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Seminole wins low cost funding for potential ‘smart grid’ solar project

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has selected a ‘Smart Grid’ solarphotovoltaic (PV) project being studied by Tampa-based SeminoleElectric Cooperative, for access to up to $34 million in low costproject funding. On October 27, 2009, the IRS awarded Seminolethe right to issue up to $34 million in new Clean Renewable EnergyBonds (CREBs) to finance a […] Read more


Seminole wins low cost funding for potential ‘smart grid’ solar project

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has selected a ‘Smart Grid’ solarphotovoltaic (PV) project being studied by Tampa-based SeminoleElectric Cooperative, for access to up to $34 million in low costproject funding. On October 27, 2009, the IRS awarded Seminolethe right to issue up to $34 million in new Clean Renewable EnergyBonds (CREBs) to finance a […] Read more


Seminole wins low cost funding for potential ‘smart grid’ solar project

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has selected a ‘Smart Grid’ solarphotovoltaic (PV) project being studied by Tampa-based SeminoleElectric Cooperative, for access to up to $34 million in low costproject funding. On October 27, 2009, the IRS awarded Seminolethe right to issue up to $34 million in new Clean Renewable EnergyBonds (CREBs) to finance a […] Read more


Beacon Power Brings FlyWheel to The Grid

Beacon Power (Nasdaq:BCON), a Massachusetts-based company focused on deploying flywheelenergy storage technologies for enhancing the grid’s frequencyregulation services, will begin construction on the nation’s firstfull-scale 20-megawatt (MW) flywheel frequency regulation plant in inStephentown, New York before the end of November  Frequency regulation is an essential grid service that is performedby maintaining a tight balance between electricity supply and demand.Beacon’s […] Read more


One Block Off The Grid Introduces New San Diego Program

One Block Off the Grid (1BOG), a solar buying collective, has launcheda San Diego solar community buying campaign designed to make itaffordable for San Diego homeowners to purchase solar energy at a groupdiscount rate. 1BOG says program participants can receive solarpower systems at $5.29 per watt from the 1BOG selected installerpartner, HelioPower. 1BOG’s first San […] Read more


Will Cities Drive Smart Grid Development?

San Francisco is working to convert the city’s entire transportation systemto cleaner fuels and electricity, and to build an urban infrastructurefor electric vehicles. Boulder, Colorado has already become thenation’s first “Smart Grid City.” And Austin, Texas has undertaken the “Pecan Street Project”to “develop, test and implement the urban power system of the future”and establish the […] Read more


How ‘Smart’ Is the Smart Grid?

In July,  Joseph McClelland, director of the Office of ElectricReliability Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, testifiedon cybersecurity and the U.S. power gird before the U.S. House ofRepresentatives’ Committee on Homeland Security.  His comments, whichfollow in italics, cut against the grain of common thinking about theso-called ’smart grid.’ “The need for vigilance may increase as new technologies areadded to the bulk power system. For example, […] Read more


Farms in Oregon Going Off-Grid

The state of Oregon has had a long-standing reputation forgreen-mindedness, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before newssurfaced of its farmers employing renewable energy to power theircrops. This Associated Pressstory from yesterday highlights the increasing frequency with whichagriculturalists in the Beaver State have been tapping into cleantechnologies such as solar or hydroelectric […] Read more


Will Solar Crash the Smart Grid?

For the smart grid, the weather is going to be murder. The proliferation of solar panels will effectively transformcommercial districts and neighborhoods into small, localized powerplants. While that will allow utilities to cut back on coal, theunpredictable, varying nature of solar power will force grid operatorsto dispatch or throttle power rapidly. Solar-balancing smart gridsystems now […] Read more


Winners In DOE’s $3.4B Smart Grid Grant Program

The Department of Energy on Tuesday named 100 smart grid projects as winners of $3.4 billion in stimulus grants – and it looks like the smart meter industry is going to be happy. That’s because a lot of that money is going to deploy two-way communicating electricity meters to customers, according to the list of […] Read more


DOE announces $3.4 Billion upgrade for Smart Grid

The Department of Energy is announcing today a $3.5 billion investmentin grants to “spur the nation’s transition to a smarter, stronger, moreefficient and reliable electric system,” according to a press releaseby the DOE. The funds will come from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act,and will be matched by industry for a total of approximately $8billion, […] Read more


MINILUX Concept Car Serves the Grid When Parked

.Designed by Jukka Rautiainen,MINILUX is a concept vehicle targeted for urban dwellers who, use theirown car mainly for leisure purposes and rely on other forms oftransport in their daily mobility. Due to its nature as a leisurevehicle it spends long periods of time unused. When parked outside, thevehicle uses high-efficiency photovoltaic panels to harvest solarenergy. […] Read more


DOE Earmarks $5 Million for ComEd Smart Grid Solar Pilot

Last week, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that ComEd couldreceive up to $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act(ARRA) funding for the utility’s Smart Grid solar pilot. Thisone-year project would examine customer responses to pricing signals,the impact of renewable distributed energy system, and how they canbest be integrated into a future Smart […] Read more


Solar Energy and Smart Grid: A Talk With Capgemini

Renewable energy sources like solar and wind have the potential tostrongly contribute to our electricity mix in years to come. To get abetter grasp on how solar and our electrical grid work together, I satdown with Gary Paul and Andy Roehr, both Vice Presidents of Capgemini’sSmart Energy Practice in North America. The smart grid is […] Read more