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Trend Watch: Statewide Ban On Landfilling Plastic Bottles, Electronics, And More
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Plastic bottles. Image credit:Chelmsford UK

Somehow I had missed the trend of State government forcing recycling rates up on specific materials by banning landfill disposal. The Daily Southerner reports that a local “tip” in North Carolina, Edgecombe County Landfill, soon will no longer accept items that citizens and businesses are accustomed to tossing: wooden pallets; plastic bottles; used oil, yard trash, antifreeze, aluminum cans, whole scrap tires, lead acid batteries and oyster shells. Oyster she…
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Miksani Goes Carbon Neutral, Lets Customers Track Their Impact
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Photo credit: Miksani

A company hopping on the carbon-neutral route isn’t newsworthy these days—and that’s a GOOD thing—but Miksani (née Miksa) is allowing its customers to qualify their purchases by tracking their impact online.

Starting in September, the recently rebranded purveyor of luxury organic and fair-trade clothing is partnering with Piqqo, a nascent carbon-offset firm, to fund carbon-reduction projects such as the Scolel Te Social Forestry Project in Chiapas, Mexico…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Vestas to focus on China and the US, Progress at Dong Energy’s Gunfleet Sands

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Vestas to focus on China and the US, Progress at Dong Energy’s Gunfleet Sands

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Home Solar Energy in Mill Valley, Marin County, California

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Marin County, CA has a reputation for natural beauty and green living.  With its spectacular redwood forests and breathtaking coastline, there’s no reason to wonder why people who live just north of the Golden Gate Bridge take pride in their environment and want to make sure that future generations can thrive within it.

Ted has lived in Mill Valley in the heart of Marin County for over twenty years, and believes that living green is something everyone can do.  As a real estate developer who focuses on sustainable development, Ted is pretty familiar with solar energy and the panel technology that makes it happen.  For years Ted has wanted solar power at his home, but couldn’t justify investing over $30,000 in solar panels.

Ted had had great experiences working with local solar installer Marin Solar on commercial projects, including an old military installation at Cavallo Point in Marin County, which Ted’s company converted into an eco-friendly lodge and conference center.  When Jenny at Marin Solar called up Ted to tell him about SunRun’s financing for home solar, he thought that finally there was a way for him to easily and affordably get solar power at his own home.

Ted said: “I’ve always wanted solar from day one. When I was educated on SunRun, I was sold. There’s no reason not to do it.”  Ted got home solar with SunRun for only $1,000 to get started, and now has a low fixed rate for electricity.

Solar stats for Mill Valley, CA:

  • There are almost 750 homes in Marin County with solar power, and over 130 of those homes are in Mill Valley
  • Mill Valley residents pay 22% more for electricity than the national average


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Home Solar Energy in Mill Valley, Marin County, California

home-solar-energy-mill-valley

Marin County, CA has a reputation for natural beauty and green living.  With its spectacular redwood forests and breathtaking coastline, there’s no reason to wonder why people who live just north of the Golden Gate Bridge take pride in their environment and want to make sure that future generations can thrive within it.

Ted has lived in Mill Valley in the heart of Marin County for over twenty years, and believes that living green is something everyone can do.  As a real estate developer who focuses on sustainable development, Ted is pretty familiar with solar energy and the panel technology that makes it happen.  For years Ted has wanted solar power at his home, but couldn’t justify investing over $30,000 in solar panels.

Ted had had great experiences working with local solar installer Marin Solar on commercial projects, including an old military installation at Cavallo Point in Marin County, which Ted’s company converted into an eco-friendly lodge and conference center.  When Jenny at Marin Solar called up Ted to tell him about SunRun’s financing for home solar, he thought that finally there was a way for him to easily and affordably get solar power at his own home.

Ted said: “I’ve always wanted solar from day one. When I was educated on SunRun, I was sold. There’s no reason not to do it.”  Ted got home solar with SunRun for only $1,000 to get started, and now has a low fixed rate for electricity.

Solar stats for Mill Valley, CA:

  • There are almost 750 homes in Marin County with solar power, and over 130 of those homes are in Mill Valley
  • Mill Valley residents pay 22% more for electricity than the national average


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Home Solar Energy in Mill Valley, Marin County, California

home-solar-energy-mill-valley

Marin County, CA has a reputation for natural beauty and green living.  With its spectacular redwood forests and breathtaking coastline, there’s no reason to wonder why people who live just north of the Golden Gate Bridge take pride in their environment and want to make sure that future generations can thrive within it.

Ted has lived in Mill Valley in the heart of Marin County for over twenty years, and believes that living green is something everyone can do.  As a real estate developer who focuses on sustainable development, Ted is pretty familiar with solar energy and the panel technology that makes it happen.  For years Ted has wanted solar power at his home, but couldn’t justify investing over $30,000 in solar panels.

Ted had had great experiences working with local solar installer Marin Solar on commercial projects, including an old military installation at Cavallo Point in Marin County, which Ted’s company converted into an eco-friendly lodge and conference center.  When Jenny at Marin Solar called up Ted to tell him about SunRun’s financing for home solar, he thought that finally there was a way for him to easily and affordably get solar power at his own home.

Ted said: “I’ve always wanted solar from day one. When I was educated on SunRun, I was sold. There’s no reason not to do it.”  Ted got home solar with SunRun for only $1,000 to get started, and now has a low fixed rate for electricity.

Solar stats for Mill Valley, CA:

  • There are almost 750 homes in Marin County with solar power, and over 130 of those homes are in Mill Valley
  • Mill Valley residents pay 22% more for electricity than the national average


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Clean Energy Patents Hit Record High in the US


The economy is down, but here is another sign that green technology may be the way out of our economic dilemma. US clean energy patents hit a record high last quarter.

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Honeywell Wind Turbine to be manufactured in Windsor: Source

I’ve got a story this morning in the Toronto Star about Michigan-based EarthTronics (WindTronics) and its plans to establish a 5,000-unit a month manufacturing plant in Windsor, an Ontario city hit hard by the decline in the auto sector. The Windsor plant will employ about 200 people and should be up and running by the end of the year, a source close to the company told me. Reg Adams, president of EarthTronics, confirmed that he’s in advanced negotiations with the Ontario government but wouldn’t say if the destination will be Windsor. Word is that EarthTronics, which has licensed the Honeywell brand for its product, will take over an old Magna International autoparts plant. Adams said to expect an announcement by mid-September.

This certainly won’t save Windsor, which has the highest jobless rate in Canada, but it will inject a bit of optimism in the City of Roses, which neighbours Detroit. The Honeywell turbine, it should be explained, is a small-wind turbine designed to go on residential and commercial building rooftops. It measures about six feet in diameter and weights about 95 pounds. It has a nameplate capacity of 2 kilowatts and, under Class 4 wind conditions, can generate about 2,000 kilowatt-hours a year, according to the company’s Web site. It’s more likely, however, the unit would produce about 1,200 kilowatt-hours a year in average Ontario wind conditions. The turbine has a unique design — i.e. it has no gearbox or generator at the core; rather, it generates power from the magnets lined along a wheel that connects its blade tips. This, the company claims, allows it to start generating power at wind speeds as low as 1.6 miles per hour, compared to conventional turbine designs that typically require 8 miles per hour. The reason is low resistance because a gearbox is no longer required.

Adams said there is considerable international interest in the turbine and that EarthTronics has plans to build six manufacturing plants around the globe, including China. This could bring some much-needed profile to the small-wind market, though it remains to be seen if the Honeywell turbine works as quietly and efficiently promised.

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Watermelon Juice — Next Source of Renewable Energy


Hundreds of thousands of tons of watermelons are tossed every year because they aren’t good enough for market. A new study finds that the juice from these watermelons could easily be used to create the biofuel ethanol and other helpful products.

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Sustainable Eco City Concept in Germany
Sustainable Eco City Concept in Germany

It seems the canvass of clean and green energy is getting bigger with each passing day. More and more products, vehicles, gadgets, homes and cities are being added to this ever expanding canvass. Germany’s Hamburg Harbor has announced the development of a world class Eco City. This eco city will be designed by Tec [...]
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Sustainable Eco City Concept in Germany
Sustainable Eco City Concept in Germany

It seems the canvass of clean and green energy is getting bigger with each passing day. More and more products, vehicles, gadgets, homes and cities are being added to this ever expanding canvass. Germany’s Hamburg Harbor has announced the development of a world class Eco City. This eco city will be designed by Tec [...]
Posted in: Environment, Future Energy, Inventions



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Sustainable Eco City Concept in Germany
Sustainable Eco City Concept in Germany

It seems the canvass of clean and green energy is getting bigger with each passing day. More and more products, vehicles, gadgets, homes and cities are being added to this ever expanding canvass. Germany’s Hamburg Harbor has announced the development of a world class Eco City. This eco city will be designed by Tec [...]
Posted in: Environment, Future Energy, Inventions



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