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New Technique Could Harvest More of the Sun’s Energy

December 19th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

New Technique Could Harvest More of the Sun's Energy

As solar panels become less expensive and capable of generating more power, solar energy is becoming a more commercially viable alternative source of electricity. However, the photovoltaic cells now used to turn sunlight into electricity can only absorb and use a small fraction of that light, and that means a significant amount of solar energy […]

SunEdison To Develop 350 Megawatts Of Solar In Chile – Generates Energy At Lower Cost Than Fossil Fuels Without Subsidies Or Incentives

December 18th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

SunEdison To Develop 350 Megawatts Of Solar In Chile - Generates Energy At Lower Cost Than Fossil Fuels Without Subsidies Or Incentives

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE), a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced that the National Energy Commission in Chile has awarded SunEdison a contract to supply 570 gigawatt hours of clean energy a year. To meet the demand, SunEdison will be investing more than $700 million USD to develop 350 megawatts […]

United States Installs 1,354 MW of Solar in Q3 2014

December 17th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

United States Installs 1,354 MW of Solar in Q3 2014

Continuing its strong growth, the United States installed 1,354 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Q3 2014, up 41 percent over the same period last year. The numbers come from the latest edition of GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market Insight Report , released today. According to the […]

Underground Microgrids: Nothing to See Here Neighbors

December 17th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Underground Microgrids: Nothing to See Here Neighbors

Microgrids are good, underground microgirds are even better, especially in storm-prone regions. Buried wires are spared the destruction — and outages — brought by wind, snow and ice, which often topple over-head wires. Underground microgrids also escape the ire of neighbors who increasingly protest against stringed wire, especially in scenic areas. Given the advantages of […]

Panasonic “Smart Town” In Japan Centered Around Solar Energy & Storage

December 16th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Panasonic “Smart Town” In Japan Centered Around Solar Energy & Storage

A new experimental “smart town” based especially around the technologies of solar energy and battery storage is being developed in Japan by Panasonic Corporation (along with other public and private partners), based on recent reports. The new 1000-household-strong town recently had its grand opening — with the first residents moving in earlier this year in the spring. But […]

Advocates Applaud NY PSC Progress on Community Shared Solar

December 16th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Advocates Applaud NY PSC Progress on Community Shared Solar

The following press release was issued by Vote Solar: Organizations representing community, social justice, business, and environmental interests today joined together to applaud progress toward expanding clean energy access to more New Yorkers. At its regularly scheduled meeting yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission announced plans to advance Community Shared Renewables, an innovative concept […]

Québec Premier: A Price on Carbon Signals to Businesses that They Have a Role in Fighting Climate Change

December 10th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Québec Premier: A Price on Carbon Signals to Businesses that They Have a Role in Fighting Climate Change

The Province of Québec in Canada and the U.S. State of California held their first joint auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances on Nov. 25. Québec Premier Philippe Couillard talked ahead of the auction about the value of a price on carbon in building a cleaner economy. “I strongly support putting a price on carbon […]

Solarize CNY has launched!

December 8th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, FEATURED ACTIONS, Municipal, Renewable Energy

Solarize CNY has launched!

The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) has launched a municipal solar bulk-purchasing program, known as Solarize CNY.  This initiative was created as part of the Central New York Energy Challenge program with funding under NYSERDA PON 2672 and is supported by the national Solar Roadmap Initiative with funding from the US Department of […]

White House Official: Obama Will Use Executive Powers To Meet Climate Goals

December 5th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

White House Official: Obama Will Use Executive Powers To Meet Climate Goals

The Obama administration is doubling down on its commitment to aggressive climate action despite an incoming Republican Congress that will undoubtedly oppose it, White House senior adviser John Podesta said Wednesday, saying the President can use his executive powers to meet his carbon reduction goals.  The comments, reported by the Financial Times, were reportedly meant […]

Canada’s Green Energy Sector Now Employs More People Than Its Tar Sands

December 4th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Canada’s Green Energy Sector Now Employs More People Than Its Tar Sands

Between 2009 and 2013, employment in Canada’s clean energy sector increased by 37 percent — meaning it now supplies more jobs than the country’s infamous tar sands, according to a new report.  Tracking the Energy Revolution — released Tuesday by Clean Energy Canada, a climate think tank — defined clean energy jobs as any work […]

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