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Enlighted bags $14.2 million to finance lighting management tool

Enlighted Inc. announced that it has raised $14.2 million from high-profile investors Intel Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to deploy its lighting and energy management platform. The California-based startup’s lighting management system involves installing a device designed to individually measure and manage energy use at each light fixture where it is installed. Control units on the device can dim or turn on/off lights based on ambient light and temperature data picked up by its sensors.


BP Wind Energy to build 419-MW Flat Ridge 2 wind farm in Kansas

Power generated will go to Associated Electric Cooperative as part of a long-term PPA


China, Russia challenge E.U.’s aviation emission caps

China and Russia are decrying the European Union’s aviation emission trading scheme as an infringement on other country’s sovereignty and a burden to global air carriers.In a joint statement, China’s Civil Aviation Administration and Russia’s Transport Ministry stated their opposition to the E.U.’s Emissions Trading Scheme which places a strict cap on the carbon dioxide emissions of all airlines flying to and around Europe starting January 2012.


American Superconductor profits down; Sinovel blamed

Electrical systems company American Superconductor Corporation announced that their revenues and profits for the first quarter of this year and the whole of fiscal year 2010 were hurt following cancelled supply deals with its largest customer.The company’s revenues for the first quarter ended June 30 fell to $9.1 million from $97.2 million a year earlier. Net loss was $37.7 million, or 74 cents a share, compared with $9.2 million, or 20 cents a share, year-on-year.


Solar-powered water purifiers fight fluorosis in African villages

Solar-powered water filtration systems will be deployed in villages in Senegal to help mitigate the high rate of fluorosis, the very high concentration of fluoride leading to tooth and bone decay, among locales.Filtration, separation and purification company Pall Corp. developed a new solar-powered water filtration system, which is particularly important in places like Senegal where the majority of the population does not have access to electricity.


Johnson Controls invests $70 million in battery recycling center

Investment will enhance the environmental safety of the battery recycling plant


Sierra Club names ‘greenest, coolest’ schools in U.S.

In time with the opening of the 2011-2012 school year, the Sierra Club released the names of the United States’ “Coolest Schools,” universities and colleges that execute the most notable actions to solve climate change issues and promote sustainability. The list, released for the fifth time this year by the San Francisco-based grassroots environmental organization through its magazine Sierra, named the University of Washington in Seattle as 2011’s top green school.


Blythe 1-GW C.S.P. shifts to PV, finds panels more economical

Developers of the Blythe solar power project, supposed to be the largest solar thermal power plant using solar troughs, have decided to use solar photovoltaic technology instead because solar panels are said to be more economical. Germany’s Solar Millennium A.G. said it will convert the first 500 megawatts of its 1,000 MW solar power plant being built in the Mojave Desert in California to solar PV panels.


Vestas to provide 202 MW of turbines to E.ON wind project

Project to provide power for more than 60,000 American homes


Latin America and the Caribbean to phase out incandescent bulbs

In a meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, government representatives from 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean signed a United Nations Environment Program-backed initiative that will phase out incandescent lamps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while saving energy.


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