Ford names Top 25 EV ready cities in the US

From New York City to Seattle, Wash., Ford this week named 25 U.S. cities that are paving the way for an influx of electric vehicles. By the end of 2012 there will be more than 20 plug-in vehicles on the market, said Mike Tinskey, manager of vehicle electrification and infrastructure for Ford. And major metropolitan areas and utility companies are working together to provide an infrastructure for public charging stations. "Over the next 12 months we will see at least 18,000 new charge stations in U.S. cities," Tinskey said. "People will start seeing charge stations in some pretty familiar places," he said. The Ford Focus EV will be available by the end of 2011, and many more electric vehicles makes from other automakers will be available over the next two years. Ford has complied the list to not only recognize which cities are getting EV-ready, but also to encourage other cities to start preparing, Tinskey said. While the list of cities is diverse, it's not surprising that most of the cities flank the coasts while others dot the middle of the map. Honolulu is included, but Tinskey said pretty much the whole island of Oahu is getting EV-ready. The greater San Francisco Bay Area, not surprisingly, is also a larger geographical area that made it to the map. According to Tinskey, it's up to city governments to streamline the permit process for the installation of EV charging stations. And it's up to local utility companies to offer incentives for off-peak charging. "A lot of decisions need to be made, like what the signage should look like, and whether or not local businesses can charge for the electricity, or just for the parking spot," Tinskey said. "It ends up being an equal pull from the city and the local electric company. Then add a company like Ford, and it becomes the three-legged stool."

PROINSO opens office in Germany to reinforce their presence in the German market

PROINSO "has opened a new office in the city of Munich from which it seeks to further strengthen its presence in the German market, the largest in the solar photovoltaic industry.

Lunera Lighting 5400 SERIES Commercial LED Fixture Wins Platinum ADEX Award

Four-foot Grid Lay-In LED Fixture is Designed for Use in Armstrong® TechZone™ Ceilings

Plug-In 2011 Conference & Exposition Opens Registration

Taking Place in Raleigh in July, Conference Will Offer a Complete, Open and Direct Dialogue on the Future of Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Transportation.

Google Invests $168 million in BrightSource Energy's Mojave Solar Plant

Google is no stranger to renewable energy investment, but now the Internet behemoth has its eyes set on bigger fish. BrightSource Energy's proposed solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert will be one of the largest solar energy projects in the United States and will double the solar thermal installed capacity in the U.S. Google has made a $168 million equity investment in the project, along with NRG Energy's $300 million investment and $1.6 billion in loans from the U.S. federal government. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will be constructed in California's Mojave Desert. The project will provide 2,600 MW of grid electricity, powering 140,000 homes. The facility uses thermal solar energy as opposed to photovoltaic panels. Thousand's of reflective mirrors will superheat fluids to drive a steam turbine. The Ivanpah plant will recycle the steam back into water to reduce water consumption by 95 percent compared to similar facilities.

Like Superman, American University Will Get Its Energy from the Sun

More than 2,150 solar photovoltaic panels will be installed by July on six American University buildings resulting in the largest solar power system in the District of Columbia.

REHAU Appointed to U.C. Berkeley's CBE Industry Advisory Board

REHAU, an international polymer innovator in construction, automotive and industry, has been appointed to the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of U.C. Berkeley's Center for the Built Environment (CBE).

Small Wind Turbines Information Revolution: Owners Can Now Manage Turbines from the Pub

World leading Small Wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind today launched a revolution for turbine owners: the ability to monitor production from home, in car, or even down the pub!

New Website Set To Transform Business Energy Consumption And Reduce Spending

Active Energy today launched a new website to help businesses slash their energy consumption and make massive savings on their bottom line.

Hybrid Inverters with web monitoring as standard •The PowerRouter

•One unit for on and off-grid applications •Performance monitoring via free personal web page •Two independent MPP trackers and inputs •Available in 3kW, 3.7 kW and 5 kW versions •Built in DC disconnect switch •Plug-and-play internet connectivity •Expandable with wind and battery options

Solectria Renewables to Deliver 5.3MW of SMARTGRID Inverters to Tecta Solar

Tecta Solar Selects Solectria Renewables Based on Reliability, Serviceability and Durability of its SMARTGRID Series Inverters Lawrence, MA - April 14, 2011 - Solectria Renewables, LLC, the leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that it has been selected by Tecta Solar of Billerica

Sun Shines Bright In North Georgia Thanks To Solar Energy USA

Alpharetta-based Solar Energy USA installed a 20kW photovoltaic system - or about 91 solar modules. The installation team, a staff of technical experts, is lead by one of the most respected names in the photovoltaic industry with head crew member being NABCEP certified.

Renewable Energy Home Design

My premise is that we need a new Model for Housing, as the older homes will not hold their value by today's Renewable Energy standards, and the next generation buyers will quickly be drawn to a more energy efficient model. These new buyers are also looking for different designs than older homes typically offer for their lifestyle choices.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Infrastructures USA 2011

One of the key takeaways from the event was that a lot of consumer education is required to continue the momentum of early adopters and to help cross over to a more mainstream market mid-century. EV ownership will require increased awareness about energy, not power, a new vehicle power train, batteries and conversion from miles per gallon to miles per kWt hour.

India Renewable Energy Market Trends Analysis and Forecasts

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