Friday, September 17th, 2010
Last week was an eventful one in venture capital clean tech funding, especially for California-based Solaria, Solazyme and Calisolar. Here’s a closer look at each of them, and what to look out for in the near future.
HQ: Fremont, CA (more…)
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
SunEdison, a global provider of solar energy services, announced Tuesday that it was awarded a ground-mounted 14.5 megawatt (MW) solar service contract with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Tucson, Arizona.
Construction will begin in 2011 and when ready, the solar farm will produce (more…)
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Canada’s construction electricians will soon have an independent, third-party set of standards to help prepare them for work with solar PV projects. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has announced, in conjunction with the National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO), a certification program for construction electricians installing PV systems in (more…)
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) report that they have used carbon nanotubes to concentrate solar energy 100 times more efficiently than regular photovoltaic cells. The researchers, reporting in the journal Nature Materials, said that the nanotubes — hollow tubes of carbon atoms — could form antennas that effectively capture and focus light energy, (more…)
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
Homeowner’s associations, or HOAs, are – as we who have lived in them know – able to prevent residents from using a certain color of paint, or even hanging a certain kind of window covering in their homes. But defiance, should you put up a fight, can sometimes lead to an ongoing nightmare on the scale of Freddie Kruger, et al.
The Larry Lohrman Case (more…)
Monday, September 13th, 2010
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a branch of the US Department of Energy, has published a study relating feed-in tariffs (FIT) to the accelerating production of renewable energy.
According to the study, FITs are the most effective means of encouraging the (more…)
Sunday, September 12th, 2010
The California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, announced last Wednesday that a solar power array is now online at a maintenance facility in Monterey. The 9.6-kilowatt system was designed and installed in July by local companies Earth Electric and Green Earth Engineering. It passed final inspections last week before the launch of renewable electricity (more…)
Friday, September 10th, 2010
We have seen a marriage of the energy efficiency and solar energy industries as the US has worked to green its buildings. In fact, some financing programs require that all cost-effective efficiency (more…)
Thursday, September 9th, 2010
TD Canada Trust is doing what it can for Canada’s green economy. The bank recently commissioned a poll of Canadian house owners to determine Canadians’ awareness of and attitudes toward green energy. The survey, conducted at the end of July and into August, looked in particular at attitudes toward solar panels and found, among other things, that although a third of (more…)
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Provincial Energy Minister, Brad Duguid, recently toured a hydroelectric project in Kapuskasing, Ontario to promote the province’s push for a greener and more sustainable economy. During his visit, Duguid stated, “I really think the Green Energy Act is good for the North,” referring to the provincial government’s legislation designed to bolster investment in a cleaner, (more…)