SC Johnson has announced it will increase its use of wind power by 65 Percent at its Toluca, Mexico facility. The maker of household products, such as Glade and Pledge, says it will participate in the Comision Federal de Electricidad’s (CFE/Federal Electricity Commission) wind farm program, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions at the Toluca plant by more than half.
The average American will have more opportunities to buy solar panels. Connecticut-based DCS Energy announced its “Buy A Panel Program” that allows individuals the chance to fund a solar energy project by purchasing a solar electric panel. At just $800, including installation and power equipment accessories, the energy production of the panel will provide a 3-4 percent annual average return payment for the panel purchaser over a 15-year period.
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition encouraging students from universities throughout the southeast to develop business plans for new clean energy companies. Initial entries having an executive summary and video pitch, are due by March 1, 2013. The winning entry receives $100,000 and competes in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals.
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners has acquired the remaining 50 percent stake of British Columbia-based Powell River Energy Inc. for CAD$33 million plus the assumption of some debt. The two hydropower generating stations have a total installed capacity of 83 MW producing an average of 546 GWh on an annual basis. Brookfield Renewable has hydropower operations on 69 river systems and 11 power markets in the United States, Canada and Brazil.