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2013 Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting Announced

There are just four months to go until the Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting kicks-off at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam. The theme of this year’s Conference is Information – Integration – Innovation. Attendees will hear from leaders from business, government, finance, accountancy, civil society, labor and academia about the latest sustainability challenges, and how we can all best work together to ensure a sustainable global economy.

Guest Post: Arbtech Ecological Surveys & Reports Provide Solutions for Homeowners

During the survey, the ecological consultancy looks for several things. The physical presence of bats is one of them. It also looks out for evidence of bat activity. It consists of droppings, dead bat carcasses, skeletons and prey remains. An assessment is also carried to determine a habitat value. It falls in the range of negligible and very high.

First Solar Releases 92.5-Watt Thin-Film PV Module

“This increase in module efficiency, coupled with our thin-film technology’s real-world yield advantage when compared to crystalline silicon PV, results in higher energy density and lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE).”

Itron and Deutsche Telekom to Offer Expanded Smart Grid Solutions and Services Options

Itron, Inc., a global technology company that helps utilities measure, manage, and analyze energy and water, and Deutsche Telekom, a world leading integrated telecommunications company, announced today that they have signed an agreement to collaborate on delivering smart metering solutions to target markets in Europe.

Principal Solar Institute Publishes White Paper Outlining Industry’s Ratings System for Creating, Testing, Monitoring Solar PV Modules

Guided by an advisory board of academic experts and solar professionals, the PSI PV Module Rating is based on physical tests by independent laboratories such as TÜV Rheinland, but is presented as a single comparative number that can be used with circumstantial information such as deliverability, pricing and manufacturer reputation so that solar power plant designers, buyers and financiers have a consistent basis for choosing a particular PV module. The system empowers these decision-makers to make informed, intelligent comparisons and determinations when selecting PV modules.

CREE Buildings Sustainable Tall Wood Building System Arrives in U.S.

Known as the LifeCycle Tower (LCT) system, CREE’s innovation is a slab and post wood design method that requires up to 50 percent shorter construction time compared to reinforced concrete and steel construction. The LCT system also requires 39 percent fewer resources, over the life of a building and takes advantage of engineered timber products.

SolarCity Selected by KIUC to Build Hawaii Solar Facility on Grove Farm Land to Help Reduce Kaua’i’s Oil Dependency

Grove Farm, headquartered in Lihu’e, owns approximately 40,000 acres on Kauai, making it one of Kaua’i’s largest private landowners. In its transition from a sugar plantation to a community development and property management company, Grove Farm has remained focused on building a more sustainable island community.

IKEA Plugs-In Georgia’s Largest Private Solar Rooftop Array on Savannah Distribution Center

“Installing solar panels atop this facility demonstrates that the company’s sustainable commitment extends beyond our stores into all facets of the retail operations,” said William Jackson, Savannah Distribution Center Manager. “This solar array will reduce significantly the carbon footprint and electricity costs of this facility. We appreciate the continued support of the Chatham County, Georgia Power, and Gehrlicher Solar, our partners in this project.”

Tankless Water Heaters Made Simple

The new NPE Series greatly reduces time and labor for a typical tankless retrofit by utilizing existing gas lines and existing flue chases. In fact, this new technology allows installation time to be reduced by half compared to other tankless water heaters. All these technical advances make the Navien NPE tankless series ideal for tank water heater replacement.

Clean Power Finance Launches CPF Capital & Trading Service

Renewable Portfolio Standard legislation mandates that utilities derive a specific percent of their electricity from renewable energy generation sources and often includes requirements for solar energy deployment known as “solar carve-out” programs. Instead of building solar power generation facilities themselves, utilities can meet their solar generation requirements by purchasing SRECs from homeowners and businesses with solar systems, which helps offset the costs of residential and commercial installations.

Los Angeles Utility Powers Up 11.4-MW SolarWorld Solar System

The Adelanto Solar Power Plant ties into a switching and converter station at the southern terminus of LADWP’s Southern Transmission System, which links Southern California with wind farms and the existing Intermountain Power Project, a power-generation facility in Utah capable of producing 1,800 megawatts of electricity.

Imagine Homes to Offer DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles for All New Construction

Today, DOW POWERHOUSE announced a major new collaboration with Imagine Homes, a San Antonio-based homebuilder leading the nation in new high performance green building technology, to offer the cutting-edge DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle roof system to all new homebuyers in Imagine Homes’ six San Antonio area residential communities. Additionally, DOW POWERHOUSE will be a standard feature on all homes in the Willis Ranch community, scheduled to open in September 2012.

Hydrodec Receives US Approval for Treatment of PCB-Contaminated Waste Oil

London-based Hydrodec Group plc, the cleantech industrial oil re-refining group, is pleased to announce that the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued Hydrodec with a final permit for the storage and treatment of polychlorinated biphenyl (“PCB”) contaminated used transformer oil in the US.

Great Lakes Biodiesel Announces Final Stage of Construction of Canada’s Largest Biodiesel Plant

Great Lakes Biodiesel Inc. has entered the final stage of construction of Canada’s largest biodiesel plant opening in Fall, 2012. Located in Welland, Ontario, the plant is approved by the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY Program, having annual production capacity of 170 million litres of biodiesel.

Heat Pipe Technology’s Case Studies Show Rapid ROI for Passive Energy Recovery and Dehumidification Systems

Heat Pipe Technology specializes in passive energy recovery and dehumidification systems for commercial applications. Employing the very latest in passive-heat-transfer technology, Heat Pipe Technology designs and supplies the core energy recovery technologies to the world’s leading commercial air-handling equipment manufacturers.

Synergy Dairy and CH4 Biogas to Launch New York State’s Largest On-Farm Co-Digestion Biogas Project Estimated to Power 1,000 Homes

State’s Largest On-Farm Biogas-to-Energy Project and First On-Farm Facility Specifically Designed for Co-Digestion to Help Reduce Dairy’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Viaspace Green Energy Eyes Giant Grass for Thai Biomass Fuel

US-based Viaspace Green Energy signed a memorandum of understanding January 17 with Thailand’s Seema Energy to grow its proprietary Giant King Grass for the Thai company’s proposed 90MW biomass plant.

IKEA Plugs-in 4 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Tempe, AZ; Ninth IKEA Store in U.S. to Complete Installation of Units

Home furnishings giant IKEA today officially plugged-in four Blink Pedestal electric vehicle charging stations at its Tempe, Arizona store as part of its partnership with ECOtality, Inc., a company specializing in clean electric transportation and storage technologies.