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Joanna Schroeder

  • Energies Ltd. has dispatched over 1000 solar lanterns to be freely distributed to the earthquake affected families in Nepal. Once completely charged, these solar lanterns can work up to eight hours and they can also be used to charge mobile phones. This would provide the much needed respite to those who are stressed due to non-availability of power. Most of the earthquake affected areas are still under darkness, while power restoration work is underway.
  • GlobalData’s report, “Wind Regains Momentum in 2014 and Industry Outlook Improves,” reveals that the global wind turbine market is expected to see increased growth in the coming years. In 2014, the global market experienced substantial improvement, reaching nearly 45% growth over 2013 in terms of annual installations, or 52 GW. GlobalData forecasts the cumulative wind installed capacity to reach 425 GW in 2015, an increase of 14%, as the global new wind turbine order intake rose by 44% in Q1 2015 over Q1 2014, or an 8% increase over Q4 2014.
  • The Waste to Wisdom (W2W) project has launched a new website highlighting the 3-year effort and its objective to make better use of forest residues from timber harvests and thinning. W2W is funded by a $5.88 million grant from the DOE and is led by Humboldt State University with assistance from 15 regional partners. The grant is part of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. A key focus of the new website is to outline how the project addresses a core problem surrounding forest residues.
  • Three central New Jersey green energy companies have joined forces to develop and operate solar projects that make businesses and communities more resilient to power failures. Called the Resilient Solar Alliance (RSA), the joint venture provides power from clean energy systems at costs lower than available through traditional power sources. RSA makes innovative solar/battery hybrid energy systems that utilize state-of-the-art software, technology and design.
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