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Focused Sun: Low-Cost Solar Panel Captures Four Times More Energy

November 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Focused Sun: Low-Cost Solar Panel Captures Four Times More Energy

Focused Sun of Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA (www.focused-sun.com) is planning to shake up the solar industry with an inexpensive module that captures four times more energy than a conventional solar panel of the same size. The module, called FourFold, produces both electricity and hot water. It can pay for itself in as little as […]

Deepwater Wind, Nassau-Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council, Long Island Federation of Labor to Create Offshore Wind Jobs on Long Island

November 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Renewable Energy

Deepwater Wind, Nassau-Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council, Long Island Federation of Labor to Create Offshore Wind Jobs on Long Island

If approved by local regulators later this year, Deepwater ONE would result in approximately 300 direct jobs each year on Long Island throughout the project’s construction, as well as a significant number of jobs during the project’s pre-construction phase. Local hiring could start as early as 2015 and accelerate over the development of the project. […]

Lockheed Martin to build 5-megawatt bioenergy facility in Germany

November 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Lockheed Martin to build 5-megawatt bioenergy facility in Germany

U.S. aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin is getting into the bioenergy business, and has signed a contract to build a power generation facility in Germany using green energy company Concord Blue’s patented Reformer technology. The facility, which will be erected in Herten, will be able to generate as much as five megawatts of electricity […]

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 […]

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 […]