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Researchers Aim to Harvest Solar Energy from Pavement to Melt Ice, Power Streetlights

Posted on December 16, 2010

ScienceDaily (Nov. 10, 2010) — The heat radiating off roadways has long been a factor in explaining why city temperatures are often considerably warmer than nearby suburban or rural areas. Now a team of engineering researchers from the University of Rhode Island is examining methods of harvesting that solar energy to melt ice, power streetlights, illuminate signs, heat buildings and potentially use it for many other purposes.

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Renewable Energy Outlook: 2011

Posted on December 15, 2010

As political rivalries and battles over control play out on capitol hill we in the Renewable Energy (RE) industry stand poised for action, hoping that our government will stand behind us in our industry goals. Tremendous support of the RE industry has helped propel this revolutionary technology. Homes, businesses, governments, and non-profits can now invest in reliable energy and feel confident the effects on our environment are positive. So what does the shift in control mean for the coming years?

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Solar Maps Help Foster Sustainable Cities By Stephen Graff

Posted on November 29, 2010

Cities across the U.S. are creating solar maps to help residents learn more about installing solar.

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Xcel Energy Requests Electric Rate Increase

Posted on November 12, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov 03, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) - Northern States Power Company- Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company, today asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to approve a base Electric rate increase for 2011 and 2012. The company provides electric service to 1.2 million cusomers in Minnesota.

"This case is needed to fund important infrastructure improvements, ensure compliance with increasing regulatory requirements, and respond to changes in the economy," said Judy Poferl, president and CEO of NSP-Minnesota. "While we have worked to manage costs and increase our efficiency, we are not able to avoid this rate request. The increase will support our ability to provide our customers high quality, reliable electric service at a good value, both now and over the long term."

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Big Green Conference

Posted on November 11, 2010


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Air Force to Quadruple Solar Power Instillations by 2013

Posted on November 01, 2010

When it was finished in December of 2007, the solar PV system at Nellis Air Force Base, rated at 14.2 megawatts (MW) and generating more than 30 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, was one of the wonders of the modern world.

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Madison, WI, USA:RMT Starts Construction on 18 MWac Facility

Posted on November 01, 2010

RMT,Inc., a renewable energy engineering and construction company, has contracted with Pilesgrove Solar LLC to construct one of the largest solar energy facility's in the Northeastern U.S. RMT has commenced construction on the 18 MWac facility located in Pilesgrove, NJ.


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Next Generation Solar

Posted on October 19, 2010

A question we come across daily deals with new and emerging technologies.

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Hybrid Cars? How About Hybrid Power Plants?

Posted on October 04, 2010

Hybrid energy systems are emerging in both utility-scale plants and on-site generation applications, wedding green technology with fossil fuels or other renewables to enhance supply and cut emissions.

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Energy vs. IT

Posted on September 20, 2010

The information age has been mind boggling. We have seen technology soar, innovation take hold, and new technologies pop up before the one before it has even left the shelves. It's like the idea of Moores Law. Technology will better itself every two years, but what was Moore really talking about? He was looking at the circuit and how they could double the number of circuit's on a board every two years. Many people believe that they can apply this same level of advancement we have seen in the IT Revolution to the Energy Revolution and in particular, renewable energy. The bottom line is that Energy and IT are not the same and the level of innovation will not happen on such a short timeline. Think of energy as Evolution... it's going to take a while.

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