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Masdar City Launches Phase 2 Master Plan

The fascinating cleantech evolution of Masdar City continues! Pushing the limits of urban design and community building, Masdar City is pressing forward in its pioneering quest for the highest quality of life with the lowest carbon footprint. Setting a new international precedent for sustainable urban planning, Boston-based CBT is presenting its award-winning Detailed Master Plan […]

November 17th

CleanFund Offers PACE Financing for Commercial Solar Power Projects

CleanFund and Soligent partnered this summer to begin offering PACE financing to non-residential solar power projects across the United States. These funding options allow building owners to pay for clean energy and energy efficiency investments through their property tax bill. PACE Funding Property Assessed Clean Energy financing is a program that allows commercial and multifamily […]

November 14th

Fair Energy Initiative Tackles High Energy Costs

The Fair Energy Initiative, launched by the US Consumer Coalition (USCC), seeks to become a powerful voice for all Americans faced with a complex and changing energy industry. USCC will be engaging in a dialogue across the country with State and Federal officials, the media, energy experts and consumers to ensure energy industry practices are fair, […]

April 11th

EnergyBar 100 Provides Long Life With Green Battery Technology

AspectSolar, an innovator in Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) solar-powered batteries, has announced an industry-leading, environmentally friendly and portable power solution for every aspect of work, play and home. With a lightweight and compact design, the EnergyBar 100 affords users twice the battery life of similar products and up to five times the duration of traditional […]

July 29th

Sustainable Power Systems Rating Program Launched

Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) launched the newest green rating system earlier this week – this one is for sustainable power systems.  PEER, as it is called, stands for Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, and it evaluates power generation, transmission and distribution systems through the lens of the customer, focusing on efficiency, quality, reliability, resiliency and […]

May 1st

Wind Tree Provides Silent Wind Power Beautifully

A new French start-up, NewWind, is making wind power beautiful!  Their new Wind Tree offers almost a hundred mini-windmills on an apparatus designed to look like a tree. Due to the light construction of the “leaves,” the Wind Tree generates power at wind speeds as low as 4.4 miles per hour!  This translates into sustained […]

January 12th

Farmers Get Energy From Coffee Wastewater

UTZ Certified publishes the results of a four-year project on coffee wastewater treatment The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that it is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills. The project started in 2010 with the goal of addressing environmental […]

August 28th

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 […]

July 9th

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 […]

July 7th

Solar Power Gardens Allow Those Without Roof Access to Go Solar

A new arrangement for getting solar power, called a solar power garden, is popping up in a few states, such as Massachusetts and Colorado, and it involves customers buying in to a solar array at another location, and receiving credit for the power their panels produce.  It is especially popular with apartment dwellers and those […]

June 23rd

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 […]

June 23rd

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, […]

June 16th

Microgrid Alliance Forms to Promote Technology

Earlier this week, the Microgrid Alliance (MGA) announced its formation.  Its goal is to be a collective voice for companies and other stakeholders involved in microgrids. Microgrids are small-scale power systems that tie into the main grid.  As the graphic above shows, there are many pieces to a microgrid.  Most are found on campuses, military bases, […]

May 15th