By Jhoanna Frances S. Valdez – This is an excerpt from EcoSeed.org.
Global wind giant Vestas received an array of wind turbine orders from all over the world adding up to a staggering 616 megawatts during the last month of 2011.
The orders include 51 MW in Poland; 62 MW for French renewable energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles in Italy and Germany; 54 MW in the United Kingdom; 50 MW in Pakistan; 24 MW for VSB Energies Nouvelles in France; 69 MW for the Jaadras project in Sweden; 254 MW in Brazil; and 52 MW in Spain.
The 17-unit Poland order contract comprises of the delivery, installation, and commissioning of the turbines as well as a 12-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery of the products is expected to commence during the third quarter of 2012 and the completion of the project is expected at year-end.
The EDF Energies Nouvelles order was placed as part of its binding share of wallet agreement with Vestas signed in June 2011, which posits that throughout 2012-2014, EDF Energies Nouvelles and its American subsidiary is required to buy Vestas wind turbines for a minimum of 50 percent for all its future onshore wind installations in Europe and for a minimum of 30 percent in the U.S. Continue reading
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SEATTLE, Dec 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Scope 5 emerged from stealth mode to announce that it raised its first outside funding from a group of angel investors. The company closed the round quickly on the heels of achieving several milestones: releasing the first version of their sustainability management software service; signing two sustainability consulting firms as partners; and landing two representative customers with multi-year software service subscriptions.
“The endorsement of our early partners and customers signals that we are solving real and unaddressed pain in the sustainability management market,” said Yoram Bernet, a co-founder and CEO of Scope 5. “Our investors moved briskly so that we can focus more of our energy on meeting our next major sales and product milestones.”
David Billstrom, an experienced venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur, also joined Scope 5′s board of directors in connection with the financing. “There is an obvious market opportunity, but even more importantly, I was very impressed by how easy their service is to use. It reminds me of my first experience with salesforce.com,” said Mr. Billstrom, a veteran of over 20 technology start-ups. “And the passion of this team is a strong predictor of their future success.” Continue reading
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Duo Software becomes first CarbonNeutral Software Product Developer in the world.
Colombo, Sri Lanka (PRWEB) November 09, 2011
Duo Software ( Pvt ) Ltd a software product development company with its development center in Colombo became the world’s first software product development company to achieve CarbonNeutral status recently. The innovative company that is known as a provider of Subscriber Management, Billing, Customer Care and customer life cycle management solutions to enterprises in highly competitive industries, was recently awarded the CarbonNetural status by the CarbonNeutral Company of the UK through their Regional Certification Partner – The Carbon Consulting Company.
The vision for software development in the low carbon economy stems from the founding CEO, Muhunthan Canagey. “I believed that we needed to embed our belief systems into what we actually produced,” he says. “We wanted environmental and social responsibility to be an intrinsic part of what we do. Thus we did not want to be simply another company that ‘went green’ just for the sake of developing a marketing ploy. Becoming CarbonNetural is a tangible demonstration of the company’s commitment towards helping create a more sustainable world and for creating the products that will suit that world.” Continue reading
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EcoSeed.org – Google Inc. is ending the year with another clean energy investment together with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. by investing in four solar farms to provide enough electricity for about 13,000 homes in California.
Google’s $94 million is the internet giant’s first in grid-connected photovoltaic solar power investment. This latest investment brings Google’s total clean power investments to more than $915 million, which has been primarily in wind power, solar roofs, and a solar thermal power plant.
The deal is also the first clean energy investment in the Unites States byKKR. The company invested in the solar farms through SunTap Energy RE LLC, its newly formed solar investment unit.
The exact amount provided by KKR was not disclosed but it was drawn from a $95-million pool managed by SunTap, according to the statement. Continue reading
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Move will Benefit US Drivers, Provide Greater Access to Advanced Renewable Fuel.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – With the 112th Congress going home for the holidays, securing the long awaited expiration of the tariff on imported ethanol and corresponding tax credit, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement. It should be attributed to Leticia Phillips, UNICA’s Representative in North America.
A day many thought might never arrive is finally just around the corner. We can now say confidently that ethanol’s 30-year-old tax credit and import tariff will finally expire on December 31st. Ending these costly and unnecessary subsidies just eight short days from now will save taxpayers money, help lower fuel prices, and provide Americans with greater access to advanced renewable fuels like sugarcane ethanol. This change in ethanol policy produces three big winners.
US Taxpayers. In these times of economic uncertainty and skyrocketing deficits, the $6 billion annual price tag for ethanol subsidies became a major target for deficit hawks – especially when the American industry’s exports are booming andleaders admitted they could do without. Eliminating the ethanol subsidies should give every American taxpayer six billion reasons to cheer. Continue reading
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Walmart’s solar power initiative will total more than 130 stores by the end of 2013; Adds hundreds of jobs through partnership with California-based SolarCity
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 21 – Walmart today announced its plan to install solar panels on up to 60 additional stores in California, expanding the company’s solar portfolio to more than 75 percent of its stores in the state, making California the first state in the nation where Walmart has devoted this level of commitment to renewable energy. Continue reading
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December 14, 2011
First Solar Updates 2011 Financial Guidance and Announces 2012 Financial Guidance
TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) today updated the Company’s 2011 financial guidance and announced 2012 guidance.
First Solar now forecasts 2011 net sales in the range of $2.8 to $2.9 billion, down from the Company’s prior guidance range for net sales of $3.0 to $3.3 billion. The Company expects diluted earnings per share (EPS) for 2011 to be in the range of $5.75 to $6.00, with consolidated operating income of$575 to $600 million. The primary reason for the revised 2011 guidance is continued delays of certain projects in First Solar’s systems business due to weather and other factors.
Not included in the revised guidance are expected charges related to a series of initiatives to accelerate operating cost reductions and improve overall operating efficiency, the majority of which the Company expects to incur in the current quarter. These charges include up to $0.75 per fully diluted share of impairment and associated charges primarily related to certain equipment, and a severance charge of up to $0.10 per fully diluted share related to a workforce reduction of approximately 100 associates, less than 1.5 percent of First Solar’s workforce. Continue reading
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) PLANO, TX – December 13, 2011 – PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America announces ten new electric trucks will be rolling out in Orlando. These electric delivery trucks will ultimately be part of the largest planned fleet of commercial all-electric trucks in North America.
Electric trucks reduce fuel consumption, noise pollution and CO2 emissions, compared to traditional delivery trucks. In total, Frito-Lay will deploy 176 electric trucks this year in the U.S. and Canada, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America.
“The electric vehicle program builds on a long-standing commitment by Frito-Lay North America and its parent company PepsiCo to environmental sustainability,” said Mike O’Connell, senior director of fleet for Frito-Lay North America. “With the seventh largest privately owned fleet in the U.S., we have set a goal of becoming the most fuel efficient fleet in the country, and these vehicles give us an opportunity to use the latest advances in transportation technology as a significant way to reduce our environmental impact.” Continue reading
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