The US wind industry has passed the 20,000-megawatt (MW) installed capacity milestone, achieving in two years what had previously taken more than two decades, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said, increasing 10,000 MW since 2006.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) announced it will install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the roofs of several schools. This initiative will make MCPS the first school system in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to launch a large-scale solar PV program.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently reported a couple of developments that may help solar power enter the mainstream market. In one project, MIT reported new photovoltaic cells could be placed on windows without inhibiting views or light passage.
According to The Voice of America News, former Vice President Al Gore is challenging the United States to produce all of its electricity through wind power, solar power and other environmentally friendly sources within 10 years.
While US policymakers at all levels of government talk about the importance of ending our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, at least one group of lawmakers can boast to having actually put their money where their mouths are.
In related developments, two western states have become positioned to take advantage of one of their most plentiful, free resources. This summer, officials in South Dakota and Colorado adopted significant policies to increase wind power development in their states.
According to USA Today, new technology developed by Silicon Valley startup SUNRGI could fast-track solar power by delivering it to the market in a year’s time at a price comparable to coal-fired electricity.
In June 2008, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom helped the city achieve a first when he signed a bill recently approved by the Board of Supervisors. Officials are touting the GoSolarSF program as the first-ever and largest solar program of its kind offered by a city in the country.
The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a joint initiative—the Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ) project—to expedite the development and delivery of clean and renewable energy to those areas in the West with vast renewable resources.
A debate within political circles in the historic town of Marburg, Germany, and its regional government in Giessen pits the environmentally conscious against the very environmentally conscious and highlights the question of where to draw the line when it comes to mandating energy efficiency.
According to USA Today, a growing number of American cities and states are adopting energy-efficient building codes to offset rising energy costs. Almost three times as many counties and cities passed green-building policies in 2007 as they did in 2004, according to the U.S.
PPL Renewable Energy announced plans in May 2008 to design, construct and operate a 1.7-megawatt solar-power system for Schering-Plough Corp. in Summit, N.J. When completed, the green energy project will be the largest rooftop solar installation in the United States.