Archive for the ‘Renewable Energy’ Category

 
 
Charging Stations For Electric Cars Along New Jersey’s Highways
March 2nd, 2011    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

A bill to set up charging stations for electric cars along the state's toll highways cleared a Senate committee 3-2 this February.

With at least 10 all-electric and 10 hybrid models expected to come in the next 2 years, New Jersey is in need of charging stations.

The stations are key to cutting environmental pollution, increasing new electric car models sales, and reducing U.S. foreign-oil dependency.

The estimated cost will be around $6,000 per unit, and the state is trying to figure out from where to get funding. Charging stations are a necessity once that cars are launched, since the operate on batteries and those do run out.

If approved, transit would have a year to build the stations. Some of the propose locations include New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, and the Atlantic City Expressway.

 
 
 
 
Green Energy Blog: Federal Stimulus Funds for New York Communities
March 29th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Green Construction, Renewable Energy | No Comments »

 

Want to make energy efficient renovations? How about your interest in renewable energy? 

Well, here's a new program that is being proposed to help you get some federal money to finance those energy efficient projects.  Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a new program which is designed to help us finance "energy" saving projects. With PACE not only can you save the earth so to speak, but also save your check book from a quick erosion of your hard-earned money.

PACE allows property owners to pay in increments for their energy efficient investments rather than spending all the money up front. This means that you can begin saving money on energy bills and begin seeing the return before paying for the total cost of implementing an energy savings program.

So how will PACE work?

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Basically as a property owner, if you opt to use PACE, you would agree to an incremental cost to your property taxes for a period of up to 20 years. Property owners do not incur any upfront costs and they benefit from seeing a saving on their energy bill which may exceed the surcharge on their property tax. If a property owner sells the property, this additional cost is transferred to the new property owner.

If homeowners are able to undertake these energy efficiency renovations on a national scale, they could collectively save $21 billion by 2020, as outlined in the OnEarth article mentioned above.  Most residential energy efficiency upgrades can be done in less than a day – and can cut home energy usage by up to 40 percent. Because homes contribute about 20 percent of the country’s climate emissions, these retrofits represent a significant environmental impact in additional to the financial savings homeowners will enjoy.

 
 
 
 
Green Energy Blog: No to Offshore Wind Farms on Lake Ontario
March 19th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Renewable Energy, Wind Energy | No Comments »

 

Lake Ontario brings to mind sailing, fishing, pristine waters, and wind! Yes, wind. That means that Lake Ontario has opportunity for the creation of wind energy. According to Richard Kessel, New York Power Authority (NYPA) CEO, the creation of an offshore wind farm would allow the US to reduce it's dependency on OPEC and reduce the usage of fossil fuels.

But legislators of one county to whom Kessel was appealing to couldn't be swayed although Kessel attempted to clear misconceptions and illustrate the benefits of an offshore wind farm.

And what was the reason that the legislators weren't convinced even though the creation of an offshore wind farm may create hundreds of jobs?

Legislators felt that the creation of  an offshore wind farm on Lake Ontario would cripple "tourism economy". Not to mention the loss of  "property value" on the waterfront!

Hmmm! Can't have the economy improve at the expense of the view can we???

 
 
 
 
Green Construction Blog: Solar 4 All; New Jersey’s Leadership in Creating Renewable Energy
March 15th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Green Construction, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy | 1 Comment »

 

Did you know that New Jersey was the 2nd largest producer of solar-generated power in the country in 2007? Yep, with 70K kilowatts of solar-generated power, New Jersey was 2nd only to California which produced over 528 K kilowatts of solar power. This according to statistics published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) in New Jersey announced a program which would double New Jersey's solar output by 2013. This program is called the SOLAR 4 ALL program in which four solar farms will be built in New Jersey. These solar farms would be built in Trenton, Hamilton, Edison and Linden. The New Jersey PS&G also plans to install thousands of solar panels which will be on pole-mounted utilities.

How much solar power is this new program expected to generate? Over 80,000 kilowatts or enough to power 64,000 homes!

According to New Jersey officials, this may well be the largest installation of solar panels in the world.

Wouldn't it be great if every state implemented a SOLAR 4 ALL program? Think of all the energy we'd be able to save by utilizing earth's most renewable energy.

 

 
 
 
 
Green Energy Blog: Office Windows as Solar Power Generators?
March 10th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Green Construction, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy | No Comments »

 

Office windows as solar power generators? That's just what the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) located in New York plans to do.

Anna Dyson, the head honcho at CASE states that tall buildings have windows with large surface areas which provide a lot of surface to generate power from captured sun's rays. By using a technology called ‘integrated concentrating dynamic solar façade’, a grid of clear pyramids are inserted on a window. These pyramids contain a lens which can focus sunlight onto a highly efficient solar cell by over 400 times intensity. What these pyramids do is they rotate to follow the sun throughout the day and generate the electricity to heat, cool, or light buildings. And these solar cells have a fluid around them to cool them off which also captures the heat that didn't convert into electricity which can also be used for heating or cooling a building.

Of course this technology is expensive and so its implementation may be cost-prohibitive. But someone out there will be sure to create a more cost-effective version of it not too long from now, I'm sure.
 

 

 
 
 
 
Green Energy Blog: Renewable Energy Fuel Cells from Bloom Energy
February 28th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Alternative Energy, Electricity, Renewable Energy | 2 Comments »

 

Check out the Bloom Energy Server, a new electrical fuel-cell which creates electrical energy by converting a mix of oxygen and fuel without combustion and with very low carbon emissions. Bloom Energy, the company that created this Energy Server says that "a single cell (one 100mm × 100mm metal alloy plate between two ceramic layers) generates 25 watts of Energy".

Bloom's Energy Server is a power generator which produces clean and affordable electricity on a customer's site. Fuel cells are devices which convert fuel into electricity through an electro-chemical process. This is cleaner than combustion and requires lower cost materials instead of precious metals of acids.

Bloom's Energy Servers are simple and easy to install with support from Bloom Energy. The company claims that these Energy Servers:

  • Lower energy costs
  • Save the environment
  • Save money

If these are affordable as well as easy to install, we should be seeing a spate of Renewable Energy implementations across the world. Right??
 

 
 
 
 
Green Energy Blog: How Businesses Can Produce Their Own Renewable Energy in New York
February 25th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Alternative Energy, Electricity, Renewable Energy | No Comments »

 

Very interesting. A new bill passed in NY is a big win for creating renewable energy systems through net metering. Net metering is when electricity customers can sell excess electricity back to their local utility. Governor Paterson announced the passage of the new bill and said that it will help them achieve their clean energy goals.

Click here to learn the details of this Net Metering Bill

 
 
 
 
Green Energy Blog: Google Search to Google Energy
February 24th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Electricity, Renewable Energy | No Comments »

 

Google Energy, a subsidiary of Google has just gained approval from the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) to buy and sell electricity. So Google is now a utility company too.

So Google Energy has the rights to sell energy at "market-based rates". 

So Google can not only sell electricity but to also manage its own energy costs better. Google hasn't been shy in stating that it wants to become a "carbon-neutral" company. After they filed with the FERC, Google communicated its desire for "access to affordable renewable energy".
 
So Google crosses over from technology to energy. Next step for Google? Space missions perhaps?

 
 
 
 
Green Energy Blog: 10 Million Solar Panels in 10 Years?
February 9th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy | No Comments »

 

Are we ready for solar rooftops? Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced legislation that will encourage the installation of these 10 million solar panels within the next 10 years on rooftops of homes and businesses

Sanders said a recent report shows that solar power could help make every state more energy independent if solar units were installed on available rooftop space, because every state can meet 10 percent or more of its electricity needs just through rooftop solar.

The proposed bill is called the "10 Million Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Water Heating Act of 2010". The bill would authorize rebates to cover the cost of the installations.

Sanders states that by expanding solar power, the United States can minimize its dependence on foreign oil and can help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as create "Green Jobs".
 
Sanders is right. I also agree that solar power can help us all become more energy independent. The bill appears to be address an issue that we as a country face. I'd be curious to see how it evolves and how new jobs may be created as a result of it.

 
 
 
 
Green Energy Blog: EPA’s 2009 List of Top 10 Green Power Partners
January 27th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Electricity, Renewable Energy | No Comments »

 

I love reading stuff like this. It makes me believe that we are truly doing something significant to save our earth. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that their "Green Power Partners" program (in 2009) increased their green power commitments by over 1.5 billion killowatt-hours.

So what's the Green Power Partners program?

The Green Power Partner program includes Fortune 500 companies as well as local and national government agencies, universities and colleges. According to the EPA.org website "Their annual green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide."

Overall, the Green Power Partners are buying 18 billion KWh, "equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from electricity use of more than 1.6 million average American homes" according to the EPA.

So the following are the top 10 green energy partners in 2009:

1. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) – 51% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (1.4 billion KWh come from green power).

2. Kohl's Department Store (NYSE:KSS) – 100% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (1.3 billion KWh come from green power).

3. Pepsi Co. (NYSE:PEP) – 100% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (1.2 billion KWh come from green power).

4. Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFMI) – 105% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (790 million KWh come from green power).

5. City of Houston Texas – 34% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (438 million KWh come from green power).

6. Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) – 129% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (431 million KWh come from green power).

7. The Pepsi Bottling Group (NYSE:PBG) – 100% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (426 million KWh come from green power).

8. Cisco Systems ( NASDAQ:CSCO) – 46% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (400 million KWh come from green power).

9. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – 40% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (400 million KWh come from green power).

10. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) – 34% of its total electricity comes from clean energy sources (386 million KWh come from green power)

So why should your company become a Green Power Partner?

Here are a few of the benefits offered by the EPA to their Green Power Partners:

  • Expert advice – Save time and money cause the EPA will help your company identify the types of green power products that best meet your organization’s goals.
     
  • Credibility – Pretty clear that when you partner with EPA you gain credibility for your green power purchase.
     
  • Publicity and recognition – Visibility. Who doesn't want that? EPA Partners gain positive attention and are able to differentiate their company and brand from their competition.

So check EPA's Green Power Partner program out. It's the right thing to do!