Site O' the Week - Grant Associates Solar Trees

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Singapore will be housing a new green botanical garden next to their Marina Bay at a size of 54-hectares (about 72 soccer fields.) To be built by the Grant Associates, architects Wilkinson Eyre and engineers Atelier 10, the Marina South Gardens will feature huge solar trees that stand 25 - 50 feet high. They will be used as hot water heaters, solar panels, venting ducts and rainwater harvesting systems. The project should be completed by 2011. Take a peek at more designs via the link to see why they have earned our SOW this week.

Via Grant Associates

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October 2, 2009

Site O' the Week: Google

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Our SOW honor this week goes to Google, who took it upon themselves to go greener. At the recent Global Climate and Alternative Energy Summit hosted by Reuter's in San Francisco, Bill Weihl said engineers are working on solar thermal technology that will drop the cost of 18 cents a kW-h to about five. The company has invested about $50 million in the mirror tech so far and is testing to see if it can handle desert conditions before its debut.

Via GCAES

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September 25, 2009

Site O' the Week: GSE Solar Plates Work In Bright Light

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GreenSun Energy has developed solar panels that only need bright light to recharge as opposed to requiring direct sunshine. The multi-colored plates capture light and diffuse it to solar receptors located on the edges of them. If you live in an area that is not sunny CA, this is indeed a good thing. GSE has been around for about 20 years and develops, produces and sells systems to help save the planet. And for their tireless efforts, we award our SOW to the Jerusalem based company.

Via GreenSun Energy

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September 23, 2009

White House to Become Greener

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In addition to all his other myriad of duties, President Obama wants the White House to become LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. To do this, Christine Glunz, CEQ spokesperson, says that they are hoping to reduce their carbon footprint with energy management systems, window films to lower UV rays, auto light sensors and low-flow water valves. They will also utilize biodegradable cleaners and recycled equipment, and any leftover materials will be donated to local reuse organizations.

This is not the first time a president has gone green. Back in 1979, Jimmy Carter installed a solar water heater on the West Wing's roof and G.W. installed both a small photovoltaic system and two solar water heating systems.

Via Sierra Club

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September 17, 2009

China to Have Largest Solar Plant on Planet

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China will soon have the planet's largest photovoltaic power plant that will power as many as 3 million homes with 2000MW of solar electricity. Interestingly enough, Government officials put the US company First Solar in charge and they will probably build a factory there to complete the project. The $6 billion plan is to be built in the Mongolian desert, will begin in June 2010 and should be completed by 2019.

Via NY Times

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September 14, 2009

Wixom Assembly Plant To Become Renewable Energy Park

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Good news for Michiganders. Ford has teamed with Austin, Texas' Xtreme Power to turn the now empty Wixom Assembly Plant into a renewable energy manufacturing park. About $725 million will be spent on the 320 acre site and 4.7 million square feet of building. The companies will use half of the space to create solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and turnkey systems and lease the rest of the space. Best of all, more than 4,000 jobs will be created as well as support for suppliers. The makeover will begin early next year and should be completed late in 2011.

Via Ford

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September 9, 2009

Yale's Kroon Hall Becomes Carbon Neutral

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Kroon Hall at Yale, its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is one of the first US buildings to become carbon neutral. It only uses about half the energy of any comparable building and has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 62%. The $33.5 million edifice gets 26% of its electricity from a 100KW rooftop photovoltaic array and uses advanced solar shading to lower its energy usage.

Via Kroon Hall

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September 7, 2009

GBIC to Become Greener Airport

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The George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which is part of the Houston Airport System, has received $8.8 million in government grants to go green. After installing solar panels, heaters and chillers that will replace the gas-powered steam energy system, they estimate that change will cut emissions by 60%. The GBIC is one of 9 that received grants from the FAA Airport Improvement Program and should be up and running by 2011.

Via FAA

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Solar Roadways Gets Grant for Prototype

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Solar Roadways has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the DOT to build a working prototype. It will not only generate electricity, but being made of solar cells, glass and LEDs, it will provide info that is normally found on highway signs and melt snow and ice with built-in heating elements. The estimate is that one mile can power up to 500 homes. Each 12 x 12 ft. panel will cost $6,900 that can be recovered by charging customers for energy. The company estimates that it will take 5 billion panels to cover all the asphalt in the US.

Via Solar Roadways

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September 1, 2009

Chevron Utilizes Solar Thermal Technology

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Somehow this seems an oxymoron. Chevron has decided to use solar thermal technology from BrightSource Energy to pump oil from some of its older wells in California. About 7,000 mirrors mirrors reflect light that are used to run turbines to generate electricity. Steam is pumped underground and heats up the oil so it is easier to extract. Chevron plans on building the solar plant sometime next year.

Via Reuters

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