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Top Ten GE Cleantech Initiatives

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GE has invested over $850 million to develop innovative renewable energy technologies since entering the industry back in 2002. This CleanTechies article names the top ten GE cleantech initiatives and discusses the effect GE’s contribution has made to the renewable energy industry.

 

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GE has invested over $850 million to develop innovative renewable energy technologies since entering the industry back in 2002. This CleanTechies article names the top ten GE cleantech initiatives and discusses the effect GE’s contribution has made to the renewable energy industry.

 

Keeping the Naked Mole Rats Warm -- Sustainably

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Talk about creative accounting for a good cause. The Pueblo (Colorado) Zoo leveraged grants from the Renewable Energy Trust and used them as matching funds for a series of other grants.

It's the Prius of Power Plants -- a Solar/Fossil Fuel Hybrid

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Don’t you hate it when your power goes out? Truth be told, we hate it too. It makes customers unhappy, and I’ve never worked at a company where Customer Satisfaction is tracked so closely and given such a high priority on the corporate scorecard.

To ensure that we provide reliable power at a reasonable cost, our power generation mix includes coal-fired power plants because they produce steady, reliable “baseload” energy that’s not susceptible to the unpredictable nature of – well, nature. But they have their drawbacks.

Good Sun: Finding the Best Place for Solar

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Some places actually have “better” sun than others for producing solar power, but identifying those places isn’t always intuitive.

Contrary to what I would have guessed, Hawaii does not have the best sun for solar energy production. Factors like cloud cover, water vapor and atmospheric pressure determine how effectively the sun’s energy can be converted into electricity, so even places one might consider to be “sunny” aren’t necessarily the best for electricity production.

Xcel Energy and SunPower Complete 19-Megawatt Solar PV Plant, Colorado's Largest to Date

Additional 30-MW PV solar power plant underway
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) DENVER - March 24, 2011 - Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) today announced the completion and commissioning of a 19-megawatt (ac) photovoltaic solar power plant in Colorado’s Alamosa County. The Greater Sandhill installation began generating power on December 22, 2010 and is currently the largest operating PV solar power plant in Colorado.

GE Expands Solar Portfolio with Inverters, Thin Film Panels

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  • GE is expanding its renewable energy portfolio to include solar thin panels, inverters, and systems that can be used worldwide

  • According to Victor Abate, GE’s Vice President of renewable energy, it was GE’s strong technical expertise and global service network that were the foundation of their solar systems solutions 

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  • GE is expanding its renewable energy portfolio to include solar thin panels, inverters, and systems that can be used worldwide

  • According to Victor Abate, GE’s Vice President of renewable energy, it was GE’s strong technical expertise and global service network that were the foundation of their solar systems solutions 

Greenwashing in the Oil Industry? Say It's Not True . . .

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In the past two weeks, there has been a lot of press about Chevron’s announcement that that it will sell all four of its US coal mines by the end of the year. The company says it is getting out of coal because the technology for converting coal to liquid won’t be available for another 10-15 years, and that even then technology might not be viable, and that the company will focus on “other operations.” In other words, it’s purely a business decision.

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In the past two weeks, there has been a lot of press about Chevron’s announcement that that it will sell all four of its US coal mines by the end of the year. The company says it is getting out of coal because the technology for converting coal to liquid won’t be available for another 10-15 years, and that even then technology might not be viable, and that the company will focus on “other operations.” In other words, it’s purely a business decision.

Staples Increases Commitment to Renewable Energy with 2011 Sterling Planet Purchase

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(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - Feb. 9, 2011 - Sterling Planet, Inc., a leading national provider of renewable energy and other clean-energy assets, today announced that in 2011 it will supply Staples with renewable energy comprising 50 percent of Staples’ total U.S. electricity usage, more than double the company’s previous annual level.  

San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau chooses AISO.net

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(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) January 19, 2011 - The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau (SDCVB) has chosen AISO.net to handle their complete infrastructure including deploying a multiple cluster of servers to run both their website and their network.  SDCVB picked AISO because of their reliability, ability to give them one-on-one service and the fact that AISO is the greenest data center in the world; powering all th

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