Category Archives: Environment

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A Good Time To Get A Job In Renewable Energy

guys installing solar panelI have repeatedly harped on the fact that renewable energy should be an “American” thing. I think we have the perfect setup to really dominate this industry. One of the many benefits to this strategy of renewable energy domination is the creation of lots of high paying high tech jobs. Seems that other people are starting to say the same thing.

The state of Arizona recently released a 128 page report outlining all the sweet things renewable energy would do for their state. Here is a snippet from the Business Journal of Phoenix

The state could create more 3,000 jobs and significantly reduce emissions if the public and private sector adopt new solar energy technologies, according to the Solar Roadmap Study released Friday by the Arizona Department of Commerce.

The 128-page report projects that up to 1,000 megawatts of solar energy could be implemented in Arizona by 2020, creating thousands of jobs and reducing airborne emissions by 400,000 tons a year.
“Developing these technologies will provide substantial economic benefit for Arizona while reducing air pollutant emissions, creating jobs, and redirecting the amount of money that flows out of state for energy,” said Gov. Janet Napolitano. “I’ve long said Arizona is the ‘Saudi Arabia of solar energy’ within the United States, yet the vast solar resource of the state and its economic potential remain largely untapped.”

More than $6 billion of the $10 billion plus that Arizonans annually spend on energy exits the state, leading business and political leaders to push for more sustainable energy sources here.

“New approaches to energy efficiency and the development of the state’s clean energy resources will create good, high-wage jobs for Arizonans,” said Arizona Department of Commerce Director Jan Lesher.

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Renewable Energy Roundup

The roundup, its only been a couple weeks since I started this thursday tradition and already I am going “off format” to bring you something a little different this week.

Its no secret that the renewable energy marketplace is going nuts. With wind and solar energy taking off like a rocket, very sizable rumblings that the biofuel market may be about to explode, and lots of exciting things popping up in geothermal, wave, and tidal technology its no wonder that people are starting to talk about renewable energy.

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Super Efficient Washer

green washing machine It washes your cloths sure, but check out what else it does. The AQUA Washing Machine, has been launched in Japan and uses a device called Aqualoop which recycles water for use in further washes, aiming to conserve around 50 litres of water.

It also has a facility called Air Wash, which enables owners to clean items of clothing that would usually require dry cleaning or those that cannot be conventionally washed in water. Air Wash infuses the clothes with odor and bacteria-killing chemicals, which could be of use if items smell of pets or smoke. The machine has been designed with the consumer in mind, as it has a higher-placed drum allowing it to be filled while the owner is standing up.

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Really Green Buildings

green wallsEarlier this month we talked about a japanese company making green roofs, well now you can have the roof and the walls. Patric Blanc has mastered the art of creating green walls. His hanging garden walls are simply amazing, check out his website here (warning all flash). I am not sure how environmentally friendly these things are however as you would have to water them often, but if you lived in a suitable wet climate I would guess not that often. I see this more as an interesting way to integrate more plant life into our every day life.

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Rent A Solar System

rent your own solar system

has come up with a great plan. There REnU energy plan allows you to rent your own solar energy system from them. You don’t own the system, but rather rent it from them. This moves the upfront cost of the system on to them, and then you enter into a 1 5 or 25 year contract with them for a fixed energy price. The benefits of owning a solar system without the upfront cost.

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