Archive for June 27th, 2009

Historic Climate Bill Passes House of Reps
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It’s official: the House of Representatives has just passed–narrowly–the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill. The controversial, historic climate bill makes the first ever move towards limiting greenhouse gases in the US in order to combat climate change. The vote was 219-212–about as close as it gets. And though it’s a huge step–and a hard won victory–the road remains long and daunting for <a hre…
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Mercury Solar Systems Expands Footprint in the Northeast with Acquisition of K-Star Solar

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., June 26 /PRNewswire/ — Mercury Solar Systems, Inc., one of the leading solar integrators in the Northeast, today announced that it has acquired K-Star Solar, Long Island’s leading residential solar installer. The acquisition strengthens Mercury’s presence in the Northeast and its solar business in Long Island, NY. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Long Island is an important market for us with Long Island Power Authority ranked as one of the top ten solar utilities in the country,” said Jared Haines, President, Mercury Solar Systems. “With K-Star we have an instant footprint in this market and we believe together we can offer commercial and residential customers cutting edge, highly efficient solar solutions at affordable prices. The federal and state incentives for solar systems have also never been better, but customers need a company with local knowledge to help them leverage the benefits of solar.”

Upon closing, K-Star Solar will be re-branded Mercury Solar Systems and Kevin P. Harvey, K-Star’s current President, will join Mercury’s Long Island team as its Divisional President. Kevin will focus on Mercury’s Long Island operations and installations. He will be joining Mercury’s existing Long Island sales team that is led by Jeffrey Amorosana.

“Mercury Solar Systems is one of the key players in this market with in-depth commercial and residential solar experience, a strong sales and operational team and an expansive list of products and services,” said Kevin P. Harvey, President, K-Star Solar. “They are a logical partner to take K-Star to the next level and we believe this is a win-win for Long Island residential consumers that are looking to go green with solar as we can now offer them SunPower premier products.”



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Solar EnerTech Enters into Sales Contract with German System Integrator

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ — Solar EnerTech Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: SOEN) (the “Company”) today announced it has entered into a 10MW contract to deliver its solar modules to Solarzentrum Allgau, one of the leading solar system integrators in Germany.

The total shipment value to Solarzentrum Allgau under the contract is approximately US$20 million. Shipments, aimed for solar power installations in Germany, are scheduled to begin immediately and will be delivered throughout the current calendar year.

Solarzentrum Allgau was founded in 1985 in Altdorf, Germany. The company has benefitted from Germany’s introduction of the Renewable Energy Sources Act in March 2000 and has grown its operations through its specialization of sale, assembly and installation of photovoltaic systems. The company is also the founder of an information and advisory center about solar energy in the county of Allg?u. Its President, Willi Bihler is considered a visionary in the field for his innovations in solar power installation (Photon magazine, June 2008 issue).

Mr. Leo Young, CEO of Solar EnerTech, commented, “This is an exciting new project for Solar EnerTech which can accelerate our financial performance for this calendar year. It shows that our strategy of enhancing our operating facility and improving our product efficiency is paying off. The quality of our solar modules are well known to Solarzentrum Allgau as we have served as a supplier to their rooftop projects in the past. Our high-quality, efficient and reliable products continue to garner increased attention among many well- known PV system integrators, which has improved our competitive advantage in winning new contracts.”

Willi Bihler, Proprietor of Solarzentrum Allgau commented, “Solar EnerTech’s solar products and support services meet the criteria for high quality and performance that we demand from our suppliers. When we encounter some technical issues during our installations, Solar EnerTech’s team is always available to assist us with the appropriate solutions. We look forward to further developing our relationship with Solar EnerTech and believe that through their support, we have a compelling opportunity to gain a larger share of the German market going forward.”



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Nissan helps kick off UK-Hynet Project, Britain’s new hydrogen infrastructure network

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A new project to create a nationwide Hydrogen fueling infrastructure in Great Britain had its kickoff meeting at Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Bedfordshire. The project is called UK-HyNet and aims to create a complete infrastructure to support the hydrogen economy by 2015. According to Nissan, the network will help the widespread use of hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles (HFCVs), which are expected to become more common by 2015. The project is part of Great Britain’s Hydrogen Roadmap. The press release, which you can read after the jump, lumps together the future of both pure electric vehicles and HFCVs by using the term low-carbon mobility. The Brits will be able to compare their H2 progress with a nearby country, Norway, to see how they’re doing.

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Magma Energy heats up geothermal with $87M IPO
Canadian geothermal company is expected to begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on July 7 under the ticker symbol MXY.TO.


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RENEW contacts Doyle to ask for veto

RENEW contacts Doyle to ask for veto

RENEW hand-delivered the letter below to Governor Doyle almost at the end of business on Friday afternoon, since Doyle may sign the budget bill this weekend.

June 26, 2009

Governor James E. Doyle
115 East, State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin 53707

Dear Governor Doyle:

RENEW Wisconsin and its members across the state respectfully request a veto of the budget bill provision that would delay the effective date of the sales and use tax exemption for equipment powered by or used in the generation of wind and solar energy and manure digesters from July 1, 2009, until July 1, 2011.

Though the sales tax exemption might seem of little economic importance to a planned installation, the amount could significantly change a project’s economic feasibility, depending on installation size. For instance, the sales tax on a 50 kilowatt wind turbine that costs $250,000 would come to at least $12,500. That would add several years to the project’s payback.

This year Wisconsin businesses and homeowners have planned and bid on renewable energy systems based on system costs that include the sales tax exemption. Some would-be system owners have delayed their installation in anticipation of the sales tax exemption. Repealing this exemption on such short notice will result in project cancellations and delays.

Customer-owned wind and solar systems will contribute toward the renewable energy needed to achieve a 25% target by 2025. Please keep us moving toward the target by vetoing the delayed effective date for the sales tax exemption.

Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully,
Michael Vickerman
Executive Director

RENEW also asked members and renewable energy supporters to ask Doyle to veto the provision by sending his office by sending an e-mail through his Web site — http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/contact.asp?locid=19.


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Democratic Congressmen on ACES Climate Bill: "Doing nothing actually results in more renewable energy than approving ACES"
Representative Doggett (D-TX): “Doing nothing actually results in more renewable energy than approving ACES… Largest corporate welfare program in US history… I cannot support it.” Rep. Doggett is citing analysis by the EPA, which found that ACES would reduce the amount of renewable energy deployed in the United States relative to business-as-usual, increase the amount of coal-fired electricity generation relative to 2005 levels, and provide no incentive for a move to cleaner cars.

Representative DeFazio (D-OR): “Wall Street predicts this is the new trillion dollar market.” Rep. DeFazio echoes a recent study by Friends of the Earth, which found that “the federal cap and trade proposals put forth so far would create a system that poses almost identical challenges as those in the mortgage-lending industry.”


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A million flushes can generate some serious power

I’m more and more appreciating the potential role that biogas production will play as our economy moves away from fossil fuels. I have a story today on Toronto Hydro’s efforts to build a 10-megawatt generation facility in the city’s east end that would burn biogas pumped in from a neighbouring wastewater treatment facility. In return, the byproduct thermal energy from the generation process will be sent back to the treatment facility, which relies on heat for a variety of applications. This kind of co-generation setup makes oodles of sense and can — and should — be replicated across other municipalities. The Ashbridge’s Bay treatment facility in Toronto’s east end is ideal because of its size. As the largest facility of its kind in the country, it treats the wastewater that’s flushed from 1.3 million residents.

The opportunities to tap energy from decaying biomass are seemingly endless. Cavendish Farms, a maker of potato products in Prince Edward Island, recently announced the commissioning of a facility that turns potato waste into biogas, which is then used in the boilers of the potato processing plant. The company points out that not only is biogas displacing the use of oil, but oil no longer needs to be trucked into the plant, nor are trucks required to haul away the potato waste to a landfill. The on-site anaerobic digester that produces the biogas also produces a byproduct that can be used as a natural, organic fertilizer on the fields that grow the potatos. A true win-win-win. The company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 to 35 per cent.

Toronto Hydro, meanwhile, has a bunch of other biogas projects in the hopper, including one landfill gas project and two projects that will involve the capture of biogas from the city’s green-bin waste (i.e. household organics). The utility is also in early talks with the Toronto Zoo about a project that would covert the dung from elephants, giraffes and other animals into biogas. As for the Ashbridge’s Bay project, it’s expected to get the final rubber stamp from city council next month, with construction beginning in the fall and full operation planned for the end of 2010.

There are hundreds of these projects just waiting to be developed across the province, and thousands across the continents. They represent the true spirit of decentralized energy production. And, while we don’t talk about this as much, they help solve a growing waste management problem.

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A million flushes can generate some serious power

I’m more and more appreciating the potential role that biogas production will play as our economy moves away from fossil fuels. I have a story today on Toronto Hydro’s efforts to build a 10-megawatt generation facility in the city’s east end that would burn biogas pumped in from a neighbouring wastewater treatment facility. In return, the byproduct thermal energy from the generation process will be sent back to the treatment facility, which relies on heat for a variety of applications. This kind of co-generation setup makes oodles of sense and can — and should — be replicated across other municipalities. The Ashbridge’s Bay treatment facility in Toronto’s east end is ideal because of its size. As the largest facility of its kind in the country, it treats the wastewater that’s flushed from 1.3 million residents.

The opportunities to tap energy from decaying biomass are seemingly endless. Cavendish Farms, a maker of potato products in Prince Edward Island, recently announced the commissioning of a facility that turns potato waste into biogas, which is then used in the boilers of the potato processing plant. The company points out that not only is biogas displacing the use of oil, but oil no longer needs to be trucked into the plant, nor are trucks required to haul away the potato waste to a landfill. The on-site anaerobic digester that produces the biogas also produces a byproduct that can be used as a natural, organic fertilizer on the fields that grow the potatos. A true win-win-win. The company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 to 35 per cent.

Toronto Hydro, meanwhile, has a bunch of other biogas projects in the hopper, including one landfill gas project and two projects that will involve the capture of biogas from the city’s green-bin waste (i.e. household organics). The utility is also in early talks with the Toronto Zoo about a project that would covert the dung from elephants, giraffes and other animals into biogas. As for the Ashbridge’s Bay project, it’s expected to get the final rubber stamp from city council next month, with construction beginning in the fall and full operation planned for the end of 2010.

There are hundreds of these projects just waiting to be developed across the province, and thousands across the continents. They represent the true spirit of decentralized energy production. And, while we don’t talk about this as much, they help solve a growing waste management problem.

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OutBack Power Systems’ SmartRE Grid-Interactive Solution Now Shipping
OutBack Power Systems, Inc., (www.outbackpower.com) a manufacturer of reliable and durable power electronics products for renewable energy applications worldwide, is pleased to announce a new fully integrated renewable energy grid-tie system with battery back-up is now shipping. The company’s Smart Renewable Energy Solution, SmartRE, offers home owners and small businesses a revolutionary solution that allows installers to easily sell and install a grid-tied system that harnesses the sun’s rays to create energy, while simultaneously providing owners the peace of mind of battery back-up, always-on power.
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Climate and the $3,100 Lie Detector

Climate and the $3,100 Lie Detector
How can you tell when a politician in Washington isn’t telling the truth? When they claim that the cost of capping carbon emissions and reducing foreign oil dependence will cost American families “$3,100.”
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Appalachian State University, with Alteris Renewables, installs community scale wind turbine funded in large part by student contributions
Appalachian State University with project partner Alteris Renewables, Inc. will today complete the installation of a largely student?funded 100 kW wind turbine at the highest point on campus just above the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on the university’s main campus. The Northwind 100 “Direct Drive” turbine is manufactured by Northern Power Systems of Barre, Vermont.
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Airtel Unveils India’s First Android Phone, the HTC Magic
Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer HTC Corporation has teamed with Airtel to launch India’s first ‘Android’-powered mobile phone ? the HTC Magic. Google Android offers users with a broad spectrum of mobile applications and services and is an open-source platform running on the Linux operating system.
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Microsoft Unveils Hohm

Microsoft Unveils Hohm
Microsoft has released Hohm, a free Web application that helps users monitor and ultimately conserve energy use. In an effort to provide customers personalized energy saving ideas, Microsoft Hohm is using advanced analytics licensed from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.
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