Wednesday, May 15, 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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America's Home Energy Education Challenge 2013-14 Program Launched

This article was originally published on the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website. Registration opened on May 7 for America's Home Energy Education Challenge (AHEEC), a national student competition created to help families save money by saving energy. Administered for the Energy Department by the National Science Teachers Association, the Challenge is designed to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math, while encouraging elementary and middle school students to … Read More

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Clean Cities Coalitions Charge Up Plug-In Electric Vehicles

This article originally appeared on the website of the US Department of Energy. By Shannon Brescher Shea, Communications Manager, Clean Cities Program This article is part of the Energy.gov series celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Energy Department's Clean Cities initiative by highlighting the work of some of the community-based coalitions that are helping reduce our nation's petroleum consumption in transportation. Which came first, the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) or its charger? Because you can't have one … Read More

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Turning Gold 'Green' — Non-Toxic Method For Mining Gold Developed

The gold-mining industry is one of the most environmentally destructive industries in the world. While there are a variety of reasons for this, one of the most prominent is the wide-scale use of cyanide as a means to extract gold from crude sources. But now, new research from Northwestern University may have addressed this, with the discovery of an effective alternative to cyanide — an inexpensive and environmentally benign method using simple cornstarch. The new … Read More

Turning Gold ‘Green’ — Non-Toxic Method For Mining Gold Developed 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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Coal Power Plant Emissions May Play Role In North Carolina's High Suicide Rate, Research Finds

Is there a relationship between the air pollution released by coal-fired power plants and higher suicide rates? New research is strongly suggesting that there is — it links the high rate of suicide within North Carolina with the air pollution released there by coal-fired electricity plants. Specifically, the research found that county suicide rates correlated very predictably with the number of coal-fired electricity plants within said county. “This study raises interesting questions about suicide rates … Read More

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Caution: Wet Solar Power (New Affordable Solar Paint Research)

The concept of a liquid, paint-on solar cell is old news these days, but a research team from the University at Buffalo in New York has come up with an interesting new angle. The team is working on a paintable solar material enhanced with nanoparticles of metal, in order to achieve a cost competitve level of efficiency. Does that mean solar paint could be as cheap as ordinary paint some day? Lowering The Cost Of … Read More

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Rate Design Matters: Utility Tariffs and Solar Project Economics

This article first appeared on Greentech Media. by Shayle Kann Net metering isn't the only battleground in the distributed PV industry. GTM Research assesses the ability of rate design to make or break project economics. The battle over net metering has been brewing for years, but it is beginning to bubble over now. Public disputes have emerged in California, Arizona and Texas, with other states surely close behind. But just as important, and less publicly discussed, is the vital role that … Read More

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Hydropower Projects Depend On Rainforest Conservation

Large hydropower projects are the bedrock of clean energy production, by virtue of their sheer size and reliance upon natural rainfall. However, new research recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that a necessary part of increasing the electricity produced by hydropower projects is conserving the local habitats. The research specified that conserving rainforests in the Amazon River Basin will increase the amount of electricity produced by hydropower projects in … Read More

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SolarCity And Forest City Installing Solar Panels On Nearly 6,500 Military Homes

SolarCity and Forest City Communities announced last week the start of a project providing solar energy for 6,500 military homes at the Marine Corps Base and the Navy Region in Hawaii, located in the Ohana Military Communities (OMC). When completed, the first phase of the five-year SolarStrong project will have 24 MW of solar energy. Already, 700 KW of solar capacity has been installed on the Hawaiian Marine Corps Base, with further installation set soon … Read More

SolarCity And Forest City Installing Solar Panels On Nearly 6,500 Military Homes 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 Owners vs Utilities – The Battle Begins

This article originally appeared on RenewEconomy. You don't have to go too far into a document prepared by the US-based Edison Electric Institute (EEI) to realise what is at stake for centralised utilities from the threat of rooftop solar. The EEI, a trade group that represents most investor owned utilities in the US, said solar PV and battery storage were two technologies (along with fuel cells and storage from electric vehicles) that could "directly threaten the centralised … Read More

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Energy Democracy — Video & Campaign

Here at CleanTechnica we try to cover developments in renewable energy as broad and in-depth as possible, but as our name indicates, there is a clear focus on technology. However the transformation/evolution of our energy system also has many other exciting aspects, and energy democracy through distributed generation and ownership is definitely at the top of the list. What is Energy Democracy About? In order to understand what transforming the energy supply has to do … Read More

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In Google "Limelight" — Bike To Work Week, Google Bike Maps, & Taking Back Your Neighborhood

May 17th is National (US) Bike to Work Day, set aside to honor the holistic living practice of bicycling for transportation purposes. For open-air-loving bicyclists, it is the best idea since apple pie. If most of us who can do so show up on the roads, routes, lanes, streets, trails all over the country (or, better yet, the world), the traffic of oil-fed transit will have to become more familiar with the bicyclist. The good … Read More

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