A Wind Farm in Deep Water off the U.S. Coast

Deepwater Wind, a company based in Providence, Rhode Island, has drawn up plans for what could be the largest wind farm in U.S. waters, the company announced last week. The proposed farm would generate a huge 1,000 megawatts of power and would be located 18 to 27 miles off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts at a depth of 52 meters—considerably deeper than any other large scale wind project to date. By moving into deeper waters, turbines can harness stronger, more sustained winds. And the massive turbines the company plans to use—each capable of generating more than 5 megawatts of power, with blades rising 150 meters above the water's surface—will be nearly invisible from shore, thereby avoiding potential legal battles with coastal communities that perceive the turbines as eyesores. Four-legged steel platforms rising from the seafloor will allow Deepwater Wind to operate in depths more than twice those of conventional steel "monopole" wind turbine platforms. As water depth increases, the diameter of monopoles must increase exponentially, making them uneconomical in water deeper than about 20 meters. By using a four-legged design, company officials say they will be able to work in depths that were previously prohibitively expensive.

AMSC Announces Order for "Intelligent Grid" Solution from Australia's Ergon Energy Corporation

- Ergon to Utilize Advanced D-VAR® STATCOM Technology to Increase Grid Reliability - AMSC Leads Worldwide Market for STATCOM Intelligent Grid Solutions

Thomas Taylor offers green expertise in publication on LEED® 2009 New Construction

Thomas Taylor, General Manager of St. Louis-based Vertegy, recently authored a book entitled, Guide to LEED® 202009: Estimating and Preconstruction Strategies. Taylor was recruited by the AGC to write the book, which is now complete and available for pre-order.

Solar Power for Your Home Goes Green Guru Guides

This book is the newest to the Green Guru Guides to help you with green living. Solar Power For Your Home features a step-by-step instruction manual and useful photos and illustrations.

Green Mountain Energy Gets Even Greener

NRG Energy, a leader among independent power producers in renewable energy, signed an agreement to purchase Green Mountain Energy Company for $350 million, pending regulatory approval.

Jastram Technologies Ltd. to Represent Corvus Energy Batteries

Corvus Energy selects Jastram Technologies as its exclusive Canadian partner to distribute Corvus Energy's lithium-ion batteries to Canada's Commercial, Recreational and Military Marine Sectors.

Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is the logical next step for the millions of people who own hybrid cars or who want an extremely efficient car. PHEVs solve a lot of problems quickly. They combine the benefits of pure electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles. Much like pure electric vehicles, they plug into the electric grid and can be powered by the stored electricity alone. Similar to hybrid electric vehicles, they have engines that enable them to have a greater driving range and that can recharge the battery.

Crackel Barrel Wanting Their EV!

"Cracker Barrel will be rolling out fast chargers called the Blink, made by ECOtality, Inc, at select restaurant locations across Tennessee for Phase 1 of the project.

Greenleaf expands renewable biomass capacity

Greenleaf Power, a biomass power plants owner and operator, has signed a deal to buy 100% of the stock of Colmac Energy, including the 47MW biomass power plant operated by Colmac's majority shareholder American Consumer Industries since its construction and initial start-up in 1992.

Solar power plant helps film studio dream become a reality

NAFTC Studios' plan to open a state-of-the-art film studio in Lakeshore, Ontario is revitalized thanks to the inclusion of a 500 kW solar power plant. The proposed studio failed to meet provincial and municipal standards back in 2005 and the project was put on hold - until now.

The DIY Guide to OFF GRID Solar Electricity

In this article I'll show you how to untether from the grid, and avoid a smelly, noisy, fuel consuming generator except in extreme weather conditions. It can be pricey for a good system, but you'll have minimal ongoing expenses, unlike fuel and maintenance on a generator. The less power you consume, the less power you will need to generate, keeping the system costs down. It's important to start with conservation.

Solar System Racking Systems

From a materials perspective, racking represents roughly 5-10% of the system cost. That said, the labor required to install the modules on the racking system costs twice as much as the racking material involved and can account for up to 66% of the total installed cost of a system. According to expert industry analysts, the speed and ease of installation for the racking system can directly impact roughly 40% of the total installed cost.

The World's Largest Fleet of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Buses

Between 2006 - 2010 Ballard Power Systems and its consortium partners developed the next generation of zero- emission fuel cell buses for deployment by BC Transit.

New Capital Investment Boosts Canadian Wind Turbine Company

ReDriven Power Inc. has closed a $5 million investment

SolarAid - A growing solar charity increasing access to electricity in rural Africa

To date, SolarAid has installed over 150 rural solar systems in Africa and plans to double this number in the coming year. With only a small fraction of people living in rural Africa currently enjoying access to electricity, SolarAid is planning to increase the scale of its work so that it can reach as many people as possible and continue to contribute towards the growth of solar market in Africa.

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