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Solarize Syracuse a Success!

November 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Renewable Energy, Residential

Solarize Syracuse a Success!

Syracuse area businesses and homeowners were offered the opportunity to enjoy special bulk purchasing discounts and an easy solar installation process through a special program created by Solarize Syracuse, a community initiative that has more than doubled the amount of solar installations in the City of Syracuse and surrounding areas.  Through the Solarize Syracuse program, 77 people signed contracts for an […]

SunEdison buys First Wind in $2.4 billion deal

November 19th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

SunEdison buys First Wind in $2.4 billion deal

In an effort to move beyond solar energy, SunEdison Inc. buys First Wind, which operates Lackawanna wind farm 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 […]

Solar road opens in the Netherlands

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

Solar road opens in the Netherlands

(CNN) — The world’s first road capable of turning sunlight into energy officially opened for traffic Wednesday in the Netherlands. It’s actually a 230-foot-long bike path in the town of Krommenie. The road is a test route developed by the company SolaRoad. “SolaRoad is a world first that will put the Netherlands on the map […]

Here Comes the Sun: America’s Solar Boom, in Charts

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

Here Comes the Sun: America's Solar Boom, in Charts

Last week, an energy analyst at Deutsche Bank came to a startling conclusion: By 2016, solar power will be as cheap or cheaper than electricity from the conventional grid in every state except three. That’s without any changes to existing policy. In other words, we’re only a few years away from the point where, in […]

Why Haven’t Cities Covered Their Buildings in Solar?

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

Why Haven’t Cities Covered Their Buildings in Solar?

The city of Beaverton, OR, is getting a new solar array that will offset energy use at an underground reservoir, saving taxpayers $95,000 per year, with no upfront cost. Ventura County, CA, has a 1-megawatt solar array on its jail facility, that’s cash flow positive. Denver, CO, has nearly 4 megawatts of solar, with power […]

2014 CNY Solar Summit a Success!

October 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, FEATURED ACTIONS, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

2014 CNY Solar Summit a Success!

  On October 14, 2014, 174 municipal representatives, planning and zoning officers, architects, engineers, and solar energy professionals gathered at an all-day Solar Summit, a comprehensive outreach and training event sponsored by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board.  The Solar Summit provided four informational tracks throughout the day with specialized topics for […]

Near Westside Initiative Receives Prestigious Award from USGBC

October 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Near Westside Initiative Receives Prestigious Award from USGBC

SYRACUSE, NY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 – The Near Westside Initiative, a not-for-profit organization housed in Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The award was presented […]

Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds

October 27th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds

When it comes to providing jobs and money to towns and cities, not all renewable energy is created equal. At last month’s People’s Climate March, among the most popular signs were ones supporting renewable energy like wind and solar as the best way to avoid a climate catastrophe. And because of the urgency of the […]

Waste as a Boon for Economic Development

October 15th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Waste as a Boon for Economic Development

Elected Officials and Environmental Leaders are invited to a presentation by Neil Seldman, leader of the Institute for Local Self Reliance, Washington DC, on October 22nd from 10am to noon at the DeWitt Town Hall (5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse) in the Courtroom. The Town of DeWitt Sustainability Committee, DeWitt Advisory Conservation Commission, the CNY […]

The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement

October 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement

As humans continue to transform the planet at an increasingly rapid rate, the need to inform and encourage change has become ever more urgent. The situation is becoming critical for wild species and for the preservation of human civilization. Recognizing this urgency, the Smithsonian Institution has formulated its first official statement about the causes and […]

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