Mar 23, 2011

DOE news: Solar Homes, Wind Turbines, Efficient Buildings, and more

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  • U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Participants Bring Innovation to D.C.'s Ward 7 - In honor of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011—which challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive—we are profiling each of the 20 teams participating in the competition.

  • Mt. Wachusett Community College Makes Huge Investment in Wind Power - Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts, with support from DOE, made a huge investment in renewable energy by installing two utility-scale wind turbines on their campus in 2011. The turbines are expected to provide an annual savings of approximately $700,000 based on the area's current utility rates.

  • Disneyland's Dry Cleaning Gets an Energy Efficient Upgrade - As the provider of laundry and dry cleaning services for Disneyland Resort's costumes and hospitality supply items, L&N Costume and Linen Service knows about both quantity and quality. Now, with the help of the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and DOE, this forward-looking enterprise is embracing new, clean energy technologies as well.

  • Geothermal Startup Will Put Carbon Dioxide to Good Use -

    An array of metal tubes and four steaming smokestacks stand in  front of a hill.

    Geothermal power holds enormous opportunities to provide affordable, clean energy that avoids greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. One Utah-based startup is working on an innovative project that could make geothermal power even more beneficial.

  • Kansas City Buses Provide Clean Ride for Kids - On March 16, the Kansas City, Kansas School District welcomed some newcomers to their community—47 natural gas school buses deployed as part of DOE's Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Vehicle Pilot Program, supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • BLM Lists 2011 Priority Renewable Energy Projects - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced its 2011 list of 19 priority projects for developing renewable energy on national public lands. The priority list includes nine solar projects, five wind projects, and five geothermal projects throughout the western United States.