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Central New York Solar Summit October 14, 2014

August 28th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Central New York Solar Summit October 14, 2014

Municipal representatives, planning and zoning officials, code officers, architects, engineers, and solar energy professionals are invited to an all-day, comprehensive outreach and training event sponsored by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board. The Solar Summit will provide five tracks throughout the day with specialized topics for varying levels of interest and experience. [...]

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

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

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

Flash flood waters from the overrun Skunk Creek flood I-10 in northwestern Phoenix. Global warming is here, human-caused and can already be considered dangerous, a draft of a new international science report says, warning that it is increasingly likely that climate change could be irreversible. (Matt York | The Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — Global [...]

NYSERDA to launch NY Prize competition for microgrids

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

NYSERDA to launch NY Prize competition for microgrids

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will administer a new competition this fall to support “innovative resiliency” and clean-energy projects across the state. The $40 million NY Prize competition challenges New York businesses, entrepreneurs, and electric utilities to design and implement community-based microgrids, which seek to offer energy independence, along with [...]

UBS Analysts: ‘Large-Scale Power Stations Could Be on a Path to Extinction’

August 26th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

UBS Analysts: ‘Large-Scale Power Stations Could Be on a Path to Extinction’

Solar tree that doubles as EV charger. Source: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/solar-tree-that-doubles-as-ev-charger-going-up-at-gm-site-15977 Leading investment bank UBS says the payback time for unsubsidized investment in electric vehicles paired with rooftop solar and battery storage will be as low as six to eight years by 2020, potentially triggering a massive shift in the energy industry. “It’s time to join the [...]

Solar Schools

August 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Solar Schools

In Toms River, N.J., all of the schools, including the high school, above, have solar panels. Source: NY Times Check out this video in which kids explain the importance of solar power and how it can be used in their school! K-Solar is a joint project of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and New York State Energy [...]

How Much Does Rooftop Solar Power Cost? Grid Parity Here or Coming in More Than Half of U.S. States

August 22nd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential, Uncategorized

How Much Does Rooftop Solar Power Cost? Grid Parity Here or Coming in More Than Half of U.S. States

Predicting the arrival of solar energy for electricity that is as cheap as local electricity prices is actually harder than predicting the sunrise. But UCS’s new solar infographic tells this exciting crossover point is right in front of millions of homeowners across the country. What’s going on up on the roof? For more than 120 years, homes [...]

Solar Power’s Growth: Why Renewables Are Taking Over

August 13th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Solar Power’s Growth: Why Renewables Are Taking Over

In a video released just last month, Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute points out that the lower cost, lower risk, and scalable mass-production of modular renewable technologies (like wind turbines and solar panels) means they are now outcompeting central power stations in the world market. He also explains how half the world’s new electric-generating [...]

Solarize Syracuse Launches July 31!

July 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, FEATURED ACTIONS, Renewable Energy, Residential

Solarize Syracuse Launches July 31!

Syracuse area businesses and homeowners are being 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 aims to double the amount of solar installations in the City of Syracuse and surrounding areas. The Solarize Syracuse program is open to businesses and homeowners located [...]

N.Y. Cities Win Right to Ban Fracking, Oil Industry Loss

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

N.Y. Cities Win Right to Ban Fracking, Oil Industry Loss

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to uphold a six-year-old statewide moratorium. The case, closely watched by the energy industry, may invigorate local challenges to the practice [...]

Tesla CEO plans solar production facility for Buffalo

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

Tesla CEO plans solar production facility for Buffalo

ALBANY—A solar company led by the founder of Tesla Motors is working with the state to build one of the world’s largest solar manufacturing facilities in Buffalo, which could create more than a thousand jobs. SolarCity Corporation announced Tuesday that it acquired Silevo, a solar panel technology and manufacturing company that produces low-cost panels that [...]