Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles Now Available in Delaware & Hawaii

We are happy to report the Dow line of solar shingles is now available in two more states. Dow Solar announced today that the availability of DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles, an award-winning residential solar roofing system, is expanding to Delaware and Hawaii. Delaware and Hawaii are among the smaller states in the nation, both in population and geography. But in the solar industry, the two states rank in the top ten, which drew Dow Solar’s attention in determining the next…

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First Solar & XSOL Ink Supply Agreement in Japan

First Solar and XSOL Co., Ltd., a distributor and integrator of solar systems in Japan, today announced an agreement to supply First Solar’s cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film modules in Japan. The agreement targets installation of 100 megawatts (MW)DC per year. Last year, First Solar announced plans to invest $100M in development of mega solar power projects in Japan. The agreement with XSOL enables First Solar’s advanced technology to be supplied to smaller scale projects as well. “First Solar is…

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UK Grocery Store Sainsbury’s First to Leave Grid; Obtaining Power from Anaerobic Digestion of Scrap Food

More examples are beginning to surface of companies opting to operate independently of the utility operated power grid. In this example, we hear news of Sainsbury’s, a Saffordshire grocery store, that plans to generate its own power through the anaerobic digestion of food waste. An anaerobic digestion plant owned by Biffa will be providing the energy to a Sainsbury’s store in Cannock, Staffordshire. Food waste from Biffa is returned from Sainsbury’s stores across the UK to its anaerobic digestion facility…

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The Dark Side of Solar Energy: Solar Weaponry

John Perlin’s book, “Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy,” tells of a scheming thirteenth century priest/scientist who tries to convince the Pope to start a solar weapons’ race by showing him a treatise written by an early Muslim geometrician regarding solar burning mirrors. Had solar energy lived up to its threat as the ultimate weapon, it might have taken center stage much earlier as the power source of the world. The military today revisits this thirteenth-century vision…

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Sustainable Energy Solutions: Compost-Powered Heat

For those composting champions wanting to know more about useable energy which can be captured in the composting process, this guest article from Gaelan Brown about compost-powered heat should help throw light on the subject. Brown has also provided a VIDEO that is well worth watching. Compost Powered Heat: A New And Proven Form of Renewable Energy Imagine being able to heat water, buildings, and greenhouses using energy captured from compost without buying or burning any fuel while creating a…

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Sean Cochrane; Sustainable Expert

Entrepreneurs are what gives the rest of mankind the hope that they can dream and accomplish anything they set their mind to. Sean Cochrane is a name that has become synonymous with sustainability in entrepreneurship. He started with his company in Australia, called “Allsafe Energy Efficient Products,” which is a sustainable energy retail operation. He then partnered with Ray Titus and opened the first of many international stores, this one named SuperGreen Solutions in North Palm Beach, FL. SuperGreen Solutions…

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Biomass Electricity Could Fuel Future of Electric Vehicles

Thanks to Greenwire for this interesting news about a potential future fuel for electric vehicles – biomass electricity: The federal policy used to build up the nation’s ethanol and advanced biofuel capacity could soon be harnessed to spur the development of electric vehicle infrastructure. In a final rule issued last week, U.S. EPA said it would allow renewable electricity made from certain biomass sources to qualify under the renewable fuel standard [RFS] if it is used to power electric vehicles.…

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Programs Make Affordable Solar Power Available to Low-Income Neighborhoods

Many low-income neighborhoods have not joined the solar power revolution because of the perceived high initial cost of solar. These are the very areas that could most benefit from lowered utility bills. That could be changing, however, as companies and states are offering programs designed to assist these neighborhoods in getting affordable solar power. Developers Partner With Residents for Affordable Solar Power In the Baltimore Sharp-Leadenhall neighborhood, developers of a new $250 million mixed-use building are working with residents to…

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Solar Saga Continues: The Koch Brothers Weren’t the First to Try Stopping Solar

Special thanks to author John Perlin for this solar history contribution about others who long ago tried to end one solar entrepreneur’s life. The material comes from Perlin’s recently published book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy. He will be a featured speaker at Intersolar. At this event, he will sign copies of his book. The Atacama Desert in northern Chile well deserves its reputation as the American Sahara. But when, in 1870, news spread of a “mountain…

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Mexico’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array Features SolarWorld Solar Panels with Racking System Design

An audio-headset factory in Tijuana, Mexico, is now home to the largest, privately owned roof-mounted solar installation in all of Latin America. The 1.16-megawatt system features solar panels, racking and system engineering fromSolarWorld, the largest solar manufacturer in the Americas for nearly 40 years.producer of audio communications headphones. The project is the second of SolarWorld solar panels at a Plantronics facility. In 2011, the headset manufacturer installed 608 kilowatts of roof-mounted and carport-mounted solar arrays at its headquarters in Santa…

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Ocean Wave Energy Provides Continuous Renewable Power

Last week the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that it will consider issuing a research lease for Oregon State University to study ocean wave energy off the Oregon coast. The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center is seeking approval to build a test site about 5 miles off the Newport coast to study utility-scale wave energy devices. The project hopes to support up to 20 megawatts of renewable electricity production, BOEM said. What is ocean wave energy? The use…

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Rhino3 Creates Shipping Container Homes starting with a ‘Queen’

A new creation has come to fruition on the plains of Colorado. The first of its kind is called “Zulu Queen” and it is a Corten steel shipping container ‘high cube’ turned home. The designed home emerged from a team of an artist/architect and an outdoor woman/tech guru of Sam Austin and Jan Burton as they created firm Rhino3 (cubed). Their motto is: “Tiny dwellings at the intersection of art and sustainability” These containers were used to import goods to…

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Wind Turbine Business Analysis

For those curious about the payback on wind turbines, this press release from AAAS is worth reading. Wind turbine payback US researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines mooted for a large wind farm in the US Pacific Northwest. Writing in the International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, they conclude that in terms of cumulative energy payback, or the time to produce the amount of energy required of production and installation, a wind turbine with a working…

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Energy Innovation: Solar Roadways and Solar Sidewalks

PV-powered roads and walkways being tested in U.S. Federal Highway Administration research program Get to know a solar-to-electricity system that isn’t stuck on the rooftop. Thus is s story about tenacity in renewable energy research and a long-range vision that might provide one solution to take on climate change using a network of solar roads, driveways, and sidewalks. Meet Scott and Julie Brusaw, co-founders of Idaho-based Solar Roadways. Here is the story as it is told on their website: “Suppose we…

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First Solar Selected by Tenaska to Build 150MW Solar Facility in Southern California

First Solar, Inc. has announced that it has been selected by independent energy company Tenaska Solar Ventures to design and build the 150 megawatt (MW)AC Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West project near El Centro, California. First Solar will provide full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services on the project, employing its advanced thin film photovoltaic modules and single-axis tilt technology. The project sits on approximately 1,100 acres of previously disturbed land in Imperial County. Tenaska Imperial West is the…

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The Birth of On-Grid Rooftop Photovoltaics

Special thanks to author John Perlin for this contribution about the introduction of rooftop photovoltaics. The material comes from Perlin’s recently published book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy. John Ericsson had gained great fame in America for designing the Monitor, the first iron ship that helped save the Union forces during America’s Civil War. After the Union’s victory in 1865, he devoted the rest of his life to solar pursuits. Ericsson made a momentous discovery not very…

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