Monday, March 18, 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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Suntech Defaults

Reposted from Suntech’s website: WUXI, China, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/– Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) (“Suntech” or the “Company”) today announced that it has received from the trustee of its 3% Convertible Notes (the “Notes”) a notice of default and acceleration relating toSuntech’s non-payment of the principal amount of US$541 million that was due to holders of the Notes on March 15, 2013. Such event of default has also triggered cross-defaults under Suntech’s other outstanding debt, including its loans from International Finance Corporationand … Read More

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EV Charging Program For U.S. House Of Representatives Moves Forward

Last August, the U.S. government agreed to install plug-in electric vehicle charging stations in the U.S. House of Representatives’ parking garages. The program is now moving forward. Users can pay either $8 per day to charge the vehicles, or $27 per month. The fees are supposed to cover the cost of the power and the cost of implementing the program, which doesn’t seem to include special EV chargers, just parking spaces near typical electricity outlets. … Read More

EV Charging Program For U.S. House Of Representatives Moves Forward 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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National Geographic, GE, & The Centre For Science Launch Green Metropolis Game

National Geographic, General Electric (GE), and The Centre for Science have partnered to produce an online city management game that is focused on the city’s environment. Plan It Green: The Big Switch was just released earlier today. The idea of using games to positively influence people has already been promoted quite a bit, but, how effective will this one be? I’ve been playing Plan It Green: The Big Switch in order to be able to adequately review it. While … Read More

National Geographic, GE, & The Centre For Science Launch Green Metropolis Game 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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France Announces Tender For 400 MW Of Large Solar Photovoltaic Plants

A tender for 400 MW of new solar photovoltaic plants that are 250 kW or larger was recently announced by the French Ministry of Energy, Ecology, and Sustainable Development. Their statement specified that there will be priority given to projects that are developed on “soil degraded sites,” such as brown-fields. This is being done so as to limit conflicts pertaining to development on farmland. Both ground-mounted plants and roof projects are eligible. “The French Ministry has … Read More

France Announces Tender For 400 MW Of Large Solar Photovoltaic Plants 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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ecoATM Inspiration, Details, & A Fun Story (Interview)

Lydia Wisz of San Diego Loves Green recently interviewed the Vice President of Engineering and one of the co-founders of San Diego-based ecoATM, John Beane. ecoATM is an innovative company we covered just last month. The interview adds a lot, so I’m happy Roy Hales of San Diego Loves Green reached out to share it with me and offer it up for a repost. Check it out: By Lydia Wisz (Q by LW): ecoATM is a San … Read More

ecoATM Inspiration, Details, & A Fun Story (Interview) 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Driving On Sunshine

Reposted from San Diego Loves Green (with minor edits): By Roy L Hales Peder Norby's interest in renewable energy goes back to his wind-powered home in Denmark. Even then, Peder knew that someday he would drive an electric vehicle. In 2005, he and Julie built a 4,600-square-foot house overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. Peder wanted a cheaper form of transportation, powered by sunshine. Julie was more concerned that it be dependable, comfortable, and fun … Read More

Driving On Sunshine 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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1,119 MW Of Solar Added In Japan

If you have been following clean energy news from Japan, you know the aggressive goals the country has. The government has been spurring renewable energy growth with an alluring feed-in tariff and apparently it has been working. Japan has added just over 1 GW of solar to its previous total of 4.8 GW. Some might say the amount added is not hugely impressive for such a technologically advanced country, but it’s important to note that … Read More

1,119 MW Of Solar Added In Japan 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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7 New Germany Renewable Energy Charts

Professor Dr. Bruno Burger of the Fraunhofer Institute on March 11 released a report on renewable energy data for Germany up through the end of February. The whole report is an interesting read, but I’m pulling out some of the most interesting charts and graphs if you’d just like a snapshot. 1. As I think we reported previously, solar power capacity has passed up wind power capacity in Germany. Here are the totals as of … Read More

7 New Germany Renewable Energy Charts 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Affordable, Wireless EV Charging A-Go-Go

Wireless electric vehicle charging systems have started to seep into the EV market, and little wonder. All you have to do is park your EV over a special pad and science does the rest. It’s far more convenient than using a plug-in electric charger, and it’s almost comically more convenient than pumping your own gas at a gas station, especially when you consider the potential for wirelessly charging an EV while it’s in motion. The … Read More

Affordable, Wireless EV Charging A-Go-Go 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Solar-Powered Affordable Housing In Chicago

Reposted from Solar Love: Kyocera Solar and VGI Energy have teamed up to put solar power on some affordable, multi-family housing units in Chicago. “VGI's retrofitted buildings throughout Chicago have been outfitted with 20kW rooftop solar arrays, providing electricity from the clean, renewable energy of the sun and contributing to VGI's goal of achieving zero-net-energy-capable buildings,” the companies noted in a recent press release. And this is not the first time the two have teamed … Read More

Solar-Powered Affordable Housing In Chicago 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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India Renewable Energy — 30 More Gigawatts By 2017?

Reposted from Solar Love: India has been on the eye of solar enthusiasts and insiders for a long time. It has excellent solar resources, a large population in need of reliable electricity, and the country’s leaders have been talking about solar for awhile. Actually, India and some of its individual states have incorporated some strong solar policies. Unfortunately, the political system and economy there are not at the level of many other countries, including neighbor … Read More

India Renewable Energy — 30 More Gigawatts By 2017? 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 or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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