Posts Tagged ‘ solar ’

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. That’s not supposed to happen at lunchtime.

ebm-papst Inc. makes new investments in energy-saving facility upgrades

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
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Solar arrays and HVAC upgrades recently installed at the Farmington-based ebm-papst are projected to yield annual savings in heating and cooling costs which the company plans to reinvest in production and R&D growth. Part of the company’s ongoing GreenTech efforts to bring the next generation of efficiency to its entire complex, these systems go online as the company celebrates its annual GreenDay week.

How Solar Is Cutting Grid Costs

May 2nd, 2014 | By

With solar power, “we can avoid that $100 million investment in transmission lines, distribution lines, in capital infrastructure…” LIPA’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs Michael Deering. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Lights go out on shared solar

May 2nd, 2014 | By

Legislation that would have helped Connecticut residents benefit from solar electricity systems even if their homes couldn’t support a solar system is dead for this legislative session. But in the end, Duff said, it was the solar industry that scuttled the deal – and he pointed at the national group Vote Solar that has been

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$2.1M savings: Education officials schooled in solar energy benefits

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

If solar panels were installed on the roofs of the town’s schools, the district could save approximately $2.1 million in electric costs over 20 years. That was the crux of a presentation recently by the town’s Green Task Force to the Board of Education, which met at Staples High School. For more on this story, visit: $2.1M

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Could the ‘Shared Solar’ movement work in shady Connecticut?

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

Shared solar, also known as community solar, is essentially a virtual solar system. Instead of panels on a roof going directly to that house, a large solar field would be installed where there’s room. Homeowners could subscribe to it, and the local utility would credit them for the solar, even though the actual electrons go

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Changes to community solar bill draw criticism

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

Efforts to bring renewable energy to a broader group of Connecticut residents have been dealt a setback by the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology committee. But the so-called community solar bill isn’t completely dead. The legislation, House Bill 5412, was folded into Senate Bill 353, which the Energy and Technology panel moved out of committee

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LETTER: Now is the time to invest in solar energy

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

The Town of Hamden is currently administering a solar energy program abundant with local, state, and federal incentives, making this the ideal time to acquire a solar energy system.

Impact inventing: New solar light bulbs aim to create a cleaner, safer, healthier world

Oct 21st, 2013 | By

Nokero International Ltd. has announced the release of the N180- Start, setting new standards for affordable off-grid lighting. Designed for emerging markets, the N180–Start is the most affordable solar light bulb in the world. The product will be life changing for millions of impoverished people who rely on burning dangerous and polluting fuels, such as kerosene, for light. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.

CRRA to Transform Hartford Landfill from Eyesore to Clean-Energy Source

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority has awarded an $11.6 million contract for the final phase of capping the 96-acre landfill. This final section – about 35 acres – will have photovoltaic panels mounted on top of a special artificial turf. The project is expected to generate about one megawatt of electricity, or enough to power about 1,000 homes at peak efficiency. Solar generation is impacted by weather and the sun’s position in the sky.

Solar By The Numbers: How The U.S. Industry Broke Records In 2012

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

The newly released Solar Market Insight report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research confirms that the market took several important leaps forward last year.

UConn professor develops solar technology

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

A UConn associate professor has developed a new solar power technology called selective area atomic layer deposition, or ALD.

Renewables Electricity Capacity in US Now Greater than Nuclear and Oil Combined

Dec 6th, 2012 | By

Renewable energy sources accounted for 41.14 percent of new electrical generating capacity installed in October and 46.22 percent for the first 10 months of 2012, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects.

How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Nov 16th, 2012 | By

By Thomas Hedges, Center for Study of Responsive Law There is no debate on climate change in Germany. The temperature for the past 10 months has been 3 degrees above average and we’re again on course for the warmest year on record. There’s no dispute among Germans as to whether this change is man-made, or

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More than 120 solar industry professionals attended SolarConnecticut’s quarterly meeting Sept. 25 in New Haven

Oct 24th, 2012 | By

More than 120 solar industry professionals attended SolarConnecticut’s quarterly meeting September 25 at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven. Speakers including representatives from UI and CL&P on the ZREC tariff program and virtual net metering; RCKnox on lowering workers compensation insurance premiums for solar installers; CEFIA on its new solar

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Media Missing The Big Picture On Solar

Sep 13th, 2012 | By

While the media continues to cover the Solyndra “scandal,” the real story has developed almost unnoticed: clean energy is booming in the U.S., driven in large part by federal investments like the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. The report released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association found that U.S. solar installations

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CT Lawmakers OK Commercial PACE

Jun 16th, 2012 | By

by Michael Trahan, Executive Director, Solar Connecticut, Inc. The state Legislature wrapped up the 2012 bill-making season this week. A redo of the 2011 virtual net metering bill was proposed but didn’t get a vote. A property tax waiver on commercial solar passed the state House but time ran out before the state Senate could take

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Canton To Apply For ‘Solarize Connecticut’ Pilot Program

Jun 15th, 2012 | By

It may be easier for residents to purchase or lease solar panels in the future, if the town is chosen as a pilot community for the Solarize Connecticut program. The board of selectmen on Wednesday authorized the chief administrative officer to apply for the program, contingent on approval by the town’s energy committee. For more

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DEEP commissioner takes on solar industry

Jun 7th, 2012 | By

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty is trading angry words with representatives of the solar industry. During a keynote panel Wednesday at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association’s Energy and Environment Conference, Esty talked about making the transition from public sector support for the residential solar photovoltaic installations to private sector

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Branford transfer station gets 2.82-kilowatt solar system

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

BRANFORD — The town’s participation in the state’s Clean Energy Communities Program has helped it obtain a 2.82-kilowatt solar system for the transfer station. For more on this story, visit: Branford transfer station gets 2.82-kilowatt solar system – News – Shoreline Times.