Is Renewable Energy Worth It?

Clean energy has become a priority for many countries throughout the world. These countries are working to reduce their negative impact on the environment by cutting down on the emissions that they produce and distancing themselves from fossil-fuels, such as oil and coal. Some are doing so for environmental purposes, hoping to mitigate the effects of climate change, while others are focusing on the economic prospects of clean energy. New forms of power are not inexpensive, however, and the cost of renewable energy may be offsetting its viability. Clean technology…

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Landfill gas facility to double its power

Waste-to-energy plant will produce more electricity for businesses and homes. The Waste Management Columbia Ridge Landfill and Recycling Center, a landfill gas power plant south of Arlington, Oregon, will be doubling its capacity, enabling it to generate more power for Seattle businesses and homes that are 260 miles away. An estimated 2 million tons of garbage is handled by the landfill plant annually. Of the 2 million tons of trash that the Columbia Ridge Landfill and Recycling Center receives every year, about one third of it comes from Seattle Public…

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Hydrogen fuel cells to power homes in the UK through pilot project

Pilot project aims to examine the viability of fuel cells A new pilot project is being launched by property managers in the United Kingdom. Your Housing, Rykneld Homes, Housing 21, and South Essex Homes have come together to put hydrogen fuel cells to use in the residential sector.  These energy systems have seen a small amount of use as residential energy systems outside of Japan. The pilot project aims to examine the viability of these energy systems and how they could be used to reduce energy consumption. Interest in fuel…

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NRG Energy to focus on bringing solar energy to homeowners

NRG Energy announces plans to acquire Roof Diagnostics Solar NRG Energy, a leading energy company based in the U.S., has taken steps to begin playing a larger role in the rooftop solar power sector. The company has announced its plans to acquire Roof Diagnostics Solar, one of the largest installers of rooftop solar energy systems in the U.S. The terms of the acquisition have not yet been released to the public, but the acquisition itself shows that NRG Energy is beginning to focus more heavily on bringing solar power systems…

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SolarCity teams with Best Buy to make solar energy more accessible

SolarCity will now sell its solar panels through Best Buy stores nationwide SolarCity, a leading solar power developer, has announced that it has partnered with Best Buy in order to begin selling its solar panels throughout the retailer’s stores across the country. SolarCity has managed to establish a commanding presence in the solar sector through its aggressive programs designed to make solar power more accessible to consumers. The company was among the first to introduce leasing programs that offset the upfront costs associated with the purchase and installation of photovoltaic…

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Five energy efficient building materials for 2014

2014 is expected to be the deciding year for green building industry The ongoing expansion of green commercial real estate construction will be more apparent this year. Energy efficient homes will become the norm, inundating the real estate industry like never before. The growing stress to build energy efficient homes will obviously have a telling effect on the demand of energy efficient building materials. Here are the six cutting edge building materials that will remain in-demand in 2014. Its been a year or more since green building hit the mainstream.…

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Rooftop solar energy gains momentum in the US

Rooftop systems are becoming more popular among homeowners In many parts of the world, solar energy typically finds a home on the rooftops of homes and businesses. These are small scale photovoltaic systems that are designed to serve as a localized energy source. Large scale projects have become quite popular as well, but have experienced relatively slow growth because of their high cost. In the U.S., rooftop solar energy systems are showing much more potential than their large scale counterparts, according to a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National…

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Make the Right Decision: 7 Questions to Ask Before Going Solar

Solar power has recently begun to emerge as a valuable investment for homes and businesses alike… promising greater efficiency, a lower carbon footprint and reduced overall energy costs. However, if you are shopping for solar power solutions on a budget, it is important to note that quality is far more important than getting the lowest price. Follow the advice outlined in this article to ensure that you get the most out of your solar power investment. 1. Is your location a good choice for solar power? Before purchasing or installing…

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Renewable energy utility gains a surge of new customers in the UK

Consumers seek out renewable energy in order to avoid higher electricity prices Ecotricity, an English renewable energy company based in the United Kingdom, recently announced a rate freeze until the beginning of 2014. According to this initiative, the energy company would not charge more for the electricity it produces than it already is. This electricity is provided to thousands of households and businesses throughout the United Kingdom and Ecotricity is considered one of the largest renewable energy providers in the country, as well as its first 100% renewable energy utility.…

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Heating Your Home: How a Government Scheme Could Prevent the Winter Chills

A recent report has revealed that the average annual energy bill of joint gas and electric charges is set to rise to around £1,560 – double the amount it was 9 years ago. With the price of living costs increasing, households worry about how they’ll make ends meet every month. It’s especially difficult for elderly and vulnerable people, who are more susceptible to illness, sometimes even scrimping on food in order to fund their heating bills. It is no wonder Ed Miliband’s declaration to freeze energy prices for two years…

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Japan begins embracing solar energy and hydrogen fuel cells

Homeowners are opting for solar energy systems and hydrogen fuel cells Nearly two and a half years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, homeowners are beginning to turn away from energy utilities and relying on more reliable sources of electrical power. Tens of thousands of Japanese homeowners are focusing on solar energy and hydrogen fuel cells in order to receive the electricity they need. These homeowners have been expressing a lack of confidence in the country’s utilities and Japan’s continued interest in nuclear power. Fukushima disaster promotes reliance on…

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Fuel cells make progress in Germany’s residential sector

Fuel cells becoming more common as residential energy systems Residential energy has taken a step forward in Germany this week thanks to fuel cell technology developed by Elcore. The company specializes in designing highly efficient fuel cells that can be used for various purposes, including powering homes and businesses. This week, The Aberl family activated one of the company’s acclaimed Elcore 2400 fuel cells in their four-bedroom home located near Munich. The fuel cell is capable of handling the family’s base load energy needs, producing 300 watts of electrical power…

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Bloom Energy to form hydrogen fuel joint venture in Japan

Hydrogen fuel partnership

Asian market proves attractive to hydrogen fuel cell developers Bloom Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has been working to expand the adoption of its line of solid oxide fuel cells. These types of fuel cells are typically used for industrial purposes, but have grown more popular as residential energy systems. Over the past few years, Bloom Energy has been able to supply these fuel cells to prominent consumers throughout the U.S. Now, the company is preparing itself to enter into foreign markets, hoping to find success outside…

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SolarCity brings solar energy to military homes in Hawaii

Solar Energy - military solar homes in Hawaii

Solar energy to power homes at Island Palm Communities SolarCity, a leading solar energy company, has announced its intent to bring 12.8 megawatts of solar energy to Island Palm Communities on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Island Palm Communities is military community offering housing to those enlisted in the U.S. Army. The military has become a strong supporter of renewable energy in recent years, funding a multitude of projects concerning the use of solar power and other forms of clean energy. SolarCity has been a part of the military’s endeavors…

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CFCL to offer fuel cells for free in the UK

CFCL - UK Fuel Cells

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited launches ambitious new campaign Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (CFCL), a developer of solid oxide fuel cells, has announced an ambitious new campaign to help promote the adoption of fuel cell energy systems. Hydrogen fuel cells are typically the most popular type of fuel cell that consumers are aware of, but fuel cells come in a variety of forms that cater to different purposes. Solid oxide fuel cells, for instance, are usually larger fuel cell systems that are widely used throughout the industrial sector. These same fuel…

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Ceres Power to develop domestic fuel cells in South Korea

South Korea - Fuel Cells

Fuel cells could see domestic use in South Korea Ceres Power, a developer of hydrogen fuel cell products, has announced that it has signed a commercial and technical agreement with KD Navien, the largest manufacturer and installer of boilers in South Korea. KD Navien is responsible for the majority of the boilers that are used by consumers throughout South Korea and exports these boilers to other large markets outside of the country. Together, the two companies will work to develop a fuel cell system that can be used in homes…

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