Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

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Canadian Hockey Star Goes To Bat For Energy Efficiency, And Against Tar Sands Oil

Apologies for the mixed sports references but when we heard that Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (aka @Ferknuckle) was on board with a new energy efficiency promotion we could hardly contain ourselves. Aside from leading the Bruins through a string of playoff slots and a Stanley Cup, the Canadian-born Ference has a solid history in sustainability issues that includes early involvement in tar sands oil protests going back at least as far as 2009, when … Read More

Canadian Hockey Star Goes To Bat For Energy Efficiency, And Against Tar Sands Oil 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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20 More Cleantech Or Important Stories Not To Miss

Here are some more cleantech and green stories that we couldn’t cover but I think are definitely worth a read. Bikes & Feet An Elegant Guide To Walkability Win Win Winnipeg EVs & Hybrids Geneva 2013: Mitsubishi's Hybrid Pickup Points The Way Forward Geneva 2013: Kia Provo Hybrid Is A Sporty Application Of Fuel-Saving Technology What It’s Like To Ride In The BMW i3 And i8 (In A Word, Great) Geneva 2013: Electric Land Rover … Read More

20 More Cleantech Or Important Stories Not To Miss 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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Energy Efficiency Cut 107TWh Of US Electricity Demand In 2011

A new analysis from the Edison Foundation reveals customer-funded energy efficiency programs saved 107 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in 2011. This staggering total was enough to power 9.3 million average US homes for a year, and prevented 75 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions...

Energy Efficiency Cut 107TWh Of US Electricity Demand In 2011 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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$500 Million For Geothermal Development (World Bank Project)

The World Bank just announced they are creating a new fund for international geothermal development. Their goal is to raise $500 million for new geothermal projects in a variety of countries. This initiative was spoken about at the Iceland Geothermal Conference in Iceland by Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati. “Geothermal energy could be a triple win for developing countries: clean, reliable, locally-produced power.  And once it is up and running, it is cheap and virtually … Read More

$500 Million For Geothermal Development (World Bank Project) 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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Missouri Could Squash Economic Development From Renewable Energy In The State

Last week, the Missouri House passed a bill that, if it becomes a law, would greatly weaken a popular renewable energy law that was anticipated to create 22,000 jobs and associated economic development in the state. It’s the same sort of bill that was recently rejected by Kansas legislators. Here’s more from Renew Missouri: In 2008, Missourians voted by a 2-to-1 margin via statewide ballot initiative to pass a Renewable Energy Standard (RES), requiring the state's largest … Read More

Missouri Could Squash Economic Development From Renewable Energy In The State 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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CarbonStory To Launch Crowdfunding Platform At SXSW

Singapore-based social enterprise CarbonStory is set to launch the beta version of its crowdfunding platform for climate change projects at SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin on March 10. “We created CarbonStory to make a real impact towards fighting climate change,” said Andreas Birnik, co-founder of CarbonStory. “CarbonStory is game changing because we leverage the full power of crowd funding, gamification and social media to address one of the greatest global challenges of our time.” … Read More

CarbonStory To Launch Crowdfunding Platform At SXSW 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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Psst, Hey! Ya Wanna Buy A Low Cost LED Bulb?

The next generation of cutting edge, energy efficient lighting is just about ready for the mass market, now that the price of LED (light emitting diode) technology has started to fall. In the latest development, lighting innovator Cree, Inc. has busted through the $10-per-bulb barrier with a line of low cost LED bulbs designed for home use. The real revolution, though, is the one that starts in your head once you realize that the light … Read More

Psst, Hey! Ya Wanna Buy A Low Cost LED Bulb? 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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Alta Devices Breaks Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Another month, another solar record. Here’s a repost from Solar Love regarding the world’s latest solar cell efficiency record: No, this is not a record for all types of solar cells. As you can see in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) chart below, multi-junction solar cells take top spot in when it comes to solar cell efficiency records. However, when it comes to two-junction (aka dual junction) solar cells, Alta Devices is now #1 … Read More

Alta Devices Breaks Solar Cell Efficiency Record 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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OCI Solar Power Breaks Ground On 400 MW San Antonio Solar Farm

CleanTechnica has been following the planning stages of the 400 MW San Antonio solar project in Texas since we first heard word of it back in January of 2012. "In a unique, first-of-its kind generation-to-manufacturing proposal, CPS Energy is entering into negotiations for a power purchase agreement from one of the nation's largest solar projects," CPS Energy was quoted as saying back in 2012. "The project will mean new corporate headquarters and U.S. manufacturing operations … Read More

OCI Solar Power Breaks Ground On 400 MW San Antonio Solar Farm 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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MIT's "Artifical Leaf" For Solar Energy Storage & Fuel Moves Forward

Bringing the concept of an "artificial leaf" closer to reality, a team of researchers at MIT has published a detailed analysis of all the factors that could limit the efficiency of such a system. The new analysis lays out a roadmap for a research program to improve the efficiency of these systems, and could quickly lead to the production of a practical, inexpensive and commercially viable prototype. Such a system would use sunlight to produce … Read More

MIT’s “Artifical Leaf” For Solar Energy Storage & Fuel 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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Texas Sets (Another) Wind Energy Record

Everyone knows that Texas loves setting records. It’s a big state with a big view of itself. When it comes to wind power, Texas does certainly set its fair share of records. From wind power generation records to wind energy storage records to wind farm size records to more wind power generation records, Texas is no stranger to wind records. Continuing the trend, news is that Texas set another wind power record in February – 9,481 megawatts … Read More

Texas Sets (Another) Wind Energy Record 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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How Conservatives Are Manipulating Renewable Energy Standards

This article was originally published on Climate Progress. By Tiffany Germain and Matt Kasper As the Heartland Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, continue to target states' renewable energy standard (RES) with their model legislation — the Electricity Freedom Act — conservative lawmakers are using other unethical tactics to weaken or repeal standards. Currently, at least five states — Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, and Washington — have introduced legislation that would include hydropower as part of the calculation utility companies … Read More

How Conservatives Are Manipulating Renewable Energy Standards 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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Nissan's New Mobility Concept Is Perfect For Mom

Nissan recently started testing its New Mobility Concept vehicles using a novel testing method; lending them to mothers in an effort to determine whether the vehicles were useful in taking the kids to school, doing the shopping, and running errands. The seven mothers took the vehicles out to shop in the snow after fully charging them for 4 hours using their household power outlets. After two laps, one of the mothers said she wanted to take … Read More

Nissan’s New Mobility Concept Is Perfect For Mom 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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Walmart, SolarCity Helping To Boost Ohio Solar Energy

Walmart has been busy in pushing solar power in the past week. Hot off the heels of increasing their solar installations in Hawaii, the retail giant — along with SolarCity – is putting up new rooftop solar systems on a dozen Walmart and Sam's Club outlets in Ohio. The new panels will create approximately 6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar electricity. That's more than enough to power over 820 houses, according to the press release. … Read More

Walmart, SolarCity Helping To Boost Ohio Solar Energy 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 Announces Its First Solar City (In Order To Protect Taj Mahal)

The Indian city of Agra, former capital of the Indian subcontinent and home of the Taj Mahal, is to become the country’s first solar city. The Indian government’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has approved plans to build 2,000 kWp of capacity in the city, around 10% of it’s current consumption, which will come from a variety of sources. These include over 1.5 million gallons of heated water per day, 6400 solar street lights, … Read More

India Announces Its First Solar City (In Order To Protect Taj Mahal) 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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