Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy

Renewables accounted for two-thirds of new power added to world’s grids last year, says International Energy Agency

A rooftop covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, outstripping the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time and leading experts to hail a “new era”.
Renewable energy accounted for two-thirds of new power added to the world’s grids in 2016, the International Energy Agency said, but the group found solar was the technology that shone brightest.
New solar capacity even overtook the net growth in coal, previously the biggest new source of power generation. The shift was driven by falling prices and government policies, particularly in China, which accounted for almost half the solar panels installed.

For the rest of the story visit:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/04/solar-power-renewables-international-energy-agency

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CREATE Webinar on The Solar Foundation Career Platform Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:30PM EST

Join us for a free webinar with the Solar Training Network, a workforce development program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. We’ll discuss the benefits the program can provide to solar training providers and students, interesting research on solar training and hiring, as well a new initiative to collect training metrics that you can help with.

The Solar Training Network helps facilitate connections among solar training providers, employers, jobseekers, and workforce development boards. The solar career platform at www.solartrainingUSA.org is a free web platform for training providers and employers to advertise their organization, and mainly serves to help students and jobseekers find training and employment opportunities.

To register for the webinar, email Gabrielle Temple at: Gabrielle.Temple@canyons.edu

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Renewable Energy is Creating US Jobs Twice as Fast as Any Other Industry

Even as some people would like to see a rebirth of the coal industry in the US, it’s renewable energy that keeps generating good news.

Over the next decade, jobs for solar panel installers and wind turbine technicians will grow twice as fast as any other occupation, according to a Bloomberg analysis of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’s biennial employment projections released yesterday.

For the rest of the story visit:  https://qz.com/1111998/renewable-energy-is-creating-us-jobs-twice-as-fast-as-any-other-industry/

Job: Professor of Energy Management and Controls Technology

Valencia College, winner of the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, has a Full Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Member position open for a Professor of Energy Management and Controls Technology. This faculty member will be responsible for teaching courses within our Energy Management and Controls Technology Associate in Science Degree Program, a two-year program that prepares students to go directly into the building automation systems direct digital controls industry. As Professor of Energy Management and Controls Technology, you will also be expected to uphold Valencia College’s vision of being a premier learning college that transforms lives, strengthens community, and inspires individuals to excellence.

Interested candidates please submit an online application on our career site at: https://valenciacollege.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=5213

Monday, November 6, 2017

Names Behind The Numbers

Meet four workers in Wisconsin's clean energy industry, profiled for a new project called Names Behind the Numbers, telling Wisconsin's clean energy worker stories.

Tim Ott (shown on the left) works for DVO, Inc. — an anaerobic digester company located just six miles from his hometown of Hilbert, Wisconsin. He started working for DVO right after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in natural resource management. 

Tim is one of thousands of people across Wisconsin who work in jobs driven by the state’s clean energy and energy efficiency sectors. His profile is the latest in a series being developed by Medium. The project is called Names Behind the Numbers and it seeks to help everyone get to know some of their fellow Wisconsinites for whom these emerging and growing sectors in our state are really important. Some other features include Erik Davidsen (Master Electrician at Staff Electric)Tim Martinez (Solar Construction Manager at EcoPower), and Casey Joyce (Project Manager at SunPeak).  In the posts to come over the course of this project, they'll feature people working in a truly wide range of jobs and companies — from manufacturing to installation to construction to operations and more. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

KidWind Challenge Webinar -Thursday, November 9th

Hello Educators! Are you Interested in participating at a KidWind Challenge? Is it your first time? Scared?!  Don't be! Register for our webinar to learn the basics and see how easy it is to participate. One lucky participant will win a KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kit.

Join us Thursday, November 9th at 2:30 CT.  It will also be recorded if you are busy!

To register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wPtgrTxDSJmxkthPOuFHhA?mc_cid=b22fe58d20&mc_eid=c7ca582778

Monday, October 30, 2017

Webinar: REopt Lite: Sizing Solar+Storage for Savings and Resiliency with NREL's New Tool

Wednesday, November 1, 2-3 pm ET
In this webinar, presenters from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) will introduce the beta version of the lab’s new solar+storage web tool, REopt Lite. This free tool is designed to help building owners and planners quickly and easily evaluate the economics of solar PV and battery storage for their sites.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Energy Storage Solutions for Disaster Recovery and Resilience: How to get Power Back to the Islands
Tuesday, October 24, 1-2:30pm ET

In this webinar, energy storage experts will discuss solar+storage solutions that could support short-term resilience and recovery in a natural disaster. Discussion will specifically address current recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, but we will also look at how solar+storage systems have been used in Florida and the Northeast.

Speakers will include Dan Borneo (Sandia National Laboratories), Dr. Imre Gyuk (U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity), Olaf Lohr (sonnen), and Todd Olinsky-Paul (Clean Energy Group/ Clean Energy States Alliance), with additional speakers to be announced. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tesla is Shipping Hundreds of Powerwall Batteries to Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as much as 97 percent of Puerto Rico remains without power. Tesla is lending a hand by sending hundreds of its Powerwall systems to supply energy.

For the rest of the story visit:  https://futurism.com/tesla-is-shipping-hundreds-of-powerwall-batteries-to-puerto-rico/

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Storm-Ravaged Caribbean Is Eyeing Solar, But It Won’t Come Cheap

From Climate Changed

For Caribbean islands plunged into darkness after hurricanes Irma and Maria, more resilient, small-scale electric systems powered by the sun are looking increasingly attractive. Transforming a grid, though, doesn’t come cheap.

In making the case for so-called microgrids, environmental nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute pointed to solar installations on the Turks and Caicos islands that remained largely intact while the local utility reported more than 1,200 poles down. That was the case on Richard Branson’s Necker Island, too. Even Bruce Walker, the nominee to lead the Energy Department’s electricity office, hailed Puerto Rico’s devastated grid as an opportunity to test technologies that’ll make it more resilient to storms. Governor Ricardo Rossello said Friday that he’s considering microgrids.

For the rest of the story visit:  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-28/storm-ravaged-caribbean-is-eyeing-solar-but-it-won-t-come-cheap