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New York Manufacturer Goes Solar, To Save $50,000 Annually

October 30 -- A family-owned manufacturer located next to Yankee Stadium, GAL Manufacturing, has recently completed the construction of one of the city’s largest commercial rooftop solar arrays. The 237-kilowatt system was designed and installed by MC Solar Development, and SolarCity and is expected to save the company an estimated $50,000 a year on utility bills. >>View Article

U.S. Renewable Energy Usage Jumped In 2011, Coal Usage Fell

October 30 -- Americans used less energy in 2011 than in the previous year, due mainly to a shift to higher-efficiency energy technologies in the transportation and residential sectors, according to new energy flowcharts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Meanwhile, less coal was used, but more natural gas was consumed according to the most recent energy flow charts released. Wind power saw the biggest jump - from .92 quadrillion BTU, or quads, in 2010 up to 1.17 quads in 2011. Solar power usage, meanwhile, grew to 0.158 quads. >>View Article

Reports Of Clean Energy's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

October 29 -- If the notion "he who lives by the subsidy dies by the subsidy" is true, then oil, gas and nuclear companies must be dying a thousand deaths. "A Sad Green Story," the recent New York Times article by David Brooks, is way off the mark with where we need to go as a country and as an entire planet. Now is not the time to malign investments in our health, welfare and a sustainable energy future. >>View Article

Alabama Leaders Support Push For Electric Cars

October 29 -- Alabama may not have to look too far down the road to see a future filled with electric vehicles, and leaders met Friday in Montgomery make sure they’re ready.  As Chevrolet, Ford and Nissan showed off some of the latest technology in front of the Renaissance Hotel, Rep. Greg Wren, R-Montgomery, was one of those who spoke to a crowd of government, military and business representatives inside the Convention Center about how to move it forward. >>View Article

Army Reserve Quietly Steps Up Its Sustainability Game

October 29 -- The Department of Defense has been steadily picking up the pace of its clean energy initiatives, and that includes the Army Reserve. This week, CleanTechnica had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Tad Davis, the person in charge of a $1.2 billion-per-year office that oversees sustainability programs for the Army, Army National Guard, and Reserve. Mr. Davis described how Reservists are uniquely positioned to play a powerful role as the Army transitions into a more sustainable force that leverages alternative energy as well as water conservation, waste management, and land stewardship. >>View Article

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