Catch up on the latest energy industry news from the week of May 12, 2014.
Are Streets Soon be Paved with Solar Panels?
An Idaho couple has covered the driveway in front of their office building with hexagon-shaped solar panels and is spearheading a project to turn the local roadways solar as well. Some features of the panels include:
- Heating elements to melt snow and ice
- LED lights to serve as dividing lines
- Special storm-water pathways to eliminate flooding
- A textured glass surface that can support up to 250,000 pounds
The couple is seeking funding through Indiegogo and has received funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Find out more about this project here.
Solar Power Saves Music Program in California School District
Because of extreme budget cuts in the California school system, many schools were forced to minimize resources and shut down programs like music. However, the Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District in Fresno County found a way to reduce its energy costs to by installing solar structures at three of its five schools.
This move is expected to save the district $750,000 over the next five years and $9 million over 25 years.
Solar Industry Leads in the Rise in Number of Renewables Jobs Globally
Renewable energy has become one of the largest and most significant employers worldwide. Global data shows that the solar industry grew to 6.5 million renewables jobs in 2013, a 14 percent rise.
The solar panel industry contributed the most jobs, hiring 2.27 million people in 2013. China was the largest renewable employment nation with 2.6 million jobs, followed by Brazil with 0.89 million jobs, and the US with 0.63 million jobs.
The report from the International Renewable Energy Agency identifies increasing installations of solar photovoltaic panels as the main reason for the growth in jobs.
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