Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Cuba Gets Its Largest Solar Array; Gamesa Hits Capacity Installation & Turbine Output Records; Clean Energy Witch-Hunter Accused of Bribery (Clean Links)

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 10:00 AM PDT

  Some more top cleantech news from the past couple days for you, other than our dozens of stories: 1. Cuba has just received its largest solar power array. “The 1,200 panel solar power system will generate clean electricity for the military fitness center at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.” The solar power system was installed [...] Related posts:
  1. Gamesa and Cannon Build One of The Largest Wind Farms In North America
  2. Gamesa, Iberdrola Bring Central America’s Largest Wind Farm Online
  3. Gamesa Gets 200-MW Christmas Present

Germany’s Energy Intensity Dropped More than 3% in 2011

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 07:30 AM PDT

  Despite claims that Germany would have to go all dirty energy on us after switching off nukes last year, that hasn’t been the case. Here are some interesting energy statistics from Germany, as just released last week: Germany’s energy intensity, energy use per GDP, dropped over 3% in 2011 (energy use dropped about 0.3% [...] Related posts:
  1. Renewable Energy Production Increased 8.3% & Coal Consumption Dropped 16.3% Last Year in Europe
  2. 20% of Germany Electricity from Renewable Energy in 2011 (& 4.8% Drop in Energy Consumption)
  3. 70% of New EU Power from Renewable Energy in 2011 (47% Solar, 21% Wind)

Solar Micro Grids in India (Transformational)

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 07:00 AM PDT

  Here’s a fun solar company we haven’t written about yet — Mera Gao Power. Mera Gao Power builds and operates solar-powered micro grids in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s poorest. The result? Indian households get low-cost lighting and mobile phone charging, many of them for the first time. Specifically, households can buy [...] Related posts:
  1. Cheap Solar Lamps Bring Electricity to Poorest in India – After a Tweak
  2. Solar Powered Cellphone Towers In India To Reduce 5 Million Tons CO2 Emissions, Save $1.4 Billion Every Year
  3. India Solar Market Could Hit 33.4 GW by 2022

You Know What I Hate about Wind Turbines? (Reader Comment)

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 04:00 AM PDT

  I absolutely loved this creative reader comment on a recent post I wrote about community wind power, so sharing it with you all (note: before it was a comment, it was a post on Neil Blanchard Designs’ blog): You know what I hate about wind turbines? The smokestacks. The smoke. The smog. The mercury [...] Related posts:
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  2. Technological Revolutions & EVs (Reader Comment)
  3. Solar is an Asset, Not a Cost — Why Focus on Grid Parity? (Reader Comment)

Solar 3D Looks to Integrate 3-D Solar Cells into Roof Tiles

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 03:51 AM PDT

  Solar3D announced this week that “it will conduct a study of the economics and benefits of integrated Solar3D cells directly into roof tiles.” Solar 3D is a three-dimensional solar cell technology company we’ve written about a few times here on CleanTechnica. It’s been working on preparing “super-efficient” 3-D solar cells for market and, in an analytical test, [...] Related posts:
  1. Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency World Record Set in Analytical Test by Solar3D
  2. 3-Dimensional Solar Cell With 25% Efficiency? Maybe!
  3. Passive Solar Glass Roofing Tiles

Small-Scale, Homemade Solar Panels & Wind Turbines in the Middle East (Under Threat)

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 03:15 AM PDT

  First, here’s a great video of a cool  COMET-ME (Community, Energy, and Technology in the Middle East) homemade wind turbine: Reportedly, COMET-ME “has been building and installing homemade wind turbines and solar panels as a way to provide safe, sustainable electricity to war-torn Palestine.” But Will Bates of notes that this is all under [...] Related posts:
  1. Solar PV Cost Competitive in Middle East, New Analysis Finds
  2. PG&E Begins Small-Scale Solar Program With Vacaville
  3. Solar Company Silverado Power Focusing on Small-Scale Solar

Navy Buys $60,000 Worth of EV Charging Stations

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 03:04 AM PDT

  The Navy has bought $60,000 worth of EV charging stations from OpConnect. “The OpConnect dual Level I & II units, capable of charging four vehicles at the same time, will be installed at Navy facilities in Washington, DC;Indian Head, MD and San Diego, CA. These charging stations will be powered by OpConnect’s EV Charging Network and will be used by [...] Related posts:
  1. Twice As Many Charging Stations in U.S. as Flex Fuel Stations, Study Finds
  2. iPhone & iPod Touch App Crowdsources Locations of EV Charging Stations
  3. Mobile Clean Energy, Water Purification, & Telecommunications Solutions (+ Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations) from SSI

Lithium-Ion Battery Market to Grow 700% by 2017, New Report Finds

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 02:47 AM PDT

  Pike Research has just come out with a new market research report, “Electric Vehicle Batteries.” The report, which ranks what it thinks are the top 10 Lithium-ion battery companies, finds that market revenue for Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for transportation (EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) “will grow over 700%, from $2.0 billion annually in 2011 to greater than $14.6 billion by [...] Related posts:
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  2. American Battery Maker Seeks Goal to Mass-Produce Lithium-Ion Battery for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
  3. Report: Global Biofuels Market Could Double To $185.3 Billion By 2021

1st Coda EV Has EV-Leading 88-Mile Range, EPA Says

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 02:26 AM PDT

  Coda is not as well known as Tesla Motors or Fisker, but its another EV startup based out of California looking to make a name for itself and a place for itself in a fast-changing automobile market. Production of its first model, a $37,250 (before clean car rebates) sedan, has just begun and the [...] Related posts:
  1. Renault Zoe EV Could Have 220-Mile Range & Low Price
  2. IBM Working on EV Battery with 500-Mile Range
  3. 45 Mile Wi-Fi Range is Now Possible with Lower Power Consumption

Solar-Powered Housing for U.S. Military, from SolarCity & U.S. Bancorp

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 02:07 AM PDT

  Andrew and Susan have covered SolarStrong a few times in that past six months. SolarStrong is SolarCity's initiative to put affordable solar panels on existing privatized military housing across the U.S. within the five years. SolarStrong could have doubled U.S. residential solar power installations with DOE and DOD backing, Andrew reported in September. Soon after [...] Related posts:
  1. Not Dead Yet: BoA-Merrill Lynch Steps Up, Revives Billion-Dollar SolarCity SolarStrong Project
  2. With DoE, DoD Backing SolarStrong Aims to Double US Residential Solar Power Installations
  3. SolarCity to Launch Largest Residential Rooftop Project

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