Clean Energy

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Gov introduces $16M ‘Clean Communities’ fund

A new state initiative will pour millions into local governments looking to reduce energy consumption and promote community-based clean-energy projects. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the launch of Clean Energy Communities, through which local municipalities can apply for technical assistance – and a slice of $16 million in funding – as they attempt to implement renewable, energy-efficient projects and foster regional sustainable-development initiatives. Funding comes from the Clean Energy Fund, the 10-year, $5.3 billion…


BNL snags key role in $50M battery effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // A host of advanced Brookhaven National Laboratory technologies will bolster a $50 million national campaign to create next-generation electric-vehicle batteries. The laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II and Center for Functional Nanomaterials will play key roles in the Battery500 Consortium, a multidisciplinary science super-squad led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Obama Administration announced last week that the consortium – on a mission to create commercially viable…


LIPA trustees postpone wind-farm vote

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Power Authority has delayed a vote on a proposed turbine farm that would set a new high-water mark for U.S. offshore wind-energy projects. LIPA trustees were expected to approve Wednesday the utility’s plans for a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm and to award the project to offshore developer Deepwater Wind, which is planning to flip the switch on a 30-megawatt, five-turbine farm off the coast of Rhode Island later this year….


A summer of endless incubation at CEBIP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Summer slowdown? Not at the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, where a full slate of new clients and educational networking programs is giving a traditionally sagging season some sizzle. While closed schools and holiday vacations historically decelerate summertime business activity across many sectors, CEBIP Executive Director David Hamilton hasn’t had a chance to put up his feet. Fresh off of coordinating two professional networkers for the edification of program participants, Hamilton…


SBU nanotech fuels upstate collaboration

By GREGORY ZELLER // A collaboration between a Long Island tech spinoff and an upstate manufacturer could speed a Stony Brook University-born nanotechnology to market – and set the fuel-cell industry on its ear. MEAn Technologies, a soon-to-officially-launch spinoff of Selden business-development services provider Dynamic Supplier Alignment, is teaming up with Rochester-based American Fuel Cell on an application for funds through a newly issued New York State Energy Research and Development Authority PON – a…


Feds set wind-energy lease sale for LI waters

By CARL CORRY // More than 80,000 acres of federal waters about 11 miles off the coast of Long Island will be made available to lease for off-shore wind-energy development, the Obama administration announced this week. The proposed lease area of 81,130 acres off the Rockaways comprises the New York Wind Energy Area, which the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management identified earlier this year in consultation with the New York Intergovernmental Renewable…


Green Bank inks four solar deals

NY Green Bank, the state’s $1 billion energy financing arm, has completed four new deals that will encourage job creation and private investment. Combined, the efforts are expected to facilitate 6,200 residential rooftop solar installations across New York, as well as eight ground-based solar installations for commercial and industrial use. The Green Bank – part of the 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund, the state’s commitment to clean-energy market growth – is participating in two…


Jasmine Universe is now officially a thing

By GREGORY ZELLER // World, meet Universe. Jasmine Universe, an energy-use startup developing technology to maximize efficiency in home and work environments, made its official public debut Thursday at Advanced Energy 2016, a New York City sustainability conference organized by Stony Brook University and co-sponsored by a topflight assemblage of research organizations, private companies and government agencies. For the 2014 startup, a Start-Up NY resident of SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Thursday’s “press…


East Hampton wins microgrid funding

State microgrid program ups the ante

Another $8 million is up for grabs in Phase II of the NY Prize microgrid competition, officially kicked off Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Following 2015’s $8.3 million Phase I, which offered relatively small $100,000 awards to help 83 winning statewide communities conduct feasibility studies on their indigenous microgrid proposals, Phase II will select eight projects with the best engineering and business plans – with awards up to $1 million each to help bring those…


NYPA project named Grid Edge winner

A partnership between the New York Power Authority and Talisen Technologies has been named a 2016 winner of the Grid Edge Awards, which recognize the top 20 companies or projects that have the potential to shape the distributed energy system of the future. The partnership was recognized for its Energy Manager program, which may be the single biggest effort to integrate building-side energy management data with statewide energy goals. The energy monitoring operations center at SUNY Polytechnic…


Checking in with: Brimes Energy’s Ram Maramara

By GREGORY ZELLER // The artificial jellyfish is heading to the Philippines. And perhaps the Caribbean. And someday soon, maybe everywhere else. Brimes Energy, a member of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program operating out of a 1,600-square-foot industrial test site in Holbrook, is close to a field-test agreement with a major Philippines-based utility. CEO Ramuel Maramara, who’s twice traveled to his native land to hammer out details of the ocean-based trial, said…


In renewables, no Island should be an island

By GREGORY ZELLER // A report this week detailing state incentives and private investments funneled into structural energy-efficiency projects shows Long Island trailing well behind the rest of New York – but the numbers, insiders say, are deceiving. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced that 112,000 residential and commercial energy-efficiency projects have commenced or been completed since 2012 under the auspices of various Albany-sanctioned clean-energy programs. Combined, the statewide efforts cover 90,000 individual homes and 22,000…


Invenergy seeks Brookhaven IDA assistance

A Chicago-based owner/operator of energy storage and generation projects across North America and Europe is looking to shine in Shoreham. And Invenergy – whose portfolio includes wind, solar and natural gas-fueled power facilities in Poland, Scotland and the United States – wants the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency’s assistance as it establishes Shoreham Solar Commons, a 24.9 megawatt solar farm proposed for roughly 150 acres of the Tallgrass Golf Course property. According to an application accepted…


Solar jumped 17% in 2015, topping natural gas

The United States installed 7,286 megawatts of solar power in 2015, the largest total ever and a 17 percent jump over 2014. In another first, solar additions topped the expansion of the nation’s natural-gas capacity, with solar adding 29.5 percent of all new electric generating capacity in the United States in 2015. Total U.S. solar installations have now topped 25 gigawatts, up from just 2 gigawatts in 2010. The almost 7.3 gigawatts installed in 2015 is 8.6 times…


SolarCity announces delays on Buffalo plant

The state’s gamble on SolarCity in Buffalo has slipped into a lower gear. The firm’s $900 million factory, which is being built and equipped with $750 million in state incentives, was expected to reach full production during the first quarter of next year. Push that back by at least three — and maybe six — months, SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive announced this week, blaming longer than expected lead time on equipment needed to get the plant…