- POET Biorefining – Coon Rapids hosted Jeb Burton, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, to highlight the benefits of ethanol for drivers. General Manager Bill Howell took Burton on a tour of the plant and also hosted a meet and greet with area producers. Howell discussed the economic and environmental benefits of ethanol for consumers, local businesses and rural economies.
- IKEA has plugged-in an expansion of the solar array completed last April atop its Perryville, Maryland distribution center, the state’s largest such solar energy system. The 467,618-square-foot solar addition consists of a 2.2-MW system, built with 7,337 modules, and will produce 2,695,355 kWh of electricity annually. Including the existing system, this distribution center’s total 4.9-MW solar installation of 25,913 panels now will generate 6,092,533 kWh of clean electricity yearly, the equivalent of reducing 4,299 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 896 cars or powering 591 homes.
- Geothermal Energy Association’s fourth annual National Geothermal Summit will be held on Tuesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada. California focused topics at the Summit include: utility perspective on renewable portfolio standards and geothermal energy; the future of the RPS; and achieving the potential of the Salton Sea and the Salton Sea Restoration Initiative.
- Omnitek Engineering Corp. has announced it has received an order for a 250 kilowatt diesel-to-biogas converted power generator from National Raisin Company, Inc., based in Fowler, California that incorporates Omnitek’s technology for stationary engine applications and provides a clean and economical solution to the agricultural industry in the San Joaquin Valley region of California. Terms were not disclosed.