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Biofuels Project page: http://www.endlessmountainsrcd.org/biofuels.php  ...

 

Our Energy Committee visited the Barefoot Pellet facilty tour in May 2015 (click for report and photos

Possible $$$ incentives to explore?  dsireusa.org/,,,PA 

Top Rated Pellet Stoves 2013 – 2014
(from bestpelletstoves.com with NO ENDORSEMENTS implied)
Here, you will find the top 10 pellet stoves for the 2013-2014 season. This listed is compiled from information gleaned from reviews and consumer websites throughout the internet ... http://www.bestpelletstoves.com/  (also on this site:  How Pellet Stoves Work)

 

RECOMMENDED READING:

 

Thomas Edison Was Right About Solar Power

September 1, 2015, "We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using nature's inexhaustible sources of energy - sun, wind and tide." (read the full article at http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/32611-thomas-edison-was-right-about-solar-power )

 

New Partnership Creates Solar Bridges

July 7, 2015, reposted from Energy.Gov, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy -- Solar energy is becoming more accessible to Americans as the SunShot Initiative’s goals come closer to fruition. However, solar is not yet affordable for every segment of the population. For those who live in low-income communities, solar energy is still viewed as a luxury. New programs are working to change that misconception and expand opportunities for Americans to use solar energy to power their homes while expanding job opportunities for all.

The White House today announced an important set of executive actions to cut energy bills for low-income communities across the country.  SunShot is helping to lead the charge by founding the National Community Solar Partnership, which emphasizes serving low- and moderate-income households in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and key representatives from solar companies, nonprofit organizations, state and community leaders, and financial institutions.   (read the full article at http://energy.gov/eere/..., or click here for a printable pdf file)

Related: A Guide to Community Shared Solar

 

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

June 8, 2015, by Bjorn Carey, from Stanford News Service -- Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy.

     One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the world's entire energy infrastructure to run on clean, renewable energy.  (read the full article at http://news.stanford.edu/ )

 

 

Targets, Policy for State-Level Thermal Energy Markets

June 2015, by Adam Sherman, excerpted from Biomass Magazine -- The use of energy for space and water heating accounts for roughly one-third of the total energy consumed in the U.S. and is supplied almost entirely by fossil fuels such as natural gas, propane and heating oil. In the Northeast, an epicenter of the growing wood heating market, more than 4.4 billion gallons of heating oil are used annually, primarily for space heating. This accounts for approximately 86 percent of the national demand for heating oil.    (read the full article at http://www.biomassmagazine.com/.., or click here for a printable pdf file)


 

(purchased from indiegogo.com/projects/solar-station-fast-simple-solar-power-at-scale#/story; plans avail in EMRCD archived files if needed.)

  

 

 

 

Will Solar Plunge Off the Tax Credit Cliff?

March 4, 2015, by Pamela Cargill, excerpted from 2/20/15 Renewable Energy World, -- The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is set to expire at the end of 2016 — and if it does, residential solar may be in trouble. “The ITC is the swing factor for homeowners — the plunge from 30 percent to zero will dramatically slow down sales for customer-owned systems,” opined Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Cinnamon Solar.   (read the full article, with additional links and reader discussion,  at http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/)


What you Need to Know

... “How much energy do I want to generate?” The average American home uses 903kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy per month (or 32.25kWh per day) .... To get an idea of the appropriate system size for your household, check your most recent energy bill to see how much electricity (kWh) you have consumed. Then use this simple solar calculator to roughly estimate how many kilowatts of panels you’ll need to fit your energy requirements.    http://nationswell.com/what-to-know-about-at-home-solar-panels/

 

Residential wood heat incentives trending

August 13, 2014, excerpt fromBiomass Maganize, by Anna Simet, -- In New York and Massachusetts, residential wood heating incentives are on a roll, and the industry is beginning to see trends, according to John Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat.

Residential wood heat has risen dramatically in recent years, Ackerly said during an Aug. 6 Biomass Thermal Energy Council webinar, especially in Northeast and Great Lakes states. “In some cases, by 100 percent… incentive programs are guiding consumer purchasing and steering people to cleaner and more efficient appliances.”

And it’s finally being recognized that wood heat is a real opportunity for incentives that help reduce fossil fuel use. “Historically, all of that money and attention has gone into solar and geothermal, and now wood is starting to be included,” Ackerly said.

(read the full article at http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10798/residential-wood-heat-incentives-trending )

related articles:  The Beauty of Wood Heat, by Maura Adams, June 25, 2014; Pennsylvania Offers Funding For Renewable Energy Projects, by Eric Coegele, June 19, 2014

Renewable energy certificate programs now available at Penn State World Campus

reposted June 10, 2014 from Penn State, University Park, Pa. — By 2040, 63 percent of the nation’s electricity will be generated by lower-carbon options, including 16 percent from renewables, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports. This shift will result in double-digit demand for environmental engineers, industrial ecologists, regulatory affairs specialists, sustainability specialists, urban and regional planners, and other workers, according to U.S. Department of Labor projections. Penn State is launching four graduate certificate programs in bioenergy, solar energy, wind energy, and sustainability management and policy, delivered online by Penn State World Campus, to prepare adults for these jobs.

“Penn State’s programs are designed to provide working professionals with the latest knowledge and skills needed for success in the renewable energy field,” said Daniel Ciolkosz, academic program coordinator for Penn State’s online intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (iMPS-RESS). “Students can start with a certificate and continue in the master’s program or, if they have a master’s degree, they can use the certificate as a stand-alone educational credential.”

These online programs are part of the iMPS-RESS, and all courses in the certificate programs can be applied toward the iMPS-RESS, which has four options.

The certificates are aligned with the green energy and sustainability management sector, which needs professionals with a broad skill set focused on sustainability, as well as technical capabilities. The certificates can help adults build additional skills in such areas as project development, sustainability assessment, systems engineering and strategic planning.

Students who enroll in an online certificate will interact with other students and faculty online, gaining valuable knowledge and expertise and making connections that can benefit them in the future, Ciolkosz said.

Penn State academic units involved in these programs include the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering and the Liberal Arts; and the departments of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Ecosystem Science and Management, Energy and Mineral Engineering, Marketing, and Plant Science.

Applications are now being accepted for Penn State’s online renewable energy and sustainability systems graduate certificate programs. Inquiries also may be sent by email to info@ress.psu.edu.

 

A New Strategy to Drive Down the "Soft Costs" of Solar

May 30, 2014, excerpt, OSTP  ... soft costs make up over half of the total system cost of deploying solar and include things such as paperwork to apply for a permit, and cumbersome rules around installation.

In 2012, the DOE ran a Rooftop Solar Challenge which brought together local officials, utilities, private industry, non-profits, and other stakeholders in 22 communities across the Nation to simplify the solar installation process and succeeded in reducing permitting time by 40 percent and fees by over 10 percent – opening the door to make it faster and easier for more than 47 million Americans to go solar.

Moving forward, DOE will expand on these early efforts with a focus on connecting citizens with the data, tools, and skills they need to make solar more accessible. So last week, the DOE SunShot Initiative launched a new four part strategy of the following activities:

  • Empowering state and local decision-makers through timely and actionable resources, peer networks, and technical assistance; ...

(full artice at whitehouse.gov/blog)


Fourth Graders Power Their Classroom with Solar Energy

June 24, 2013, reposted from ENERGY.GOV, by Minh Le  -- A group of fourth graders in Durham, North Carolina, are showing America the way to a clean energy future.

After learning all about solar and other energy sources, Aaron Sebens -- a teacher at Central Park School for Children -- and his fourth grade class came up with a bold idea: make their classroom solar-powered.

The video documents the students’ journey from idea to reality -- leading up to a celebratory party where Aaron and his students officially “flip-the-switch” on their solar-powered classroom.   (read the full article and view video at  www.energy.gov   - will open in a new browser tab)