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Rooftop solar panels in Poughkeepsie, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_New_York#mediaviewer/File:Rooftop_Photovoltaic_Array.jpg">Lucas Braun</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rooftop solar panels in Poughkeepsie, NY. Photo: Lucas Braun, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

California solar company eyes land at Plattsburgh Airport

Solar energy is on the rise in New York State, thanks in part to a company from California, and state incentives that make it more attractive to do business here. SolarCity already has plans for developing solar farms in Glens Falls, Queensbury, and Schenectady. The Plattsburgh International Airport may be next.  Go to full article

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The solar installation at this house in Ithaca provides about 100% percent of what's needed at this residence. Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond.
The solar installation at this house in Ithaca provides about 100% percent of what's needed at this residence. Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond.

Federal support for renewables in question

The U.S. government supports renewable energy with money for research and tax breaks. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, that backing has come under political fire, and the industry is already feeling the effects.  Go to full article

Subsidies for solar power

Sources of renewable energy like wind, solar, and hydroelectric are still just tiny players in a world powered by fossil fuels. Most of the power for your light switch comes from burning coal and natural gas. Mark Brush reports the government is trying to change that. There are state and federal programs that will pay you to put solar panels on your house.  Go to full article
North America's largest solar plant, covering 140 acres  (Photo courtesy of the Nellis Air Force Base)
North America's largest solar plant, covering 140 acres (Photo courtesy of the Nellis Air Force Base)

Bright future for solar power?

President Barack Obama's visit to Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas today has more to do with what's on the ground than it does the fighter jets in the air. Lester Graham reports on the base's solar energy project.  Go to full article
Jim Juczak (right) and some of the community at Woodhenge.
Jim Juczak (right) and some of the community at Woodhenge.

The beauty of scrounging

Jim Juczak and his family are proud of their Jefferson County home. And they don't mind if people say it's trashy. Most of it is made of junk. Juczak lives near Adams Center and runs Woodhenge, an off-grid community and sustainability school. He's one of the featured speakers at the Sustainable Energy Fair in Canton this weekend. Juczak is a lecturer, tinkerer, gardener, alternative energy do-it-yourself expert, and green builder. He spoke with Todd Moe about his 18-sided home made of wood and papercrete - a paper sludge from a local mill. He says 80 % of his home is made of salvaged materials.  Go to full article

Preview: Energy Fair in Canton

NCPR is media sponsor for the 14th annual Sustainable Energy Fair at the SUNY Canton Miller Campus Center this weekend. This year's fair includes more than 100 workshops and exhibitors, green home tours, environmental theater and more. Todd Moe talks with organizer Patricia Greene.  Go to full article

Solar panel factory planned for Franklin County

An Essex County man wants to build solar panel manufacturing facilities in business parks in Malone and Harrietstown, potentially creating 100 new jobs in Franklin County. Brian McManus, an entrepreneur, business consultant and former Wall Street trader, is also planning an educational facility that would train workers in alternative energy technology. In addition to the job benefits, McManus says the projects will help to reduce the nation's dependence on fossil fuels. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Heard up North: My "Green" Bathroom

Everybody loves an open house. Now you can check out your neighbor's cabinets AND cut your energy bills. Saturday, October 7th from 10-4 the GREEN BUILDINGS OPEN HOUSE will feature 15 energy efficient homes in St Lawrence County. Check out techniques like solar and wind energy, geothermal heating, green building techniques, passive solar design as well as some no-cost methods for energy efficiency. Brochures with sites and directions are available at Nature's Storehouse in Canton and The Greenhouse and Potsdam Food Coop in Potsdam, or by calling 379-9466.

One of the sites is the home of Ann Heidenreich, she's director of Community Energy Services. For today's heard up north, we visit her bathroom.  Go to full article

Assessing NiMo's Renewable Energy Plan

Niagara Mohawk customers can now choose to buy renewable energy on their latest electric bills. But they'll have to pay more for it, about 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour more. To better understand how this new system works, David Sommerstein spoke with Ann Heidenreich, director of Community Energy Services and the North Country's state representative for energy efficiency.  Go to full article

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