Archive for October 2009

Business in a Box Program Provides Affordable Solar-Powered Products to Help Change Lives

Oct 31st, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story

In the developing world, 1.4 billion low-income people lack electricity. They turn to small kerosene lamps, which provide very little light, smell awful, lead to lung problems, cause burns and house fires and damage the environment. The other alternative is cheap batteries, which perform poorly and contaminate local water supply. Both options are very expensive; this demographic spends as much as 17% of income on power!



More Connecticut Residents Now Eligible for CT Solar Lease Program

Oct 31st, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) today announced that more Connecticut residents will now be able to qualify for financial assistance under the CT Solar Lease Program, which is largely funded by CCEF; the program’s income limits were raised after HUD updated its income limits for 2009.  Homeowners who earn up to twice the median [...]



President Obama Announces $3.4 Billion Investment to Spur Transition to Smart Energy Grid

Oct 27th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story, US Government

Speaking at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, President Barack Obama today announced the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. history, funding a broad range of technologies that will spur the nation’s transition to a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system.  The end result will promote [...]



2.5 Million New Jobs Could Be Created with Clean-Energy Investments

Oct 26th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment, Top Story

The Center for American Progress, alongside the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, has undertaken detailed analysis of the impacts that strong climate and clean-energy legislation could have on the U.S. economy. It looked at a suite of policies designed to curb CO2 emissions by driving investment into clean energy technology, and assessed their impact on employment opportunities, economic growth and people’s incomes.



Liberia Finds Solar Power Gets Things Moving Again

Oct 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa, Top Story, US Government

Liberians who live, study, or work outside the limited electric grid of the capital, Monrovia, do not have affordable, reliable light. A place to charge a mobile phone is a daily quest. Less than 2 percent of rural areas and about 10 percent of the urban capital area have modern energy sources. People who live [...]



AMORE Alliance Celebrates the Coming of Light to Remote Parts of Mindanao

Oct 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia, Top Story, US Government

On 10 June 2009, the coming of light to over 8,000 households in more than 270 rural villages in Mindanao was celebrated by the Alliance for Mindanao Off-grid Renewable Energy (AMORE) Program. Members of the alliance – led by United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney and Department of Energy officials – and program partners in the [...]



Project for Algae to Turn Coal Plant C02 Into Biofuel Awarded $70m by DOE

Oct 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels, C02 Sequestration, Top Story, US Government

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that Arizona Public Service (APS), Phoenix, Ariz., has been awarded $70.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to expand an existing industrial and innovative reuse carbon mitigation project. Arizona Public Service’s ongoing algae-based carbon mitigation project, previously selected via competitive solicitation, will be expanded [...]



Beyond the Storm, Eco-Friendly Dream Homes

Oct 23rd, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia

“I don’t think I will ever miss the old home; it never protected us from floods and storms!” said Dadi Ibrahim, a widow. Her only association, she said, with her dilapidated hut is the “fond memories” of living there with her late husband. The 65-year-old resident of Village Haji Jaffar Jamari, in Thatta district in [...]



Slow-flowing water powers eGen system

Oct 23rd, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Hydro Power

The first few models that inventor Joel Douglas made he tested in his bathtub. Then he tested bigger versions, in a swimming pool and a large tank, before moving to the waters behind Mystic Seaport. On Wednesday afternoon, Douglas and other members of a small Groton-based company, eGen LLC, demonstrated a prototype that can produce [...]



America’s Largest Solar Plant Comes Online

Oct 20th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has announced the near completion of its DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia, Florida. This solar power plant will be producing electricity by the end of month. This project is ahead of its schedule. The plant has an impressive number of 90,000 photovoltaic panels. Experts claim that this solar power plant will generate around 110MW of electricity by the end of 2010.