solar energy http://news.stlpublicradio.org en NAACP Report Calls For Bolstered Renewable Energy Production http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/naacp-report-calls-bolstered-renewable-energy-production <p><strong>(Updated at 10:25 p.m. on Thursday)</strong></p><p>A report from the NAACP says Missouri should increase production of renewable power and require utilities to offer energy efficiency programs.&nbsp;</p><p>Accomplishing those goals, the report says, could provide better health, cheaper utility bills and more manufacturing jobs in the state’s urban core.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:54:56 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34998 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org NAACP Report Calls For Bolstered Renewable Energy Production Ameren To Build Solar Energy Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ameren-build-solar-energy-center <p>Ameren is planning to add solar power to its energy portfolio.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The utility announced Monday it will begin construction of a solar energy center in O’Fallon, Mo., this spring. </span>Ameren<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the 20-acre site will be the largest investor-owned solar plant in the state.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials estimate it will produce 5.7 megawatts, or enough to power 650 homes a year.</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:58:55 +0000 Maria Altman 32983 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ameren To Build Solar Energy Center Solar Plane To Depart St. Louis For Cincinnati Friday Morning http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/solar-plane-depart-st-louis-cincinnati-friday-morning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A solar powered airplane that landed in St. Louis last Tuesday is scheduled to depart early tomorrow morning [Friday].</span></p><p>This will be the 4<sup>th</sup> leg of the aircraft’s cross-continental flight.</p><p>Solar Impulse was originally scheduled to fly directly from St. Louis to Washington DC. But because of strong winds the plane will make an additional stop in Cincinnati to allow the team to rest and switch pilots.</p><p>The plane’s 12,000 solar cells power it by day while recharging batteries that allow it to fly at night.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:15:01 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 27357 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Solar Plane To Depart St. Louis For Cincinnati Friday Morning Watch An Interview At 5,000 Feet (And Climbing) From Within A Solar-Powered Plane http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/watch-interview-5000-feet-and-climbing-within-solar-powered-plane <p></p><p><em>Updated 3:13 p.m. June 4 &nbsp;with landing &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A one-of-a-kind airplane is en route from Dallas to St. Louis Lambert International Airport.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s an aircraft called <a href="http://live.solarimpulse.com/">Solar Impulse </a>and it derives all of its power from the sun.</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:58:56 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 27006 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Watch An Interview At 5,000 Feet (And Climbing) From Within A Solar-Powered Plane Expanding Solar Energy Use And The Nation’s First ‘Active House’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/expanding-solar-energy-use-and-nation-s-first-active-house <p>The use of alternative energies such as solar and wind is not new though advancements in technology and conversations about the effects of climate change are ongoing.</p><p>Many communities, including some in the St. Louis area, are making a big commitment to going green and utilizing solar energy with the encouragement of the Environmental Protection Agency.&nbsp; The Green Power Community Challenge includes Clayton and Creve Coeur.</p><p>Host Don Marsh led a discussion about the commercial and residential use of solar energy.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 22:45:04 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 26873 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Expanding Solar Energy Use And The Nation’s First ‘Active House’ St. Louis Selected As Midwest Stop For Solar-Powered Aircraft http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-selected-midwest-stop-solar-powered-aircraft <p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">St. Louis will be a pit stop for the first solar-powered flight across America. It was announced Tuesday that Lambert Airport is one of five airports selected for Solar Impulse's cross-country flight.</span></p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">"We are the city forever linked to Charles Lindbergh nearly 90 years ago," St. Louis mayor Francis Slay said. "This year we recognize that there are new milestones and advances to witness, and St. Louis will be part of that inspiring story."</span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:04:24 +0000 Chris McDaniel 25954 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Selected As Midwest Stop For Solar-Powered Aircraft Appeals Court Upholds Mo. Renewable Energy Rules http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/appeals-court-upholds-mo-renewable-energy-rules <P>A state appeals court has upheld regulations implementing Missouri’s <A href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C300-399/3930001030.HTM">renewable energy standard</A>.</P> <P>Kevin Gunn chairs the Missouri Public Service Commission, the state regulatory agency that developed the regulations (<A href="http://sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/4csr/4c240-20.pdf">4 CSR 240-20.100</A>).</P> <P>Gunn says <A href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2008petitions/2008-031.asp">the standard approved by voters in 2008</A> was intended to increase Missouri’s reliance on renewable energy — while at the same Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:40:39 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 6625 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Appeals Court Upholds Mo. Renewable Energy Rules Mo. solar energy companies call to extend federal renewable energy tax grant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-solar-energy-companies-call-extend-federal-renewable-energy-tax-grant <p>Missouri solar energy companies are calling for Congress to extend a federal tax grant for renewable energy.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.treasury.gov/initiatives/recovery/Pages/1603.aspx">1603 Treasury Program</a> lets solar, wind, and other renewable energy developers take an existing 30 percent tax credit as a cash grant, instead.<br /><br />The executive director of the <a href="http://www.moseia.org/">Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association</a>, Heidi Schoen, says the tax grant program has driven investment in renewable energy projects nationwide.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:50:05 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2691 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. solar energy companies call to extend federal renewable energy tax grant Cole Co. judge sets aside own ruling banning solar rebates in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cole-co-judge-sets-aside-own-ruling-banning-solar-rebates-mo <p>A Cole County judge has set aside his earlier ruling that declared solar rebates in Missouri to be unconstitutional.</p><p>The rebates were part of <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2008petitions/2008-031.asp">a renewable energy ballot initiative passed by Missouri voters in 2008</a>.</p><p>Circuit Judge Daniel Green&rsquo;s initial ruling in June stated that the $2 per-watt solar rebate was essentially a seizure of private property from St. Louis-based <a href="http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/Pages/home.aspx">Ameren Missouri</a>.&nbsp; But he has temporarily vacated that ruling to allow other interested parties to file briefs in the case. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 23:37:03 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1758 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cole Co. judge sets aside own ruling banning solar rebates in Mo. Moonrise Hotel's lunar sign to run on solar source http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/moonrise-hotels-lunar-sign-run-solar-source <p>Solar panels will soon help brighten the night a little in the <a href="http://visittheloop.com/">Delmar Loop</a> in St. Louis.</p><p>The Moonrise Hotel announced today that they&#39;ll be installing solar panels to power not only the illumination and rotation of the moon perched atop its building, but also operations in the Rooftop Terrace Bar.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:00:42 +0000 Kelsey Proud 1062 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Moonrise Hotel's lunar sign to run on solar source