alternative energy

WATCH: Growing greener pot in greenhouses

Feb 5, 2016
Dan Boyce

Colorado's booming pot industry is draining the state's electric grid. In Pueblo, one grower is looking to the sun for a solution.

Using greenhouses could cut down on the enormous light fixtures needed to grow marijuana indoors.

Dan Boyce of Inside Energy, a collaborative journalism initiative among public media and an Innovation Trail partner, has more on the green future of pot. 

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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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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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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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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.