EERE Network News
March 24, 2004
News and Events
PowerLight has installed giant solar arrays, each covering about 60,000 square feet of flat rooftop, on two Sonoma County vineyard buildings and on San Francisco's Mascone Center building. The Mascone Center now houses the largest city-owned solar installation in the country.
The American Wind Energy Association released figures showing global wind power capacity increased by 26% in 2003, bringing the world's total wind power generating capacity to 39,294 megawatts.
A coalition of scientist, wind power companies, and wildlife conservationists are working together to prevent bats from hitting wind turbines and dieing. Bats play an important role in the ecosystem, and the coalition hopes to find ways to modify turbines in order to protect the animals.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects are finding support through state funding programs around the country, from Hawaii to Pennsylvania.
California's South Coast Air Quality Management District has commissioned Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., to install hydrogen fuel systems in 30 Toyota Prius hybrid electric cars.
The Affordable Comfort Web site gives information on the conferences and trainings the organization holds as it strives to improve the health, safety and efficiency of residential buildings.
The World Trade Center's recently issued environmental impact statement contains a sustainable design guide that calls for the use of renewable energy, recycled and renewable building materials, and energy and water controls in the new buildings.