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Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Site May Become a Hotbed for Solar Energy Development

Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Site May Become a Hotbed for Solar Energy Development

More than 30 years ago in spring of 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power station melted down. Now uninhabitable, the Ukrainian government may how found another use for the roughly 1,600 square mile of land: a solar station.

The Sun is Shining on San Diego’s Solar and Energy Storage Ventures

The Sun is Shining on San Diego’s Solar and Energy Storage Ventures

The sun may be shining on the energy storage business. If the latest deal between San Diego Gas &Electric and Hecate Energy Bancroft is an indicator, the utility may be on its way to securing 165 megawatts of energy storage capacity by 2020. Such storage can harness the solar electrons. … Read more »

NYC to Slash GHGs 80% by 2050

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has made a pledge to decrease the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels. The pledge will be formally announced before the start of the UN Climate Summit today. On Sunday, the mayor announced an initiative to support the … Read more »

SEIA Launches Solar Industry EHS Commitment

The Solar Energy Industries Association has released a Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility, a document that aims to promote environmental and social responsibility standards throughout the sector. The voluntary code of practice covers labor, ethics, health and safety, environmental responsibility, human rights, and management systems throughout the … Read more »

Aide Solar Launches Quasi-Mono Solar Module Range

Aide Solar has released its Quasi-mono solar module portfolio, comprised of 21 additional models, for the commercial and utility markets. The company says the modules fuse the technical advantages of monocrystalline with the processing advantages of polycrystalline solar cells. Available in both 60- and 72-cell designs, with power ratings ranging … Read more »

Rockcastle Regional Hospital Installs Green Earth Solar Array

Rockcastle Regional hospital in Kentucky and Green Earth Solar have installed a 60.9 kW solar array on the roof of the hospital’s Outpatients Services Center. The hospital went live with the solar array (pictured) on November 30, 2011. Rockcastle says this makes it Kentucky’s first hospital to have a such … Read more »

Renewable Energy Pledge, Industry Association Launched

The City of Austin, Texas, the Bank of Georgetown, Stevens Pass ski resort, Diamond Packaging, Southern Oregon University and marketer-printer Sandy Alexander are the first organizations to sign up to the 5 Year Renewable Energy Pledge run by the Renewable Energy Markets Association. The program, announced yesterday, aims to recognizes organizations … Read more »

IBM Unveils Data Center Solar Array

IBM has unveiled what it says it the world’s first solar array designed specifically for high-voltage data centers at its software development lab in Bangalore, India. The 6000-square-foot rooftop system is capable of providing a 50 kw supply of electricity for up to 330 days a year, for an average … Read more »

Solar Power ‘Competitive by 2013’

Solar Power ‘Competitive by 2013’

Solar photovoltaics could become competitive with grid electricity in some European markets as early as 2013, and in all market segments across the continent by 2020, according to a new study by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association. According to “Solar Photovoltaics Competing in the Energy Sector – On The Road … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Lawsuits Pricetag, Climate Talks, Solar Grants

The Department of Justice spent about $3.3 million annually between 1995 and 2010 to defend the EPA from lawsuits brought by industry, environmental and citizens groups, the Government Accountability Office stated in a report requested by Senate Republicans.  In addition, owing to statutory requirements to pay certain successful plaintiffs for attorney … Read more »

Ford, SunPower Offer Solar Offset System for Focus Electric

Ford, SunPower Offer Solar Offset System for Focus Electric

Ford and SunPower Corp. have created a rooftop solar system that they say will provide Focus Electric owners with enough renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle. Through such offsets, participants in the “Drive Green for Life” program should significantly lower the cost of running their … Read more »