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Solar energy: building a new industry in WNY from the ground up

January 26th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Solar energy: building a new industry in WNY from the ground up

One of the world’s biggest solar panel factories is arising from the rubble of a long-abandoned steel plant in South Buffalo. The potential exists for a second solar panel plant in Buffalo, the product of a budding relationship between the state and a prominent Japanese solar module manufacturer. With SolarCity pledging to create 2,900 new […]

Offshore Wind Would Produce Twice the Jobs and Energy as Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean

January 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Renewable Energy, Residential

Offshore Wind Would Produce Twice the Jobs and Energy as Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean

Oceana released a new report today that finds offshore wind would produce twice the number of jobs and twice the amount of energy as offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The report, titled Offshore Energy by the Numbers, An Economic Analysis of Offshore Drilling and Wind Energy in the Atlantic, challenges recent claims by the […]

BlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Enter Agreement

January 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized

BlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Enter Agreement

BlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Black River LLC have entered into a services agreement to support ReEnergy’s delivery of power from its 60 MW ReEnergy Black River bioenergy facility to the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown, New York. Under the agreement, BlueRock Energy is performing load forecasting, scheduling and delivery services from the plant […]

Solar project seeking $680,000 worth of tax exemptions

January 13th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Solar project seeking $680,000 worth of tax exemptions

A solar company is seeking about $680,000 worth of tax exemptions as part of its plan to become the first technology firm at the Vista Technology Campus in Bethlehem, New York. The tax breaks are tied to Monolith Solar Associates’ $4.6 million expansion project, which includes constructing a 16,000-square-foot office building at the site. That […]

Smart grids will anchor the future of energy

January 9th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Smart grids will anchor the future of energy

The future of energy will be heavily influenced by economic, societal and technological trends that will be intricately intertwined, and we’re still in the early days of moving to a more holistic approach to energy distribution and management. Ultimate success is a three-legged stool comprised of three legs: technology, industry standards and policy. If any […]

PSC Seeks Public Input on Energy Regulatory Reform Initiative

January 8th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

PSC Seeks Public Input on Energy Regulatory Reform Initiative

The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) will conduct a series of informational forums and public statement hearings across the State to seek public input and comment on the Commission’s regulatory component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s overall strategic energy plan, Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV. The REV regulatory proceeding involves two tracks.  The first track explores the […]

Plug Power’s CEO on new deals, 2015 revenue goals

January 8th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Plug Power's CEO on new deals, 2015 revenue goals

Plug Power‘s most recent multi-year contract is the first deal of many that CEO Andy Marsh expects to announce in 2015, as the company strives to substantially increase its revenue goals from last year. The Latham, New York fuel cell manufacturer has signed a series of deals in the last few months. That includes a $20 […]

U.K. And Germany Smash Wind Power Records

January 7th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

U.K. And Germany Smash Wind Power Records

The United Kingdom blew past previous wind power records in 2014 while Germany generated a record amount of electricity from wind in December, setting the stage for 2015 to bring more industry growth across Europe. Exactly how quickly it grows, however, is contingent upon several political and regulatory decisions to come. Using statistics from the […]

2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record Globally By Far

January 6th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record Globally By Far

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has announced that 2014 was the hottest year in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. NOAA is expected to make a similar call in a couple of weeks and so is NASA. As the JMA graph shows, there has been no “hiatus” or “pause” in warming. In […]

Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing to Develop 13.4MW Floating Solar Power Plant on Reservoir in Chiba Prefecture, Japan

December 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing to Develop 13.4MW Floating Solar Power Plant on Reservoir in Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation announced today that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture established by the two companies, will develop and operate a 13.4-megawatt (MW) floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, managed by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture in Japan for industrial water services. The plant […]

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