Sunday, March 31, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

Top cleantech news of the day from CleanTechnica, the world's #1 cleantech or clean energy website:


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Can You Guess Tesla's Big Mystery Announcement? (AAA Might Have The Answer)

Tesla Motors certainly hasn’t been sitting around watching the paint dry after a New York Times reporter took the company’s Tesla Model S EV for an ill-fated spin earlier this year. Since then, company co-founder and CEO Elon Musk has cut loose with a flurry of press releases and tweets, the latest being a tweet alerting Tesla fans to a mysterious “really exciting @TeslaMotors announcement” originally slated for last Thursday, then pushed back to this … Read More

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Solar Companies Ripe To Add Energy Efficiency Focus?

Reposted from Greentech Media (with permission): By Stephen Lacey Residential solar companies have a unique opportunity to engage the energy efficiency market. Because a contractor is already talking to an energy-conscious consumer, a conversation about simple efficiency retrofits is a natural next step. It also doesn’t make a lot of sense to slap solar panels onto an energy-inefficient house. Since the solar services behemoth SolarCity moved into energy efficiency services in 2010, people are starting to … Read More

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A Solar Module Manufacturer Who Is Actually Ramping Up Production

Reposted from Solar Love: Business has been good for a Scandinavian-Germana solar module manufacturer, Innotech Solar (ITS). It’s been so good that the company is planning to do something almost no other solar module manufacturers are doing right now — step up module production. It’s looking to increase its production capacity from 60 MW to 100 MW in the near future, with a possibility of reaching 170 MW of module production capacity if market conditions continue to grow. … Read More

A Solar Module Manufacturer Who Is Actually Ramping Up Production was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Shale Gas Won't Kill Solar & Wind, Renewable Growth Unstoppable (Citigroup Study)

Reposted from RenewEconomy: The emergence of the shale gas boom in the United States, and the discovery of significant reserves in Australia and elsewhere, has prompted many people in the energy industry to proclaim a "golden age" of gas, one that will cause the premature demise of renewable energy sources, even before they have a chance of creating an energy revolution of their own. The claims have, of course, been heavily promoted by the gas … Read More

Shale Gas Won’t Kill Solar & Wind, Renewable Growth Unstoppable (Citigroup Study) was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Your Cleantech Future

Here’s an excellent cleantech video that one of our writers, Thomas, recently passed on to me: I figure that since it’s the weekend, and even Easter weekend, now might be a good time to sit down and watch this 45-minute video. However, if it isn’t, be sure to bookmark this to watch at some point in the future. From this unprecedented worldwide technological revolution (the cleantech revolution) to specific clean technologies (e.g. SolarBags, 3D printing, … Read More

Your Cleantech Future was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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What's Reuters' Problem With EVs?

In all seriousness, does anyone know what the deal is with Reuters? I’ve now seen a handful fo heavily lopsided, anti-EV stories over there. I keep sticking them in my “need to write an article debunking this” file (which is rather sorely neglected due to all the fun cleantech news there is to cover), but it’s just getting rather suspicious. I don’t recall ever seeing a very positive EV piece on Reuters. And the original … Read More

What’s Reuters’ Problem With EVs? was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Shared Renewables Website Launched

Reposted from Vote Solar: The Vote Solar Initiative (Vote Solar), a non-profit grassroots organization, last week launched a new website designed to track shared renewable energy policy and projects across all 50 states. Visit: www.sharedrenewables.org Renewable energy is the fastest growing sector of our national energy mix, yet a significant portion of Americans – including millions of residential and commercial tenants – are unable to generate their own power on-site from solar, wind, and other renewables. … Read More

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Energy Conservation — Key Methods

Whether we are speaking domestically or abroad, or even the east and west coast of the United States, energy conservation methods vary depending on the region because the climate ranges a great deal. Of course, home owners get to see the saved money in their bank account everywhere, which is the ultimate personal benefit from saving energy. (That and the great feeling you get from cutting your global warming emissions.) Adjust Your Thermostat Accordingly Where … Read More

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Solar Impulse Across America: Solar-Powered Flight Coming Soon To An Airport Near You (Exclusive Video)

What has the wingspan of a 747, weighs no more than a small car and can fly day and night without ever refueling? I learned the answer to those questions yesterday at a press conference held at Moffett Field outside San Francisco for the Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane. In 2010, Solar Impulse set a world record with the first solar-powered night flight, staying aloft over 26 hours. During daylight, Solar Impulse was able to fully charge … Read More

Solar Impulse Across America: Solar-Powered Flight Coming Soon To An Airport Near You (Exclusive Video) was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

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The Attack On Renewable Energy Standards In Numbers

Reposted from Greentech Media: By Herman Trabish At least twenty-two of the 29 state renewables standards have been attacked by legislators or regulators in the last year or are now under attack. Known as a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) or a Renewable Energy Standard (RES), these mandates require utilities to obtain a portion of their power from renewable sources by a certain date. Research shows they add less than 5 percent, on average, to the cost … Read More

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GE's "Brilliant" Wind Turbine Revs Up In Netherlands

The new GE wind turbine is billed as the “world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine,” so even though this item hasn’t gotten past the prototype stage we’ve been keeping up with the latest developments. If it lives up to its promise, the new 2.5-120, which GE prefers to call a “brilliant” wind turbine rather than just plain old smart, will result in a significant expansion of global wind power harvesting potential. It is specifically designed … Read More

GE’s “Brilliant” Wind Turbine Revs Up In Netherlands was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Rooftop Solar Could Power All Australia Homes (& More)

Reposted from RenewEconomy: By Sophie Vorrath What would happen if every Australian household installed solar PV on their rooftops? That's the hypothetical question a new study has set out to answer, with the main aim of proving a solar point (while rattling a few cages along the way): that solar power is a viable solution to Australia's energy challenges and has the potential to dramatically change the nation's energy landscape. The study, conducted by solar provider … Read More

Rooftop Solar Could Power All Australia Homes (& More) was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Why Consumers Won't Need The Power Industry Any More

Reposted from RenewEconomy: The head of America's biggest fossil fuel generator says the sharp falls in technology costs from rooftop solar and other micro generation means consumers will soon go after the option of disconnecting from the local utility and "won't need the power industry any more." David Crane, the CEO of NRG Energy, the largest provider of energy to US utilities, with investments in gas, coal, nuclear, biomass and renewables, says the industry is … Read More

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Do Intellectual Property Rights Stifle Innovation?

A new study from the University of Chicago is providing compelling evidence that certain types of intellectual property rights work to stifle subsequent research on the copyrighted technology. “The goal of intellectual property rights — such as the patent system — is to provide incentives for the development of new technologies. However, in recent years many have expressed concerns that patents may be impeding innovation if patents on existing technologies hinder subsequent innovation,” said Heidi … Read More

Do Intellectual Property Rights Stifle Innovation? was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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$40 Million More For Cleaner Transport (ARPA-E)

Reposted from EERE: The Energy Department on March 22 announced that approximately $40 million from its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will be made available for two new programs to develop technologies that shift U.S. cars and trucks from reliance on oil. One program will develop cost-effective and energy-efficient manufacturing techniques to process and recycle metals that could help make lighter vehicles. The second program will develop biological technologies that will improve the conversion of … Read More

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Tesla Model S Wins 2013 World Green Car Of The Year

Tesla’s lauded electric sedan, the Model S, has won yet another award, the 2013 World Green Car of the Year Award. The Model S was also recently selected as the “Car of the Year” by Automobile Magazine and the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year, and was named as one of the “25 Best Inventions of 2012″ by Time Magazine.   These awards seem to very accurately represent public opinion on the Model S. … Read More

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Friday Fun (Or Not): Carbon Tax Cartoon

Funny, if it weren’t so horribly, horribly sad: h/t Climate Progress Related Stories: 4.47 To 1 — Ratio Of U.S. Voters Who Would Prefer Carbon Tax To Cut In Spending US Senators Propose Carbon Tax China Announces Introduction Of Carbon Tax $20/Ton Carbon Tax Could Reduce US Deficit by $1.2 Trillion in 10 Years 75% of Americans Support Regulating CO2; 60% Support Carbon Tax … Read More

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DOE Announces Winners Of 5th Annual Lighting Competition

Reposted from EERE (image added from Next Generation Luminaries Design Competition website): The Energy Department on March 20 announced the winners of the fifth annual Next Generation Luminaires™ Design competition for indoor lighting. Sponsored by the Energy Department, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, the competition promotes excellence in the design of energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) commercial lighting fixtures, or “luminaires.” Solid-state lighting technologies, which include both LED … Read More

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