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Solar-powered boat cruises to raise energy awareness

A few years after mechanical engineer Carter Quillen bought the 50-foot concrete sailboat Ketch du Jour, he changed the vessel’s name to the Archimedes. For one thing, Quillen had replaced the masts with solar panels, so the Ketch was no longer a ketch (a two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailboat). “I was looking for a name that had

Kaiser Permanente buys 153 MW of wind and solar power

Kaiser Permanente’s recent announcement that it would purchase enough renewable energy to meet half of its electricity consumption in California made big news, from the Bay Area (such as here and here) to the cleantech and sustainable business communities to national outlets (witness here and here). The health care provider’s deal with project developer NextEra Energy Resources for 110 megawatts of solar and 43 megawatts of wind


SolarCity Now A Utility

SolarCity, which specializes in rooftop solar energy panels, has long accused utility industries of monopolistic practices that discourage the change necessary to expand power options. Until now. SolarCity announced March 16 that it has developed a system called “Grid Logic” that will use software and conventional generators to maintain the flow of power to its standard solar

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Southern Hemisphere’s Largest Solar Power Plant Set to Start

(Bloomberg) — A project in the Australian Outback that will more than double the country’s large-scale solar output should begin generating its initial power as early as this week, according to First Solar Inc. The A$290 million ($220 million) Nyngan solar plant in New South Wales state will start at 25 megawatts before increasing to

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Energy Department Debuts 7-Day Solar Challenge With $10M in Prizes

The Energy Department has announced final rules for a prize competition to make it faster, cheaper, and easier for Americans to install solar energy systems and spur solar deployment nationwide.  The SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar competition challenges innovators around the country to develop solutions to reduce the time and processes involved in installing solar

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Solar panels on top of canal impress U.N. chief

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday praised India’s ingenuity and cutting-edge technology while dedicating Gujarat’s second canal-top 10-MW solar power project to the nation. The solar panels are arranged on top of the Vadodara branch of the Sardar Sarovar project canal, probably a first-of-its-kind project in the world to generate power. In a brief address,

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Report: Energy efficiency could cost U.S. utilities $48 billion

HOUSTON — Two trends in the power sector — the expansion of distributed generation and advances in energy efficiency — could cost U.S. utilities up to $48 billion annually by 2025, according to a new report. The study by the consulting firm Accenture was based on models that examined improvements in solar panels, electricity storage and

Comprehensive Review of Climate Change Science from the Green Market Oracle

SolarFeeds note: We bumped into this Green Market Oracle post from 2012 and it was too good not to share. Republished (with permission) here in its entirety , the post inspired SolarFeeds to create a new category for not-so-new stuff worth sharing. The category is called “Awesome”! The evidence for anthropogenic global warming is unassailable. In 2009, 18 scientific

Ivanpah, a concentrated solar plant, faces tough road

Seen from the air, the Ivanpah solar project is both breathtaking and terrifying. In a valley just north of Interstate 15, near the Nevada border, close to 350,000 mirrors reflect sunlight toward three massive towers, which glow impossibly bright as they convert that sunlight into energy. Ivanpah is the largest concentrated solar plant in the

Interconnect Technology Makes Major Advances

Today’s announcement of the Applied Endura® Volta™ CVD Cobalt system, which deposits thin conformal and selective cobalt films for manufacturing the copper circuitry that connects billions of transistors in today’s integrated circuits, marks the biggest change in the copper interconnect in the last 15 years. The Endura Volta CVD system is a major technical achievement

Gulf Of Mexico: Dirty Energy Exploitation Now Allowed

Tue, 2014-02-25 05:00Farron Cousins It has been nearly four years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and neither the dirty energy industry nor politicians in Washington, D.C. have learned anything…

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