The Ground Source Heat Pump Rebate Program will provide up to $15,000,000 for the installation of ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems. Funding for GSHP systems has been allocated by the New York Public Service Commission through the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) and is available only for projects located on sites that pay, or, in the case of systems installed as part of new construction projects, will pay the SBC/CEF surcharge. Rebates must be passed along to Site Owners. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, as follows: Projects comprising small-scale GSHP systems (≤ 10 AHRI rated cooling tons) are eligible for a Rebate of $1,500 per cooling ton; and Projects comprising

New Solar Paint Transforms Your House Into A Source of Clean Energy

Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen -- the cleanest source of energy. The paint contains a newly developed compound that acts like silica gel, which is used in sachets to absorb moisture and keep food, medicines and electronics fresh and dry. But unlike silica gel, the new material, synthetic molybdenum-sulphide, also acts as a semi-conductor and catalyses the splitting of water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Lead researcher Dr Torben Daeneke, from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, said: "We found that mixing the compound with titanium oxide particles leads to a sunlight-absorbing paint that produces hydrogen fue

Renewable Energy Microgrids Can Tap into $1.5B from New York RFPs

Workers install solar panels near Poughkeepsie, NY New York plans to make up to $1.5 billion available for green energy, opening up another funding source for renewable energy microgrids in the state. Announced late last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the pot of money will create the largest renewable energy procurement to date by the state. To show the scale of the endeavor, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) estimated that the funding may result in 600 and 1,600 MW of new solar, wind, fuel cells, hydro and other clean energy resources. By comparison, the state’s previous renewable energy solicitation produced only 260 MW. The funding is not designated for microgrids per se, but is

Scientists stunned by Antarctic rainfall and a melt area bigger than Texas

A sheet of meltwater lasted for as long as 15 days in some places on the surface of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest floating ice platform on Earth, during the Antarctic summer of 2016. (Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) Scientists have documented a recent, massive melt event on the surface of highly vulnerable West Antarctica that, they fear, could be a harbinger of future events as the planet continues to warm. In the Antarctic summer of 2016, the surface of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest floating ice platform on Earth, developed a sheet of meltwater that lasted for as long as 15 days in some places. The total area affected by melt was 300,000 square miles, or larger than the state of

EIA: Power sector coal consumption drops to lowest point since 1984

Dive Brief: Power plants in the United States consumed 677 million short tons of coal last year, the smallest amount since 1984, according to new analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal consumption last year was 35% lower than in 2008, when production reached its highest level. The coal industry is also aging: According to EIA the capacity-weighted average age of operating coal facilities is 39 years. Dive Insight: An aging coal sector is consuming less fuel and producing less electricity, according to EIA data, "as natural gas and renewables have increased their market shares." According to agency statistics, average annual net generation from coal-fired units reached

Madison County earns Clean Energy Community designation for commitment to cut costs, reduce energy c

Madison County today announced it has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally. Announced by Governor Cuomo in August, the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the State to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. Clean Energy Communities advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard of 50 percent of the state’s

Wind and solar in March accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly For the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States, based on March data in EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Electricity generation from both of these energy sources has grown with increases in wind and solar generating capacity. On an annual basis, wind and solar made up 7% of total U.S. electric generation in 2016. Electricity generation from wind and solar follows seasonal patterns that reflect the seasonal availability of wind and sunshine. Within the United States, wind patterns v

Bill in NY legislature would let Tesla quadruple store locations in state

Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects] Tesla's five New York state stores could increase four-fold should a new piece of legislation pass the state legislature. The bill calls for an increase "certificates of registration for entities that manufacture or assemble zero-emissions vehicles." In turn, it would "authorize 20 certificates with at least five to be located in certain upstate regions," a potentially major shift beyond Tesla's current five store locations. New York's Assembly Majority Leader, Joseph Morelle (D-Rochester), is the sponsor of the bill, which would see new locations in Albany and Buffalo, New York. Previously, the state legislature had passed a bill

Governor Cuomo Recognizes Rochester as Model City for Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and

Rochester Designated New York's 11th Certified Climate Smart Community and 50th Clean Energy Community Supports the Governor's Goal to Reduce Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today recognized the City of Rochester as a model municipality for the city's actions to strengthen resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In recognition of this achievement, New York designated Rochester as the 11th Certified Climate Smart Community and the 50th Clean Energy Community in New York State. These achievements support the Governor's aggressive goals to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050

U.S. Renewable Energy Jobs Employ 800,000+ People and Rising: in Charts

Twice as many Americans now work in the wind industry as in coal mining, and solar employs many more, but the U.S. still trails the EU and is far behind China. China leads the world in renewable energy jobs. In the U.S., solar and wind industry employment has skyrocketed in recent years, but now the Trump administration is trying to stop it. Credit: Kevin Grayer/Getty Renewable energy jobs are growing around the globe as prices fall and interest in clean power rises. Worldwide, 9.8 million people are now employed in the renewable energy industry, including 3 million in the booming photovoltaic solar sector, up 12 percent from just a year ago, a new study shows. The United States has seen exp

One chart shows how solar energy growth is skyrocketing compared to predictions

An array of solar panels in Oakland California Thomson Reuters In early 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projected that, starting that year, the world would add just 50 gigawatts of added solar energy capacity per year. And in 2017, solar's growth rate would level out and start to decline. But as one clean energy researcher points out, the IEA may have gotten it wrong about solar's potential for growth — not just this year, but every year since 2002. The IEA publishes annual projections about the growth rate of solar energy in its World Energy Outlook. Auke Hoekstra, a head researcher at the Technical University of Eindhoven in The Netherlands, says these forecasts are too conserv

US Renewable Energy Provides 19.35% Of US Electricity In First Quarter

Credit: The US Energy Information Administration this week published figures which showed that renewable energy sources accounted for 19.35% of US electricity in the first quarter, which is well in advance of the Administration’s own predictions for renewable energy. Ken Bossong of the SUN DAY Campaign sent out an email this week highlighting the latest figures from the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Electric Power Monthly. The new report publishes figures for the quarter just passed and revealed that renewable energy sources accounted for 19.35% of net US electrical generation during the first quarter of this year. Conventional hydropower accounted for 8.67%

Manlius residents speak on proposed 14-acre solar array farm

Tim Ahrens, senior project manager for Forefront Power, the company proposing the solar array, gave an informational presentation preceding the public hearing. (Hayleigh Gowans) It was standing room only at the May 24 meeting of the Manlius Town Board, where dozens of residents came out to voice their opinions on a proposed solar array project, Evergreen Solar Facility, off of Green Lakes Road between Buttonvale and Kinderhook roads in the town of Manlius. Tim Ahrens, senior project manager for Forefront Power, the company proposing the solar array, gave an informational presentation preceding the public hearing. The total size of the property Forefront Power would rent from Chuck Hafner’s C

CNY coal plant owner to build one of New York's largest solar farms

Owners of the coal-fired Cayuga power plant near Ithaca plan to build Upstate New York's biggest solar farm next to the plant. (Finger Lakes Action Network) The owner of a coal-fired power plant in Tompkins County plans to build Upstate New York's largest solar farm by covering roughly 75 acres next to the coal plant with photovoltaic panels. Riesling Power, owner of the 300-megawatt Cayuga coal plant in the town of Lansing, today announced plans to build a $25 million solar power facility on site. The solar farm would produce up to 18 megawatts, enough power for about 3,100 households, company officials said. That would make the Cayuga solar farm the largest in Upstate New York, second only

NYSERDA Launches $15 Million Initiative to Spur Ground Source Heat Pump Market to Help Combat Climat

Individual Projects can Receive up to $1 Million Rebate Depending on Size Supports State’s Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 percent by 2030 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the availability of $15 million in rebates for the installation of ground source heat pump systems for residences, businesses and institutions. Renewable heating and cooling technologies such as ground source heat pumps not only provide environmental benefits but also provide energy bill savings, increased comfort levels and health benefits compared to conventional heating and cooling technologies. Increasing the use of this technology supports Governor An

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