Archive for January 16, 2012

Solar Power is making Science possible in Developing Countries

An innovative project led by a chemistry academic at the University of Southampton is using solar generators to provide IT resources and ‘hands-on’ science for students in developing countries. To read more about this please follow this link: Solar Powered Science

PV Tech Newscast – Jan. 13, 2012

Mortenson Construction releases U.S. solar industry market study

Mortenson Construction today released a new study on the current state of the utility-scale solar industry and the outlook for the future. The report highlights both the significant challenges and promise industry professionals see in solar energy and the ways contractors can most help owners execute successful projects.  It is based on feedback from more than 250 professionals including utilities, developers, independent power producers, financiers, and suppliers. To look at the study please follow this link: Mortenson study pdf

Plastics may help lower cost in PV cells

Plastic materials are being evaluated by several leading research institutions for broadened commercial solar cell applications due to their advantages of significant cost-savings and flexibility. Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar cells use materials such as glass and plastic to concentrate solar radiation onto small, high-efficiency photovoltaic cells. Full article can be found here: Plastic in Solar

State Announces Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program

In addition to the state government projects, the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program will provide financial assistance to local governments, utility districts and private businesses and organizations in Tennessee for a variety of projects using innovative technology to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Eligible categories include:

· Cleaner Alternative Energy – biomass, geothermal, solar, wind

· Energy Conservation – lighting, HVAC improvements, improved fuel efficiency, insulation, idling minimization

· Air Quality Improvement – reduction in greenhouse gases, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, oxides of nitrogen, hazardous air pollutants

A total of $2.25 million will be available in the first round of grants. The maximum grant amount per project is $250,000. Grant applications are available on TDEC’s website atwww.tn.gov/environment/energygrants and will be accepted until March 30, 2012. Recipients are expected to be announced by mid-May.