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    Japan plans a Solar Powered nation by 2030

    Although Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to them, Japan knows what good credit and a nuclear free eco-system can bring. In a continuing effort to cut down their carbon footprints further, Japan is soon going to begin a “universal solar panel initiative” for all their structures in the tine frame of 20 years.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 24, 2011
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    Greenest town in UK, Wadebridge in Cornwall aims for 7MW solar generation by 2015

    Wadebridge, Cornwall, is now a stride closer to achieving its goal of being the first solar powered town in the UK. Solar panels are slowly spreading across the Wadebridge area. Currently, 10 solar systems have already been installed and the town aims to have 1MW of solar generation capacity installed by 2012 and 7MW by the year 2015! A non-profit organization, the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN), is busy setting up solar panels on the roofs of homes, collecting a feed-in tariff for the same, which will then be used for the community fund.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 20, 2011
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    PepsiCo introduces five fully recyclable and compostable cups

    With garbage piles forever increasing, companies around the globe are looking for greener alternatives to their products. We’ve had green cups come by from Starbucks before. PepsiCo, in yet another green initiative, has five recyclable and compostable cups on offer for food service customers in the U.S. The cups are ideal for restaurant, theme park, stadium and college use, while selecting the type of cup depends completely on the type of local recycling and composting disposal facilities. The green cups come with fully recyclable clear plastic caps too.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 18, 2011
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    Largest toy distribution facility in United States soaks in solar energy

    Toys and electronic retailer, Toys ‘R’ Us has decided to quit playing around with the usually-polluting forms of energy, opting to go green instead with solar panels on the roof of its facility in Flanders. Located in suburban Flanders, New Jersey, the firm plans to cover up about 70% of its entire facility roof with solar panels in the near future. The project will generate around 5.38-megawatts of clean and green energy from the sun and will be one of the largest rooftop solar installations in the whole of Northern America. With the roof spanning across 32 acres, 20 acres (869,294 square feet) of the roof will be covered with solar panels.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 12, 2011
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    Florida Avenue Baptist Church hooks on to solar energy for renewable juice

    Spirituality requires a touch of eco-friendliness too. A Baptist congregation in Washington thinks prays to be best answered when powered by solar energy. The Florida Avenue Baptist Church recently hooked on a bunch of solar panels on the roof of the church to soak in the sun’s and power up using solar energy. The 10-kilowatt uses 44 solar panels arranged on the church’s flat roof put into place by Washington-based Volt Energy. That’s not all. Pastor Earl Trent Jr. also went ahead to state that the church has set up its own Green Ministry to help encourage and educate the people at large in regards to renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and sustainable agriculture.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 10, 2011
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    Starwood hotel giant to recycle soap and distribute world-wide with the Clean the World campaign

    Starwood- Hotels-&-Resorts-1.jpg Very soon, Starwood Hotels and Resorts will stop tossing out all the used soaps and bottles from guestrooms, instead having them recycled and distributed worldwide in an attempt to spread global hygiene, as part of the Clean the World initiative. The hospitality firm will recycle the soap and bottles from as many as 500 Starwood hotels in North America, recycling an estimated 1.6 million pounds of hotel soap annually. This will then be distributed across the world to keep away hygiene-related diseases in countries like Haiti, Japan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, Honduras, Mexico and Albania.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 2, 2011
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    Data centers go greener by the day, thriving on renewable energy instead

    Data centers are known energy hogs. These plug into the grid and suck in a load of energy, to keep the internet up and running. Lately however, we’ve seen a rise in green-energy powered data centers that power up using renewable energy sources instead of simply plugging into the grid. And powering a data center with solar energy or wind energy isn’t a piece of cake either! It takes a load of solar panels to soak in the sun to keep these energy-hungry monsters alive. Take the DataScan Technologies data center for example. This one uses the second-largest solar array in Georgia that generates about 285,500 kWh hours of electricity annually. Plugging into solar energy has helped this data center save carbon emissions by 205 metric tons!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 2, 2011
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    NYC to make use of 3,000 acres worth of landfill area for solar power plants

    We’ve seen the City of New York indulge in a number of green initiatives before including the wind turbines planned for the city and the Urban Technology Innovation Center, making it one of the greenest cities in the United States of America. City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced the PlaNYC, a sustainability plan that aims to curb the use of dirty heating fuels and use capped landfills for solar power plants. Partnerships with solar developers will be sealed for the solar panels to be set up at landfills with properties measuring up to 3000 acres! The Clean Heat initiative on the other hand will use financial incentives and a public education campaign to stop the use of polluting heating oils, instead switching to natural gas and low-sulfur oils. With this, the Big Apple goes greener, and not necessarily rawer!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on April 22, 2011
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    Microsoft to go green, using 100% recycled paper

    Microsoft has decided to give itself a greener edge and will soon begin using post-consumer recycled paper for its operations. In alliance with locally owned and operated Grays Harbor Paper of Hoquiam, Washington, the Windows makers will henceforth use 100% recycled paper, replacing the current printing stock made with 30% recycled paper. The initiative by the company will help save up approximately 2,500 million BTUs in net energy, the equivalent of 750 million pounds of carbon dioxide. This will also help keep about 8,000 trees alive on an annual basis!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on April 20, 2011
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    Mint Hotel near the Tower of London boasts Europe’s tallest living green wall

    The recently opened Mint Hotel located near the Tower of London is already stealing the limelight from the good old landmark, with its eye-catching façade, the tallest living green wall in the whole of Europe! Unveiled last month, this vertical garden covers 1,025 square meters of the building. And the visual-treat isn’t limited to observers from the outside. Owing to the hotel’s large floor-to-ceiling windows, the beautiful greenery can also be viewed from the hotel’s lobby. The wall boasts forty different species of plants. In all, the wall has growing 184,000 single plants divided between 4,100 planting modules. To feed this, an automatic-irrigation system is used which also disperses liquid fertilizers to keep the plants healthy.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on April 19, 2011
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