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Solar Panels to be Installed on White House


The White House is preparing to install solar panels on its roof, three weeks after the Obama Administration first announced its intention to do so.


The panels are being installed to “improve overall energy efficiency” of the building. Solar panels were first installed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, but were taken down in 1986 during roof repairs.


“It’s very good to know that once again the country’s most powerful address will be drawing some of that power from the Sun,” said Bill McKibben, founder of the climate advocacy organization 350.org.


The solar equipment is made in the U.S., but no information about the details of the project was disclosed including cost, and how much energy the system will produce when it’s completed.
Read more about the project here.

Kansas Wind Power Needs a Boost


In a recent article published in the Washington Post, columnist Jim Malewitz examines how wind power efforts in Kansas needs a boost of electric power lines.


“Kansas has more wind energy potential than any state except Texas, but eight states generate more total megawatts of wind power.”


Part of the problem is not having enough high-voltage electric power lines to connect remote areas, where the turbines are, to the active cities that use and need it. And building power lines is not easy.


“Lawmakers in Kansas and other states are pitching an interstate compact to streamline that process, and add renewable energy to the grid faster.” A similar bill passed through the Kansas House this year, with similar proposals in Washington and Missouri.


Experts are seeing the need for more transmission lines to bring power to the grid, especially with the rise in energy demand. Government incentives and technological advances are sure to spur investments in renewable energy.


Source: The Washington Post

Renewable Energy to Double or Triple in 6 Years


In 2016, electrical generation will largely come from renewables, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. Solar and wind will surpass natural gas, doubling nuclear output and coming in second only to coal in power generation.


Global renewable electricity generation is expected to grow from 4,860 terawatt-hours in 2012 to 6,850 terawatt-hours in 2018. In fact, wind generation is expected to double globally, while solar will more than triple from 100 terawatt-hours to 358 terawatt-hours.


“In the U.S., solar capacity is expected to more than quadruple, from 7.7 gigawatts to 31 gigawatts, and wind capacity is expected to nearly double, from 58.8 gigawatts to 93 gigawatts.”


For more information and an analysis of the report, visit Green Tech Media.

220 New Gigawatts of Solar Generation by 2018

A recent Navigant Research report anticipates that the world will add 220 new gigawatts (GW) of solar energy by 2018, creating about $540 billion in the process.

The report also anticipates that solar projects under one megawatt will more than double the world’s solar capacity that is now online. Much of the recent solar growth was attributed to larger PV systems that were installed to meet utility demands.

“Distributed solar generation offers significant benefits to consumers while adding resiliency to an electric grid evolving beyond the traditional centralized model,” says Dexter Gauntlett, research analyst at Navigant Research. “Though this market is still primarily driven by government incentives, distributed solar PV will continue its steady march toward grid parity in major markets over the next few years.”

There’s no denying that the solar market is transitioning from one that relies on financial and engineering models to a more diverse model that includes generation sources, ownership, and financing mechanisms.

Source: Renewable Energy World


By Gaylen Davenport

Geothermal Saves $117 Million Per Year

California and Nevada are saving $118 million per year in generating geothermal energy. According to a new study by the Geothermal Energy Association, the reduction of pollutants leads to cost savings external to market considerations.

In the U.S., California leads the way in installed geothermal capacity with 2732.2 megawatts, and gets $87.5 million per year in externality benefits. Nevada comes in second with 517.5 megawatts, and $29.1 million in annual externality benefits.

Geothermal plants have a lower average life cycle emission rate than other power sources, making it come ahead of coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants.

Source: Green Tech Media


By Gaylen Davenport

The Greenest Organizations in the U.S.

green power organization EPA

THE EPA list of the top organizations in the U.S. that are using renewable energy including solar, wind, and geothermal.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an updated list of the top 50 organizations in the U.S. that uses renewable energy.

The EPA defines “green power” as renewable energy sources with the highest environmental benefits including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and hydro. The rankings were listed in order of annual green power usage in kilowatt hours (kWh).

The top companies included Intel and Microsoft, who together consume roughly 5 billion kWh annually from green power. Microsoft doubled its green power usage over the past year and now gets 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Kohl’s, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Staples, and Lockheed Martin also made the list.

“While some corporations put tangible value on environmental stewardship, and maybe even the PR of recognition for doing so, there’s a bigger reason they’re embracing renewable energy: it makes financial sense. Their collective commitment recognized by the EPA here demonstrates that renewable energy isn’t just responsible to the planet and to each other, it can save money.

Source: Renewable Energy World


By Gaylen Davenport

Missouri Lags in Wind Development

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The wind farm in Atchison County, Missouri is one of six wind farms in the state that generate a total of 459 megawatts of power.

When it comes to wind development, Missouri lags behind its neighbors, according to a new report. The American Wind Association’s 2012 Annual Market report shows that Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois have each added at least 1,400 megawatts each.

The last wind farm in Missouri was the 150 megawatt Lost Creek wind farm. It is also the state’s largest wind farm. It was completed two and a half years ago, and no wind projects have been developed since. The six wind farms in Missouri can generate 459 megawatts of power, which are mostly sold to utilities.

“Missourians in 2008 voted 2-1 to approve a state renewable energy standard, a measure requiring utilities to gradually ramp up use of renewable resources through 2021, when 15 percent of power they sold to consumers would have to come from the wind, sun, or other renewable sources.”

Although the ballot initiative has yet to trigger the kind of wind development envisioned, there are several groups looking to add wind energy to Missouri. The Show-Me state ranked as number 13 in the wind association’s rank of the top 20 states for wind energy potential.

So the potential and wind resource is there to further develop wind energy in Missouri. And as wind turbine technology advances, it will continue to improve the economics of wind as an energy source.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


By Gaylen Davenport

Utilities Are Embracing Solar Energy

A recent report from the U.S. Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) highlights the new utility interest in solar power.

Every year, SEPA ranks utilities across the nation in terms of how much solar energy they have incorporated into their user base.

“Together, the top 10 account for 73 percent of all of the solar capacity that was installed in 2012.” New utilities on the list are from states such as North Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio.

Rounding out the top utilities list includes the Arizona Public Service (123), NV Energy (102 MW), Jersey Central Power & Light (98 MW), and Tucson Electric Power Co (73 MW).

The full report will be released next month.

Source: Renewable Energy World


By Gaylen Davenport

Americans Want More Emphasis on Renewable Energy

Two in three Americans want the U.S. to put more emphasis on producing domestic energy using solar (76%), wind (71%), and natural gas (65%). The least favored energy production method included oil (46%), nuclear power (37%), and coal (31%).

The Gallup poll asked participants whether the U.S. should put more, less, or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from the sources listed.

“While Americans’ lives make a difference in their views about which sources of domestic energy they want the U.S. to emphasize more, the top choice was solar power.”

Though there is a great opportunity to accelerate the economic growth of renewable energy, there is no consensus among Americans about how to optimize domestic energy production while preserving the environment.

Source: Renewable Energy World


By Gaylen Davenport

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