Pacific Ethanol has announced it was awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program collaboratively with Chromatin, Inc., CSU Fresno’s Center for Irrigation Technology and the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. This undertaking also includes the California In-State Sorghum Program to support a lasting expansion in California’s ability to produce low-carbon ethanol from in-state feedstock that meets both the renewable fuel and greenhouse gas reduction goals stipulated under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard.
Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. and SunPower Corp. announced an agreement under which HASI is expected to provide up to $44.5 million in non-recourse debt to help finance SunPower’s residential solar lease program. The transaction allows SunPower to leverage existing lease assets and expand its program while increasing its cash position and strengthening its balance sheet. More than 20,000 Americans are enrolled in the company’s lease program.
The 14th Annual Renewable Energy Roundup & Sustainable Living Expo will take place September 26 – 28, 2014. The Roundup will take place in Belton at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W Loop 121 (at IH-35), Belton, TX 76513. This year the theme is “water solutions”.
AEP Energy today has begun installation of a 101-kilowatt (kW) solar array on the roof of The Ohio State University’s Student Life Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC). AEP Energy will fund, build, own and operate the approximately 10,000-square-foot array, made up of 367 solar panels arranged in a configuration similar to the “Block O.” Installation is expected to be completed in approximately eight weeks.