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Green Energy News for 04-01-2012

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Nokia: the Sun Can`t Charge Your Phone View Articles
itwbennett writes "Nokia`s research into solar-powered cell phones ended with a (barely audible) thud. Under the best of conditions researchers were able `to harvest enough energy to keep the phone on standby mode but with a very restricted amount of talk time,` Nokia wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the prototype phone, which had a solar panel on the back cover, performed better in Kenya than in other testing locations, like southern Sweden and the Arctic Circle." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Nokia: Phone Charging Using Solar Power Comes with Many Challenges View Articles
Charging a mobile phone by simply using a solar charging panel on the back cover is possible but challenging, Nokia has concluded after ending a research project on the subject.
Dark energy: The ultimate source of energy not a good alternative energy View Articles
Many crackpot physicists claim that they have discovered ways to generate power for the dark energy field, otherwise known as zero-point energy.
Green Mail View Articles
Australian Greens leader Bob Brown says fossil fuel industry attacks on a government loan scheme for renewable energy projects are "a bit rich" given the massive subsidies they get.
Renewable Sources Continue Explosive Growth View Articles
According to the most recent issue of the "Monthly Energy Review" by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through September 30, 2011, renewable energy sources continue to expand rapidly while substantially outpacing the growth rates of fossil fuels and nuclear power.
Latin America Report: U.S. Solar Company Looks to Mexico and Beyond View Articles
Latin America is revered for its solar resource. Concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) is seen as a promising technology because of its ability to further harness that solar power. Now, an American-based CPV company is working to bring large-scale developments south of the U.S. border.
TVA Dedicates 43 kW Solar Funded by Voluntary Program View Articles
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dedicated two solar sites located in Huntsville, Alabama and Dyer, Tennessee, which began generating solar power in early December. The solar projects include a 23 kW installation at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, and a 19.7 kW installation at Gibson County High School, located in Dyer.
San Francisco PUC Approves Green Power Program View Articles
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) approved the CleanPowerSF community choice program, which is expected to begin as early as July 2012. Community choice aggregation is a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services.
OSU Commits to Wind Power View Articles
Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) announced a 20 year power purchase agreement to provide wind power for OSU`s Stillwater, Oklahoma campus. OG&E will contract with NextEra Energy to build a 60 megawatt (MW) wind farm near Blackwell, Oklahoma to support the OSU wind project. OSU expects the wind power agreement to help meet the current and future power demands, while optimizing the university`s energy cost savings.
Green-e Reports 23% Increase in Certified Green Power Sales View Articles
Center for Resource Solutions released its 2010 Green-e Verification Report, which highlights Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy and carbon offset sales in 2010. The report also highlights organizations participating in Green-e Marketplace, which allows participating organizations to use the Green-e logo. The Green-e Verification Report shows a 23 percent increase in total Green-e Energy retail sales in 2010, equivalent to more than 23 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy generation.
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