Thursday, May 23, 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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REC Solar Completes 1st Community Solar Project in Colorado

Under the Community Solar Gardens Act, which was implemented last year in Colorado, REC Solar completed the first of four community solar projects. It is a 500 kW array of solar panels called the Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array. This is the first community solar project completed under Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community program, which allows Xcel Energy’s customers to purchase electricity directly from “solar gardens” off site. Andy Noel, director of utility-scale EPC at REC Solar, said: … Read More

REC Solar Completes 1st Community Solar Project in Colorado 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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tenKsolar Announces Its RAIS® XT Performance Enhancement Is Available

tenKsolar has announced that its RAIS® XT solar solution, which improves commercial solar panel system performance, is now available. The RAIS® XT addresses the issue of significant performance impeditions caused by shading, hot spots, and other issues due to the series connections of conventional solar panels. “We have worked to address every shortcoming of commercial-scale rooftop solar,” said tenK Founder and CTO Dallas Meyer. “Generating up to 44% more energy per roof than typical rooftop solar … Read More

tenKsolar Announces Its RAIS® XT Performance Enhancement Is Available 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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Tesla's Early Loan Repayment Gets Props From Energy Dept

The US electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors announced this week that it has paid off its federal clean energy loan years earlier than required, and brand new Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz could not resist a little celebration at the expense of the loan program’s critics. In one of his first press releases since taking office, Moniz used the Tesla loan success to make the case that his agency’s portfolio of 30 loans, … Read More

Tesla’s Early Loan Repayment Gets Props From Energy Dept 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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Crowdfunding Solar Pumps For Low-Income Farmers

There’s no denying it — there are tons of poor farmers around the world. It’s a wonder that those growing one of the essentials of life are often unable to make a decent living. So, naturally, any story about using solar power (one of the coolest… or hottest… things on the planet) to help low-income farmers is one that makes my heart warm. Throw in crowdfunding and it’s a grand slam, or hat trick, or … Read More

Crowdfunding Solar Pumps For Low-Income Farmers 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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Anti-Renewable North Carolina Bill Defeated!

As solar and wind power grow, rich but out of date industries such as the coal and nuclear industries are beginning to quiver. Naturally, with buildings full of money, they’re also fighting back and paying others to fight back. They’re struggling to survive. One way they are doing so is by attacking every incentive for clean, renewable energy that they can. State renewable energy policies have been a particular focus of attack as of late. … Read More

Anti-Renewable North Carolina Bill Defeated! 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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Tesla Pays Off Government Loan 9 Years Early

Tesla Motors announced late in the day yesterday that it has now completely paid back its Department of Energy loan. It also noted that it is the only American car company (of any kind) to have fully repaid the US government. It’s been somewhat sad and somewhat hilarious watching anti-EV (i.e. pro-oil) media companies, politicians, and their followers try to bash and belittle the electric car revolution and its prime pioneer, Tesla. As Tesla succeeds … Read More

Tesla Pays Off Government Loan 9 Years Early 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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Utilities Want Higher Charges To Shade Business Model From Solar

This article first appeared on RenewEconomy. The electricity supply industry has resumed and intensified its efforts to change the tariff system for rooftop solar households, in a bid to protect revenues that are falling and their business models that are eroding because more customers are producing their own electricity. A new discussion paper was released this weekend, "exclusively" to News Ltd newspapers which enthusiastically took up the chance to demonise the cost of renewables once again. … Read More

Utilities Want Higher Charges To Shade Business Model From Solar 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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Relocating Renewables Could Save Europe Billions

Power generation solutions provider Siemens has analysed the electrical power producing systems located across Europe and found “considerable potential for optimisation, especially in connection with plans to expand power generation from renewable energy sources.” The primary manner in which this “optimisation” could come about is by changing the location of renewable power plants. According to Siemens, if power plants were built in locations that offered the highest possible power yields an approximate EUR 45 billion … Read More

Relocating Renewables Could Save Europe Billions 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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Nest Comes To US Home Depot Stores

We’ve reached that point where even my editor will throw Nest stories at me, assuming that I will want to cover them. He’s right, of course, but I’m not sure what I think about the stereotyping. So when Nest announced that they were now stocking their Nest Learning Thermostat in Home Depot stores, I was all over it like gravy on mashed potato (I’m told people like it).  Nest already had a partnership with Home … Read More

Nest Comes To US Home Depot Stores 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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Installing Rooftop Solar Is Unfair, Says Energy Group

The Energy Supply Association of Australia, or ESAA, is a group whose membership appears to include just about every company that is involved in the generation or distribution of electricity in Australia. They have just released a very interesting discussion paper called, "Who pays for solar energy?" I think it’s very nice of them to put out a report like this and try to educate people, but oddly enough for a group that’s intimately involved … Read More

Installing Rooftop Solar Is Unfair, Says Energy Group 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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Largest Federal Wind Farm In US Contract Awarded To Siemens

Who doesn’t love a “largest wind farm” or “largest solar farm” story? Here’s the latest I’m aware of, via CleanTechnica sister site Green Building Elements. Congrats to Siemens. (Note: if the article doesn’t load fully, simply refresh this page or click on through to Green Building Elements.) Largest Federal Wind Farm to Be Built by Siemens (via Green Building Elements) The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. … Read More

Largest Federal Wind Farm In US Contract Awarded To 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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China Announces 2016 Emissions Cap Proposal!

This article was originally published on RenewEconomy. China, the world's biggest polluter, is proposing to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions as early as 2016 in a move that is being hailed as a potentially transformative step in the fight against climate change. According to news reports from China, the powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has proposed setting absolute caps that would divorce the growth on emissions from growth in the economy, … Read More

China Announces 2016 Emissions Cap Proposal! 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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Harnessing The Power Of Pond Scum

A new study from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) estimates that the US could support the production of up to 25 billion gallons of algae biofuel annually. That accounts for a whopping one-twelfth of the nation’s current needs and it could prove even more significant if electric vehicles replace liquid-fuel vehicles in greater numbers, which seems likely. As always, though, there’s a catch. Although the PNNL estimate is based on available land and water resources, … Read More

Harnessing The Power Of Pond Scum 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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Grants From USDA Cover Up To 25% Of Renewable Energy Project Costs (Deadline Extended)

The US Department of Agriculture announced their Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant application recently. These grants can pay for up to 25% of the eligible costs of a renewable energy project. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of funding and implement your renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects. The deadline is now May 31, 2013. What's available? USDA Rural Development has recently been made aware of access to additional funding for … Read More

Grants From USDA Cover Up To 25% Of Renewable Energy Project Costs (Deadline Extended) 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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