BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. has officially announced the establishment of a local warehouse in Cape Town, South Africa. This new facility will initially store 500 kW of modules and will expand its storage capacity to 1MW later in 2015. Suntech established a full time presence in South Africa in 2014 as part of its expansion efforts in the region. …

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Proterra EV Buses Travel Million Miles

Joanna Schroeder

Proterra battery-electric(EV) buses have been driven one million miles. The company recently congratulated its customers on achieving the EV industry milestone and held a celebratory event at its plant in Greenville, S.C. where they honored their transit agency partners for their leadership as EV pioneers. Each transit agency was honored with award commemorating their early adoption of EV bus technology …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Miscellaneous

Bennet Files Amendment for Bridge to Tax Reform

Joanna Schroeder

Trade groups are calling for national support of the Bennet Amendment for Bridge to Tax Reform. U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) has filed an amendment to the annual budget resolution being considered this week by the Senate that would make room for renewable and efficiency tax credits. The amendment specifies “a fund for “creating clean energy jobs, including extending over …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Geothermal, Hydro, Miscellaneous, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

European Wind Energy Association Chief Executive Officer Thomas Becker is stepping down as the head of the association for personal reasons after two years of service Following his appointment in December 2012, Mr. Becker outlined his vision for an industry group that placed renewed emphasis on how the wind energy sector could contribute to jobs, exports and green growth. EWEA’s …

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Sens Wyden, Risch Intro Geothermal Energy Bill

Joanna Schroeder

Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, have introduced legislation to encourage geothermal energy production on public lands. Coined the Geothermal Production Expansion Act, the bill would prevent speculative bidders from driving up the price of leases for developers seeking to use the land for geothermal projects. The bill streamlines the federal geothermal leasing program by allowing for the …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Geothermal, Legislation, Renewable Energy

Solar Goes to Space

Joanna Schroeder

Solar has gone to space. SolAero Technologies has announced that 32 of its SolAero solar panels populated with high-efficiency triple-junction ZTJ solar cells are powering the four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission spacecraft that launched successfully on March 12, 2015 aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The MMS will study magnetic …

Alternative Vehicles, Education, Solar

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Solectria – A Yaskawa Company, has announced the introduction of its Rapid Shutdown (RSD) Combiner for single-phase inverters. This RSD Combiner option offers a complete solution to NEC 2014, Article 690.12 requiring rooftop installations to de-energize conductors outside of a 10 foot boundary from the array. “Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl,” written for the New …

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MIT Climate CoLab Seeks World Changing Ideas

Joanna Schroeder

Earth Day is April 22, 2015 but climate change is on many minds year round. This week Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab announced twenty-two contests that seek high-impact ideas on how to tackle climate change. A project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, the Climate CoLab is attempting to harness the knowledge and expertise of thousands of …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment

Solar Impulse 2 Takes to the Skies

Joanna Schroeder

Solar Impulse 2 has set off on a 35,000-kilometer journey around the world, powered only by solar energy. Schindler, a leading global elevator and escalator provider, is one of the project’s four main partners and welcomed the aircraft as it stops over at the Mandalay International Airport in Mandalay, Myanmar. The Solar Impulse 2 is a single-seater aircraft made of …

Alternative Vehicles, International, Solar

Survey: Electric Grid 70% Renewable by 2050

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new survey from DNV GL, there is a global consensus that a renewables based electricity system can be achieved. More than 1,600 energy sector participants representing more than 70 countries participated in a study addressing three key questions on how to move forward the integration of renewables into the global electricity grids of the future. Eight out …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Renewable Energy