Central African states to meet on Green Economy Project - A conference bringing together the ministries of Finance and Economy of member states of the Economic Community of Central African States is due to be hosted in Brazzaville on 1-3 July to discuss the Fund for Green Economy in Central Africa, official sources on Tuesday told PANA.

The meeting is meant to examine and approve the draft project for the Green Economy Fund while preparing a round table with the donors to collect additional resources for the project to get off the ground. read more>>>

Green Alliance report finds 390 low carbon infrastructure projects in Treasury pipeline could boost GDP by 0.7 per cent by 2015
26 Jun 2013 - Green Alliance report finds 390 low carbon infrastructure projects in Treasury pipeline could boost GDP by 0.7 per cent by 2015

As the Treasury prepares to tomorrow unveil plans for a series of big infrastructure projects, a new report has revealed that low carbon projects in the pipeline, such as wind farms and rail upgrades, could deliver a major boost to the UK economy over the next two years. read more>>>

South Africa: 'Huge Potential' in SA Energy Resources
25 June 2013 - South Africa, with its vast renewable energy resources, has the potential to become one of the world's fastest growing economic hubs, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Delivering the keynote address at the South African Green Energy Youth Summit in Cape Town on Monday, Motlanthe said South Africa's future energy plans provided for a significant departure from the goal paradigm. However, this did not mean that South Africa would abandon coal as a source of energy. read more>>>

DOE user facility first to focus on utility-scale renewable grid integration
June 26, 2013 - The Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have announced the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado, as the latest Energy Department user facility and the only one in the nation focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.

The ESIF is aimed at overcoming generation, transmission, distribution and end-use challenges to support a cleaner, more affordable and more secure U.S. energy mix, including research into next generation building technologies, microgrids, energy storage batteries and utility-scale renewable energy for a smarter, more reliable and more resilient power grid. read more>>>

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Standard Solar to Install one of the Nation's First Commercial Solar Micro-grids
June 27, 2013 - Standard Solar, a leader in the full-service development, construction, integration, financing and installation of solar electric systems, in partnership with Solar Grid Storage, today announced the installation of a grid-interactive energy storage system co-located with a new photovoltaic (PV) array, creating one of the nation's first commercial scale micro-grids.

Located at Konterra's corporate headquarters in Laurel, MD, this innovative, islandable micro-grid system is powered by a 402kW solar PV array. In the event of a grid power outage, the Solar Grid Storage advanced lithium-ion energy storage system allows critical circuits at Konterra to remain energized. The project is financed by the Kingdon Gould Jr. family and supported through a Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) "Game Changer" Grant. read more>>>

Wide-ranging businesses support president Obama’s climate plan
Jun. 25, 2013 - A broad range of businesses and investors from across the country are offering strong support today for President Obama’s climate plan. The businesses are all signatories of the Climate Declaration, a statement calling on U.S. policymakers to capture the American economic opportunities of addressing climate change. The campaign, endorsed by major companies such as General Motors, Nike, Intel and Unilever, was launched this spring by the business network BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy), which is coordinated by Ceres. read more>>>

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TVA, TenneSEIA compromise on solar programming
June 27, 2013 - It has been two months since Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) shuttered its solar programs, but TenneSEIA, Tennessee's Solar Energy Industries Association, views the situation as far from over.

TenneSEIA is urging TVA to address shortcomings in the Green Power Providers Program by abandoning the practice of "setting arbitrary calendar year caps on solar installations" and adopt a market-driven model that decreases incentives based on the amount of solar installed and incorporates the value of solar energy into the budgeting process. read more>>>

USGS releases first "realistic view" of carbon storage capacity
June 27, 2013 - The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in 2011, the United States emitted 5.5 metric gigatons (billion metric tons) of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2), while the global emissions of energy-related CO2 totaled 31.6 metric gigatons. The potential exists for the United States to store an average 3,000 (but up to 3,700) metric gigatons of CO2 in geologic basins throughout the country, according research by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) -- the first-ever detailed national geologic carbon sequestration assessment, which comes on the heels of President Obama's national plan to combat climate change. read more>>>

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