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Turning The Beautiful Game Into Renewable Energy
By: CareerCast.com
Nearly 1.2 billion people — almost one-fifth of humanity — lack access to reliable electricity. While these two statistics may seem unrelated, they were both trends that Jessica O. Matthews noticed while traveling throughout Nigeria, visiting family and observing the local culture. She decided to do something. What started as a class project while Matthews was attending Harvard University as an undergraduate student in 2008 turned into a full-fledged social enterprise company: Uncharted Play. The company makes "play" products — at the moment, soccer balls and jump ropes — that collect kinetic energy and come equipped with an outlet in ... more
Renewable Energy Growth is Big in 2012
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According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with preliminary data through to December 31, 2012, non-hydro renewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 12.8 percent last year compared to 2011 and provided 5.4 percent of net U.S. electrical generation. Solar increased by 138.9 percent while wind grew 16.6 percent, geothermal by 9.6 percent, and biomass (i.e., wood, wood-derived fuels, and other biomass) by 1.6 percent. Moreover, since 2007, non-hydro renewables have more than doubled their contribution to the nation's electrical supply, according to the report. At the same time (2012 ... more
Three Best Opportunities for Jobs in the Green Energy Sector
By: CareerCast.com
You don't have to have a degree in environmental science or the technical skills to operate a wind turbine to work in the green energy sector. No matter what industry you're interested in or the type of skill set you've developed, you can still pursue a career in the green energy sector. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines a green job as one that produces goods or provides services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. Employees involved in green jobs typically have duties that make their workplace more environmentally friendly. That's a broad definition that covers everything ... more
Challenges With Floating Wind Power
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Wind power is one of the fastest growing electricity sources in the United States. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, wind turbines accounted for 30 percent of all new generating capacity over the past five years. Most of the activity has been on land, and the advent of a new generation of larger, more efficient batteries that can store energy for longer periods and deliver it to the electric grid when needed promises to optimize production. But offshore wind turbines also are in play, and the industry is moving farther offshore. Doing so is the result of objections to ... more
Renewable Energy Jobs For Veterans
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Empower America, a nonprofit coalition that hires U.S. service veterans to construct solar-energy projects featuring American-made solar products, today announced a partnership with SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years. Under the partnership, the solar manufacturer will serve as the primary solar-panel and racking supplier for Empower-America-developed solar projects. Focused in Southern California, the partnership follows a wave of legislation in cities and counties throughout the region that strengthens these governments’ commitments to solar-energy development and job creation for military veterans. The Los Angeles City Council, for example, last week created a new citywide position: veteran ... more
One Energy Company Sees Surge From Solar Power
By: CareerCast.com
At a time when some forecasts for the future of electrical utilities see gloom—volatile fossil fuel prices hiking rates and killing profits while customers wean themselves from the grid in favor of renewables, distributed storage, and smart micro grids—it’s no surprise that some of the 3300 electric utilities in the United States have dug in their heels. Florida’s top electrical utilities, for instance, have reportedly strongly resisted the rise of solar power in the sun-drenched state. Yet a few utilities are actively bucking the industry trend of rising rates and resistance to clean energy. In 2014 alone, for instance, Vermont’s ... more
Ranking States By Green Friendliest
By: CareerCast.com
Sustainable business practices and environmental impact via engineering renewable energy are keys to naming 10 of the greenest states in America, according to Olivet Nazarene University’s engineering department. Using data showing renewable energy production, Maine came in as the No. 1 greenest state, which is able to produce more wind energy than the rest of New England combined. olar energy was a hot topic for Rhode Island and Idaho, coming in at No. 2 and 3, respectively. Solar energy jobs in Rhode Island soared by 62 percent in 2013, while Idaho thrives on geothermal energy resources to produce electricity. In ... more
Solar Installation Grew 76% In 2012
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Solar panel installations in the U.S. grew 76 percent in 2012 as the cost of panels and the surrounding equipment continued to fall, according to an annual report by a solar trade group. Job seekers wanting to break into the burgeoning green technology sector should give solar power special consideration. The U.S. installed panels capable of producing 3,313 megawatts of peak electricity, up from 1,887 megawatts in 2011, the report said. The panels installed last year will generate about the same amount of electricity over a year as a medium-sized coal plant, enough to power 400,000 U.S. homes. Solar grew ... more
Big Investment In Solar Power From Leading Companies
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Reflective of the growing popularity and increasing growth of solar nationwide, many of America’s leading Fortune 100 companies continue to significantly ramp up their use of clean solar energy, according to the 3rd annual Solar Means Business report, which was released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The comprehensive report, which identifies major commercial solar projects and ranks top corporate solar users, shows Walmart at the top of the list for the third year in a row with 105 megawatts (MW) installed at 254 locations. Rounding out the Top 25 companies utilizing solar are Kohl’s, Costco, Apple, IKEA, ... more
Offshore Wind Power Has Potential and A Price Tag
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Wind power developers eyeing California’s renewable energy market are literally floating a novel idea. Seattle-based Trident Winds has filed preliminary environmental documents for a farm of 100 floating wind turbines off California’s central coast, according to reporting this week by the San Jose Mercury News . Trident Winds’ proposal is a longterm bet—startup is probably a decade away according to CEO Alla Weinstein—but it's a vision that sounds less and less like science fiction. Just last week Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil gave the green light to what is likely to be the world’s first floating wind farm, with ... more