- California Proposition 39 Will Provide Funding for Clean Energy, Sustainability, and Energy Efficiency Projects
- Egypt Adding 750 MW of Wind Projects by 2014
- $46 Million Project to Reward Pakistani Students with Solar Panels for Good Grades
Posted: 21 Oct 2012 07:00 AM PDT
By closing a corporate tax loophole that was quietly slipped into the state budget in 2009, Prop 39 will generate $1 billion per year in badly-needed revenue for California. That's why the state's two largest newspapers, the Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury News, as well as the Sacramento Bee, have all come out strongly in favor of Proposition 39, urging voters to keep businesses in California and correct this "absurd" loophole.
In addition, a broad host of environmental, health and clean energy groups support the measure — including the California Environmental Justice Alliance, the American Lung Association in California, Natural Resources Defense Council & Clean Tech Los Angeles. (Full list of environmental organizations supporting Prop 39 below.)
For the first five years, Proposition 39 specifically puts half of every new dollar brought in from closing this loophole right into energy efficiency projects. Schools and public buildings will be retrofitted, existing energy efficiency projects will get financial and technical support, and programs to train Californians for jobs in the energy sector will get a boost. To learn more about specific projects this measure will help fund, visit the Get the Facts section of the campaign's site, www.YesonProp39.com.
Environmental organizations endorsing Prop 39 include:
· California League of Conservation Voters
· Natural Resources Defense Council
· Sierra Club California
· Planning & Conservation League
· Environmental Defense Action Fund
· California Association of Local Conservation Corps
· Climate Protection Campaign
· Energy Independence Now
· Global Green USA
· Global Legacy Foundation
· Stewards of the Earth
· Environmental Health Coalition
Posted: 21 Oct 2012 04:30 AM PDT
They analysed energy companies on the market are examined based on domestic production to energy price levels and taxes. Looking at the highlights of this report, it looks like Egypt is taking an aggressive approach toward renewable energy.
You can find the full report here, but it has to be purchased and is rather costly.
Posted: 21 Oct 2012 04:00 AM PDT
The Punjab government will provide these solar panels to all students who scored 50 percent or more in their class 9 academic exams. While this initiative is an excellent one and may be matched by very few across the world, sadly these panels would have a warranty of just one year. Usually, solar panels used in power projects have a warranty of around 20-25 years.
In addition to distributing these solar panels, the government could add on to this excellent initiative by organising brief workshops for the students explaining to them the basics of power production from solar panels. Professionals must also help the students understand the importance of maintenance of the panels to make sure they remain operational for a long time.
With this knowledge, the students would also have a good foundation for developing skills in the renewable energy sector as engineers and technicians. Pakistan faces a massive shortage of electricity. There is no better option than renewable energy to ensure adequate electricity and energy security.
Image Credit: Solar panels via Waynenf (some rights reserved)
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