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    Walmart Goes Solar in Puerto Rico

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    From Wal-Mart:
    Walmart and SunEdison Announce Solar Energy Pilot in Puerto Rico Largest Solar Energy Project to Help Puerto Rico Reach its Solar Potential
    Walmart Puerto Rico and SunEdison, North America’s largest solar energy services provider, today announced plans to deploy rooftop solar systems on five Walmart PR stores with the potential for 23 stores over […]

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    Update on Mexico’s Appliance Exchange Program

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    In January I posted about how Mexico has joined Brazil and Colombia in launching programs to get citizens to hand in their old refrigerators and/or air conditioners for newer, more efficient models.  Now the Energy Secretariat (SENER) reports that as of 23 July nearly 71,000 appliances had been replaced under the program.  The states with […]

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    Time for a New Biodiesel Policy in Brazil?

    Friday, July 17th, 2009

    Luiz Prado says it’s time for Brazil to adopt a “serious” national policy on biodiesel.  I think he has a point.
    Brazil has had a biodiesel policy — er, make that a biodiesel program — since 2003.  It has a number of elements, but the lynchpins are a blending mandate (currently set at B4), and a […]

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    Chile Passes Tax Breaks for Solar Power

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

    The Chilean Congress today passed a law that would allow construction companies to to take a credit from their interim payments required under Income Tax Law equal to all or part of the value of solar thermal systems (solar water heating systems) and their installation they mount in buildings intended for housing (houses or apartments) […]

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    Brazil Begins Awarding Building Efficiency Labels

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

    Earlier this year I posted about Brazil’s trailblazing initiative to provide energy efficiency labels for buildings.  Well, the National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro) has just announced that first five Brazilian buildings were given the labels in the form of steel plaques about the size of an A4 sheet of printing paper.  […]

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    Vale Invests Heavily in Biodiesel from Palm Oil

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

    Desde Vale:
    Vale vai investir na produção de biodiesel

    Consórcio será o maior produtor de óleo de palma das Américas

    A Vale acaba de dar mais um passo em busca de uma matriz energética mais sustentável. A empresa anuncia hoje (24/06) o consórcio com a Biopalma da Amazônia S.A para produzir óleo de palma, matéria-prima para obtenção de […]

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    Trends in Clean Energy Investment

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion

    However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08
    Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains

    $155 billion was invested in 2008 in clean energy companies and […]

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    Caixa Creates Label for Sustainable Housing

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF, popularly known among Brazilians as simply “Caixa”), Latin America’s largest public bank, is already involved in promoting green building though its insistence on construction using certified wood and its concessionary financing for the installation of the solar panels and water heaters in Brazil’s recently announced “My House My Life” Program […]

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    A Wind Atlas for Espírito Santo

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

    A highlight of the Second Capixaba Energy Forum held in Vitória, the capital of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo (ES), was the formal launch of a wind atlas for ES laying out the state’s potential for power generation from wind. The ES government hopes that the atlas will attract investment in wind power in […]

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    Caixa to Help Fund Solar Water Heater Installations

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

    Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF, popularly known among Brazilians as simply “Caixa”), Latin America’s largest state-owned bank, has affirmed that as part of the “Green Protocol” of commitments signed last year with the Environment Ministry (MMA), it will through its weight (and funding) behind projects that promote sustainable housing.  In addition to its new sustainable housing […]

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