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SolarCity and Rabobank Announce $42.5 Million Fund for Commercial Solar Projects

Latest collaboration will fund construction of over 30 corporate solar installations

NEW YORK & SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rabobank and SolarCity® today announced $42.5 million in structured financing to fund over 30 commercial solar projects in California. This new fund is the latest iteration of a Rabobank-SolarCity collaboration that has produced a solar-powered electric vehicle charging corridor to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco, and a series of solar installations at local bank branches in California.

“We can allow many businesses to install solar panels for free, and pay less for solar electricity than they pay for utility power”

“We can allow many businesses to install solar panels for free, and pay less for solar electricity than they pay for utility power,” said Lyndon Rive, chief executive officer of SolarCity. “With the help of strong partners like Rabobank, we’re allowing businesses to generate their own clean power and improve their bottom lines at the same time.”

Since the expansion of its renewable energy finance platform to the Americas in 2009, Rabobank has become a leader in the U.S. renewable energy project finance field, focusing primarily on the solar, wind and bio-mass sectors. Continue reading

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IBM Names Worldwide Recipients of 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge

ARMONK, N.Y., March 15, 2012 / 3BL Media / PRNewswire/ – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today selected 33 cities worldwide to receive IBM Smarter Cities Challenge (#smartercities) grants during 2012.

Launched in 2011, this three-year, 100-city US$50 million program, IBM’s single-largest philanthropic initiative, funds in-person engagements staffed by teams of top IBM experts, who study and then make detailed recommendations addressing locally important urban issues.

(Go here to read about the experience of one mayor whose city earned an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2011.) Continue reading

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Walmart Recognizes SC Johnson with its Vendor Sustainability Award

BRANTFORD, ON, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Company Recognized for Holistic Approach to Sustainability and Legacy of Environmental Leadership in Canada

SC Johnson Canada announced today that it has received Walmart Canada’s second-annual Vendor Sustainability Award, which recognizes a company’s overall sustainability progress and effort in helping Walmart sell products that sustain both people and the environment. SC Johnson was one of 80 companies considered for the honour.

“We’ve placed a priority on environmental initiatives for decades and are fully committed to our holistic approach, which includes making products that are better for people and the planet. For SC Johnson, it’s about doing the right thing,” said Ana Dominguez, President and General Manager, SC Johnson Canada. “We’re thrilled to be acknowledged for our decades of leadership by such an important customer who shares our common interest in sustainability.” Continue reading

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Demand Response and Renewables Integration Will Drive the Growth of Short-Term Power Markets

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Due to the prohibitive cost of storing electricity on a major scale, short-term power markets are relied on to balance generation and load on a 24/7 basis. These markets typically take the form of a day-ahead market that provides a preliminary forecast of the next day’s power generation and consumption, and a real-time market, which is used to balance the actual generation to load. Due to advancing technology and declining prices for renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, demand response (DR) and renewables integration are both growing into significant factors in the short-term markets. Demand response acts as a counterbalance against price volatility in the short-term power markets, while the integration of renewables means that weather fluctuations will increasingly affect the short-term price of power. According to a recent report from Pike Research, these two forces will lead to accelerating growth in short-term power markets over the next several years.

“To date, market mechanisms and rule changes have been effective at optimizing grid resources”

Trading services will grow from $283 million in 2011 to as much as $333 million in 2016 under an economic recovery scenario, the cleantech market research firm forecasts. Under a slower growth model, trading services will reach $317 million in 2016. Continue reading

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ILF Consulting Engineers Awarded Contract for Solar Park of Superlatives in Dubai

MUNICH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the award of the contract for the design of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, ILF Beratende Ingenieure GmbH has received a significant large-scale assignment for an international solar project. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that the engineering company from Munich together with its branch office in Abu Dhabi asserted itself successfully against numerous international competitors.

“We will be working on this project from the study for the entire 1,000 MW solar park with CSP/PV technologies to the tender design, the site supervision, the start-up and the acceptance test for the 10 MW photovoltaic power plant”

The entire solar project will cost approx. 2.4 billion EUR and comprises an area of 48 square kilometres. The Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Prime Minister of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is thus initiating the construction of a solar park of superlatives with CSP/PV technology. The overall goal of the developers is reaching a capacity of 1,000 MW by the year 2030. This is to cover at least 5% of the energy demand of the United Arab Emirates. The first project will see the construction of a 10 MW photovoltaic power plant, which is to be connected to the grid in mid 2013. The construction works are scheduled to begin in 2012. With this construction project, the United Arab Emirates put their focus on a promising diversified energy mix. The implementation of a sustainable energy development is an important vision of the future-oriented Dubai. Continue reading

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Kyocera Supplies Solar Modules for England’s First “Zero Carbon Church”

Sustainable energy projects extend to renovation of historical buildings

KYOTO, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kyocera Corporation announced that the company has supplied its solar modules for a flagship project for renovating old buildings using solar energy at the roughly 900-year-old St. Michael and All Angels Church in Withington, England. The country’s first “zero carbon church” has a solar power generating system using Kyocera modules which supplies CO2-neutral electricity; as well as a biomass-powered boiler system providing environmentally friendly heat.

The 12th century building is now powered entirely by renewable energies. The solar energy is generated with 24 Kyocera solar modules — with a total output of 3.12kW — which are installed on the roof of the church. With over 35 years of experience in the industry Kyocera’s solar technology guarantees exceptional module performance and durability. Moreover, the modules were carefully installed to meet strict regulations concerning historical buildings by using a special ladder system that did not adversely affect the structure of the building or its visual appearance. Continue reading

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IKEA installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Ninth IKEA Store in U.S.

TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in four Blink Pedestal electric vehicle charging stations at its Tempe, Arizona store as part of its partnership with ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. This initiative represents the ninth such project for IKEA in the United States, with the eight other locations also in the Western U.S. To charge an electric vehicle (EV) at IKEA Tempe, drivers pull into a designated parking spot, swipe their Blink InCard (RFID card), plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the IKEA store while the vehicle is charging. Drivers can get a Blink InCard at www.blinknetwork.com.

“It is exciting for us to work together with IKEA to help build the public charging infrastructure necessary for mass EV adoption.”

“Our mission is to create a better everyday life for the many people, and at IKEA Tempe, we just added to this effort with these electric-vehicle charging stations,” said Robby Weirman, IKEA Tempe store manager. “We appreciate the support of ECOtality and SRP in making this opportunity available to members of the community.” Continue reading

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Smith Electric Vehicles Launches Production of All-Electric Newton Step Van

KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. (Smith), a global leader in all-electric commercial vehicles, today unveiled the Newton Step Van, an all-electric, zero-emission vehicle built on the versatile Newton platform that features a walk-in body produced by Indiana-based Utilimaster.

“Smith’s global footprint and track record of successful EV deployments make it an ideal collaborator as FedEx continues to improve its fleet efficiency, reducing emissions while providing the best possible service to our customers around the world.”

Smith announced the launch of the Newton Step Van in Indianapolis at the NTEA Work Truck Show, North America’s largest vocational truck and equipment event. FedEx Express will be the first company to deploy the Newton Step Vans in the United States.

The Newton Step Van, an ideal solution for thousands of delivery routes in urban environments, offers a gross vehicle weight of 14,000 pounds to 26,000 pounds and a range of approximately 100 miles on a single charge. The vehicle incorporates Smith’s proprietary Smith Drive™, Smith Power™, and Smith Link™ technologies to provide superior power train performance, battery management efficiency and remote system monitoring. Continue reading

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