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The Renewable Energy Renaissance

The real Renaissance is in renewable energy whose sources could meet 25% of the nation's energy needs by 2025. Renewable technologies can help restore political and economic stability as well as save money…and the planet.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Solar off to a good year

The solar industry is off to a good year. Not only have state and federal regulators given many proposed projects the go-ahead but federal lawmakers have also extended some critical tax breaks that make the financing of those deals possible. Solar energy represents a bright spot on the economic front. The sustainable fuel source has enjoyed support from the venture capital community while the regulatory structure has worked to support major projects. EnergyBiz.

Thursday
Dec302010

Green Design Spree Aims to Trim U.S. Government's Big Energy Bill

Architects aim to reclaim the original energy-saving features of the 1917 U.S. General Services Administration buiding, including natural lighting and ventilation.With $25 billion in annual power and fuel costs, the U.S. government is the largest single energy consumer in the nation's economy, and among the largest in the world.The Obama administration now is seeking to ramp up that effort dramatically—with the help of an unprecedented $4.5 billion in stimulus funds to be spent by next September entirely for federal green building and renovation projects. By executive order, the federal government is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2020. National Geographic.

Friday
Dec102010

Michigan based UNI-SOLAR powers UN climate conference in Cancun with rooftop PV array

Rochester Hills, Michigan based Uni-Solar was tapped to provide electricity for the United Nations COP 16 (16th Council of Parties to the UN Kyoto Climate Treaty) gathering in Cancun, Mexico. Uni-Solar provides a bright contrast to the Fermi nuclear power plant in southeast Michigan, scene of a dramatic radioactive water spill in recent days, and targeted site for a third new dirty, dangerous and expensive reactor -- a G.E.-Hitachi ESBWR.

Friday
Dec102010

Zero Emissions Race passes through Cancun climate summit

On your mark. Get set. GO SOLAR!Electric cars and motorcycles, "racing" from Geneva, Switzerland to Cancun, Mexico and back again, created a "sexy" spectacle of sustainability at the COP 16, the 16th summit of the Council of Parties to the U.N.'s Kyoto Climate Treaty. Solar power is the fuel of choice for the Zero Emissions Race.

Friday
Dec102010

First solar powered boat to circumnavigate the planet arrives at Cancun climate summit

Solar catamaran sailing near Monaco, Sept. 26, 2010.David Herron in the Green Transportation Examiner reports that the world's largest and fastest 100% solar powered ship, the TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, has successfully sailed from Monaco, France to Cancun, Mexico to take part in the current U.N. climate summit. After that, it will continue on its way via the Panama Canal to enter the Pacific on its global circumnavigation back to Monaco. Follow the ship's progress at its website. Even though this ship is nonfiction, its name comes from fantasy: in one of the languages in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, TÛRANOR translates as "The Power of the Sun."