1st TalkSolar + CleanTechnica Podcast!

For those wanting to stay current about solar energy, this is a good program to watch. This is the press release. [repostus]1st TalkSolar + CleanTechnica Podcast! (Tables Turned) (via Clean Technica) As announced the other day, TalkSolar and CleanTechnica have teamed up for TalkSolar’s second season. The first show was on Thursday (shows are broadcast live on Thursdays at noon EST / 9 am PST on BlogTalkRadio). Since it was the first show of the…

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Nanowires Provide Great Potential for Better Solar Cells

Better solar cells, better LED light and vast optical possibilities Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. NTNU-researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they can become more effective in LEDs and solar cells. NTNU researchers Dheeraj Dasa and Helge Weman have, in cooperation with IBM, discovered that gallium arsenide can be tuned with a small strain to function efficiently as a single light-emitting…

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Tucson Electric Power 15-Year Plan Will Reduce Coal; Increase Natural Gas and Renewable Resources

In a step to reduce dependence on coal and its negative impacts on climate change, Tucson Electric Power has released plans to meet energy needs over the next 15 years by reducing its coal generation capacity by about one-third. The utility reports it will acquire new cost-effective natural gas-fired resources; and continuing its expansion of renewable power and energy-efficiency programs. In a press announcement, the utility reports it has filed its 2014 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with the Arizona Corporation…

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Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

Read below for a financial snapshot of the 2013 renewable energy sector. Renewables account for 44 percent of 2013’s newly-installed electricity generating capacity despite global investment dropping for second year Renewable energy’s share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14 per cent drop in investments to US$214.4 billion, according to a new report released today. According to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 – produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate…

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Zayed Future Energy Prize Launches Global Outreach Campaign

Advancing discovery and development in renewable energy benefits world health and productivity. The Zayed Future Energy Prize calls for innovation in renewable energy.   This quote from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack comes to mind: “If we truly want an innovative and creative renewable fuel industry, then it needs to be challenged. And if we create a set of protections that allow it to not be as creative and innovative as possible, then we aren’t doing a service to…

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School for Solar Announced by CBD Energy Limited

In an exciting new project, diversified renewable energy company, CBD Energy Limited is investing in the development and installation of a programme of solar projects across the UK, through its wholly owned UK subsidiary, Secured Energy Bonds plc (SEB). SEB plans to install solar panels for a number of UK businesses (at no cost to the businesses), and to derive income from the Feed-in Tariffs paid by the UK government to green electricity generators. This is a win-win situation for…

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Bulgarian Syngas Project Launches Construction

Karlovo Power Plant Will Turn Syngas Derived from Straw and Wood Wastes into Cleaner, More Reliable and Economic Electricity Bulgarian plans to use alternative fuels for generating sustainable electricity are now taking shape, following the start of construction of the Karlovo integrated gasified biomass power plant. When completed the plant will distribute cleaner electricity, using wood waste and straw, to some 2,000 homes. The landmark biomass-to-energy plant powered by GE’s Jenbacher gas engine technology is being built near Stroevo, in…

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Oregon Future Energy Conference 2014

Oregon Future Energy Conference

In its eighth year, the Oregon Future Energy Conference is the place to be on Earth Day. The all-day conference, presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council, offers educational and networking opportunities for those interested in the future of green energy. Education tracks include: Policy & Regulation, The Business of Renewable Energy, The Business of Energy Efficiency, and Energy Sector Insights. The keynote speakers will be Kate Gordon, VP and Director of the Energy & Climate Program for Next Generation, and Lisa Schwartz,…

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San Diego International Airport Tabs Borrego Solar to Install 3.3 MW Solar System

The San Diego Regional Airport Authority, which oversees the San Diego International Airport (SDIA), has announced plans to install a 3.3-megawatt solar system that is expected to save up to $8 million in energy costs over 20 years. The photovoltaic system will be the first to be built at new LEED-certified Terminal 2 West expansion and represents a growing commitment to using renewable energy. The authority will work in partnership with Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. to install solar panel arrays on the roof of the newly…

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Park Passive House / NK Architects

This is an eye-turning passive house design, thanks to the design from Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren McCunney at NK Architects. Of note, this home uses 75 to 80 percent less energy than homes built to current code standards. Read words from the architects below this photograph. From the architect. Park Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passive House and one of Washington State’s most energy efficient homes. The striking home in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood was designed by Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren…

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Perovskite Solar Cells Bring New Possibilities to Renewable Energy Industry

For those involved with solar energy development, Perovskite appears to be a remarkable new material that features two-way applications. Oxford researchers have discovered the material not only absorbs light, it emits it. Here is the recently released press information. Revolutionary solar cells double as lasers Commercial silicon-based solar cells – such as those seen on the roofs of houses across the country – operate at about 20% efficiency for converting the Sun’s rays into electrical energy. It’s taken over 20…

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Understanding PV Technology and Inverters

Congratulations to Tigo Energy on announcing that its PV optimization solutions for the solar industry reached another milestone. The company reports that its solutions are now operating with over two thousand (2000) different types of inverters from over eighty (80) different suppliers. For anybody on the green building and consulting end of the renewable energy spectrum, this is useful information to have in the archive. There is certainly no ‘one-size-fits-all’ in the way of inverter solutions. Here is the press…

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Geothermal Conference Set for Earth Day in Washington D.C.

Upcoming global geothermal conference will take place in America. Interested parties should mark this on the calendar. Two Dozen Countries to Be Represented in Washington D.C. Representatives from 24 countries will come together with Washington leaders for the GEA International Geothermal Showcase in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, April 22. The Showcase will examine the outlook for the geothermal market and the policies driving geothermal development. The Geothermal Energy Association will release the results of its new annual U.S. and International Market…

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