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Good Sun: Finding the Best Place for Solar

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Some places actually have “better” sun than others for producing solar power, but identifying those places isn’t always intuitive.

Contrary to what I would have guessed, Hawaii does not have the best sun for solar energy production. Factors like cloud cover, water vapor and atmospheric pressure determine how effectively the sun’s energy can be converted into electricity, so even places one might consider to be “sunny” aren’t necessarily the best for electricity production.

Xcel Energy and SunPower Complete 19-Megawatt Solar PV Plant, Colorado's Largest to Date

Additional 30-MW PV solar power plant underway
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) DENVER - March 24, 2011 - Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) today announced the completion and commissioning of a 19-megawatt (ac) photovoltaic solar power plant in Colorado’s Alamosa County. The Greater Sandhill installation began generating power on December 22, 2010 and is currently the largest operating PV solar power plant in Colorado.

As Water Scarcity Risks Grow, Investors Persuade Electric Utilities to Disclose Water Management Plans

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Boston - March 23, 2011 - In response to shareholder requests, three leading electric utilities, Dominion, Southern Company and PPL Corporation, have agreed to significantly expand reporting and disclosure on water availability risks and plans for mitigating those risks.

White House Announces New World Environment Center Initiative in Chile

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) March 22, 2011 - The World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., applauds President Obama’s successful visit to advance the U.S.-Chile bilateral relationship and expand efforts to promote more sustainable economic development.  The U.S.

A Clean Energy Standard and the Voluntary Market

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Making sure that lawmakers preserve and protect the voluntary renewable energy market is a worthwhile exercise,  since 

it is business and entrepreneurs who have created this market to meet the demands of customers who don’t believe that policy at the state or federal level goes far enough toward building a clean energy future for the nation.

While Washington back-and-forths on a clean energy standard, let's not forget the voluntary market is what really gets renewables moving.
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Making sure that lawmakers preserve and protect the voluntary renewable energy market is a worthwhile exercise,  since 

it is business and entrepreneurs who have created this market to meet the demands of customers who don’t believe that policy at the state or federal level goes far enough toward building a clean energy future for the nation.

General Electric Poised for Growth in Africa

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GE recently appointed Jay Ireland CEO and president of GE Africa to carry out the GE business goal of providing cleaner water and energy efficiency, as well as improved healthcare. GE looks to work alongside the governments and other organizations in Africa to improve quality of life throughout the continent.

 

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GE recently appointed Jay Ireland CEO and president of GE Africa to carry out the GE business goal of providing cleaner water and energy efficiency, as well as improved healthcare. GE looks to work alongside the governments and other organizations in Africa to improve quality of life throughout the continent.

 

GE Expands Solar Portfolio with Inverters, Thin Film Panels

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  • GE is expanding its renewable energy portfolio to include solar thin panels, inverters, and systems that can be used worldwide

  • According to Victor Abate, GE’s Vice President of renewable energy, it was GE’s strong technical expertise and global service network that were the foundation of their solar systems solutions 

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  • GE is expanding its renewable energy portfolio to include solar thin panels, inverters, and systems that can be used worldwide

  • According to Victor Abate, GE’s Vice President of renewable energy, it was GE’s strong technical expertise and global service network that were the foundation of their solar systems solutions 

GE Invests in New Solar Technology

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LiveWire blogs about GE's multi-million dollar investment partnership in 1366 Technologies, a Lexington, Massachusetts-based company whose mission is to make the cost of solar power competitive with coal power. The company has developed a new process to create silicon wafers for photovoltaic (PV) panels, which reduces the cost of manufacturing solar panels by 65% and conserves 50% of silicon raw material.

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LiveWire blogs about GE's multi-million dollar investment partnership in 1366 Technologies, a Lexington, Massachusetts-based company whose mission is to make the cost of solar power competitive with coal power. The company has developed a new process to create silicon wafers for photovoltaic (PV) panels, which reduces the cost of manufacturing solar panels by 65% and conserves 50% of silicon raw material.

UPS Goes 2 Million Green Miles

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The total mileage accumulated by UPS's "green fleet" is the equivalent of nearly three round trips to Mars or circling the Earth more than 8,600 times. UPS estimates that its fleet of alternative fuel and technology delivery vehicles will drive the next 200 million miles by 2017.

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