Amazon to install large-scale solar systems on 50 facilities by 2020

March 3, 2017 by  
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Amazon just announced plans to install 41 megawatts worth of solar power on the roofs of its US facilities this year. The project is part of amazon’s larger initiative to install solar systems on 50 of its order fulfillment facilities around the globe by 2020. “As our fulfillment network continues to expand, we want to help generate more renewable energy at both existing and new facilities around the world in partnership with community and business leaders,” said Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. “We are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainability—this is good for the environment, our business and our customers. By diversifying our energy portfolio, we can keep business costs low and pass along further savings to customers. It’s a win-win.” The solar projects planned for this year will see a total of 41 megawatts installed on the rooftops of Amazon facilities in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware. Depending on various factors, the solar installations could provide the facilities with up to 80% of the energy needed to run. Related: Amazon’s new Prime Air delivery drone is part helicopter, part airplane https://youtu.be/R7tMiQcF9tY According to Amazon, the company is also working on other clean energy projects – including a wind farm in Texas and a network of wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. It’s also possible some of this power could be used to energize other initiatives Amazon is working on – such as the eventual delivery of orders by drones , and the company’s plans to build a giant floating warehouse in the sky from which the drones would work. Via Businesswire Images via Amazon/Businesswire

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Green Power, Meet Fiddler (On The Roof)

April 1, 2016 by  
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Wind energy is green power. On that we can agree. Where there hasn’t been widespread agreement however is in how to best harness the potential of wind energy – on a mass scale.  Five Southern Methodist University seniors believe they have harnessed…

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Has Solar Energy Technology Evolved?

April 1, 2016 by  
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Installed solar energy capacity in the U.S. is growing dramatically, with numerous record-shattering years in a row. There is now enough installed solar energy to power over 4.6 million U.S. homes and a new solar project is installed every two…

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Canadian pilot project could revolutionize compressed air energy storage

January 4, 2016 by  
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An innovative new system being piloted by a startup in Canada could significantly cut the cost of compressed air energy storage by using simple, off-the-shelf technologies. Greentech Media reports that Toronto-based startup Hydrostor currently has a two-year pilot project underway that involves a set of pipes running about two miles out into Lake Ontario that pumps air into underwater balloons, where it’s stored before later being released and expanded to produce energy. The project aims to help the city’s hydro utility extend the life of its distribution equipment by providing electricity for peak periods – and reduce the utility’s reliance on fossil fuel energy sources. Read the rest of Canadian pilot project could revolutionize compressed air energy storage

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130-foot Framework tower slated to become the tallest wooden building in the US

January 4, 2016 by  
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Clean energy accounted for nearly half of all new power last year

November 12, 2015 by  
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As if you needed any further proof that clean energy has fossil fuels on the run, a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows renewable energy accounted for nearly half of all new power plants built in 2014. The Guardian reports the IEA said this fact represents a “clear sign that an energy transition is underway” on planet Earth. According to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2015 report, the milestone also means green energy is the second-largest electricity generator in the world, and set to dethrone the worst of the world’s fossil fuels by early in the 2030s. Read the rest of Clean energy accounted for nearly half of all new power last year

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Taiwan will soon be home to world’s largest dual-axis solar power tracker station

November 11, 2015 by  
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A Taiwan food facility is building the world’s largest rooftop dual-axis solar tracker power station. The 840-kilowatts of energy produced by the project, located in Pingtung County, Taiwan, comes from Big Sun Energy’s iPV dual-axis solar trackers, which maximize energy production while resisting extreme weather conditions like the typhoons that regularly pummel the country. The project is financed by Chailease Finance Company (CFC) and should be pumping out power before the end of 2015. Read the rest of Taiwan will soon be home to world’s largest dual-axis solar power tracker station

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Dutch firm set to build Africa’s largest-ever wind farm around remote Kenyan lake

October 12, 2015 by  
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A new 310-megawatt turbine installation coming to one of Kenya’s most remote regions is set to become Africa’s largest wind farm ever – and the biggest Kenyan infrastructure project in 50 years. The Guardian reports the project is being built by Dutch business partners near Lake Turkana – about 600 miles from Nairobi. When completed, the project will provide about 20 percent of the country’s installed electricity generating capacity. Read the rest of Dutch firm set to build Africa’s largest-ever wind farm around remote Kenyan lake

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Aspen, CO becomes third U.S. city powered totally by renewable energy

September 4, 2015 by  
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Three is a magic number. And Aspen, Colorado has hit that enchanted numeral by becoming the third city in the U.S. to power itself with 100 percent renewable energy . Aspen Times reports that the city has reached this milestone after more than a decade of work, by employing wind, solar and geothermal energy. Its efforts put the Rocky Mountain hub in a very exclusive renewable energy club, along with Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas. Read the rest of Aspen, CO becomes third U.S. city powered totally by renewable energy

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Google is just a small slice in the new corporate PPA boom

August 4, 2015 by  
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This chart shows how corporate green power purchases in 2015 are already double the level of 2013.

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