Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Transport, has unveiled British Gas’ new fully electric and solar powered cars—two Nissan LEAFs that will be used by staff at offices in Staines and Windsor. Both sites have solar-powered charging canopies, which will supply enough renewable electricity to cover the cars’ fuel needs.The announcement comes as British Gas stated its goal to have 1,000 electric vans being used by British Gas heating engineers by 2015, beginning with 25 next year.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is not content to rest on its smart meter laurels. After establishing itself as one of the United States’ early adopters of smart meters and related technology, SDG&E is bolstering its renewables portfolio by signing contracts with a subsidiary of San Diego-based enXco and with Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, a subsidiary of LS Power Development. The new deals, which require approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), represent a combined total capacity of up to 237 megawatts (MW) of solar energy.
Those who see the energy glass half empty have often noted that while Electric Vehicles are well and good in saving gasolin, it still took energy produced by utilities to charge them. Not necessarily, anymore. Envision Solar International, which designs and develops sustainable infrastructure, has broken ground on electric-vehicle (EV) charging enabled Solar Tree structures with integrated EnvisionTrak and CleanCharge systems at Axion Power International’s facility in Western Pennsylvania. The project is expected to be completed by mid July.
Petra Solar has announced the international expansion of its SunWave family of Solar Energy Solutions, featuring a new Smart Energy Module (SEM) that is designed to convert solar photovoltaic DC electricity to 230 volt AC while supporting electric grid reliability. They system, for use in the Pacific Rim, Europe, and the Middle East, has been certified to international grid standards including CE, IEC62109, G83, AS/NZS3100 and AS4777 for safety and electrical compliance.