FLS Energy, recently ranked the 46th fastest growing company in the US by INC Magazine, will be moving from their Amboy Road HQ to Roberts Street, in the "heart of the River-Arts District". President, Dale Freudenberge has stated "In the end, it came down to which property would best meet the needs of our employees: a central location, a connection to…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 29, 2011 at 3:24pm — No Comments
Blacksburg,SC may soon be the home to a 180,000-sq.-ft. solar manufacturing facility. Franchise Investment Group has announced it will invest $18 million in this facility for Global Energy Franchise which will produce panels for residential and commercial customers.
Global plans to hirelocally from the area and conduct job skills training in partnership…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 29, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments
From the Office of the Governor:
Gov. Bev Perdue today announced more than $3.4 million in federal grants are available for North Carolina non-profits and government agencies to recruit AmeriCorps members. Interested non-profits and government agencies that provide tutoring, mentoring, disaster services, environmental stewardship, education on healthy futures, job training and placement and aid to military families should apply.
The N.C. Commission on…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 22, 2011 at 11:37am — No Comments
Following a trade case suit filed against Chinese Solar panel manufacturers by the US Department of Commerce, many companies are shifting production to South Korea, Taiwan and the US. The Department of Commerce filed an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy case against Chinese solar panel manufacturers on Nov. 9. Despite the appearance that these Chinese companies are "gloomy about their chances of winning the case" they have filed a trade case suit of their own against the US.
Added by John H. Duncan on November 21, 2011 at 6:02pm — No Comments
Yesterday from the NYT, Paul Krugman on Fracking: "Economics 101 tells us that an industry imposing large costs on third parties should be required to “internalize” those costs...it’s worth pointing out that special treatment for fracking makes a mockery of free-market principles"
Krugman also tackles why our federal government should continue to support solar energy despite "cries of 'Solyndra!'" from "the entire G.O.P." He states " 'there’s now frequent talk of a ‘Moore’s law’ in…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
A paradigm shift may be approaching for European Utilities. According to research done by Giorgio Busnelli, Venkie Shantaram, and Alice Vatta and published in Mckinsey Quarterly, following the trend of energy consumption a new home in 2020 Europe will consume 90% less energy. In this scenario, profit margins fall by 30% for utilities.…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 3, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments
New survey results from Mckinsey estimate that the clean-tech product market will reach $1.6 trillion by 2020, up from $670 billion in 2010. The Mckinsey survey was a 10 day survey in the Summer of 2011 aimed at executives representing the full range of regions, industries, tenures, company sizes, and functional specialties; They received over 3200 responses.
From the report, "On the whole, respondents report a more well-rounded understanding of sustainability and.. respondents in…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 3, 2011 at 11:40am — No Comments
According to the 2011 SCHOTT Solar Barometer, an annual poll conducted by the Kelton Research firm, 9 out of 10 Americans believe "it is important for the United States to develop and use solar energy". This is for the fourth consecutive year! Also, this survey found that "Eight out of 10 Americans (82 percent) think it is “extremely important” or “somewhat important" for the Federal Government to support US solar manufacturing.
Additionally, the poll also found that "Americans…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 2, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments
GE will open the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the US in Aurora, CO, and will make their new home in a refurbished L'Oreal plant with 280,000-sq.-ft of space. GE plans to expand the facility to 700,000 square feet when it hits 400 MW of capacity. This plant will be in production by 2012 with 355 employees on location with an additional 100 new…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 2, 2011 at 2:49pm — No Comments
Maiden, NC home to Apple's $1-billion data center may be getting a solar farm to boot. Catawba county has issued permits to Apple for "Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded". "Project Dolphin" was said data center in Maiden NC. Apple has not issued any formal announcement or responded to journalistic inquiries from Charlotte Observer.
So far, the permits…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 2, 2011 at 2:43pm — No Comments
In an announcement Monday from the DOE, ASU's entry to the Solar Decathalon has won the People's Choice award! A huge congratulations goes out to them and their hard work in representing both a concept of green building and the cultural heritage of Western North Carolina.
More from The Solar Homestead…Continue
ThinkProgress is reporting that the farm ministry of Japan has "found the first case of rice with radioactive materials far exceeding a government-set level for a preliminary test of pre-harvested crop". This discovery triggers follow up testing for rice harvested from Nihonmatsu city.
This marks the first case of rice tested…
Added by John H. Duncan on September 28, 2011 at 12:21pm — No Comments
Yesterday, High Country Press reported that The Solar Homestead arrived in Washington DC on September 12th, and is working around the clock to get the home competition ready. This entry into the Department of Energy's Solar Decathalon is a point of…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on September 23, 2011 at 2:49pm — No Comments
The BBC has confirmed that Siemens, a huge engineering and industrial firm, will be withdrawing from the nuclear energy industry. CEO Peter Loescher is on record as saying "the clear positioning of German society and politics [is] for a pullout from nuclear energy" and "the chapter for us is closed". Siemens will continue to work in the energy sector and produce parts for conventional power plants. To…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on September 23, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments
In a recent news release from the North Carolina Biotech Center a dozen undergraduate projects have received $60,500!
From the news release:
The Undergraduate Research Fellowships match faculty mentors with science and engineering majors. Students across the state gain real-world research experience through these collaborative projects. For some awardees, these projects are first glimpses at biotechnology careers.
“These grants encourage talented students around the…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on September 8, 2011 at 10:44am — No Comments
GreenNC Symposium and Expo
Durham Marriott City Center
December 8, 2011
You are invited to attend and participate in the GreenNC Conference and Exposition, December 8, 2011, in Durham, NC. Abstracts must be submitted to email@example.com by Monday, August 22, 2011. Candidates chosen as presenters will be notified by e-mail no later than Friday, September 2. …
Added by John H. Duncan on August 17, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
I was excited to be in attendance last Tuesday night for Boone Green Drinks and BREC's update on The Solar Homestead in Boone, NC. This event was the second event focused on The Solar Homestead for Boone Green Drinks and saw an incredible amount of progress between events. This event is the…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on August 15, 2011 at 12:22pm — No Comments
Every year at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, approximately 20-25 interdisciplinary teams of master's students tackle real world environmental projects with a professional client organization.
WHAT IS A MASTER'S PROJECT?
Master's projects are 12-15 month long (begin in March and most are typically completed by the following April) problem-solving experiences conducted by interdisciplinary teams of SNRE Master's degree students as the…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on August 4, 2011 at 3:36pm — No Comments
North Carolina has nearly 80,000 green jobs coming from solar, green building and electric vehicle tech industries. Buncombe county alone has 213 green companies and the Asheville metropolitan area, which includes Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Haywood, has more clean energy companies per capita than elsewhere in NC. This information comes from the NCSEA 2011 Clean Energy Databook, profiled…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on July 19, 2011 at 4:04pm — No Comments
In NCSEA's 2011 Clean Energy Databook, the WNC region has been crowned as No. 1 in the State in renewable energy projects per capita and renewable energy firms per capita. The Asheville Citizen Times spoke with Matt Raker on June 26th on this topic; he claimed "Our region is leading the way in North Carolina with more renewable energy capacity than anywhere else in the state,…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on June 28, 2011 at 10:41am — No Comments