New LED lights will improve night view of Niagara Falls

Ryan Salminen, with Ecco Electric, wires a bank of new LED lights that will illuminate Niagara Falls. The new lights are being installed at the Niagara Falls Illumination Tower in Niagara Falls, Ontario. on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The flat square panels of new LED lights sit next to decades-old Xenon lights that are currently used to light the falls at night. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News) NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - In old stone building high above the street in Queen Victoria Park, the Illuminations Tower houses rows of spotlights which have lit up the American and Horseshoe Falls since 1925, offering millions of visitors a view of the falls after dark. But the nighttime view of Niagara Falls is abou

SOLAR FARM: Broome County breaks ground in Conklin

Renovus Solar has completed its first jointly owned solar power project designed to generate electricity. The project, near Trumansburg and the first of its type in New York state, generates 350 kilowatts of electricity and powers 30 homes. (Photo: SIMON WHEELER / Staff Photo) $4 million solar farm will cover 25 percent of Broome County's power demand. It will save more than $250,000 per year. Broome County officials joined a SolarCity director during a groundbreaking ceremony for a solar farm Thursday in the Town of Conklin. Construction on the solar farm will start next week, and it is scheduled to be completed and running by spring. The solar farm will be on a 20-acre property the county

Lockheed Martin installs energy-storage system at Salina plant

SALINA, N.Y. — Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) has installed its GridStarTM Lithium energy storage system at its plant in Salina. The 1 megawatt system will reduce electricity bills and emissions for Lockheed Martin’s operations, the Bethesda, Maryland–based defense contractor contends in a news release. The system will also provide services to the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the state’s wholesale-electricity operator. The French firm Engie, an independent power producer and energy-services provider, will operate the system and dispatch the power. “We provide turn-key energy-storage solutions for a variety of utilities, independent-power producers, commercial and industri

Energize NY Provides PACE Financing for a Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

Energize NY broke new ground again this month by committing to provide 20-year PACE financing for a roof-mounted 35 KwH photovoltaic solar installation that was acquired through a power purchase agreement (PPA). The PV solar system is located on the headquarters for the UA Local 21 Plumbers & Steamfitters Union in the City of Peekskill and was installed by American Solar Partners LLC, one of Energize NY’s Qualified Partners. A power purchase agreement enables a property owner to acquire solar energy at a fixed cost with low or no upfront cost. Under the PPA with the Union, the developer is responsible for the cost of installing and maintaining the solar PV system during the term of the PPA

Where should you live to escape climate change? Welcome to Boise!

A satellite image of the Arctic. Scientists say some cities will remain relatively safe places to live even as climate change causes sea levels to rise. Credit NASA Dr. Strauss, 44, identified cities where people could settle in the next two decades if they are aiming to avoid those threats. It’s hard to imagine that any city in North America will escape the effects of climate change within the next 25 years. But some will be better positioned than others to escape the brunt of “drought, wildfire, extreme heat, extreme precipitation, extreme weather and hurricanes.” Those were some of the climate change-related threats listed by Benjamin Strauss, who focuses on climate impacts at Climate Cen

Move over, solar: The next big renewable energy source could be at our feet

Associate Professor Xudong Wang holds a prototype of the researchers' energy harvesting technology, which uses wood pulp and harnesses nanofibers. The technology could be incorporated into flooring and convert footsteps on the flooring into usable electricity. Image courtesy Stephanie Precourt and UW-Madison. Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike. Now, however, flooring could be even more "green," thanks to an inexpensive, simple method developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers that allows them to convert footsteps into usable electricity. Xudong Wang, an associate prof

Duo unites solar power and batteries

Source: Green Mountain Power and Waterbury solar power company SunCommon this month announced a partnership that will allow GMP customers to store solar electricity for use during a power outage - by taking advantage of the power company's existing partnership with Tesla Motors Inc. Since early this summer, GMP has been offering customers the Tesla Powerwall battery to store electricity to protect their properties during power outages. According to the Colchester company, an early Powerwall customer in Lincoln kept a household running for 14 hours this summer after an outage following a storm. Now officials from both GMP and SunCommon say that, through their new par

Quick Chek convenience store tests Tesla Superchargers in NY's Hudson Valley

Quick Chek convenience store with Tesla Superchargers under construction, Kingston, New York Not so long ago, gas stations and convenience stores seemed to be mutually exclusive businesses—you went to one, or you went to the other. Today, many convenience chains only open new locations that also sell gasoline. Many drivers don't know that gas stations work on the smallest of profit margins. Some actually lose money on selling gasoline, but make up for it with the high margins on food, drinks, beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. The more people who stop for gas, the higher their sales are. It’s all about numbers and gasoline brings people to the property. So why shouldn’t convenience-store

SEIA Crowns The Top 10 U.S. Corporate Solar Installers

Retail giant Target has grabbed the top spot among U.S. businesses that are going solar. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has revealed Target’s ascension to the top of the list in the organization’s 2016 Solar Means Business report, which found that more U.S. businesses are installing solar than ever before. Adding more solar this year than any other U.S. retailer, Target now has 147.5 MW of installed solar capacity, according to the report. This is the first time Target has ranked No. 1 in the report’s five-year history. “We feel honored to be named the top corporate solar installer in the U.S. by the Solar Energy Industries Association,” said John Leisen, vice president of pr

City and state officials urge Cuomo to quit delaying renewable energy tax credit

State Assemblyman Al Stirpe speaks on the steps of Syracuse City Hall in support of tax credits for geothermal energy. (Provided photo) SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- State and city lawmakers joined forces this week to support tax breaks for producers and consumers of geothermal energy. The Syracuse Common Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign into law a 25 percent tax credit for geothermal energy. State leaders joined councilors afterward to repeat the call to Cuomo. The state Senate and Assembly passed a bill that would offer a tax credit for geothermal energy at the end of the 2016 legislative session. The bill awaits Cuomo's signature. The governor has not y

L.A.’s Quest to Cut Fossil Fuels

Smog shrouded the Los Angeles skyline last year. Credit Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Los Angeles has suffered the worst ozone pollution of any American city for three years running. Coastal areas of the city could be swallowed by the Pacific by the end of the century as a warming climate causes sea levels to rise. A natural gas leak in northwestern Los Angeles, finally plugged in February, was the most disastrous in American history. Small wonder that Los Angeles is joining a growing movement to confront environmental challenges at the local level. As the former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg realized early in his tenure, cities, with their concentrated populations, can

Over 190 Countries Adopt Plan to Offset Air Travel Emissions

Under a plan to fight climate change, airlines will buy credits to offset emissions from individual flights.Credit Al Drago/The New York Times Governments from more than 190 countries on Thursday adopted a measure that for the first time will reduce the climate impact of international jet travel. The accord adds an exclamation point to a week in which enough countries signed onto the broader Paris climate deal to ensure that it will enter into force later this year. The aviation plan, the product of years of negotiations, was approved by acclamation at a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization, or I.C.A.O., in Montreal. The measure could force air carriers to take major step

Poland's New Solar-Powered Bike Path Glows Bright Blue at Night

Poland debuts its first bicycle path that lights up at night. Gazeta Wyborcza screen grab Poland—home to some of the most bike-friendly cities in the world—unveiled a gorgeous, glowing bike path near Lidzbark Warminski in the Mazury region last week to help nighttime cyclists get from A to B. The 100-meter track, created by construction company TPA Instytut Badan Technicznych in Pruszkow, is still in test phase. Next Nature Network reported that the bike path illuminates at night thanks to blue luminophores, a synthetic material that emits light after being charged by the sun. The color blue was chosen for the path because the engineers thought it would best suit the scenic Mazury landscape.

NYSERDA Announces $10 Million for Industrial Energy Efficiency

Funding supports clean energy projects at large and medium-size industrial facilities ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced $10 million in funding for two new clean energy initiatives to support energy efficiency and reduce costs at industrial and manufacturing facilities. The On-Site Energy Manager and Strategic Energy Management initiatives are designed to improve business performance and operations of participating facilities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The two initiatives support cutting-edge energy management in New York’s industrial and manufacturing base, which accounts for 7.4 percent of total energy use in th

A Milestone for Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere

The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii where atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements are made. Credit Chris Stewart/Associated Press Climate science reached an unhappy milestone last week. And then things went a little crazy. One of the world’s most important sentinel sites for measuring levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, reported that levels had recently risen above the symbolically important figure of 400 parts per million, and were likely to stay that way “for the indefinite future.” Because rising amounts of carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas, in the atmosphere have been linked to climate change, scientists suggest that rising above 400 parts per million line

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