Wind energy driving down consumer electric rates

Wind energy is more affordable than ever, and new installations across the country are saving consumers money on their electric bills, as utilities rush to lock in long-term favorable rates. "This is what a successful business looks like with stable tax policy. Utilities are locking in a great deal for their electric customers while it's available. We're keeping rates down all across the U.S., even in the heart of the South," said Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), pointing to recent wind power purchases by the Southern Company in Alabama, Austin Energy in Texas, and Xcel in Colorado as examples. The U.S. wind industry installed just over 1,200 megawatts (MW) in the third quarter, and about 3,360 MW on the year so far – but has more than 8,400 MW under construction. That is more than in any quarter since 2008, as the federal Production Tax Credit has driven as much as $20 billion a year in private investment.  "This shows what we're capable of: adding new, affordable electric generation," said Bode. "Traditional tax incentives are working. There's a lot of business right now, people are employed, and manufacturers are looking to expand here in the U.S."  

Interior's New Solar Plan Aims to Build a Balanced Solar Energy Program

A strong solar program with designated areas for solar development can enhance success of solar projects going forward

FARMER'S MARKET IN ELIZABETHTOWN GETS SOLAR

The Town Of Elizabethtown Actively Embraces Green Building Practices In Their Planning and Construction

Solar Industry Response to Draft Supplemental Solar PEIS

Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) draft supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development released by the Department of the Interior

Saft selected by SOLON to supply Li-ion battery for Arizona energy storage solutions project

The design and construction of the site will be managed by SOLON, in conjunction with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE) at the University of Arizona.

Belectric and Solar Frontier Connect First French CIS Solar Power Plant to the Grid

4.2 MWp power plant in Bessan marks entry of Solar Frontier into French project market

GE Supplying 350 Wind Turbines, Services to BP Wind Energy for Upcoming US Projects

Turbine Supply, Service Agreements Total Approximately $750 Million --- 2011 and 2012 Projects to Generate 560 Megawatts of Clean Electrical Power

REFUsol™ solar inverters pass UL certification tests

Certification allows the use of REFUsol inverters in US commercial and utilty scale solar projects

New Website Features Power Transmission Solutions for Wind Turbines

Altra Wind Technology announced it has launched a new website, www.AltraWind.com, that provides engineers and professionals in the wind turbine industry with a resource for application-specific power transmission and motion control solutions.

Providing Innovative Fastening and Assembly Solutions for Ground-Mount Structures and Towers

Henrob's principal activity is designing and manufacturing self-piercing rivets (HSPR) and installation systems. Self-pierce riveting is a process of joining two or more layers using an engineered rivet. Unlike conventional riveting, HSPR does not require a drilled or punched hole.

Optimizing solar thermal performance with data loggers

By measuring and monitoring solar thermal system performance, installers can correct mistakes and fine-tune and optimize systems. As a result, US consumers are likely to regain confidence in the technology, spurring what is expected to be a burgeoning market for solar hot water heaters.

MicroCSP (Concentrated Solar Power)

MicroCSP power projects all include sun tracker and thermal storage. The cost is around the same as PV but you generate more electricity per day because of the tracker/storage combination so you have a lower cost of energy.

Weathering the Storm: Fluoropolymer films protect solar modules and ensure performance

Recent advances in materials science have led to the development of innovative new materials that provide enhanced durability to photovoltaic modules. Unique polymeric thin film technologies, such as ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) frontsheets, provide modules with the protection they need to perform at high levels even when exposed to the elements.

LEED Standards and the Global Carbon Market

Research has shown that LEED buildings consume over 25% less energy, have 13% lower maintenance costs, 27% higher occupant satisfaction and a 33% reduction in GHG emissions compared to the average commercial building.

Case Studies from EarthKind Solar

Bard College and Hawthorne Ridge Retirement Community are two examples of down to earth solar energy projects that make a difference.

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