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Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

The primary goal of modern-day eco-friendly African safaris is to lessen the ove...

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could be looking at economic losses of around 2 ...

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Various countries in the South Asian region are looking at significant losses du...

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

The World Bank Group has inked two agreements for around $40 million in financin...

Vestas, EP Global Energy partner for donor-funded wind farm in Jordan

Vestas, EP Global Energy partner for donor-funded wind farm in Jordan

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas and private energy asset developer EP Global En...

World Bank commits $5 billion for African renewable energy projects

World Bank commits $5 billion for African renewable energy projects

The World Bank Group has committed US$5 billion towards supporting energy projec...

Seven creative ways to teach your kids about eco-living

Seven creative ways to teach your kids about eco-living

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.1 million jobs in the United States w...

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Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Monday, 22 September 2014

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 reached a record-breaking 310,000. An official count conducted revealed o...

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Living Green

Nineteen easy ways students can help save Mother Earth

Nineteen easy ways students can help save Mother Earth

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Students are young, creative, energetic and outspoken that is why they have the perfect qualities to help save mother earth. They can be great eco-war...

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Easy modifications to make your car more efficient

Easy modifications to make your car more efficient

Monday, 22 September 2014

There are plenty of reasons why you might be interested in lowering your car’s emissions. In some states, you may be required to pass a mandatory smog...

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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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Combined geothermal-solar facility powering 50,000 homes in Nevada

The first geothermal-solar power plant in the world, the 59-megawatt Stillwater facility, is now in operation in Fallon, Nevada where it provides enough power for 50,000 local homes.

"As the first of its kind in the world, this project demonstrates how we can tap renewable energy sources to provide clean power for American families and businesses and deploy every available source of American energy," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu during the facilities dedication on May 3.

The Stillwater facility received $40 million in tax support under the Recovery Act.

A recent study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimated that work on the project created up to 75,000 jobs nationwide and $44 billion in total economic output.

The project built on the existing Stillwater geothermal plant, which opened in the area on 2009. The original facility had a generation capacity of 33 MW of geothermal power.

Enel Green Power, the renewables arm of Italy's Enel Group, expanded the capacity of the Stillwater plant by adding 26 MW of photovoltaic solar generating capacity.

Enel Green Power North America installed more than 89,000 polycrystalline photovoltaic panels on land adjacent to the Stillwater geothermal plant.

According to Enel, the PV panels alone will generate over 43 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough for 16,000 households and to avoid the emission of around 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

By combining geothermal and solar generation, the Stillwater facility will be able to provide continuous generation capacity. The geothermal portion can make up for power fluctuations inherent to solar which is subject to changes in weather.

The Stillwater area is one of seven areas earmarked by the Energy Department for accelerated geothermal development in Nevada and Utah as part of the Obama administrations goal to expand domestic renewable energy sources. – EcoSeed Staff



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