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Renewable Energy Plays Big Role on Earth Day

Renewable energy is set to take center stage tomorrow as Earth Day activities take place across the United States. In San Francisco, the city’s Budget & Finance Committee will be voting on what would be California’s largest solar photovoltaic power project – a 5-megawatt, 25,000 panel system covering the equivalent of 12 football fields on the rooftop of the Sunset Reservoir at Ortega Street and 24th Avenue.

If approved, the project would triple the amount of renewable energy generated in the City by 2010. This would mean more clean power for public services and buildings such as Muni, SFO, streetlights and city schools. This shovel-ready project will also create immediately 70 green jobs, including electricians, laborers and operators.

Cruise Car Inc.
will showcase its solar electric hybrid vehicles on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. p.m. to demonstrate the ecological and economical benefits of operating solar powered low speed vehicles.

“What could be better than Earth Day to show people just how much we benefit from the sun,” says Greg Hyde, spokesman for Cruise Car. “Solar energy is rapidly growing in its potential for providing alternative energy solutions and we are here to show people how they can use the free resources of the sun for low speed vehicle transportation.”

Green Power Labs Inc. is celebrating Earth Day by providing free 24-hour access to its SolarRating Online service. Using the service, homeowners can enter thier address and follow steps to calculate their home’s solar resource rating as a first step in understanding how solar technology might be used to reduce your family’s energy costs.

“We want to educate as many people as possible and to deepen understanding about what solar energy can do” said Dr. Alexandre Pavlovski, Green Power Labs CEO. “Broad acceptance of solar technology absolutely requires its efficient deployment is ensured. This means assessment of the solar resource at a specific site and understanding its solar energy generation potential as the first step in determining suitability for solar energy applications.”

Also on Earth Day, the U.S. Coast Guard Yard will open the Landfill Gas Renewable Energy Center with start-up of main engines that will burn methane from a nearby Baltimore City landfill and convert the gas into two forms of energy — electricity and steam — for the shipyard’s energy use. The project, knows as Light-Off, a maritime term indicating completion of the major mechanical and electrical systems of a ship, making it ready for sail signals the Coast Guard Yard is ready to operate with renewable energy for the next 15 years. is also celebrating Earth Day by giving companies the opportunity to post single jobs for free on our website. Click here to find out how you can post your company’s jobs on