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Practical Solar Beyond The Grid Ask the average consumer the role solar power plays in their lives and they'll likely mention multi-megawatt light-up-a-city grid-scale solar farms, or rooftop photovoltaic panels, or -- more likely -- the little solar powered moon lights they've placed along their front walkway. But solar power can be found in any number of practical applications.
Kyocera Begins Operation of Japan's Largest Solar Power Plant Kyocera has flipped the switch on a 70 megawatt solar power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan. The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant, which went online on November 1st, is being operated by Kyocera and six other companies to sell the electricity to a local utility under Japan's feed-in-tariff program.
Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South Begins Commercial Operation The 130-megawatt Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South, a new solar photovoltaic electric generating station near El Centro in Southern California, began commercial operation this month under its 25-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric.
The Future of Cogeneration is Green While solar and wind are well known alternative energy sources, it is estimated that about 8% of world electricity generation currently comes from cogeneration power systems. When those system are fueled using biomass they have the added benefit of using a renewable, practically inexhaustible fuel source.
Youth Speak Out For Wind Energy The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has revealed the three winners of its second annual Power of Wind blog contest during the final day of the Association's 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario. This unique opportunity is launched annually during CanWEA's Global Wind Day celebrations, held on June 15th.
Going Green Is About More Than Just Saving Money Going green, whether it's switching to energy-saving LED bulbs or installing a rooftop solar photovoltaic system, can save you money. But there are plenty of other reasons to adopt a green lifestyle.
Kyocera Solar Modules Prove Long-Term Reliability in Colorado Mountains How long do solar photovoltaic modules last? Many manufacturers guarantee their equipment for 20 years, but is this realistic? Kyocera, one of the world's leading producers and suppliers of solar photovoltaic modules and related systems, feels it is, and they have real-world facts to prove it.
Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies Global use of solar and wind energy grew significantly in 2012, according to a recent report by Worldwatch Institute. Solar power consumption increased by 58 percent and the use of wind power increased by 18 percent. Although global investment declined, lower costs meant total installed capacities grew sharply.
Martifer Solar To Build Its Third PV Plant In Ukraine Martifer Solar is building a 5 megawatt photovoltaic plant in Ukraine consisting of 20,000 photovoltaic modules installed on fixed structures across an 11-hectares site. The project, due to be completed this month, will deliver power for more than 6,000 people.
Flash Charging Electric Buses In 15 Seconds A pilot program in Geneva is demonstrating the feasibility of flash charging electric buses using technology developed by ABB. A large capacity electric bus, carrying as many as 135 passengers, will be charged directly at selected stops with a 15-second energy boost while the passengers enter and leave the bus.
Overcoming Electric Vehicle Limitations With Electric Roads Electric vehicles promise clean, quiet transportation, but they suffer from a severe drawback: Their range is limited by their battery capacity. The Volvo Group is working to overcome these limitations, not by improving battery capacity, but by eliminating the need for batteries at all, using what it calls Electric Roads.
Nordex Strengthens It's Turkish Wind Position Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex is strengthening its position in the Turkish market with delivery and service contracts with two long-standing customers for four projects entailing a total of 50 turbines with a combined total capacity of 125 megawatts.
Ellerman House in Cape Town Offers Eco-Tourists A Green Stay Ellerman House, an iconic hotel located in Cape Town, South Africa, has launched an initiative to become the city's most eco-friendly boutique hotel. Through projects such as solar panels, LED light bulbs, and heat pumps, the property aims to be Cape Town's leader in eco-friendly luxury hospitality by September 2013.