National Renewable Energy Laboratory

DOE Announces Top Green Power Programs

The United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs, under which consumers can help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar. Green power sales from utility programs exceeded six million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2010. Wind energy now represents more than three-fourths of electricity generated for green energy programs nationwide.

GE Achieves Highest Publicly Reported Efficiency for Thin Film Solar Panel

GE reports that its newly developed full-size, thin film solar panel has been independently certified as the most efficient ever publicly reported. GE intends to manufacture the solar panels at a new United States based factory that will be the nation’s largest and is part of GE’s $600 million investment in solar technology and commercialization.

Boeing Executive Joins RASEI

Tim Noonan, vice president of Boeing Energy, has joined the Leadership Council of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) as the chair of the Smart Grid working group. In his position, Noonan will lead the institute’s efforts to develop solutions for creating a national Smart Grid. RASEI Director Michael Knotek says Boeing’s participation with the Institute to address Smart Grid deficiencies “is a testament to the business community’s commitment to developing effective energy solutions. We are pleased to have Tim join the RASEI team, and we look forward to his contributions to our efforts.”