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LED bulb prices closing in on CFLs

Re: Energy

Forget CFL — the new alphabet soup is LED since these bulbs are set to revolutionize lighting. Hopefully soon they will add LEDs to the Act 129 energy conservation programs to get them for low or no cost from your utility. [more]

A flywheel plant energizes Pennsylvania

Re: Energy

Now this has got to the coolest use of old fashion technology: store energy in a high speed spinning wheel and convert the kinetic energy back to useful electric power to help balance the grid during peak usage. This is exactly what is being done at the 20 Megawatt flywheel plant in Hazleton, […]

Six Largest U.S. Solar Projects Under Development


Came across this today. Very interesting: listing six of the largest solar projects currently under development in the U.S. [MORE]

$150 Million in Tax Credits for Clean Energy Manufacturers


In February, the U.S. Departments of Energy and the Treasury announced the availability of $150 million in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects across the United States. For more information, click here.


Follow Sunny Day Power as it ramps up manufacturing of the AUTORAC™ solar […]

Solar Photovoltaic Demand Could Reach 31 GW This Year


Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand will increase 2 GW, from 29 GW to 31 GW during 2013, up 7% Y/Y according to the new NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz 2013. For the first time, China will outpace Germany to become the leading PV consumer, while the top 10 PV territories will still account for 83% […]

U.S. Solar Market Grows 76% in 2012


With another record-breaking year, solar is the fastest growing energy source in the country, powering homes, businesses and utility grids across the nation. Perhaps most importantly, clean, reliable, affordable solar is continuing a major growth pattern that has made it a leading source of new electricity for America that’s increasingly competitive with […]

Renewables constitute all new US electricity capacity added in January

The Hill Renewable energy accounted for all new electric capacity added in the United States last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In all, 1,231 megawatts of new generating capacity were installed in January. Of that total, wind provided 958 megawatts, solar chipped in 267 megawatts and biomass contributed 6 megawatts. That’s a […]

Report: Clean power is moving (gradually) into Americans’ homes


Americans are increasingly relying more on natural gas and renewable energy for heat, power and transportation. From 2007 to 2012, natural gas use grew from 23.4 percent to 27.2 percent, while renewable energy consumption rose from 6.4 percent to 9.4 percent, according to a report. At the same time, the use of coal fell […]

US renewable-energy capacity doubled from 2009-12

Bloomberg Businessweek

Renewable-energy capacity in the U.S. almost doubled from 2009 to 2012, helping reduce the nation’s carbon-dioxide emissions last year to the lowest since 1994, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. The cumulative installed solar, wind, geothermal and biomass-based energy sources in the U.S. climbed to 85.7 gigawatts in 2012, compared with […]

Home solar systems to be an option for Honda customers

The New York Times Automakers have long resorted to incentives like zero-percent financing, rewards points and rebates to inspire customer loyalty. Now Honda is offering a different deal — inexpensive home solar power systems for customers. Through a partnership with SolarCity, a residential and commercial installer, Honda and Acura will offer their customers home solar […]