Vestas has introduced its InteliLight aircraft light detection system in the US. The Federal Aviation Administration-approved technology was previously approved in Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Germany, said Vestas.
Connexus Energy has partnered with Bolton Bees, which has installed 15 beehives at the Minnesota electric cooperative's SolarWise community garden to commercially produce honey. The Connexus pollinator-friendly solar arrays are planted with a biodiverse mix of low-growing and shade-tolerant grasses and flowers.
The wind energy industry has a bright future ahead of it, if you look at current trends, writes American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. Industry trends like falling prices and longer turbine blades, market trends like companies purchasing wind power, and policy trends such as bipartisan support for wind and the push for more transmission capacity are all signs that the industry will grow for years to come, Kiernan writes.
California has lost its status as a national leader in wind development and can't afford to fall further behind, writes American Wind Energy Association California Caucus Director Danielle Osborn Mills. She argues that the state needs wind and renewables for their ability to create jobs, curb carbon emissions, increase grid stability and save consumers money on their electricity bills.
Scottish Power has been awarded contracts to build two offshore wind farms in the US, one in North Carolina and another in Massachusetts. "We've probably got the biggest offshore development pipeline of any company in America," said ScottishPower Renewables CEO Keith Anderson.
Hosting turbines can be a great opportunity for rural landowners in New York because they provide a much-needed stream of revenue while also bringing the benefits of clean energy, writes Joe Weiss. "I support the Lighthouse Wind Project as a benefit to the people who produce our food and serve as stewards of our lands and water," he writes.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission is expected to make a decision on the second phase of Renewable Energy Systems Americas' Glacier Ridge project by the end of the summer, said the regulator. RES Development Manager Matt Boys added that the project hopes to qualify for 100% of the wind energy Production Tax Credit.
Apex Clean Energy's 147-megawatt Grant Plains project in Oklahoma is finished and ready to begin commercial operations, said engineering firm OST Energy. "Their comprehensive monitoring and technical reporting validated the efforts of our project teams in getting the project up and running on schedule, and has helped to confirm that the wind farm will perform in line with expectations," said Apex Senior Director of Project Management John Stone.
Boise, Idaho's Atlantic Idea House offers the public an opportunity to see examples of sustainable living in a residential setting. The home is part of the city's Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative, and open houses are scheduled now through November.
The Qatar Green Building Council wants area hotels to acquire environmental sustainability certification. Such status, the QGBC says, will ensure Qatari hotels meet mandatory compliance standards set by the Qatar Tourism Authority for its new hotel classification system.
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