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Austin Energy Activates 30 MW Solar Farm in Texas

Webberville Solar Project is Austin Energy’s First Utility-Scale Solar Project and Largest in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Austin Energy along with Austin City Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Village of Webberville Mayor Hector Gonzales today announced the activation of a 30 megawatt (MW) solar power plant located within the Village of Webberville, Texas. The activation of the power plant marks the first utility-scale solar deployment for Austin Energy and helps bring the utility one step closer to achieving a 35% renewable energy mix by 2020. It is the largest active solar project of any public power utility in the country, the largest active project in Texas and among the largest of all operating solar projects in America.  The project was activated on December 20, 2011.

The announcement was made at a ribbon cutting event held at the 380 acre photovoltaic solar farm. The 30 MW solar project is comprised of more than 127,000 photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis trackers that follow the sun to maximize solar energy production. The utility-scale solar power plant is expected to produce more than 61 million kilowatt-hours of clean solar energy in the first year of operation alone.

“The Webberville Solar Project exemplifies Austin’s leadership and investment in a clean energy future,” said Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. “The City of Austin is proud to support a project that reduces emission levels in our community, provides energy during hot summer days when it is needed most and promotes new technologies that future generations can benefit from.” Continue reading

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ComEd files 10-year, $2.6-billion smart grid program for Illinois (EcoSeed.org)

Illinois power utility Commonwealth Edison Company, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, filed a 10-year, $2.6-billion infrastructure investment plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission, which includes a $233-million plan dedicated for system upgrades and smart grid technologies in 2012.

Lined up for the 2012 investment plan was a smart grid “test bed” to provide entrepreneurs with onsite locations for testing smart grid technologies and services. This will be located in the Innovation Corridor consisting of the nine municipalities of Bellwood, Berwyn, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Oak Park, River Forest and a portion of the City of Chicago, specifically the Humboldt Park area.

“The Innovation Corridor has been extremely valuable in validating concepts, products and customer needs and interests factored into our grid modernization program, so it will provide a perfect platform for the testing of new concepts that our Test Bed applicants are working to bring to life,” said ComEd’s senior vice president of customers operations Fidel Marquez. Continue reading

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Vestas acquires rollout of 616 MW worth of wind turbine orders in Dec. 2011 (EcoSeed.org)

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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Top 10 Sustainability Books of 2011

  1. Green Project Management
  2. Cradle to Cradle
  3. Green to Gold
  4. Confessions of a Radical Industrialist
  5. Necessary Revolution
  6. Hot, Flat, and Crowded
  7. When the Rivers Run Dry
  8. Mid-Course Correction
  9. The Sustainability Revolution
  10. Energy Systems Engineering


The results are in!  These are the Top 10 Books on Sustainability for 2011 as voted by you.  Thanks to everyone who participated. Continue reading

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Top 20 Books on Sustainability

The results are in!  Click here to see the Top 10 Sustainability Books for 2011.

Here are the top sustainability books for 2010 as ranked by the blog readers of CaelusGreenRoom.

#1 – Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America (Thomas Friedman)

Thomas L. Friedman’s phenomenal number-one bestsellerThe World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see the world in a new way. In his brilliant, essential new book, Friedman takes a fresh and provocative look at two of the biggest challenges we face today: America’s surprising loss of focus and national purpose since 9/11; and the global environmental crisis, which is affecting everything from food to fuel to forests. In this groundbreaking account of where we stand now, he shows us how the solutions to these two big problems are linked–how we can restore the world and revive America at the same time. Continue reading

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7 Tips to Green your Flooring

Flooring products are made of a wide variety of materials, ranging from eco-friendly materials such as sustainably harvested wood, bamboo and stone, to less friendly products such as laminates and linoleum. 

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

✔ Choose an environmentally friendly type of flooring – There are many different flooring options available in the market.  Below is a description of some of the most common.

  • Green Carpeting – There are green carpeting options available in the market.  Look for carpets made from natural fibers, such as wool or jute or with a high content of recycled synthetic fibers. Continue reading
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GM deploys a Tracking Solar Tree®

Source: http://www.abcactionnews.com

(3BL Media / the CSRfeed) Warren, MI – November 17, 2011 – General Motors is introducing a solar charging canopy that moves with the sun. The Tracking Solar Tree® is located at GM Company Vehicle Operations.

“We are constantly looking for places where we can add a renewable focus,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “This solar tree is an ideal addition because not only does it provide a space to charge our electric vehicles, but it’s another step in our journey toward cleaner energy use.”

The Tracking Solar Tree, built in America by Envision Solar, features a hybrid multi-axis tracking design which enables the entire canopy to track the sun, increasing clean renewable energy production by about 25 percent. This structure will produce up to 30,000 kilowatt hours a year and provide enough solar energy to charge six electric vehicles per day. Continue reading

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Energy Harvesting on Portable Electronics to be a $235 Million market by 2015

Energy harvesting is the conversion of ambient energy to usable electrical energy for purposes of powering portable electrical devices that in many cases rely heavily on batteries.  The applications for energy harvesting technologies are as diverse as the variety of products that use batteries today, ranging from consumer electronics and personal accessories to medical devices, automotive systems, and military equipment.  According to a new report from Pike Research, unit shipments for energy harvesting enabled devices will experience strong growth over the next few years, increasing from 29.3 million units in 2010 (mostly kinetic wristwatches and wireless sensor networks) to 235.4 million units by 2015 (comprising a much greater diversity of consumer and industrial applications).

“The adoption of energy harvesting technologies is being driven by both convenience and economic factors,” says Pike Research president Clint Wheelock.  “As the capabilities and cost of the technology improves, energy harvesting will be an increasingly attractive alternative to traditional batteries for a wide range of consumer and industrial applications.” Continue reading

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