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UMaine Opens World Class Wind and Wave Testing Facility
12/26/2015 - 7:03pm

the Harold Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratories image courtesy of the University of MaineOn November 23, 2015, the Advanced Structures & Composites Center at the University of Maine at Orono celebrated the opening of the Harold Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing Laboratories. This world-class testing laboratory will prototype coastal and offshore structures, including ships, aquaculture facilities, oil and gas structures, and ocean energy devices under extreme wave, wind and current environments.

During the ceremonies, the Harold Alfond Foundation announced a $3.9 million grant to the University of Maine to match $9.98 million already raised for the facility. See photos of the day’s celebration here. Read more in the Bangor Daily News.

Image credit: University of Maine.

Ocean Renewable Power Company Receives DOE Grant
12/26/2015 - 12:15pm

Ocean renewable power company tidgen tidal generation turnine photo courtesy of orc.On November 24, 2015 the Bangor Daily News reported that the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) of Portland received a $2.25 million grant to make efficiency improvements to the deployment, anchoring and retrieval system for its tidal power generation turbines in Cobscook Bay off Lubec and Eastport. The work is expected to lower operational costs and make the technology more commercially viable. Testing is slated for 2017.

The grant was announced by Rep. Chellie Pingree and is one of 41 of the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy awards made recently. Read the full story in the Bangor Daily News.

Image courtesy of Ocean Renewable Power Company.

Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended 5 Years
12/26/2015 - 10:59am

solar panels image courtesy of the humble farmerOn December 15, 2015, the US Congress approved an extension of the Residential Renewable Tax Credit, originally set to expire at the end of 2016, for another five years. The tax credit enables homeowners and small businesses to claim 30% of the cost of solar, small wind, fuel cell and geothermal systems against their taxes. 

Read more about the tax credit from the US Department of Energy. Read Senator Charles Schumer’s announcement of the extension in the Westfield Republican.

Image courtesy of the humble Farmer.

Maine National Guard Battalion Opens Solar Facility
11/25/2015 - 4:35pm

The readiness center of the Maine National Guard 133rd Engineering Battalion photo courtesy of Maine National GuardThe new, LEED Silver readiness center for the 133rd Engineering Battalion of the Maine National Guard at Brunswick Landing opened in September 2015. Following new National Guard regulations to build energy efficiency and renewable energy into all new projects, the $23.5 million building boasts 38 KW of solar capacity, geothermal heating wells, LED lighting and a living roof growing blueberries.

Read more about it in the Sun Journal.

New England’s First Net Zero Food Production Plant Opens
11/25/2015 - 2:35pm

Grandy Oats real granola we are going off the grid image courtesy of Grandy OatsOn Nov. 17, 2015, the Grandy Oats company unveiled the solar array at its new production facility. The manufacturer of organic granolas and snacks is moving from its original location, a restored barn in Brownfield to a former school building in Hiram, Maine. Now, a 95,000KW solar array will meet all of the company’s energy needs, including heating, cooling and powering fork trucks. After a 7-year loan payoff, the company will have free energy. Said one owner, “This insulates us from world pressures. It feels good that we are generating our own power on site.”

Read the full story in the Bangor Daily News and watch it on WCSH-TV.

Aqua Ventus Wins $3.7 Million Grant
11/22/2015 - 8:02pm

Volturn US prototype wind turbine developed for the Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project image courtesy of the University of MaineOn November 16, 2015, Maine's US Senators Collins and King announced that the offshore wind project for the Gulf of Maine known as Aqua Ventus will receive $3.7 million from the US Department of Energy to complete planning, design and supply chain contracts.

The project is being developed by a consortium led by the University of Maine and received a previous $3 million grant in 2014 under the DOE’s Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Project. Of other states receiving greater funding under this program, Aqua Ventus is the only one to secure a power purchase agreement so far.

Read the full story in Mainebiz.

VolturnUS floating offshore wind turbine image courtesy of University of Maine.

Algae Research Funds Flow to USM
10/27/2015 - 11:08am

a student conducts algae research image courtesy of US-DOEOn October 2, 2015, the US Department of Energy awarded a multi-year, $1.5 million grant to the Algae Foundation, to develop a college degree in algal cultivation technologies as well as an aquaculture extension training program.

The Algae Foundation has formed the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC), a partnership between academic institutions, national research laboratories, and industry leaders. The Consortium will develop novel educational programs to strengthen industry workforce capabilities.

The Algae Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the algae industry. Its leader, Dr. Ike Levine, teaches at the University of Southern Maine in Lewiston. Read the full news story here.

Image courtesy of US-DOE.

Brunswick Chooses Solarize Contractor
09/28/2015 - 10:35pm

Solarize Brunswick logoThe Town of Brunswick announced on September 28, 2015 that it has chosen ReVision Energy of Portland, Maine as its partner installer for the 2015-2016 Solarize Brunswick program. Beginning immediately, the town and ReVision will work to promote the program through a number of launch events.

The purpose of the Solarize Brunswick program is to help people get the best deal possible on solar energy systems through group purchasing. This model has been proven successful in many other towns in and outside Maine.

Read more on the Solarize Brunswick website.

E2Tech Hosts its First Expo Oct. 1
09/28/2015 - 9:45pm

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine E2TechThe Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) and its partners are pleased to host the inaugural E2Tech Expo on October 1, 2015. Events include keynotes from a Fortune 50 company and a venture capital firm; its first-ever “E2Tech Talks” on Maine’s local and global food movements; a high-level plenary panel on cleantech markets, technologies, and public policies; workshops on energy policy, workforce development & career connections, sustainability in the supply chain, and cluster development and seed funding; and dozens of tables featuring environmental and energy companies, products, services, and resources.

You may see the agenda and register here.

City of Portland Adds Two More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Parking Garages
08/28/2015 - 1:29pm

An electric vehicle charger in a parking garage in Portland, Maine image courtesy of Greater Portland Council of GovernmentsOn July 29th, GPCOG joined the City of Portland's Mayor Michael Brennan, Councilor Ed Suslovic, Joel Harrington of Central Maine Power and Darlene Beach with the Iberdrola USA Foundation to celebrate the expansion of the City's electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

As part of a grant to GPCOG from the Iberdrola USA Foundation, the City was able to install two level II electric vehicle charging stations, one at both the Temple St. and Spring St. parking garages.  Mayor Brennan said, "I want to thank the Iberdrola USA Foundation and GPCOG for this grant. GPCOG has been instrumental in introducing electric vehicles and charging stations into our fleet and parking garages. Having two more EV chargers in our parking garages adds convenience and will hopefully help convince more people to use electric cars."

So far, seven EV chargers have been installed at municipal buildings and other locations including: Town Halls in Falmouth, Raymond and Windham, as well as Pineland Farms, the Marriott Hotel on Commercial St. in Portland and the City's two parking garages.

To learn more contact the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

Photo: An electric vehicle charger in a parking garage in Portland, Maine; image courtesy of Greater Portland Council of Governments