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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 15:03

Beer Goes Green With Solar Power

October 8 -- Solar-powered breweries are giving bar patrons and consumers one more reason to enjoy a tasty brew—the feeling they’re saving the planet, one sip at a time. Abita Brewing Company, just north of New Orleans, has announced the completion of its 85 KW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of its main warehouse. The brewery’s 340 solar panels installed by South Coast Solar are expected to offset 2,737,202 kilowatt hours of electrical usage, making it one of the largest commercial solar systems in the state of Louisiana, reports the Beer Street Journal. Abita Brewing Company’s new solar array is expected to offset 2,054 tons of carbon — the equivalent of planting 10,264 trees. >>View Article

October 8 -- The amount of electric cars sold in America is up over 447.95 percent over where it was at this time last year. Those are the latest numbers as reported by EVObsession, which also show that combined sales of all-electric cars and hybrids is up 30.11 percent. >>View Article

Monday, 07 October 2013 15:58

Exporting Maine's Wind Energy

October 7 -- Southern New England utilities must find renewable energy sources, and many are signing contracts with major wind projects in Maine. Maine’s wind power industry is poised to see its biggest period of growth since the state’s first major project was built six years ago, a surge brought on by unprecedented demand for renewable energy in southern New England and by evolving technology that has lowered the cost of producing electricity. >>View Article

Monday, 07 October 2013 15:34

Winds Of Change Blow Across Ohio

October 7 -- Two years ago, 152 massive windmills at the Blue Creek Wind Farm started spinning, adding $5 million a year into our regional economy through landowner lease payments and local property taxes. The wind farm instantly solidified the agricultural and wind energy partnership in Van Wert County, allowing our farmers to harvest a new crop of electricity from the wind that seems to blow over their fields nearly endlessly. >>View Article

October 7 -- Environmentalists, utility companies and energy experts had different takes on a draft report released last month on increasing Michigan's renewable energy portfolio standard. The 90-page report concluded there are no technical problems to increasing the standard to as much as 30 percent of electricity production in the state by 2035 from the 10 percent standard that is on schedule to be met by 2015. >>View Article

October 3 -- When it comes to innovation, some old-school car companies are speeding ahead. Nine automotive companies – including Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and BMW – ranked in the top 20 of Boston Consulting Group’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in 2013. And some newer-school startups are also hoping to disrupt the car space. NYC-based startup HEVO Power, which launched in 2011, sees a huge market in the road ahead for electric vehicles – and is putting money on the company’s prediction that plug-in stations will soon become a thing of the past. >>View Article

October 3 -- Fox News misleadingly suggested that Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz declared bankrupt solar company Solyndra a "success" in recent remarks. In fact, he was praising the broader clean energy loan program that supported it, noting that its loan recipients, such as Tesla Motors, are mostly still in business. >>View Article

October 3 -- Speaking at a forum on national energy policy hosted by Center Forward on Wednesday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, criticized members of her own party for holding up bipartisan energy-efficiency legislation in the Senate last month, The Hill reports. Murkowski blamed GOP senators for trying to add a host of unrelated amendments dealing with the Affordable Care Act to the bill. Democrats weren't spared, however, from her criticism, as Murkowski cast a critical eye on the entire Senate for failing to advance the legislation. >>View Article

Thursday, 03 October 2013 14:30

7 Reasons The Solar Revolution Is For Real

October 3 -- The shale revolution has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, and rightfully so. But during pretty much the exact same time, a solar boom has occurred. >>View Article

Thursday, 03 October 2013 14:19

Clean Energy On Upswing, Employs 18,000 In SC

October 3 -- Clean energy continued to claw its way into greater awareness in South Carolina last year, a new report shows, adding jobs and growing revenue.A survey of 161 firms showed employment in the state’s clean energy sector in 2012 rose 3.6 percent, or more than twice as fast as jobs in the state’s overall economy, according to the S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance. >>View Article

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