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Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds

January 30th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News

Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds

An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future. In a finding that could have implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, the poll also found […]

Capstone to Provide Heat and Power to Syracuse VA Medical Center with Eight C65 Microturbines

January 30th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News

 Capstone to Provide Heat and Power to Syracuse VA Medical Center with Eight C65 Microturbines

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it recently received an order for eight C65 microturbines to upgrade the Syracuse VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Syracuse, New York. GEM Energy, Capstone’s distributor in New York, secured the order. The Albany office of CHA Companies is […]

New-Generation Solar Panels Far Cheaper, More Efficient

January 29th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Renewable Energy

New-Generation Solar Panels Far Cheaper, More Efficient

A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Britain’s Exeter University . Super-thin, custom-coloured panels attached to a building’s windows may become a “holy grail” for India and African countries, Senthilarasu […]

Giant east Antarctic glacier melting with warmer oceans

January 27th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News

Giant east Antarctic glacier melting with warmer oceans

Warming ocean water is said to be melting the largest glacier in east Antarctica, underscoring climate change’s assault on the continent’s ice cover. Australians scientists returning with the first direct measurements of seawater from the Totten Glacier confirm it ranks alongside others in west Antarctica as a climate trouble spot. “What we have found is […]

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 […]

SolarCity Launches Homebuilder Program on East Coast

January 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Renewable Energy

SolarCity Launches Homebuilder Program on East Coast

Homebuilders across the East Coast can now partner with SolarCity, the nation’s #1 solar power provider, to secure affordable, clean energy for new home communities. More than 10 local homebuilders from Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have already begun offering solar power to homebuyers through SolarCity, giving hundreds of homeowners […]

President Praises Solar Progress in State of the Union Speech

January 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Renewable Energy

President Praises Solar Progress in State of the Union Speech

Citing its continued growth, President Obama once again has singled out solar energy in his annual State of the Union speech. Afterward, Rhone Resch , president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement: “Not only is solar a growing source of dependable energy for the United States , but […]

President Obama’s State of the Union: U.S. leads world in wind energy production

January 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Renewable Energy

President Obama's State of the Union: U.S. leads world in wind energy production

In his State of the Union speech tonight, President Obama highlighted U.S. wind energy leadership as an American success story. “As the President noted, America produces more wind energy than any other country in the world. We’re number one,” said American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan. “Hard working Americans and successful federal tax […]

A Smart Grid Infrastructure Demands Increased Engineering Smarts

January 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Renewable Energy

A Smart Grid Infrastructure Demands Increased Engineering Smarts

Managing a smart grid infrastructure requires training the next generation of power engineers. Developing power engineers who understand the smart grid demands of a growing population represents a critical need, state Professors Tomislav Bujanovic and Prasanta Ghosh from Syracuse University. The two professors represent the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department in Syracuse’s University’s College […]

GE scaling back battery plant to crew of just 50

January 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Challenge News

GE scaling back battery plant to crew of just 50

General Electric Co. says it is dialing down production and headcount at its Durathon battery plant in Schenectady in the next few months and moving a “significant portion” of  hourly plant workers at the plant to its steam turbine and generator operations nearby. The move impacts roughly 400 jobs, although GE says there will be […]

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