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Community Renewable Energy: Success Despite Challenges The WindShare project in Toronto is a clear demonstration of the viability of community renewable energy. Nevertheless, the co-op model, as applied to renewable energy, is not without its challenges. We spoke with James Law, Services Manager with TREC, about those challenges and the potential of community renewable energy.
Community Renewable Energy: Strength In Numbers It seems that everywhere you look you see rooftop solar arrays. Many of these share their power with their neighbors through the local utility grid in return for a feed-in-tariff. If your circumstances don't permit having your own renewable energy system, you may want to consider a community project.
Calyx Reaches New Heights With Carinata-based Biojet Fuel Calyx Bio-Ventures is working to produce renewable bio aviation fuels using a carefully bred strain of Carinata, a non-food biofuel feedstock and animal feed. We spoke with Calyx President and CEO, Don Konantz, about the crop and the prospects of biofuel for aviation.
Electrification, Consumer Empowerment, and Power Grid Reform Keys to New Energy Future ENE, a leading non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative environmental policies, today released "EnergyVision: A Pathway to a Modern, Sustainable Low Carbon Economic and Environmental Future," which provides a framework for adopting a fully integrated and low carbon energy system -- based on data from the Northeast that is applicable on a national level.
Tucson Airport Solar Parking Canopy Captures Sun And Creates Shade The first phase of a 2.5 megawatt solar parking canopy has gone online at the Tucson International Airport in Arizona, offsetting about a fifth of the terminal complex's total power needs. Tucson enjoys about 284 days a year of either sunny or partly sunny skies, making it an ideal location for this project.
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.