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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDFThe Formula Society of Automotive Engineering series will be in Lincoln, Nebraska June 18–21, 2014. More than 250 universities from across the world will compete at Lincoln Airpark to showcase their fabricated Formula-style vehicles. Formula teams will compete in acceleration, autocross, skid pad, endurance and fuel economy. The creation of a Formula car also encompasses sales, manufacturability, cost analysis and safety. The Husker Motor Sports team is comprised of engineering students of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The Nebraska Ethanol Board is a proud supporter of the Husker Motor Sports Team.
  • Following a vote at its board meeting, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced that Nat Kreamer, President and CEO of Clean Power Finance, has become Chairman of the SEIA Board, effective immediately. Tom Starrs, Vice President of Market Strategy and Policy for SunPower Corp, will serve as Vice Chairman. Mr. Kreamer formerly served as Vice Chairman to Arno Harris of Recurrent Energy, whose term as Board Chairman expired this month. Dr. Starrs formerly served as a Director.
  • The American Solar Energy Society has announced the appointment of its new executive director, Carly Rixham. Rixham is a renewable energy professional with a diverse background in solar, biofuels, education and wastewater management. Most recently of BioVantage Resources, she was a microbiologist cultivating algae for bio-remediation of nutrients in wastewater. She received her master of science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she researched microalgae for the production of biodiesel and ethanol.
  • Construction has wrapped up on an 80 module solar array at The Muny, located in St. Louis, Missouri. The Muny is the country’s oldest and largest outdoor theatre. Kirberg Company and Microgrid Solar quickly completed the project prior to the opening of the 2014 season. The solar panels will produce over 25,000 kWh in the first year. That is the equivalent of powering 80 personal computers or 599 compact fluorescent lightbulbs. This improvement continues The Muny’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency.
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