December 20th, 2013 - At today’s New York Public Service Commission meeting, the Commission voted to approve a petition from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to fund the state’s transformative NY-Sun program through 2015. The Commission’s approval of $216 million will support roughly 260 megawatts (MW) of residential and commercial solar projects over the next two years. Taking NY-Sun a step further, the Commission also directed NYSERDA to submit a funding request to support a long-term NY-Sun program post 2015. This will provide invaluable policy certainty for solar companies and consumers alike as New York continues its charge to solar scale. We’ll put a bow on that! read more>>>
December 19th, 2013 - Businesses and homes around the country are making a valiant effort to use solar power where possible but Japan feels it is time to step up the game. They aim to create a 400km-wide and 11,000 km-long solar panel on the moon which would transfer the energy back to earth via lasers. So is this plan a viable solution for the future of solar power, or is simply a shot in the dark?
The ‘Luna Ring’ as it is being called is a concept dreamt up by the Shimizu Corporation. The plan is still in its initial stages but if it was to go ahead would start the construction as soon as 2035. Although this is a long way off, this could be an innovation in energy and could make a dramatic difference to the way in which we live throughout the globe. read more>>>
Dec 21st 2013 - Some of the most challenging and well-paid jobs are emerging from the "green" economy, as alternatives to fossil fuels, environmentally sound building concepts, and solar and wind power projects gain traction as desirable -- and profitable -- endeavors.
Green jobs are attractive for several reasons, not the least of which is that there is incredible growth potential. In addition, most of these jobs pay very high salaries, and there are positions available for those with two-year, four-year, and graduate degrees.
Here are three states that are leading the way in the creation of a variety of green jobs as they embrace energy efficiency, alternative fuel production, and other sustainable projects. read more>>>
Dec. 20, 2013 — Scientists from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and other international collaborators have proposed a system of mirrors, processed lunar soil and a heat engine to provide energy to vehicles and crew during the lunar night. This would preclude the need for batteries and nuclear power sources such as those used by the Chinese rover that recently landed on the moon.
The lunar night lasts approximately 14 days, during which temperatures as low as -150 ºC have been recorded. This complicates vehicle movement and equipment functioning on the lunar surface, requiring the transport of heavy batteries from Earth or the use of nuclear energy, as exemplified by the Chinese rover Yutu. read more>>>
Dec. 11, 2013 — Two detailed reports from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) find that solar financing and other non-hardware costs -- often referred to as "soft costs" -- now comprise up to 64% of the total price of residential solar energy systems, reflecting how soft costs are becoming an increasingly larger fraction of the cost of installing solar.
"The two new reports, along with previous reports, provide a comprehensive look at the full cost of installing solar, while delineating and quantifying the various contributors to that final cost," NREL analyst Barry Friedman said. read more>>>
Sep 2013 - Access to modern, safe, affordable and sustainable energy is increasingly recognised as crucial for development. Designing the delivery of energy services that can meet the needs and wants of end-users, in particular those of men and women living in poverty, is a complex task that requires a range of skills (technical, managerial and financial) and cooperation between multiple stakeholders. Equally, successful scaling requires adapting delivery models to different local contexts rather than simple replication.
This joint publication from IIED and CAFOD outlines an approach to designing sustainable energy services for people living in poverty. read more>>>
Site Offers New Maps, Data Sets, and Learning Resources for the Global Atlas for Solar and Wind
September 13, 2013 - The Global Atlas for Solar and Wind has updated its web portal to provide easier access to the Atlas GIS interface, catalog of data sets, and an expanded learning center.
The Global Atlas for Solar and Wind, a project initiated by the Clean Energy Ministerial Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group, has updated and expanded its web portal (Global Atlas) to provide easier access to three main products: read more>>>
Dec 26, 2013 - Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), a developer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules, integrated into the company’s EnerPlex™ series of consumer products, announced today the debut of the Surfr phone case for the iPhone 5 and 5s at CES 2014, the world’s first and only case designed for the phones utilizing both battery and solar technology.
The Surfr for iPhone 5 and 5s will be on display at the EnerPlex exhibit at CES 2014 in Las Vegas at booth 35474 from 7th – 10th January 2014, along with the full line of EnerPlex products and accessories. read more>>>
December 23rd, 2013 - In a recent report, The World Bank said that solar power is one of the key elements of its Country Partnership Strategy with India. The organization said it will circulate the findings of the study to central and state governments to spread an understanding of the issues and analysis presented.
The Bank said in a statement that in just three years India has made impressive strides in developing its abundant solar power potential. It has added capacity at a quick pace and managed to reduce the costs of solar energy to around $0.12 per kWh for solar photo voltaic (PV) and $0.21 per kWh for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). These prices mean India is one of cheapest places in the world for grid-connected solar power. read more>>>
December 23, 2013 - Construction has begun on a "green" industrial park that will be powered by SWACO's Franklin County landfill.
The Orlando-based Team Gemini LLC, a sustainable project design and development company, recently broke ground on the Gemini Synergy Center, a 365-acre commercial and industrial complex, and the Center for Resource Recovering and Recycling, a 290,000-square-foot facility designed to take refuse out of the waste stream going into the Franklin County landfill and convert into reusable material.
The industrial park will be leased on SWACO property north of state Route 665 and west of Interstate 71. read more>>>