Are solar thermal power farms still relevant?

Monday, February 24, 2014 14:00
Posted in category Clean Energy News

392 megawatts, 173,000 heliostats, 347,000 mirrors, $2.2 billion investment and a $1.6 billion federal loan. These are the tremendous numbers surrounding the development and construction of the Ivanpah solar thermal power facility in the Mojave Desert, 40 miles south of Las Vegas. Such a plant, who can energizes up to 140,000 houses, is a massive solar energy provider, but with the decrease of governmental incentives and the collapse of some rival technologies’ prices, are giant solar plants still a viable option? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Expert Series: How to Get Involved in Solar

    Monday, February 24, 2014 10:42
    Posted in category Clean Energy Training

    Check out our latest expert series video! Solar Expert Michael Cafiero shares tips and information on how to get a job in solar installation.

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      The 7 Successes of Solar

      Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:37
      Posted in category Renewables


      How the solar energy industry is becoming one of the most widely beneficial sectors in the country

      New York Solar

      Things are looking up for the solar energy industry. Its growth has skyrocketed over the past few years and is projected to endure. If current trends continue, solar will account for 10% of American electricity by 2022.
      A diverse array of stakeholders is largely affected by this booming industry, from veterans to homeowners to that all-pervading stakeholder, the environment. To help understand the state of the industry and what’s on the horizon, here’s a list of the ways in which the solar energy industry is fast becoming one of the most valuable sectors in the nation. Read the rest of this entry »
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        Nailing Down the Difference between LEED v3 and LEED v4

        Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:52

        Difference between LEED v3 and LEED v4As the standard in green building best practices, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is the world’s preeminent green building rating program, with 1.5 million square feet of building space certified to LEED every day. LEED version 3, also known as LEED 2009, is now up for revision as USGBC members cooperate to vote on its next iteration, LEED v4.

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          For Most, Going Solar is All About the Money

          Friday, February 7, 2014 9:00
          Posted in category Clean Energy News

          Why Go SolarEnergy independence, environmental impact, climate change mitigation, contingency plans in case of a power outage – these are all good reasons to have solar power installed in one’s home or business. But for the majority of people plugging into solar energy, the best reason remains a financial one. Does nothing ever change? Read the rest of this entry »

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            Future positive prospects for solar should boost the public interest, but how easy is it to get and survive into solar?

            Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:43
            Posted in category Clean Energy News

            2013 was the year of the resurgence for the solar industry; more than 35 gigawatts of photovoltaic worldwide were installed last year. In the U.S it reached a 4.2 GW record, a 15% growth in a year. According to experts this bounce will continue in 2014 and they are expecting between 43 GW (Mercom Capital) and 49 GW (NPD Solar Buzz) of PV installations within the next 10 months. This represents a double-digit growth and a remarkable level for an industry that installed less than half this number four years ago.  Markets such as China, the U.S or even Japan, that had to compensate for the closure of its nuclear power plants, have pulled the demand and as a direct effect many PV constructors, SunPower for example, became profitable during Q2 or Q3 last year after months and sometime years of losses. Read the rest of this entry »

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              Getting Your NABCEP Certification and How to Use It

              Tuesday, February 4, 2014 16:43

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              NABCEP Solar Certification Training

              Resilient in the face of an unsettling job market, the solar power industry in the United States is growing every day. President Obama said it in his 2014 State of the Union address when, calling the U.S. a leader in solar energy, he told us that “every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar.” The Department of Energy’s (DoE) SunShot Initiative is more than halfway to its goal of making solar energy cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by the end of the decade. An article by RenewableEnergyWorld.com asserts that US solar jobs are growing at 10 times the rate of the national average employment growth. The potential for rewarding, sustainable employment in solar is no longer a secret.  Read the rest of this entry »

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                United Nations Sustainable Development 6th and 7th Open Working Groups

                Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:04
                Posted in category Clean Energy News

                The 6th and 7th Open Working Groups (OWG) on Sustainable Development took place at the United Nations’ New York headquarters December 16th-20 and January 6-10, respectively (8 total over the past year). I took part in the meetings as a representative of the International Network for Sustainable Energy (Inforse), an NGO created out of the first UN sustainable summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The end goal of the eight meetings is to develop a framework for the post 2015 sustainable development in the absence of any such apparatus since the Kyoto Protocol expired in December 2012. Perhaps the most promising aspect of these working groups is the tacit understanding by most stakeholders that climates are changing, whether due to humans or not, and a global sustainable development policy framework can mitigate inherent consequences of this phenomenon.

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                  Obama Asks for Job Skills Training in State of the Union Address; CleanEdison Has It

                  Thursday, January 30, 2014 13:04
                  Posted in category Clean Energy Training

                  manufacturing jobsTechnical, clean tech and manufacturing jobs gain traction in light of Obama’s 2014 State of the Union speech

                  After an anecdotal introduction to his 2014 State of the Union speech, President Obama dug right into the very topic CleanEdison was anticipating: providing Americans with the skills to fill the jobs that need them. He spoke of “a manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s,” and later added, “…in this rapidly changing economy, we have to make sure that every American has the skills to fill those jobs.” His entreaty to fill the skills gap is a promising addition to other, less popular proposals to remedy the job market. Read the rest of this entry »

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                    Hopes for a Healthier Job Market: Anticipating Obama’s State of the Union Address

                    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:08
                    Posted in category Uncategorized

                    Obama State of the UnionAs President Obama addresses high-level topics from behind the podium in today’s State of the Union Address, one discussion point may not be so out of reach for the laymen and laywomen it affects: the stumbling job market. While people will have to wait and see what comes of conversations about foreign policy and health care infrastructure, Americans have decidedly more efficacy with regards to their role in the workforce. Both populace and government alike must take action to improve employment prospects… Read the rest of this entry »

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