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Crowdfunding Site Provides Capital for High-Impact Solar Energy Projects

Lack of access to financing can keep many otherwise worthy solar energy projects from being built in poor and underserved areas, but a solar crowdfunding site is helping to connect individual investors with solar energy businesses and working to bring affordable solar energy to communities around the world. — Full Story at Ecopreneurist —

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Fukushima to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040

The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change. The mayor of the region, which has a population of about two million people, hopes that community energy schemes will wean the region off fossil fuels […]

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European Union Sets New Targets For Renewable Energy, GHG Emissions

At the last UN Climate Summit, participating countries agreed to arrive at the 2015 treaty meeting with concrete climate targets in hand that would be implemented no later than 2020. To get the ball rolling, the European Commission announced its goals last week. The EU set a new binding target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) […]

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The Future According to Mr. Clean Energy

Jigar Shah likes math. It inspires him. After all, crunching numbers allowed him to convince wary investors of the money-making potential of solar energy, allowing him to ignite an industry that was crippled by roadblocks. At that time, 10 years ago, he says, profit-hungry investors simply did not understand the extraordinary economic returns of green […]

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US fracking revolution dilutes EU climate & energy plan

On the face of it, this week’s EU climate and energy package, with its targets for cutbacks in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and the uptake of renewable energy up to the year 2030, looks impressive. The central element in the package is a binding EU-wide 40% reduction in GHG emissions over 1990 levels by […]

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American Vanadium Bets Big on Better Batteries

Better batteries are crucial to a global low carbon transition, whether it is to improve the range of electric cars or store electricity generated by solar panels and wind farms. But the challenge faced by those trying to develop cost effective batteries with ever greater power density has to date been limited by both chemistry […]

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Global Renewable Energy Share to Double By 2030

The global energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030, while energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix to as much as 36pc, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said in a report on Monday. The report, “Remap 2030” maps out a […]

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$41 Million for Renewable Energy Projects To Isolated Areas

More than $41 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects will be provided to Republic of Ecuador, Sierra Leone, the Maldives, Mauritania, Samoa, and Mali by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). “IRENA and ADFD selected projects bring power to isolated off-grid populations, in some cases […]

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Indian school aims for energy self-sustainability

At a school in India’s southern state of Karnataka, power cuts often disrupt studies. And the lack of electricity access means that many pupils return home to unlit houses. But the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya’s passion towards sustainability, including the establishment of environmentally-friendly buildings and an ongoing project to increase the use of solar lighting, have […]

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5 Cleantech Firms That Could Go Public in 2014

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups — but those have been rare cleantech events over the last few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups. Will we see any […]

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Green Business Ideas: Biodiesel Cooperative

With the growing interest in alternative fuels, one possible green business idea that combines recycling of resources with a product that is constantly in need (fuel) is a biodiesel cooperative or biodiesel processing facility. 1. What is a biodiesel co-op? Biodiesel is an environmentally friendly (renewable), typically domestically produced, and healthier alternative to traditional diesel […]

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Facts and Myths Behind SolarCity’s 331% Rise

Though rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panel installations totaled just 60 megawatts (MW) in its recent quarter, SolarCity (SCTY) commands a market cap exceeding that of established, utility-scale PV leaders like Canadian Solar (CSIQ) and SunPower (SPWR). Despite its rich valuation, the San Mateo, California-based solar developer has started to successfully execute on a business model that […]

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USGBC Commends President Obama’s Memorandum to Accelerate Energy Efficiency in Building Facilities and Operations

President Obama signed a memorandum directing the federal government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, more than double the current level. — Full story at RealEstateRama –

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Honeywell’s UOP Facility in Hawaii to Convert Biomass to Green Fuels $HON

Demonstration facility, backed by a $25 million U.S. Department of Energy award, will showcase biomass to fuel technology and provide new “green” jobs for Hawaii UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that it has begun construction in Hawaii of a biofuels demonstration unit that will convert forest residuals, algae and other cellulosic biomass into […]

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Neste Oil Expands its Renewable Raw Material Base

Neste Oil will expand the raw material base used to produce NExBTL renewable fuel with jatropha and camelina oils. By introducing these new raw materials in its feedstock base, Neste Oil increases the proportion of non-food materials and raw materials that can be grown on cultivation areas less suited for food plants in its raw […]

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Skanska Invests in New Wind Farm, One of the Largest in Sweden

Sweden — Skanska (STO:SKAB) Infrastructure Development, wind farm developer O2 and Jämtkraft are making a joint investment in a project-financed wind farm for a total cost of around SEK 1.1 billion. Skanska’s holding amounts to 50 percent; the other parties own 25 percent each. The construction contract will be included in order bookings for the […]

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Google to finance 10,000 rooftop solar systems for US homeowners

Full Story at: greener ideal

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GT Solar Completes Expansion of its Sapphire Manufacturing Facility

State-of-the-art plant ramps to production in less than eight months.

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Ethanol Industry Is Unruffled by Senate Vote Against Tax Breaks

Full Story at: The New York Times

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