Sunday, September 15, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 15 September 2013

Superstorm Sandy Forces Cities to Rethink How They Get Power
Sep 10, 2013 - Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wreaked on New York City and the rest of the Northeast in 2012 could prove to be a turning point in how people think about the way electricity is produced and distributed, particularly in storm-prone areas, with some states and cities starting to turn to what are known as microgrids.

When Sandy roared ashore last October, it knocked out power for 8.5 million people, and kept more than 1.3 million people in the dark a week after the storm hit. It seared an image of Manhattan, half lit, half dark, into the national consciousness — the nation's largest and most powerful city rendered powerless by the weather. read more>>>

Salem VA Medical Center will soon use solar power
September 6, 2013 - The largest solar energy project in Southwest Virginia is nearing completion at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem.

On what used to be a landfill at the eastern edge of the hospital campus, 6,000 solar panels are being installed.

The panels will convert sunlight into as much as 1,620 kilowatts of electricity — enough to provide about 10 percent of the power to the sprawling VA complex.

Officials expect the system to be operational by late October or early November, Salem VA spokeswoman Ann Benois said.

The $5 million project is part of an initiative by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to rely more on solar energy at veterans hospitals across the country.

Because the six-acre field of solar panels sits atop a capped landfill, special environmental precautions were taken. read more>>>

Duke Starts White Post II Solar Farm
September 10, 2013 - Duke Energy Corp.’s business unit Duke Energy Renewables has begun the construction of a utility-scale solar power project, namely, Washington White Post II Solar Power Project.

Located in Beaufort County, NC near Bath and Washington, the project has an electric generation capacity of 5 megawatt (MW). This project is being built next to the Washington White Post facility I that has a generation capacity of 12.5 MW. Together, both these facilities will be the largest solar facility in North Carolina. read more>>>

Majority of utilities ready for "Connected Economy"
September 11, 2013 - U.S. utilities will increasingly embrace grid analytics, thus creating significant opportunities for utilities to leverage the influx of data coming from thousands of nodes across their entire electrical systems, according to new research from Zpryme. The research looks at how utilities will proceed with grid automation projects in the near future, the implications of those projects, and recommendations that can assist in advancing grid automation deployments.

Based on a survey of 83 U.S. utility executives, the Zpryme report reveals that the majority of utilities are prepared to embrace global standards, intelligent electronic devices, advanced distribution management systems (DMS), fault location and isolation, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and energy-efficiency standards to support the smart grid. read more>>>

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Small businesses boosted green products sales during recession
September 11, 2013 - In the first major survey to look at the green economy from the perspective of small business owners, 75 percent say sales of green products actually rose during the recession of 2008 to 2011.

The study includes owners of "microbusinesses" -- those with five or fewer employees -- which represent 88 percent of U.S. businesses.

Among businesses that saw sales growth in green products, the greener the company's practices, the higher their sales, reports Green America, EcoVentures International and Association for Enterprise Opportunity, who collaborated on the survey. Seventy-nine percent "strongly agree" that offering green products and services gave their business a competitive advantage during that time. read more>>>

We have everything to gain from a green economy, and a generation to lose if we abandon it
September 11, 2013 - At Labour Party Conference, Left Foot Forward is holding a panel discussion on the topic ‘Should we drop green growth during austerity?’ If you can’t make the event you can follow the debate over twitter using the hashtag #greengrowth

My generation has suffered the most from an economic crisis we didn’t cause. read more>>>

BCA to roll out more schemes to reward 'green' firms
11 Sep 2013 - In the continuing push for the country's urban environment to be more eco-friendly, Singapore authorities will roll out new schemes to reward more environmentally-conscious organisations.

Healthcare firms occupying office spaces are among those in various sectors that the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) may target in introducing new “Green Mark” certifications.

This is part of an initiative by BCA to focus on engaging building tenants in its eco-friendly drive under its third Green Building Masterplan, which will be finalised and released later this year. read more>>>

East Africa pushes green agenda
September 11th 2013 - The push towards sustainability has been gaining ground for some time, and while many ‘green buildings’ hardly live up to the name, the tide is turning.

The w for green technology got a notch higher within East Africa following an initiative by the Nairobi-based UN-Habitat and the Kenya Association of Manufactures (KAM). read more>>>

Carbon-coated spider silk wires could lead to 'green' electronics
September 11, 2013 - Here are two things you might not expect to see together: spider silk coated in carbon nanotubes. This hybrid material is stretchy, super strong and can shrink and grow with humidity, making it potentially very useful for sensors and flexible electronics – and scientists made it by rubbing it between their fingers.

This nanotube-coated spider silk, described in the journal Nature Communications, could be useful for devices such as heart monitors inside the body and might even act like synthetic muscle. read more>>>

India's First Green Building Features SunPower High Efficiency Solar Solution
Sept. 11, 2013 - Company's Products Featured at 7th Renewable Energy India 2013 Expo in New Delhi

SunPower Corp. SPWR +1.50% , a global solar technology and energy solutions company, today announced that Swadeshi Civil Infrastructure has completed the installation of a 930-kilowatt (kW) SunPower solar system on the rooftop of the Indira Paryavaran Bhavan building in New Delhi. SunPower's high efficiency, most reliable solar solution was chosen for the project given its energy generation requirements and the limited rooftop area.

The state-of-the art landmark will be India's first net zero energy building. read more>>>

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