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11/18/2014Google Buys up Dutch Wind Energy for Data Center

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building. Company officials said Tuesday that Google wants both price certainty and to ensure that the 600 million euro ($750 million) data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands — due to be completed in 2017 — will be ...
11/18/2014SunEdison Buys First Wind in $2.4-Billion Deal

Nov. 18--Another solar energy company is coming to the Buffalo Niagara region -- but its local connection will be at the windmills along the Lake Erie shore in Lackawanna. SunEdison Inc., looking to broaden its business beyond solar energy into a more broad-based renewable energy company, acquired First Wind, which operates the Steel Winds wind farm in Lackawanna, in a $2.4 billion deal. The ...
11/12/2014Urban Farming Takes Root in Downtown Los Angeles

Nov. 12--Amid the rooftops of downtown's Financial District, basil, parsley and vegetables line a raised-bed garden. The 6th floor plot, part of a trend of urban farming in downtown Los Angeles, serves a restaurant at the members-only Jonathan Club. "This was a dream of mine since I was a kid," said Matthew Allnatt, Jonathan Club's chief operating officer, who on Tuesday showed off the garden ...
11/09/2014At World Sustainable Building Conference in Barcelona, a Global Call for Energy-Efficiency

Nov. 09--BARCELONA, Spain -- In this Mediterranean port city where Antoni Gaudi's surreal architectural masterpieces have forever altered the skyline and raised expectations, an international gathering of sustainable building experts has plotted changes to the world's built landscape that could be as revolutionary and even more transformational. Meeting in the architectural shadow of Gaudi's ...
10/27/2014Chinese Architect Ma Yansong's New Book Shows Philosophy Behind His Design

Chinese architect Ma Yansong's new book, Shanshui City, shows the philosophy behind his designs. Sun Yuanqing reports. Acclaimed Chinese architect Ma Yansong launched his book Shanshui City at Beijing's Ullens Center for Contemporary Art last month, in an attempt to explain to the world his designs inspired by shan shui, a Chinese art style that is used to paint mountains and water. In his ...
10/28/2014Electric-car Drivers Trading Gas for Solar Power

DETROIT (AP) — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The panels aren't cheap, and neither are the cars. A Ford Fusion Energi plug-in sedan, for example, is $7,200 ...
10/29/2014British War on Windfarms Blows up a Storm

What Polly Toynbee didn't say (This war on windfarms is the Tories' latest sop to Ukip, 28 October) was that two weeks ago wind generated 25% of Britain's power. What we should be doing is growing our own indigenous wind turbine industry, as at the moment we import them from mainly Germany and Denmark. A British wind turbine industry would generate much-needed skilled jobs in manufacturing, ...
10/29/2014Judge Rules Minnesota City Can't Ban Wind Turbines

Oct. 29--Another Hennepin County judge has weighed in on a lengthy, litigious quarrel over a wind turbine on Lake Minnetonka, deciding that the city of Orono can't completely ban them. Jay and Kendall Nygard, along with their wind energy company, sued the city in May, arguing that it's their right to have a 29-foot-tall turbine in their back yard on the lake's West Arm and that the city's ...
10/01/2014USGBC Launches Online International LEED Database

The ability to find out the state of sustainable building around the world is easier, thanks to a new online USGBC database. The U.S. Green Building Council now has briefs on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects in more than 150 countries. "LEED is driving innovation and sustainable development across the globe," said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer at the council. ...
10/20/2014Renewable Energy Growth Drives Development of Large-Scale Batteries

Oct. 20--At Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster County, the secret ingredient in its ice cream is wind. Along with conventionally derived power used to make its sweet treats, the dairy is the sole customer of a nearby wind farm, built in 2010, that provides 25 percent of its electricity. "That's honestly all we need," said company spokeswoman Andrea Nikolaus. Relying on wind for bigger operations, ...
10/08/2014SolarCity Loan Deal Could Propel Rooftop Market

NEW YORK (AP) — SolarCity will begin offering loans to homeowners for solar systems, a move that industry analysts say could reshape the market for rooftop solar and propel its rapid adoption. Most current rooftop solar deals involve a lease or an agreement to buy power over a period of time, but the company owns the panels. SolarCity's loan will allow customers to own their systems and still ...
10/08/2014Skidmore College Solar Projects Show How Cost Is Dropping

Oct. 08--GREENFIELD -- Skidmore College held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday to mark completion of its eight-acre solar farm in Greenfield, the "crown jewel" of the college's sustainability efforts, school president Philip Glotzbach said. But even before Glotzbach pulled out the oversize scissors, the economics of the massive project, which includes 6,950 ground-mounted solar panels capable of ...
10/01/2014Mayor de Blasio Announces Major Solar Investment at City Schools, Key Component of New Green Buildings Plan

The 24 new installations will be funded by the City, as well as by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's NY-Sun Initiative. The $28 million investment includes $23 million in City funds and an estimated $5 million in grants from NYSERDA. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the New York Power Authority ...
10/02/2014Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

New executive actions and initiatives to advance solar and energy efficiency projects include military-veterans solar job training, $68M USDA-funded rural projects, and stronger building codes. Among the major actions, DOE's Solar Instructor Training Network will launch a veteran's job training pilot project at up to three military bases this fall to create at least 50,000 highly-qualified ...
09/30/2014High Tech High Leads the Charge for Solar Energy for Charter Schools

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 Over the last decade, solar has been booming. As you drive down the freeway or look around the community, it is hard not to notice all of the new solar installations popping up on both residential and commercial facilities. High Tech High in Point Loma is one of the newest commercial facilities that will be installing 70,000-watts of solar energy in ...
09/30/2014One of the Nation's Largest, Most Environmentally-Friendly Battery Energy Storage Systems to be Installed at UC San Diego

A microgrid is a small-scale version of a traditional large power grid that controls energy from clean sources such as wind and solar power, as well as from conventional technology. It can be connected to a larger electric grid, but can also work independently. "UC San Diego is committed to practices that promote sustainability and innovation, not just on our campus, but in our community and ...
09/29/2014A New Solar Energy Job-Training Pilot Program for Veterans

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on WhiteHouse.gov. Solar energy is shattering records in the U.S. Since President Obama took office, installed solar power has increased thirteen fold, topping nearly 16 gigawatts today — enough to power the equivalent of 3.2 million average American homes. As solar energy continues to grow, it is becoming a major source of high-paying American ...
09/16/2014Governor Cuomo's BuildSmart NY: Prudent Fiscal Policy Aligning with Long-term Environmental Sustainability

Sometimes a great idea is embraced because it is well-designed to achieve one particular purpose. At other times, its success is attributed to its ability to achieve a variety of different goals simultaneously. BuildSmart NY is in the latter category, as its different components merge prudent fiscal policy, sustainability and environmental protection. At the end of 2012, New York faced ...
09/29/2014Mayor de Blasio Makes Major Investment in Solar Power at City Schools

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release: Mayor de Blasio today (http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/457-14/mayor-de-blasio-major-solar-investment-city-schools-key-component-new-green) announced a $28 million investment in solar at schools, funding 24 installations as part of the administration's new green buildings plan. These new solar ...
09/16/2014Sharing Energy Secrets Behind the Green Doors

IT looks like any other property in a row of terrace homes. But this 1880s three-bedroom house has been transformed inside and out into a sustainable environment that would stir envy within the greenest of people. Walk into the late Victorian solid wall conversion and you are comforted by its clean air and perfect temperature. Peter Clegg, of Cheltenham Green Doors, began converting the house ...
09/14/2014In Vermont, a Milestone in Green-Energy Efforts

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski ...
09/16/2014New SolarCity Product Makes it Possible for Businesses to Significantly Increase Solar Output From Each Rooftop

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SolarCity (Nasdaq:SCTY) unveiled a new product in its Zep Solar line of solar products today—a flat roof solar mounting solution that is twice as fast to install and can generate significantly more solar electricity from each rooftop than alternatives for the commercial market. ZS Peak makes it possible for far more businesses, schools and ...
09/16/2014SPI Solar Announces Developments in the Solar PV Market in Hawaii

ROSEVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SPI Solar (“SPI”) (SOPW:OTCBB), a vertically-integrated photovoltaic solar developer, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets relating to current SPI solar PV projects in Hawaii. Under the terms of the agreement, SPI will acquire Hawaiian Power, LLC’s (“HPL’s”) equity interests and debt related to an SPI and HPL joint ...
09/09/2014Promise Energy "Cool Roofs + Solar Tour" Showcases Climate Strategies for Los Angeles Affordable Housing

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 09, 2014 On August 26th, Promise Energy hosted a group of local policymakers, academics, environmental organizations and utility representatives to showcase key strategies for addressing climate change and reducing urban heat island effect in Los Angeles. In collaboration with the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) ...
09/09/2014California Clean Energy Bill Could Open Door for Homeowners and Small Businesses

Source: Flickr/constellationenergy Governor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883 (Nancy Skinner- Berkeley). This bill would significantly lower the cost of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a tool which enables property owners to take advantage of energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV for ...

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