Thursday, May 16, 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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The Future Of Solar Is Brighter Than Ever

By Richard Swanson, IEEE Fellow; Co-founder and President Retired of SunPower Corporation In 1973, I was a young man just out of graduate school. That was the year of the oil crisis. I remember standing in the gas lines along with everyone else wondering, how in the world did we ever get into this mess? That's when I came to the realization that we had to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Personally, I was … Read More

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Bicycle Friendly Community Infographic

This article was originally published on Bikocity. Several years ago, I was the director of an organization in the Charlottesville, Virginia region that got Charlottesville designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFA). There were great guiding documents that the League of American Bicyclists supplied as part of the application process, but it certainly would have been nice to have this infographic* below that the League just created to delineate the differences between Bronze, Silver, Gold, … Read More

Bicycle Friendly Community Infographic 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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Write 400 Words, Win A Ford C-Max Hybrid And Other Stuff

Ford’s latest promotional contest caught our eye because it just goes to show how fast the solar powered electric mobility lifestyle is rocketing into mainstream America. None other than Katie Couric has signed on to launch the new promotion, in which the company will give you a new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, a solar array and new energy efficient appliances. The catch? Well, you have to submit the winning 400-word essay describing how your family … Read More

Write 400 Words, Win A Ford C-Max Hybrid And Other Stuff 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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Amtrak Replacing Old Trains With New High Efficiency Made By Siemens

Trains are fun. There is no other way to look at it, then that. Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) nailed it: “Ooh, I love trains!” They’re big, powerful, sleek, and beautiful to watch as they power past. And they can be highly efficient as well, as the 70 new Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) made by Siemens trains will be, soon to replace the 30 year-old locomotives on the Northeast Corridor and elsewhere. "The new Amtrak locomotives will … Read More

Amtrak Replacing Old Trains With New High Efficiency Made By Siemens 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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Renesola Supplies Solar PV Modules To 3 Community-scale Projects In Vermont

ReneSola, a leading global manufacturer of high efficiency solar photovoltaics (PV) modules and wafers has recently announced that over the last few months it has delivered solar panels to three community-scale solar projects being developed in Vermont, US. All three projects are being developed by AllEarth Renewables. The first project is of 150 kW capacity in the town of Williston and aims to provide solar power to the town offices, police station, and fire station. … Read More

Renesola Supplies Solar PV Modules To 3 Community-scale Projects In Vermont 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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Greece Announces 40% Cuts To Solar Feed-in Tariff

From a price of €171.9 per megawatt hour (MWh) back in August of 2012, the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA) announced this past Friday that they will be cutting the feed-in tariff price down to  €95 per MWh of generated electricity starting June 1, a reduction of 44.7%. The new ministerial decision encompasses photovoltaic parks larger than 100 KW which have been connected to the energy grid from February 2013. Furthermore, the feed-in tariff … Read More

Greece Announces 40% Cuts To Solar Feed-in Tariff 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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Maryland vs Virginia On Solar Power (Infographic)

A Twitter friend recently tweeted me the infographic below (or, to be specific, the Renewable Energy Corporation webpage where it was posted). It’s quite interesting; though, in this “solar smackdown,” the beautiful state where I lived for one year (Virginia) doesn’t compare to Maryland when it comes to solar power, solar jobs, etc. Maybe some Virginians could spread this around enough to stimulate better solar policies (hint: share this infographic). … Read More

Maryland vs Virginia On Solar Power (Infographic) 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 Would Be A Poor Investment For Arizona

One of CleanTechnica’s dedicated readers and tweeters, Nancy LaPlaca, is running for a position on the Arizona Corporation Commission. Without a doubt, we endorse her 100%. I always respect and value Nancy’s statements and wealth of experience. Here’s a recent article by Nancy that we’re reposting from azcentral.com to help get the word out about some of the important matters on which she’s campaigning. With recent research suggesting a link between coal and suicide (among many … Read More

Coal Would Be A Poor Investment For Arizona 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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Scotland's Rockstar Clean Energy Leadership — 39% Renewable Electricity Today, 100% By 2020, & More

Scotland may not be as large as Germany or Australia or the US, but it certainly deserves a bit more attention when it comes to its clean energy leadership. Scotland already gets over 30% renewable electricity — about 33% today according to the interviewee in the first video below; 39% of total electricity demand in 2012, according to the Scottish government. It has a 2020 target of 100% renewable electricity. And it also has an … Read More

Scotland’s Rockstar Clean Energy Leadership — 39% Renewable Electricity Today, 100% By 2020, & 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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Yikes! Huge Disconnect Between Environmental Attitude & Behavior

This article originally appeared on CleanTechnica sister site The Inspired Economist. To learn about sustainable economics, see Special Reports by The Inspired Economist. People frequently respond very positively to polling about environmental attitudes. Even in down years, a grand majority of people respond that they're concerned about the environment (and/or describe themselves as "environmentalist" in attitude). But the behavior often doesn't follow the attitude, and it is perhaps the biggest missing link in creating real sustainable change. In the introductory workshop … Read More

Yikes! Huge Disconnect Between Environmental Attitude & Behavior 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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Solar Lights & Water Pumps Can Help To Alleviate Poverty

This article originally appeared on CleanTechnica sister site sustainablog. Can solar power help eradicate extreme poverty in the developing world? As we’ve shown a number of times, many social entrepreneurs think so, and are investing their time and money in a variety of technologies. Now, these aren’t companies like Microgrid Solar, SunEdison, or Infinite Energy – the average citizen of the developing world definitely can’t afford the typical solar panels on the roof. But s/he … Read More

Solar Lights & Water Pumps Can Help To Alleviate Poverty 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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Op-Ed: The Elio Motors 3-wheeler Won't Sell

This article originally appeared on CleanTechnica sister site Gas2. Earlier this week, Troy-based manufacturer Elio Motors introduced more than 20 key suppliers who will be key contributors to the production of the three-wheeled vehicle we featured back in January. Despite industry heavyweights including Altair Engineering, IAV, and NEWTECH 3 involvement; a claimed 84 MPG fuel economy rating; a (dubiously anticipated) 5-star safety rating; and a starting price of just $6,800, I think Paul Elio’s little … Read More

Op-Ed: The Elio Motors 3-wheeler Won’t Sell 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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