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Solar Scholars to Become Solar Energy Leaders

To cultivate the "solar energy leaders, policy-makers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow," the Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) partnered with six Pennsylvania colleges and universities to launch Solar Scholars, a solar-energy education program for university-level students, said to be the first and only program of its kind in the nation.

As part of the academic curriculum in renewable and sustainable energy, Solar Scholars offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity for in-depth, hands-on study, training and research in the application of photovoltaic (PV) solar technology. The program offers funding and incentives to enable students to design, build, operate and maintain a solar system of significant impact on their campus, for which they will receive academic credit. Selected students will receive financial sponsorship to attend an intensive training and certification workshop on applied photovoltaics. The partner schools each receive a state-of-the-art, Internet-based academic curriculum on solar power and other clean energy methods. Following a competitive application process, the schools selected include Bucknell University, Clarion University, Mercyhurst College, Messiah College, The Pennsylvania State University, and Villanova University. The SEF created the Solar Scholars program to develop solutions for meeting Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS), set forth by Act 213 and recently signed into law by Governor Edward G. Rendell. Act 213 mandates that a certain percentage of electric energy in Pennsylvania be derived from clean, renewable sources, and sets ambitious goals for solar energy, in particular. The Solar Scholars program is a way "to begin building critical thought leadership and the foundation for sustainable market for PV technology right here in Pennsylvania," said Dr. Rex A. D'Agostino, President & Executive Director of The SEF. The Solar Scholars will partner with academia to develop long-term, practical solutions, as well as innovative applications of PV technology, for academic and commercial purposes. The program's goal is to have a PV solar installation on each of the Commonwealth's 152 campuses by 2008. Founded in 1999 by the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission, The SEF -- a nonprofit, private organization dedicated to renewable energy, clean energy technologies, energy conservation and education -- promotes, develops and invests in clean energy initiatives for its customers.


First Anniversary of The Balkan Floods Highlights Renewable Energy Market Opportunities

Ilias Tsagas, Contributor One year ago this month, severe flooding in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia killed 79 people, displaced about half a million and caused economic paralysis of the region. In the wake of these the catastrophic events, ...
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Canada Announces Weak Climate Target

Danielle Droitsch, NRDC Last week, Canada has announced its contribution to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gases by announcing its post-2020 target. The target announced today is off-track to the 80 percent cut by 2050 they committed to in...
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What Drives Alternative Energy Stocks?

Harris Roen, The Roen Financial Report Alternative energy became a serious market player after the turn of the millennium. Since that time, solar, wind, smart grid and other alternative energy stocks have experienced both strong up and down trends. The forces at...
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Hypocrisy? While Buffett Champions Renewables, His Company Fights Rooftop Solar

Mark Chediak, Noah Buhayar and Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg Warren Buffett highlights how his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. utilities make massive investments in renewable energy. Meanwhile, in Nevada, the company is fighting a plan that would encourage more residents to use green power.


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