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Green Energy News for 06-01-2012

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Thick Dust Alters NASA Mars Rover Plans View Articles
coondoggie writes "NASA`s long-running Mars rover Opportunity is getting ready for the harsh Martian winter, but this year for the first time in its nearly eight-year history it needs a sunnier location to continue its work. NASA said the rover, which depends on solar power for energy, is sitting just south of Mars` equator and has worked through four Martian southern hemisphere winters. Being closer to the equator than its now defunct twin rover, Spirit, Opportunity has not needed to stay on a Sun-facing slope during previous winters but now its solar panels carry a thicker coating of Martian dust than before." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
McDonnell Outlines 2012 Energy Proposals View Articles
Gov. Bob McDonnell is outlining his energy policy initiatives for 2012, including $500,000 to help move along development of wind power off the coast of Virginia.
Youngster`s Bright Idea Draws Storm View Articles
A new way of collecting solar energy has polarized scientists around the world and ignited fierce debate on the Internet, where the innovator in question has been called everything from an alien to the agent of a global conspiracy.
Report: Clean tech investments surged in 2011 View Articles
Despite a weak global economy, investments in clean technology such as solar power and energy efficiency rose 13% worldwide last year and 30% ...
Ill. schools to be offered wind-energy materials View Articles
A partnership between Western Illinois University and Illinois State University will provide classroom materials on wind energy for interested middle and high schools next year.
ET Solar Supplies PV Modules for a Government Solar Project in the UK View Articles
ET Solar Group Corp. , a China-based vertically integrated producer and provider of Photovoltaic modules and related solutions to the global solar market, today announces its supply of 600KW PV modules to various rooftop solar energy systems in the United Kingdom.
No extra tax for Ont. farms` small-scale power plants View Articles
Ontario farmers generating power for the provincial grid through roof-mounted solar panels, small ground-mounted panels or biogas digesters won`t face added property taxes on those installations.
Biofuel cells may turn cockroaches into cyborgs View Articles
The sugars in a cockroach`s belly have been harnessed by a fuel cell and converted into electricity, a big step toward turning insects into cyborgs, scientists are reporting.
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