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Yieldco: A Financial Catalyst for Creating New Solar Parks

A yieldco is a publicly-traded company which aims to create growing dividends. More yieldcos are entering the renewable energy market, and the existing ones have grown quite fast in the last year.

Interview with Andreas Karelas of RE-volv: Why Don't More Environmental Nonprofits Go Solar

RE-volv is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people and communities to invest collectively in renewable energy. RE-volv finances solar energy projects for nonprofits and worker-owned cooperatives that serve their community through a 20 year solar lease agr

Are Wood Skyscrapers the Future Building Trend?

Concrete or wood skyscrapers? Wood, you ask? Can you even build tall buildings out of wood? There has been a movement for wood-based, eco-friendly architecture for years. Some architects believe that when harvested responsibly, wood is one of the best materials architects a

Talking Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) with Rachel Dahl and James Faulds

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected a site near Fallon for its Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), and $2 million in federal funds to launch the ground-breaking research project.

Berkeley lab unveils new solar energy center aimed at producing fuel from sunlight

Jeremy Thomas for Inside Bay Area News:  In a christening hailed as a key moment in the effort to harness the sun's energy to create fuel, Lawrence Berkeley Lab officials on Tuesday unveiled a $59 million Solar Energy Research Center. Named after former Energy De

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“Designer carbon” boosts battery performance

Mark Shwartz, Stanford Univ.:  Stanford Univ. scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. Their results are featured in ACS Central Science.
"We have developed a 'designer carbon' that is both versatile and controllable," said Zhenan Bao, the senior author of the study and a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford. "Our study shows that this material has exceptional energy-storage capacity, enabling unprecedented performance in lithium-sulfur batteries and supercapacitors."
According to Bao, the new designer carbon represents a dramatic improvement over conventional activated carbon, an inexpensive material widely used in products ranging from water filters and air deodorizers to energy-storage devices.
"A lot of cheap activated carbon is made from coconut shells," Bao said. "To activate the carbon, manufacturers burn the coconut at high temperatures and then chemically treat it."
The activation process creates nanosized holes, or pores, that increase the surface area of the carbon, allowing it to catalyze more chemical reactions and store more electrical charges.

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Intersolar - EcoFasten Solar Launches Rock-It System: Rail-Free Mounting, ETL Listed to UL 2703

Morrisville, VT: EcoFasten Solar announces the launch of their newest product, the Rock-It System, a rail-free solar roof mount. The Rock-It System conforms to UL Subject 2703, bearing the ETL Listed mark by Intertek© Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), and holds a Class A Fire Class Resistance Rating when using Type 1, listed PV modules.

ACE Solar to Offer SunTegra™ Solar Shingles for New York and New Jersey Customers

New partnership brings attractive, roof-integrated solar systems to more residential solar customers

Intersolar - EcoFasten Solar will be at Intersolar booth #9738

Stop by and see the newly launched Rock-It System: Rail-Free Mounting, ETL Listed to UL Subject 2703

World Congress and Exhibition on Wind Energy

OMICS International cordially invites all the participants from all over the globe to attend the "World Congress and Exhibition on Wind Energy" at Berlin, Germany during June 16 - 18, 2016 with the theme of "Future Wind Energy Technologies". Wind energy is extracted from air flow using wind turbines to produce electrical power. Wind energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation and uses little land. The effects on the environment are generally less problematic than those from other power sources. Wind Energy-2016 is all about Planning, Operating, Grid integration, Aero dynamic noise cancellation, Urban wind Energy promotion, and future prospects of wind energy. Wind Energy - 2016 will also include advancing international knowledge transfer in Ice monitoring and early protections, challenges and case studies of wind energy.

FREE SOLAR WORKSHOP FOR MARYLAND HOMEOWNERS TO BE HOSTED BY SOLAR ENERGY WORLD ON 6/27/15

Solar Energy World, a locally owned and operated Solar System Design and Installation Company that runs its own facility on solar electricity, is hosting a Free Solar 101 Workshop for Homeowners from the Baltimore/DC metro area on Saturday June 27, 2015 from 10:30 AM -12:30 PM at their headquarters in Elkridge, Maryland. COST: FREE with RSVP by June 20, 2015, $20 without RSVP at-door (Space is limited) To register go to www.MySolarWorkshop.com.

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PV Racking Clamp-Free Mounting Solutions

PV Racking Clamp-Free Mounting Solutions

Looking for a way to save up to 30% on installation costs? PV Racking delivers a completely clamp-free racking system that does just that. This unique design offers more secure module placement, faster installation, lower labor costs and superior appearance. Helical pier foundations, kit solutions, installation services and full engineering support available. All PV Racking systems come with a 15 year Limited Warranty.

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Rolls Battery

Rolls Battery

Surrette Battery Company, the exclusive manufacturer of Rolls Battery, is one of North America's leading lead-acid battery manufacturers. Established in 1935, with a production facility in Salem, Massachusetts, Surrette Battery Company relocated to Canada in 1959 and is the Nation's only remaining independent battery manufacturer.