May 31, 2010

SEPA List of Top Utilities Integrating Solar

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The Solar Electric Power Association has released its top utility companies that are integrating solar energy. Overall, the report shows that integration has expanded by about 66%. The states include California, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Colorado and New Jersey. Yeah, we did a double take after reading that last one, too.

Via SEPA

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May 26, 2010

Anheuser-Busch to Install Solar System

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Anheuser-Busch has announced that they will be installing a 300 panel solar energy system at their Newark, New Jersey brewery. The result will be that it will produce 5% of their energy that equals out to 535,000 kilowatt hours per year. Claiming that it wants to be the 'Best Beer Company in a Better World,' they already use Bio-Energy Recovery System (BERS) that turns nutrients in wastewater into fuel.

Via Anheuser-Busch

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May 19, 2010

Shikoku to House Huge Solar Plant

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Shikoku Electric Power has plans to build a solar power plant next year with Kyocera supplying 9,000 modules. When built, it will combine with an existing one to create an enormous solar installation in Shikoku, Japan. The output will be 2,200MWh of electricity, enough to offset 700 tons of CO2 per year.

Via Fareast Gizmos

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April 7, 2010

Masdar First Zero Carbon City?

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Masdar plans to be the first zero carbon city. It is being designed by British architects Foster and Partners and will cost Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, between $15 and 30 billion. A large solar farm will power the city and a circular field of mirrors send light towards a tower that will produce heat and power generators. Masdar will be using some electricity for air conditioning, desalinization and electronics, but the motto here is "Only use energy when you have exhausted design."

Via BBC

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April 5, 2010

Sithe Global Forgoes Coal for Solar and Natural Gas

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The Nevada Clean Energy Campaign has gone one step further in its goal. Sithe Global Energy has decided not to build a new coal-burning plant near Mesquite, Nevada. Instead, it will erect a 100-MW photovoltaic solar plant and a 700-MW natural gas plant. It seems that during the past few years, about 125 proposals for coal-burning plants have been scrapped and we think that is a good thing. Somehow we just don't get how coal can be made clean and good for the environment.

(Thanks, Tim)

Via Nevada CEC

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April 1, 2010

West Sacramento Port 100% Solar

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The Port of West Sacramento, located northeast of San Francisco, is powered by solar energy alone. They recently installed a 637kW system that should reduce their costs by more than $20,000 annually. It houses 3,536 solar panels covering 90,000 square feet atop two rice warehouses. The system produces enough energy to power 89 homes per year and will eliminate more than 34 million lbs of carbon-dioxide emissions over the next 25 years.

Via Central Valley Business Times

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March 30, 2010

Chevron Tests 7 Solar Technologies

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Chevron is conducting a test to determine what kind of solar technology gives the most bang for the buck. The 8 acre Project Brightfield, located in Bakersfield, California, is trying out 7 different types, with six of them thin-film and one a crystalline-silicon photovoltaic technology, like the one shown above. The 7,700 solar panels are not just there for scientific purposes. The 740kW power generated will go to local utilities and Chevron's oil production operation.

Via Chevron
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March 22, 2010

UCLA Devises New Energy Policy

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J.R. DeShazo, the director of the Luskin Center for Innovation, in conjunction with other UCLA colleagues, has come up with a new energy policy for LA. Included is a "feed-in tariff," that encourages residents to install solar systems. Already in place in Germany, Europe, Vermont and Florida, the system allows those that do to sell excess energy back at above market level.

To accomplish this, rates would be 2.7 cents more/kwh with 0.7 cents going to a lockbox that funds energy efficiency and the solar power feed-in. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa claims that 8,000 new jobs would be generated over the next 10 years once the program is initiated.

Via UCLA

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March 19, 2010

FPL Group Building Natural Gas/Solar Plant in Florida

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The FPL Group is in the midst of building a hybrid natural gas and solar plant in West Palm Beach, Florida. At a cost of $476 million, when completed it will be the second largest array on the planet. The company believes that it will reduce the use of natural gas by 1.3 billion cubic feet per year, enough to power 18,000 homes. At the same time, carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 2.75 million tons over the next 30 years. This is equal to about removing about 19,000 cars off the road.

Via NY Times

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March 11, 2010

Marines GREEN is More than Uniforms

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The Marine Corps has gone green with their Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy System. It utilizes stackable 1600W panel arrays and deep cycle batteries to reduce the fuel needed for generators and resupplying fuel in remote locations. GREENS supplies a continuous output of 300W up to 1000W of power. Tested at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California, it supplied 85% of the energy needed.

Via Energy Matters

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