alternative energy


Wed January 15, 2014
Upstate Solar Testing

New test lab puts solar panels through our diverse weather

Rick Lewandowski, executive director of CECET, loads a solar panel in a testing lab in Cortland, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There’s a handful of machines in this corner of the massive Intertek testing facility in Cortland. They’re all designed to make sure solar energy panels can withstand being outside for decades, enduring rain, snow and even hail.

Rick Lewandowski, the executive director of the Center for Clean Energy Technology, shows an older solar panel that didn’t pass their test.

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Wed January 9, 2013

Disaster preparedness, smart grids feature in Cuomo energy agenda

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Governor Cuomo’s state of the state address saw a significant push for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the implementation of smart grid technology.

Speaking about the state’s need to be better prepared for disasters of the magnitude of Superstorm Sandy, Cuomo pointed more reliable power source as one of the major requirements.

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Fri January 4, 2013
Wind Energy

Wind energy tax credit extension means "big sigh of relief"

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With several tax credits and incentives for the wind industry extended by Congress for at least another year, wind projects in upstate New York can move forward with a little more confidence.

As part of the "fiscal cliff" deal at the turn of the year, production tax credits (PTCs) and other incentives for the wind energy were given another year of life. There was concern that would not happen and the wind industry would be forced to shed jobs and slow its growth.

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Fri January 4, 2013

New York state ranks third in the world for clean energy patents

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New York state ranks third in the world for the number of clean energy patents issued in the third quarter of 2012. The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index shows that the majority of the 63 patents issued during that period went to upstate inventors. 

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Mon December 31, 2012
Innovate Upstate

InnovateUpstate Podcast

In this edition: Forget the fiscal cliff, wind energy producers are racing to finish projects before the Production Tax Credit expires tonight, and why the optics and photonics sector is helping to close the gender gap in science and technology. Download the mp3 to your device or listen online. Duration: 11 minutes.