Las Vegas to welcome with solar panels

solar las vegasLas Vegas famous welcoming sign might soon be powered by solar energy.┬áA project, led by two local non-profits, The Clean Energy Project and Green Chips, plans to install fake blue tree, which will each foster 12 solar panels, to power the sign. This project will not cost a penny to the county as a Virginia-based organization, Consumer Electronics Association, will be funding it. Continue reading “Las Vegas to welcome with solar panels”

Apple: Reno data center powered by solar energy

Solar panelYesterday, Apple confirmed that they were building a solar farm to produce electricity to the company data center in Reno, Nevada. For this solar energy project, Apple joins forces with a Nevada utility company, NV Energy. Through this partnership, Apple will be able to link its solar farm to the local power grid. Therefore, Apple solar farm will also generate electricity to neighbors communities. Continue reading “Apple: Reno data center powered by solar energy”

EU-China Solar Panel conflict near the end

Solar panelThe European Union and China will soon draw to a close after weeks of fierce discussion led by European Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. Negotiations first end up to the implementation of custom duty on Chinese solar panels. This time EU members and China used their common goal, raise prices, to find a compromise. For European Union, several companies close down due to the fierce competition from Chinese. On Beijing side, the competition between national companies led to the leader, Suntech, bankruptcy. Continue reading “EU-China Solar Panel conflict near the end”

140,000 LED street lights in Los Angeles

street lightsIn 2009, Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, launched the “Los Angeles Street Lighting Energy and Efficiency Program”. The objective is to switch from regular street lights to LEDs street lights on over 140,000 street lights of the city. It is the biggest project of light bulb replacement in the world. It will also allow the city to reduce its carbon dioxide pollution by 110,000 tons per year. As LEDs are less energy-demanding than other kind of lights, the city will be able to save money from its electricity bill. Usually, street lights represent between 10% and 38% of the city’s electricity bill which represent around $15 million per year.┬áMaintenance fees will also be lessen as┬áLED lights enjoy a longer lifespan than other kind of light bulbs. Continue reading “140,000 LED street lights in Los Angeles”

New solar farm project in Texas

Solar farmTexas A&M University unveiled their solar farm project earlier this week. Worth $600 billion, the university project is announced as the biggest solar farm for research and development purpose. The farm will be able to generate 50 megawatts. Called “Center for Solar Energy“, the solar farm, installed in Bell County on 800 hectares, will also power up the university’s buildings as well as about 20,000 houses in the neighborhood and provide electricity to the nearby U.S Army base of Fort Hood. Continue reading “New solar farm project in Texas”

High potential for Solar Energy in Colorado

denver, coloradoYesterday, the Environmental Colorado Research and Policy Center came up with several propositions to develop solar energy in the state. Colorado has a great solar energy potential with overs 300 days of sun per year but only produce 70 megawatts of solar energy per year. In comparison, New Jersey, which enjoys only about 200 sunny days per year generate 415 megawatts of solar energy per year according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). Continue reading “High potential for Solar Energy in Colorado”

Feed in Traffic Program in Los Angeles

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On June 27th, Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Clean LA Solar members announced the┬álaunch of the countryÔÇÖs largest Feed in traffic program. To comply with the state-mandate to produce about 33% of cities electricity through renewable energy by 2020, LA flips the switch.

With this project, Los Angeles Department of Power and Water customers will be able to sell electricity theyÔÇÖll generate through solar panels. LADWP will redistribute this electricity across the city. The goal is to generate 150 megawatts to the electric circuit of the city or at least to generate enough electricity to power up 30,000 houses in the city.

The announcement was made at the top of a North Hollywood building which is part of the project and can provide 142,000kilowatt/hour. Los Angeles gathered a network of a hundreds of buildings for the FiT program. It will allow the city to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution by 147 tons.  With about 300 days of sunshine a year, Los Angeles has a natural advantage for solar projects.

According to a study led by UCLA, this program will help the still small renewable energy market. It might create around 4300 jobs from maintenance to engineers or project managers.

More info on the FiT website.

Obama plans to reduce greenhouse gas pollution

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President Obama announced a large campaign to cut greenhouse gas pollution in the US during his speech at Georgetown University yesterday. He also commits to promote actively clean energy and to act in order to better protect Americans from global warming.

According to the White House, this project should allow the president to reach his target fixed in 2009 to reduce, by 2020, greenhouse gas emission by 17% compare to 2005. President Obama stated during his speech that ÔÇ£Americans across the country are already paying the price of inactionÔÇØ against global warming. He reminded us that last year was the warmest year in the United States history. ┬áHe added ÔÇ£The question now is whether we will have the courage to act before itÔÇÖs too late. And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind not just to you, but to your children and to your grandchildren.ÔÇØ Continue reading “Obama plans to reduce greenhouse gas pollution”

Encouraging numbers for Solar in California

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Not long ago, weÔÇÖve talked about this Californian project on solar (you can find the article ). The State is not in its first try to stimulate development of solar energy. In 2007, California launched its CSI (California Solar Initiative), a tax incentive to incite homeowners to install solar panels to provide electricity to their homes. Working on a cash back system, this incentive boosted sales of solar panels throughout the states for 6 years.

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