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Renewable Energy Jobs For Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
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
By: CareerCast.com
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
By: CareerCast.com
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
By: CareerCast.com
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
Funding For Bioenergy Research Extended
By: CareerCast.com
The U.S. Department of Energy announced it would fund its three Bioenergy Research Centers for an additional five-year period, subject to continued congressional appropriations. The three Centers —including the BioEnergy Research Center (BESC) led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University, and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—were established by the Department’s Office of Science in 2007 as an innovative program to accelerate fundamental research breakthroughs toward the development of advanced, next-generation biofuels. "Developing the next generation of ... more
Green Energy Can Fuel The Economy
By: CareerCast.com
It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held. The idea that controlling climate pollution helps the economy is not new. Back in 1981, the Solar Energy Research Institute, a national laboratory now known as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, published a study that said the same thing. It showed that over the next 20 years, “through efficiency, the U.S. can achieve a full employment economy and increase worker productivity, while reducing national energy ... more
Opportunities and Challenges in the 2012 New England Solar Market
By: CareerCast.com
The New England solar market is extremely strong. But even with these strong existing players, there is still room for more competition and new players enter every day. With that said, there are number of opportunities and risks that have the ability to impact industry growth and profits. In December and January, I spent a lot of time talking with a long list of HeatSpring alumni in small, medium and large solar firms to see what the industry is viewing as opportunities and potential risks. While I cannot and would not share exactly what I heard, here is what I ... more
Tax Credit To Boost Wind Power Opportunities
By: CareerCast.com
General Electric Co., the nation's biggest supplier of wind turbines, expects domestic installations to double next year after the renewal of a tax credit boosts demand. Wind-farm developers including NextEra Energy Inc. and Invenergy LLC may install 3,000 megawatts to 4,000 megawatts of turbines in the U.S. this year and as much as 7,000 megawatts next year, Anne McEntee, GE's vice president of renewable energy, said in an interview Wednesday. The U.S. added a record 13,124 megawatts of turbines last year, outpacing natural gas installations for the first time, as wind developers raced to complete projects ahead of the Dec. ... more