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The truth about the forthcoming endangered cities

The truth about the forthcoming endangered cities

Gone are the days when the term ‘endangered’ was being cascaded to animals or di...

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

A new group of nano explorers could change the way children learn about positive...

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received an order from Renewable Energy Sys...

N.R.D.C. fights back, counters discrediting advertisements through TV ads

N.R.D.C. fights back, counters discrediting advertisements through TV ads

New York-based environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council ha...

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

Three small hydropower plants developed by RusHydroare set to begin construction...

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

The Natural Resources Defense Council, and more than two dozen organizations, is...

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

By using supercritical steam, solar thermal power plants could produce enough en...

Business

Technology

Minimizing the glare of L.E.D. lights for safer night time driving

Minimizing the glare of L.E.D. lights for safer night time driving

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

While the use of light emitting diode technology or L.E.D.s are rising – mostly due to their energy-efficiency – there is some concern that the harsh ...

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Politics

Living Green

Painless solutions to achieving sustainability democracy

Painless solutions to achieving sustainability democracy

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

This famous sustainability quote of Aldous Huxley, can tell us a lesson: to stop destroying our environment because it takes a lot of hard work to rep...

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Renewables

EDF purchases wind farm to provide clean power to Microsoft

EDF purchases wind farm to provide clean power to Microsoft

Sunday, 20 July 2014

A 175 megawatt-wind farm 60 miles southwest of the city of Chicago in Illinois has been purchased by EDF Renewable Energy. The Pilot Hill Wind Project...

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Low-Carbon

Tips on cutting costs in the construction industry

Tips on cutting costs in the construction industry

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The term ‘cost-cutting’ is usually looked upon with overriding feelings of doubt, uncertainty, anxiety, and generally as a period of impending hardshi...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Westinghouse Solar 'plug-and-play' solar panels promise savings

California-based company Westinghouse solar has launched a new line of "plug-and-play" solar panels which it says promises significant savings for both residential and commercial installers.

"Instant Connect uses automated installation and has integrated racking and mounting requirements, and comes in a single package," Gary Mull, Westinghouse Solar vice president for sales and marketing, told EcoSeed in an interview.

Instant Connect panels are based on Westinghouse Solar's earlier efforts - from the industry's first solar panel to integrate racking directly into the solar panel itself in 2007, as well as the industry's first UL-approved AC solar panel in 2009.

Unlike conventional rooftop solar panel systems, which have many individual parts that must be sourced, carried to the roof, and manually assembled, the company's product could be attached directly to the rooftop without an underlying substructure.

Integrated racking and mounting reportedly allows for faster and easier rooftop installations and up to 80 percent in savings on parts and 50 percent on labor costs.

"With Instant Connect, Westinghouse Solar can reduce direct and indirect installation costs by over $0.25/watt, which has a much greater economic impact on customers than incremental efficiency or cell cost improvements," says Barry Cinnamon, Westinghouse Solar chief executive, in a press release.

The panels are now available for immediate shipping in North America, and will be available in other countries within the year. – N.P. Arboleda



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