Saturday, May 25, 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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St. John's Makes Energy Upgrades To 36 Buildings, Installs Building Automation System

State ARRA-funded C&I grant helps fund building retrofit: St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, MN, is constantly seeking ways to improve its infrastructure in the most cost-effective ways. And when the stimulus-funded Commercial and Industrial Grant Program from the Minnesota Department of Commerce came along, it made energy efficiency easy. St. John's Hospital received a $300,000 grant for a $1 million building automation system upgrade and retro-commissioning project that covered all facility air handling units and … Read More

St. John’s Makes Energy Upgrades To 36 Buildings, Installs Building Automation System 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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Community Energy Oceania – A Snapshot Of Melbourne, Victoria

This article first appeared on The Community Power Report by Manny Pasqualini Community Power Reporter – Oceania Oceania is a region as diverse as any, dotted with tropical Pacific Island nations, the mountainous lands of New Zealand, and the world’s largest island and smallest continent, Australia. Amongst Oceania’s relatively few inhabitants, there is a growing movement of community-minded people and organisations working towards a switch to clean, renewable energy generation, away from dirty and increasingly cost-inefficient … Read More

Community Energy Oceania – A Snapshot Of Melbourne, Victoria 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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Official: 2013 Nissan Leaf Rated At 115 MPGe, 75 Miles On 90% Charge

This 2013 Nissan Leaf is selling like hotcakes (and not just in Norway). And there’s a reason for it. It’s cheap (well, relatively speaking), has good range, and has excellent fuel economy. The EPA has just confirmed the latter two points, as this EV Obsession repost will tell you. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put up official range and fuel economy figures for the 2013 Nissan Leaf. The range (on a 90% charge) is rated … Read More

Official: 2013 Nissan Leaf Rated At 115 MPGe, 75 Miles On 90% Charge 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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Carbon Tax Good For Climate And Economy, Says US Congressional Budget Office

The US Congressional Budget Office has completed its study of impact of carbon tax on the US economy. The CBO was given the tax to assess the impact of carbon tax on fossil fuels on the US economy and the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. In its second report on the subject, the CBO has given elaborate description of what a possible carbon tax regime could look like.  The report seems extremely balanced as it elaborates the … Read More

Carbon Tax Good For Climate And Economy, Says US Congressional Budget Office 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 Power's Massive Price Drop (Graph)

Here’s another excellent cleantech snack for some Friday Fun. Thanks again to an active CleanTechnica reader and commenter for passing it along: For more on solar power’s massive price drop and related stories, check out: Solar — A Disruptive Technology (Graph) Solar PV Module Prices Have Fallen 80% Since 2008, Wind Turbines 29% Solar #2 Source Of New Electricity In 2013 (+ More Graphs & Charts) Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 1 (Including 34 Charts … Read More

Solar Power’s Massive Price Drop (Graph) 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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16 Kindergardeners Fit In A Tesla Model S (Video)

Thanks to one of our wonderful readers and commenters for passing along this fun video disproving Elon Musk and Tesla Motors’ claim regarding how many kindergardeners can fit in a Tesla Model S: Here’s another fun Tesla Model S video if you want more: Video: Tesla Model S Gets Its Drift On … Read More

16 Kindergardeners Fit In A Tesla Model S (Video) 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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Chevy Spark EV Undercuts Competitions' Charge Times & Prices

Editor’s Note: GM/Chevrolet may have hit the jackpot with the new Chevy Spark EV. The price is about $5,000 lower than was originally anticipated, just undercutting the Nissan Leaf. (I’m sure that wasn’t on purpose.) With a potential $10,000 cut in the cost of the Chevy Volt in the coming years, GM looks like it wants to take a big piece of the plug-in electric vehicle market. The competition is certainly heating up. For now, … Read More

Chevy Spark EV Undercuts Competitions’ Charge Times & Prices 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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US Attains 100,000 Plug-In Vehicle Milestone!

Editor’s Note: I noticed the 100,000 milestone was passed a couple days ago — very exciting news. Took us a bit to get this story up, but an interesting thing to note is that the number is now up to 101,041, a couple days later. That’s exciting. Electric cars are here, and they’re growing fast. Check out news and commentary about the 100,000 milestone in this EV Obsession repost below. Over 100,000 plug-in vehicles have … Read More

US Attains 100,000 Plug-In Vehicle Milestone! 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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Nobel Laureate Steven Chu: #1 Problem Is Climate Change

Telling it like it is, in this Climate Progress repost, outgoing Energy Secretary and Nobel laureate Steven Chu discusses the #1 problem society faces today: climate change. By Joe Romm Dr. Ernest Moniz was sworn in as the new Energy Secretary this week. Last week, the previous Secretary, Dr. Steven Chu, gave an interview to Stanford where he is returning as a physics professor. The Nobel laureate was asked "What's the No. 1 problem on your list?" His … Read More

Nobel Laureate Steven Chu: #1 Problem Is Climate Change 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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Karmann Ghia EV Driving On Tweets From Kansas To DC, Thanks To Teenagers

The world is changing fast. Here’s a fun story documenting that in various ways, courtesy CleanTechnica sister site Gas2. By Chris DeMorro Can the power of social media literally propel a car halfway across the country? That's the hope of a group of high school students who converted a Karmann Ghia into an EV, with plans to drive it from Kansas City to Washington D.C., but with a twist. The car will only go when … Read More

Karmann Ghia EV Driving On Tweets From Kansas To DC, Thanks To Teenagers 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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European Biomass Technology Manufactured In Minnesota: An Interview With WoodMaster

Joel Haskard of Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams had a chance to chat with WoodMaster co-founder and President Chuck Gagner about their biomass boilers and furnaces, and the industry here in Minnesota. Read on to hear what Chuck had to say! Joel Haskard: How do you see the health of the biomass industry here in Minnesota and nationally as well? Chuck Gagner: I feel over the past couple years the residential market took a dip … Read More

European Biomass Technology Manufactured In Minnesota: An Interview With WoodMaster 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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California's Third Cap And Trade Auction Sells Out, At Record Price

California's third cap and trade carbon allowance auction was held last week, and businesses snapped up all available 2013 permits, setting a record price level in the process. In addition to the 2013 permits, over three-quarters of advance allowances for 2016 were sold to businesses.

California’s Third Cap And Trade Auction Sells Out, At Record Price 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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