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December 7, 2012 | By Michael Casey, Associated Press
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Covering nearly 300 football fields in a remote patch of desert, the Shams 1 solar project carries plenty of symbolic significance for the United Arab Emirates. It will be the first large-scale solar project in the oil-rich country when completed at the end of the year, and the largest of its kind in the Middle East. At full capacity, the 100-megawatt, concentrated solar project will be able to power 20,000 homes. For those behind the project, it's the surest sign yet that solar is coming to the region in a big way. "We truly believe solar will be a major contributor to meeting our own requirements," said Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, the UAE's special envoy for energy and climate change and the chief executive officer of government-funded Masdar, which is the majority investor in the project.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Cinnaminson solar investor has sued Public Service Electric & Gas Co. in New Jersey over its much-ballyhooed program to install 200,000 photovoltaic panels on utility poles, claiming that PSE&G drove down the value of solar power by producing so much of it. Mark Napier, a solar entrepreneur, alleges that the utility is unable to measure precisely how much power it generates from the solar panels. PSE&G's method of estimating its solar production "is inaccurate at best and fraudulent at worst," according to the lawsuit.
REAL_ESTATE
February 28, 1988 | By Gene Austin, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
When Beth Brody of Trenton and her fiance, Robert Burger of Princeton, set out to build their "solar dream house" near Lambertville, N.J., they talked to a lot of builders about solar energy, but they didn't seem familiar with it. Finally, through an advertisement in a telephone book, the couple located Paul Peters of Sellersville, one of a handful of local builders keeping the solar faith as the urgency of the 1970s-born energy crisis fades....
NEWS
May 18, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Peco should support solar power Wednesday's Business section had a brief item about a Tuesday demonstration demanding that Peco Energy Co. increase its local investment in solar power ("Peco urged to increase solar," Wednesday). Thursday's Business section had a story about Public Service Electric & Gas Co.'s significant investment in solar power and its efforts to get the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to allow more investment in solar power ("PSE&G wants to step up, charge for solar projects")
NEWS
March 5, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Rely on renewables The commentary, "Pa., reconsider proceeding with Clean Power Plan" (Monday), attacked renewables with fictions about wind and solar energy to make "clean coal" look less oxymoronic. Contrary to the argument put forth, while many coal power plants were retired in the United States last year, more solar- and wind-generating capacity was added than natural gas-generating capacity, even without the Clean Power Plan. Why? Because they're more reliable and affordable than ever.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2010 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sun has not yet officially set on this year's legislative session in Harrisburg, but it has on an effort to increase the state requirement for use of solar power. "For all practical purposes, it's dead," Maureen Mulligan, lobbyist for Pennsylvania's two largest solar-advocacy groups, declared in an e-mail Monday. It's the third time in two years that a legislative proposal to boost the state's commitment to alternative energy has failed to even reach a vote in the full House or Senate.
REAL_ESTATE
November 4, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
If, as Brian F. Keane maintains, Americans' buying decisions are motivated by (a) I want and (b) I need , where does solar power fit in? Keane, president of SmartPower, a national nonprofit organization that creates community programs for energy efficiency and clean energy, says 80 percent of Americans want solar power, but only 3 percent obtain it. "That's because we don't think we need it, because our houses and offices already come...
BUSINESS
December 2, 2008 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hoping to profit from the growing demand for renewable, large-scale solar energy, Lockheed Martin Corp. will start constructing a solar test center today at its Moorestown facility. The company said the Solar System Test and Engineering System (SolSTES) Array test bed in South Jersey will provide Lockheed Martin engineers with the opportunity to research a variety of solar technologies and materials. "This will allow us to test and model different ways to produce solar arrays and allow us to do risk reduction," Ken Ross, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin, said yesterday.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1988 | By Dan Stets, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chronar Corp. of Princeton yesterday said that it had found a partner with which to build the world's largest plant for converting sunlight to electricity. Chronar said the plant would cost about $125 million and produce 50 megawatts of electricity, seven times more than any than any other plant that uses photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity. Previously, the price of photovoltaic cells has been so high that a solar electric plant was not considered economical.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gary and Patricia Marino of Franklin Township have seemingly developed a "dive-in" approach to business - perhaps fitting for a couple who also go by Mr. and Mrs. Penguin. With no relevant experience, the Marinos decided on a whim in the spring of 1995 to buy a struggling roadside ice cream stand on Route 40 in their rural hometown. They renamed it the Purple Penguin and added a full menu, including cheesesteaks and hot dogs. People "thought we were nuts," Patricia Marino, 61, said this week inside the Gloucester County shop.
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July 25, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
When the next "War of the Worlds" disaster sends us all careening out of town, I know where I'm going to hide out: Bensalem. More precisely, heading north on I-95 to a WWII-era industrial park on State Road and an unexpected new tech showroom that goes by the clunky name ISPBC (International Self Powered-Business Council) PHL Showcase. Although glass-walled and -roofed, this is a house you can throw stones at. It's built largely of multilayered, "hurricane resistant" photovoltaic windows, a super solar glass that takes a beating and soaks up enough energy to make the 1,100 square-foot building self-powered.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Under pressure from environmental activists, Peco Energy Co. on Thursday convened a Solar Stakeholder Collaborative to explore ways to advance renewable power in the region. Craig Adams, Peco's chief executive, said the collaborative was modeled on processes the company used previously to develop conservation and wind-energy programs. "We're committed to providing that same leadership and dedication to advancing solar energy," Adams told about 80 energy experts and advocates at the daylong gathering at the Hub Commerce Square.
NEWS
May 18, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Peco should support solar power Wednesday's Business section had a brief item about a Tuesday demonstration demanding that Peco Energy Co. increase its local investment in solar power ("Peco urged to increase solar," Wednesday). Thursday's Business section had a story about Public Service Electric & Gas Co.'s significant investment in solar power and its efforts to get the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to allow more investment in solar power ("PSE&G wants to step up, charge for solar projects")
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
EWING, N.J. - As he stumped for Hillary Clinton on Friday, former President Bill Clinton threw a few jabs at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump - by slogan, not by name. Those looking to "make America great again," Clinton said, should "remember this: It wasn't so great for a lot of people, the way things once were. " At another point during his speech at the College of New Jersey, Clinton panned Trump's plan to build a wall on the Mexican border, jesting that the nation could build another to the north, and raise seawalls on our eastern and western coasts.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
New Jersey's largest electric utility wants to dramatically step up the number of ratepayer-supported solar projects it installs on landfills and brownfields. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. asked state regulators Wednesday to allow it to spend $275 million to install 100 megawatts of solar panels, nearly tripling the capacity of its landfill and brownfield solar farms. PSE&G's proposal is the latest edition of its seven-year-old Solar 4 All program, which initially aimed at installing thousands of solar panels atop its utility poles.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Under pressure from green activists to support more renewable energy, Peco Energy Co. announced Friday that it will create a "stakeholder collaborative" to "advance local solar energy. " The Philadelphia utility has been the target of protests organized by the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) to support solar projects in impoverished neighborhoods. Peco said it has used the collaborative process to devise pilot programs to advance wind energy, new pricing options, and renewable-energy choices for customers.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
About 50 activists took over the lobby of Peco on Wednesday to hold a "teach-in" to demand that the utility support solar-energy development in North Philadelphia. The 45-minute protest, which included preaching and poetry, was the latest demonstration organized by the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) to apply pressure on Peco to divert some of its solar spending to impoverished neighborhoods. "Solar energy is a tool you can use to feed the 40 percent of children who are starving in the city of Philadelphia," said the Rev. Gregory Holston, pastor of New Vision United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 5, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Rely on renewables The commentary, "Pa., reconsider proceeding with Clean Power Plan" (Monday), attacked renewables with fictions about wind and solar energy to make "clean coal" look less oxymoronic. Contrary to the argument put forth, while many coal power plants were retired in the United States last year, more solar- and wind-generating capacity was added than natural gas-generating capacity, even without the Clean Power Plan. Why? Because they're more reliable and affordable than ever.
TRAVEL
February 29, 2016
What began as a project to bring light to communities in developing nations has evolved into a business that lights up the night for backpackers and other outdoor enthusiasts. MPOWERD's Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern is a 5-inch-diameter-by-1-inch-thick transparent flexible plastic disk that inflates via mouth power to become a 5-inch-high waterproof cylinder weighing a few ounces. A cluster of LEDs in the bottom of the cylinder is powered by solar panels on the outside. Push the power button and you've got a lantern when the LEDs point up, a flashlight when pointed down.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
By Michael E. Kraft In December, delegates from 195 nations approved a remarkable global climate agreement. It calls for all countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases substantially. Most of these emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels, and the message couldn't be clearer: We need to change the way we generate and use energy, and do so quickly. The United States set a modest goal: cutting emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. In the face of persistent congressional opposition to climate-change policy, President Obama has used executive authority to move toward that goal, most notably through the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which will regulate coal-fired power plants and new-vehicle fuel economy standards.
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