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First Wind Starts Construction of Hawaii's Largest Wind Project

First Wind celebrated the start of construction of its 69-megawatt (MW) Kawailoa Wind project on Kamehameha Schools’ Kawailoa Plantation lands on Oahu’s North Shore.  Once complete, Kawailoa Wind will be the largest wind energy facility in Hawaii. The site’s thirty 2.3 MW Siemens wind turbines will have the capacity to generate enough clean, renewable wind energy to power the equivalent of approximately 14,500 homes on the island, or as much as five percent of Oahu’s annual electrical demand.

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U.S. Bank and East West Bank to finance $47 million in Borrego Solar projects

Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. secured a $47 million fund from U.S. Bancorp and East West Bancorp to support more than 10 megawatts of projects in California and Massachusetts—including the largest project of its kind to date in Massachusetts, according to Borrego.
The company will use the fund to build 6 megawatts (MW) of PV systems in California, including 10 projects throughout three school districts. Borrego will build two projects in Massachusetts, including a 4.7 megawatt project that will be the largest of its kind in the state.

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A123 Systems Introduces Advanced Lithium Ion Battery Designed Specifically for Military Vehicle Applications

 A123 Systems a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate® lithium iron phosphate batteries and systems, today introduced the Military 6T Battery, a robust battery system engineered specifically to meet the demanding requirements of military vehicle applications. 


The new battery system is designed as a direct replacement for 6T lead acid batteries currently deployed in military vehicles, delivering a longer-lasting, lighter-weight system for engine start and enabling longer-duration silent watch functionality.

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First Wind Commemorates Completion of Steel Winds II Expansion

First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, today celebrated the completion of its Steel Winds II expansion.  U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and other local leaders joined First Wind officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the project site, which was built on the shores of Lake Erie on the abandoned Bethlehem Steel mill site.  
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Ameresco and Philadelphia Water Department Announce Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant Biogas Project

Ameresco, Inc, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) today announced an agreement to design, build and maintain an innovative wastewater biogas-to-energy facility.  The Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant (NEWPCP) Biogas Project will generate electricity and thermal energy for use on-site, fueled mainly by biogas from the NEWPCP digesters. The $47.5M construction project, designed to generate 5.6 MW of power, is expected to reduce PWD energy costs by over $12 million over the course of the 16 year contract.  

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Report: GreatPoint Energy Grabs $420M from Chinese Investor

From Xconomy's Gregory T. Huang

GreatPoint Energy, a coal-to-natural-gas company in Cambridge, MA, has formed a $1.25 billion partnership with China Wanxiang Holdings, in a deal that includes $420 million in Series D equity investment, according to a report by Lora Kolodny in Dow Jones VentureWire.

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MIT Advances Liquid Battery Technology

"MIT researchers said they have devised a new technology for a liquid metal battery that one day could be used as a more consistent supply of renewable energy on the electric grid.

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“We applaud the conditional agreement reached between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Nstar to move forward on a clean energy economy that is great for customers, business and for jobs in the Commonwealth,” said Peter Rothstein, president of the New England Clean Energy Council.  “The agreement for Nstar to be a customer of Cape Wind and a strong supporter for the proven, economically-beneficial Green Communities Act will accelerate increased investment in the clean energy innovation sector.

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Batteries to Rival Gas Peaker Plants by 2016, A123 CEO Says

Falling prices for lithium-ion batteries will make power-storage systems competitive with natural gas as a source of electricity during periods of high demand by 2016, according to the chief executive officer of A123 Systems Inc.

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Konarka's Next Generation Organic Photovoltaic Cells Awarded World's First OPV Certification from TÜV Rheinland


Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in development and commercialization of Konarka Power Plastic®, a lightweight, flexible organic solar film that converts light to electricity, today announced that Konarka's next generation organic solar cells are the world's first organic photovoltaic (OPV) to be certified in compliance with IEC 61646. The certification work was done by TÜV Rheinland, a leading international test center based in Cologne, Germany.

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