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First blade built for 714-MW UK windfarm

First blade built for 714-MW UK windfarm

The first blade has been manufactured for the 714 MW offshore windfarm East Anglia One in the UK.
Army Disposal Experts Lend Expertise to Offshore Wind Turbine Industry

Army Disposal Experts Lend Expertise to Offshore Wind Turbine Industry

Army disposal experts are drawing on knowhow in handling hazards from improvised explosive devices to unearthed bombs to detect threats to offshore wind projects from millions of tons of World War II-era ordnance dumped at sea.
Substation Milestone for UK Offshore Windfarm

Substation Milestone for UK Offshore Windfarm

The substation for a 714 MW offshore windfarm has been installed in the North Sea off England.
CNSE nanotech complex plans PV control center

CNSE nanotech complex plans PV control center

National Grid gave the University of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) a $225,000 Renewable Energy and Economic Development grant to spur a green energy initiative, establishing a Photovoltaic Control and Monitoring Center (PVCMC) at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex.
How risky are energy efficiency investments?

How risky are energy efficiency investments?

Last week’s announcement of $8.3 billion – and possibly as much as $54.5 billion – in US federal loan guarantees for nuclear power plants sparked debate about risk of default on loans. What are the chances the plants will be built? Critics unearthed a Congressional Budget Office report citing a 50% risk the projects will fail.  The Department of Energy […]
Bringing Nuclear Energy Back to Florida

Bringing Nuclear Energy Back to Florida

Feeling a little uneasy about the prevalence of nuclear energy powering our future here in Florida following the tsunami that wiped out Japanese coastal cities last March leading to a meltdown disaster of Fukushima, or the Three Mile Island fiasco from the late 1970’s? Or how about the downright frightening catastrophe of Chernobyl, the years-ago Ukrainian nuclear plant explosion and […]
Can a Solar Chimney Compensate for Heat Loss?

Can a Solar Chimney Compensate for Heat Loss?

I was wondering about my chimney. I have a fireplace with an insert and the chimney is brick about 10 feet wide and facing south, exposed to the outside in Tacoma, Washington. I keep wondering what would be a good plan to collect solar from it and the fire. I could insulate it keeping more heat from the fire. I could paint it black and maybe cover it with a transparent material like clear fiberglass (something not very expensive). Any suggestions? Steven R, Lakewood, WA
Marketing from the Ground Up: An Introspection from Solar Executives

Marketing from the Ground Up: An Introspection from Solar Executives

The international energy crisis is a frustrating conundrum. When I took a course on climate change during my senior year at Penn State, Professor Brown said something that simultaneously gave me feelings of hope and despair: "We currently possess all the technology needed to overcome climate change, the challenge to overcome lies in the political sphere."
SunEdison Launches Yieldco to Unearth, Leverage Solar Asset Values

SunEdison Launches Yieldco to Unearth, Leverage Solar Asset Values

Six weeks into the new year and we're already seeing another example of anticipated innovations in renewable energy finance: SunEdison's planned "yieldco" IPO aimed at unlocking the true value of its solar energy assets, and using them to tap into the power of big capital markets.
Principal Solar’s “Unique Roll-up Strategy”

Principal Solar’s “Unique Roll-up Strategy”

Last week, the announcement that Principal Solar, Inc. was now available for public trading landed in my inbox. It's currently trading under the symbol PSWWD.PK but will transition to PSWW.PK on June 23rd. I went ahead and used the latter in our Solar Stocks list.