Every Friday, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.
Here’s what we were reading this week.
Nonprofits, schools, and community groups back solar power
- A k-4 school celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony for its solar array, saving its school district $400,000 in overhead costs. (Echos-Sentinel)
- Low and no-cost solar lighting kits are heading to Samoa. (Radio Australia)
- In Southern California, 90 low-income households will receive budget-saving solar power systems at no cost. (CBS8 San Diego)
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record level. (New York Times)
- Staff at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) received awards for their green ingenuity. Community Renewable Energy has partnered with NREL to study solar power technology, and we applaud their breakthroughs.
- Minnesota’s legislature created a compromised version of their renewable energy mandate. Large utilities will have to derive 1.5% of their energy from solar power rather than 4% (as was originally proposed in the House) or 1% (as the State Senate proposed). We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the bill as it moves through the legislature. (Duluth News Tribune)
- After Massachusetts met its renewable energy goal 4 years early, the state government immediately sets a new goal for solar installations: 1.6 GW total by 2020.
“By working with our legislative and municipal partners throughout the Commonwealth, we have achieved an ambitious goal far ahead of schedule while also supporting the state’s clean energy economy. We will build on this momentum, and continue to invest in renewable energy to lead the nation in this growing industry.” — Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray
- Japan will add 636 MW of solar power by 2015, backed my major corporations, such as Toyota and Mitsubishi. (PV Magazine)
- Dubai’s Sustainable City project could create a community where utility bills are a thing of the past. (Zawya)
- Jeffrey Marlow spoke to Matthew Merfert about the future of solar in the Middle East. (Wired)
While Europe and the United States have traditionally been strong markets for solar power, we have seen growing demand from the Middle East, India, South Africa, China and Japan. — Matthew Merfert
What do you think was the most important solar power story this week? Share your insights and thoughts through comments on this blog or by email.
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