Brazil’s FIFA World Cup this week will highlight both solar energy and ongoing energy poverty in many countries. Four World Cup stadiums now have 5.4 MW of solar electricity capacity. These include: Belo Horizonte’s Estadio Mineirão (1.4…
Montana appears to be sitting on a state full of potential when it comes to renewable energy.
The American Wind Energy Association ranked Montana third in the country in wind resources, but its position falls to 20th and 21st in number of wind turbines and installed capacity, respectively. The Solar Energy Industries Association’s national database map shows a handful of solar manufacturers, installers and contractors—an amount that beats out few states aside from its neighbors North and South Dakota.
If the state continues lagging in clean energy deployment, it could miss out on a stronger employment base. According to a new study from Synapse Energy Economics, prepared for the Montana Environmental Information Center and Sierra Club, Montana could supply more than 4,000 renewable energy jobs by 2030. It’s the first report of its kind for Montana.
“This report shows us that by investing in energy efficiency upgrades, solar and wind generation, we can create strong, family-wage careers for Montanans,” said Marty Wilde, CEO and principal engineer at WINData LLC. “Our local potential is vast: We have some of the nation’s best wind resources. Montana can use its own sustainable natural resources such as wind to create in-state jobs and build businesses.
“It’s time for Montana to further invest in and expand our renewable energy sectors.”
According to the report, small commercial and residential solar power creates the largest job impact per average megawatt with 9.2 jobs per year, followed by large-scale industrial photovoltaics (PV), energy efficiency installations and wind energy. Energy efficiency creates the most jobs for every dollar invested at the installation stage, good for a rate of 11 job-years per $1 million of investment.
“It is important that development of Montana’s wind and energy resources moves forward,” said Ben Basom, a spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. “Not only will we create hundreds of family wage careers for Montanans during construction, but we will also create many more sustaining indirect jobs as a result. We invest a lot of resources to produce the highest-skilled and most productive workforce in the industry – we have that workforce in Montana, ready to get started.”
Montana was one of several states in which a legislator tried to pass an American Legislative Exchange Council-sponsored standard last year to curtail the growth of renewable energy. In the case of State Sen. Debby Barrett (R-Dillion), Senate Bill 31 would have altered the definition of a renewable energy project and the type of project that would qualify for benefits.
Despite Montana’s middle-of-the-pack rankings, wind development alone has yielded $1.5 billion in capital investment, $23 million in property taxes collected and about $1.5 million annually in lease payments to landowners since 2005′s Montana’s Renewable Power Production and Rural Economic Development Act was enacted, according to Gov. Steve Bullock’s office.
Additionally, Environment America listed Billings as a “solar beginner” in its list of “shining cities” at the forefront of a solar revolution. The new study from the Sierra Club and Montana Environmental Information Center suggests that more is possible.
“This report confirms that Montana is ideally positioned to be a clean energy leader nationally and in our region,” said Jack Isbell, a solar installer with Solar Montana in Helena. “We’ve already seen rapid industry growth as more Montanans install solar on their homes and businesses.
“In the next 20 years, the growth of clean energy will only continue. Investing in more clean energy resources will create sustainable careers for Montanans that will bolster our economy, fulfill the demand for clean energy from consumers in neighboring states and meet the newly proposed federal carbon pollution standards.”
A new report from NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, could help spur the development of more utility scale concentrating solar power plants with thermal energy storage features while boosting the market for solar cells, too. The report…
When combining all of the world’s countries, 18 percent of the world’s electricity consumption comes from renewable sources. A global agency estimates that amount could be doubled in a little more than 15 years while saving a combined $740 billion per year in the process.
The latest study, REmap 2030, from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that amping up renewables to constitute 36 percent of the international energy mix would more than offset the costs associated with fossil fuel pollution. It would also reduce the global demand for oil and gas by about 15 percent, and for coal by 26 percent.
Some of the graphics within REmap include annual investment needs and percentage breakdowns in doubling renewables’ share of the world’s TFEC—total final energy consumption—by 2030.
To IRENA, the question isn’t if it can be done, but how investment dollars should be spent to ensure that renewable energy doubling happens.
“The central policy question is this: What energy sources do we want to invest in? Our data shows that renewable energy can help avert catastrophic climate change and save the world money, if all costs are considered,” Adnan Z. Amin, director-general of IRENA, said at the report’s unveiling in New York. “In answering this question, REmap 2030 makes a clear case for renewables. It shows the transition is affordable based on existing technologies, and that the benefits go well beyond the positive climate impact.
“Countries today face a clear choice for a sustainable energy future.”
New Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: NENE), developer of see-through SolarWindow coatings capable of generating electricity on glass and flexible plastics, today released first-ever power modeling estimates of its SolarWindow prototype modules. Engineers estimate that SolarWindow modules could conservatively produce at least ten times the electrical energy of conventional rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems, and in some instances, exceed power performance by as much as 50-fold. SolarWindow modules could also eliminate the equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced by vehicles driving more than 2 million miles per year.
Recently, New Energys largest, high-performance SolarWindow module set a new certified record for generating electricity while remaining see-through; SolarWindow high-performance prototype produced over 50 percent greater power than prior attempts publicized by others of comparable organic photovoltaic (OPV) prototype device architecture, size and design.
Using the independently tested and certified power production data for its SolarWindow modules from the U.S. Department of Energys National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Company engineers have since developed a model for estimating the amount of electrical energy and environmental benefits SolarWindow prototype modules may provide.
In every instance where New Energys high-performance prototype SolarWindow modules have been modeled for performance against todays typical rooftop solar PV module systems, the modeling estimates show significantly greater generation of electrical energy and multiple-fold environmental benefits.
By way of illustration, the Company model estimates show that when installed on all four sides of a 50-story building in:
- Phoenix, Ariz. SolarWindow modules could generate enough electricity to power 130 homes each year. Todays rooftop systems could only produce enough for 3 to 11 homes per year.
- Amarillo, Texas SolarWindow modules could provide the equivalent of avoiding the CO2 emissions produced by vehicles driving over 2.2 million miles each year. Todays rooftop systems could only avoid the equivalent CO2 emissions produced from 49,000 to 180,000 miles of vehicle miles per year.
- Miami, Floa. – SolarWindow modules could generate over 1.3 million kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy. Todays rooftop systems could only generate from 28,000 to 102,000 kWh.
- Denver, Colo. SolarWindow modules could provide the equivalent reductions in CO2 emissions produced by as much as 770 acres of forest sequestering CO2. Todays rooftop systems could only provide the equivalent CO2 reductions produced by 20 to 70 acres of forest sequestering CO2.
(New Energys summary estimates are rounded. View actual model estimates at: www.newenergytechnologiesinc.com/powermodel.)
“High power output and meaningful environmental benefits are among the most important drivers for our potential commercial customers, strategic partners, and end consumers,” explained Mr. John Conklin, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. “We now have a model that estimates SolarWindowT module performance in these key areas, and compares these estimates to today’s conventional rooftop solar PV module systems.”
“Importantly, we’ve long believed in the electrical power production and environmental benefits of applying our see-through SolarWindowT coatings to the many acres of glass windows on all four sides of commercial tall towers and skyscrapers, rather than relying on limited rooftop space available for today’s conventional solar PV rack-mounted systems. Our decision to pursue vast glass surfaces on buildings to create environmentally friendly energy producing power plants shows its benefits in our latest modeled estimates.”
Today’s modeled estimates were developed exclusively by New Energy Technologies’ engineers and researchers. The Company’s internal teams modeled their calculations based on results of independent testing and certification of its record-setting SolarWindowT high-performance modules by the NREL Device Performance Measurement Laboratory. The Device Performance group is one of only two laboratories in the world to hold an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 accreditation for primary reference cell and secondary module calibration, in addition to accreditation for secondary reference cell calibration under American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards.
SolarWindowT is currently under development for eventual commercial deployment in the estimated 80 million detached homes in America and more than five million commercial buildings. The technology is the subject of 42 patent filings, and researchers are on track to advance SolarWindowT towards full-scale commercial manufacturability – a near-term goal.
To view photographs of New Energy’s latest high performance SolarWindowT modules, click here.
New Energy Technologies’ Proprietary Power Production Model (Power Model) uses Photovoltaic (PV) modeling calculations that are consistent with renewable energy practitioner standards for assessing, evaluating and estimating renewable energy for a PV project. The Power Model estimator takes into consideration building geographic location, solar radiation for flat-plate collectors (SolarWindowT irradiance is derated to account for 3600 building orientation and vertical installation), climate zone energy use and generalized skyscraper building characteristics when estimating PV power and energy production, and carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents. Actual power, energy production and CO2 equivalents modeled may vary based upon building-to-building situational characteristics and varying installation methodologies.
About New Energy Technologies, Inc.
New Energy Technologies, Inc., together with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a developer of next generation alternative and renewable energy technologies. Among the Companys technologies under development is:
* SolarWindow technologies, which generates electricity on see-through glass and flexible plastics with colored tints popular to skyscraper glass. Unlike conventional systems, SolarWindow can be applied to all four sides of tall towers, generating electricity using natural and artificial light conditions and even shaded areas. SolarWindow uses organic materials, which are dissolved into liquid, ideal for low-cost high-output manufacturing. New Energys SolarWindow is the subject of 42 patent applications.
Through established relationships with universities, research institutions, and commercial partners, we strive to identify technologies and business opportunities on the leading edge of renewable energy innovation. Unique to our business model is the use of established research infrastructure owned by the various institutions we deal with, saving us significant capital which would otherwise be required for such costs as land and building acquisition, equipment and capital equipment purchases, and other start-up expenses. As a result, we are able to benefit from leading edge research while employing significantly less capital than conventional organizations.
For additional information, please visit: www.newenergytechnologiesinc.com.
Movers and Shakers in Energy & Sustainability
Eric Wright Facilities Management has appointed Wayne Calland as Energy Manager.
Wayne, 44 from Bolton, has a proven track record in the energy industry and has worked for companies including E-fficient Energy Systems Ltd, Inenco and EDF Energy, specialising in bespoke energy management and carbon reduction strategies.
Working within EWFM’s professional and technical services team, Wayne will provide a variety of energy management services including cost management and utilities procurement, energy management and carbon reduction strategies to existing clients and new business prospects. Read more
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has appointed Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President and Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) to Ericsson’s Global Leadership team, effective May 7, 2014. In addition, Weidman-Grunewald will also assume the role as Head of Ericsson Response, which will become part of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility.
Richard Round, the former chief financial officer at Aquamarine Power, will take the helm at hydroelectric firm Green Highland Renewables. Round spent four years at Aquamarine, prior to which he was acting chief executive at Novera Energy. He has now been appointed as chief executive officer at the Perth-based hydro firm, which specialises in small-scale ventures.
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