This week in renewable energy: 9/6/13

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.

Community-building and global good

  • The Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Virginia will soon derive 10% of its power from the sun, thanks to backing from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The US government has been embracing solar power— not only does it save budgets, but it also contributes to national energy independence. In fact, the largest solar power system in Virginia is located at the Norfolk Naval Station. (The Roanoke Times)
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    By U.S. Navy photo by Rick Naystatt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Cities are saving money with solar, too. Monona, Wisconsin will install solar arrays on four public buildings. Their partnership with an investment company means the city will receive all the renewable energy credits resulting from the systems, but they won’t be responsible for installation or maintenance. The city expects to save $9,000 in the first year alone, and officials plan to continue to expand their renewable energy capability. (Wisconsin State Journal)
  • In India, solar-powered “water ATMs” will provide clean water. This is just another example of how renewable energy is improving lives across the globe. (Yale Environment 360)
  • Inner city neighborhoods The energy efficient Blue Hills Business Center provides job training and career opportunities in the neighborhood. The Center will even collect and reuse rain water. (The Kansas City Star)
  • When low-income households receive free solar power systems, it’s a win-win: families save money on energy, and neighborhoods benefit from going green. (The Daily Beast)

We envision a world where families, regardless of income, can have access to clean power and bills they can afford. For us we are really about solutions and it’s about solving a problem one family at a time, one rooftop at a time. –Erica Mackie

Bright ideas

  •  A recent study released by Environmental Entrepreneurs shows that green job creation is a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy economic landscape. In fact, in the second quarter of 2013, 38,600 clean energy jobs were created.
  • President Obama joined leaders of six Nordic nations in agreeing that “an ambitious, comprehensive, fair, and inclusive climate agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2015 that is consistent with science, mindful of the two degree target, and applicable to all.” (Environment News Service)
  • Solar power will help Zimbabwe deal with power shortages. (The Herald)

A sign of the times

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By Simeon87 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Las Vegas’ welcome sign will soon be solar powered. Viva Las Vegas! (KLAS)

What do you think was the most important renewable energy story this week? Share your insights and thoughts below or by email.

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