US South getting its first big wind power farm soon

Posted on: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the U.S. South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm. The $600 million project by the Spanish firm Iberdrola Renewables LLC will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares) near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with […]

Will Buildings of the Future Be Cloaked In Algae?

Posted on: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

In the future, green buildings may actually be green. A gazebo, unveiled this month at the Expo 2015 world’s fair in Milan, demonstrates how algae-filled plastic could serve as a living “skin” for buildings.   Read more…

How Solar Sister is fueling a women-led clean energy revolution in Africa

Posted on: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

In rural Nigeria, a woman named Iniobong opened a maternity clinic to serve her community. It had no electricity, so she used candlelight or kerosene to deliver babies and care for mothers. One day, a woman named Blessing brought a solar light to her prenatal check-up. It sparked Iniobong’s interest, so Blessing told her that […]

Energy Education Kits

Posted on: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

K-12 public schools can apply for energy education kits designed to develop teamwork and problem-solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. The Energy Curricula and Learning Kits complement the Solar Matters (Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8) and Understanding Solar Energy (9-12) activity units developed by the Florida […]

Cleantech Incubator Licenses UCF-Developed Industry’s First Single-Module Three-Phase Microinverter for Solar Energy Systems

Posted on: Monday, June 29th, 2015

The industry’s first single-module three-phase microinverter, developed by researchers at the Florida Power Electronics Center at the University of Central Florida (UCF), has been licensed to MaxHarvest Microinverters, LLC, a subsidiary of GreenTech Endeavors, a Miami-based cleantech garage/incubator. Through research funded by the Department of Energy, the UCF-developed microinverter technology has the potential to significantly […]

Utilities eye tariffs for solar, wind users

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

Residential customers of Oklahoma’s two largest electric utilities could see demand charges on their bills if they install rooftop solar panels under a new tariff structure being studied at the Corporation Commission. Staff for the commission’s public utility division held the last of four meetings Tuesday to discuss implementation of Senate Bill 1456, which went […]

California’s Plan to Turn Distributed Energy Resources Into Grid Market Players

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

California is already busy creating new regulations and market structures to integrate rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in electric vehicles and fast-acting demand response systems into its grid. This week, California’s grid operator took another step down this path — one that could allow these resources to tap the state’s grid markets as a revenue-generating resource, […]

Australian Utilities Cozy Up to Home Storage: ‘If We Don’t Respond, Someone Else Will’

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

Australian utilities are moving to combat the threat of revenue loss from residential energy storage by opting to supply batteries themselves. Three companies — Red Energy, Ergon Energy and ActewAGL — announced trials offering Panasonic battery systems. “Our customers are already showing interest in this technology, and if we don’t respond to what our customers […]

Shining a Light on Emerging Resilient Power Movement

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

A new, first-of-its-kind report from Clean Energy Group tells the story of the early years of the resilient power movement – and as the movement spreads beyond the Northeast, states in other regions should be taking notice In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast United States, disrupting electric service to more than eight million […]

G.M. and Nissan Reusing Old Electric Car Batteries

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

For years, automakers have looked for ways to reuse the batteries from electric cars, which retain significant storage capacity even after they are no longer useful for transport. Now, those efforts are beginning to bear fruit. On Monday, Nissan executives announced a partnership with Green Charge Networks, an energy storage provider, to sell stationary systems […]