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.
Electric Transmission America (ETA), a joint venture of subsidiaries of American Electric Power (AEP) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., has formed a joint venture company with Westar Energy Inc. to build and own new electric transmission assets in Kansas.
The business model of manhy electrical contractors does not involve outside sales, leaving those contractors out of position to approach the residential solar business, according to Bernie Kottlier, director, Green Building Solutions, Los Angeles Labor Management Cooperative Community (LALMCC).
Those who have followed the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry for the last 15 years or more can be excused for feeling a tad skeptical about current claims that now the industry is on the verge of taking off.
A PPL Corporation subsidiary will renovate and recommission its Orono, Maine, hydroelectric plant, adding 20,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year of clean, renewable electricity to the region’s power supplies.
Ethanol is becoming a component in an increasing amount of the nation’s fuel supply. Those who manufacture and sell it and the associations that represent them hail ethanol as the reducer of and, ultimately, the means for ending the nation’s dependency on foreign oil.