Tag Archives: green

GMinutes Accepted into the Google App Market


From the Official Google Blog: We’re excited to announce the launch of 10 new apps in the Google Apps Marketplace today, joining the more than 150 installable apps made available to Google Apps domains in the Marketplace since March. Instead of spending today patching operating systems, we invite Google Apps users to explore these new […]

Obama commits billions to solar firms


President Barack Obama, under pressure to spur job growth, said on Saturday two solar energy companies will get nearly $2 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to create as many as 5,000 green jobs. In his weekly radio and Web address, Obama coupled his announcement with an acknowledgment that efforts to recover from the recession are […]

N.J. county going solar with unique financing


From CNET: Morris County, N.J., plans to install 3.2 megawatts of solar panels on county property roofs with the help of some creative financing, the Morris County Improvement Authority (MCIA) announced Wednesday. Self-dubbing it the “Morris Model,” county officials said in a statement that the project was funded with a unique two-prong approach. Part of […]

Smart Grid Technology to Become Multi-Billion Dollar Industry


FROM CNET: Investment in security for smart electrical-grid systems will grow tremendously over the next five years, according to a report released Wednesday by Pike Research. (Credit: CNET) With the U.S. electrical grid–and other national grids worldwide–poised to become smart systems with integrated communications, the possible threat of sabotage has become an obvious concern. To […]

Thinner Solar Panels


From CNET: Stion, one of dozens of companies racing to oust current solar market leaders, has raised $70 million to ramp up production of its thin-film solar cells and modules. The San Jose, Calif.-based start-up said on Wednesday it has raised $50 million from Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which will take a 21 percent […]

Printer Cartridge Freeway


From CNET: It’s no surprise electronic garbage commonly referred to as e-waste is piling up in our nation’s landfills, but the Australian National Park Service has a creative alternative: Repeat Plastics Australia just opened a new bike path made entirely out of excess plastic materials from discarded printer cartridges. The 10.6-mile bike path stretches between […]

Smart-grid companies feel growing pains


From CNET: If you think utilities will swiftly adopt smart-grid technologies, consider the story of GridPoint. Despite being only seven years old, the high-profile energy start-up has adjusted its strategy a few times and made a string of acquisitions. At first, it planned on selling home energy management systems and batteries to consumers, then shifted […]

Think drives into Brazil


From CNET: Think’s all-electric City car is wending its way to South America, the automaker said Wednesday. The Think City, featured at this week’s Michelin Challenge Bibendum conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has a taker. As part of its partnership with Think, Brazilian-based utility CPFL Energia has bought three cars with plans to buy […]

What if the oil spill was in your home?


A new website allows users to input their address and see how big of an impact the oil spill would have in their towns and counties.

Solar panels that actually look nice


From CNET While many green connoisseurs relish the solar panels on their homes for their eco-friendly use, many architectural connoisseurs would rather be caught dead than put the awkward-looking devices on any part of a building they’re associated with. That will change if a new line of solar panels unveiled this week in Germany proves […]