United States - Last night marked President Obama’s second State of the Union Speech, and one of his major points of interest was the need for more clean energy. The President hopes to generate 80% of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by the year 2035. President Obama related an anecdote of a roofing company hit hard by the recession that reinvented their shop to manufacture solar panels, and said, “That’s what Americans have done for over 200 years: reinvented ourselves.” The President hopes to add solar energy initiatives that will not only boost our energy independence but will also create more jobs for Americans.
Iowa – There’s a new kind of gas station at the University of Iowa. There are still the same rows of stations where you park your car. But instead of pumping up, you can plug in. The university’s new station is an electric car station that is powered by solar energy. The new project should be completed by the end of February and will hopefully generate as much as 80,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
Denver, Colorado – An Ikea set to open in Denver’s Centennial area will utilize over 2,000 solar panels in order to produce 498 kilowatts. The Ikea, set to open in February will also utilize a geothermal heating system to keep the store cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Ikea U.S. has already employed the use of solar panels in other stores located in New York, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.
New Mexico – Philanthropist, Ted Turner is trying his hand at supporting solar energy. The famous media mogul has recently started providing Springer Electric Cooperative customers in New Mexico with solar energy. The solar power is coming from Turner’s massive 30 megawatt Cimarron Solar Facility. This is the first large sized solar project for Ted Turner, and his representatives explained that he’s interested in expanding his investment efforts towards more solar powered initiatives.