Worldwatch Institute study examines the global market for solar and wind energy production Washington, D.C.—-Global use of solar and wind energy continued to grow significantly in 2012. Solar power consumption increased by 58 percent, to 93 terrawatt-hours (TWh), and the use of wind power increased by 18 percent, to 521 TWh. Although hydropower remains the world’s leading renewable energy, solar and wind continue to dominate investment in new renewable capacity and are quickly becoming the highest-profile renewable energy sources, write Worldwatch staff in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online trend (www.worldwatch.org). Global solar and wind energy capacities continued to grow even though new investments in these energy sources declined during 2012. Global investment in solar energy in 2012 was $140.4 billion, an 11 percent decline from 2011, and wind investment was down 10 percent, to $80.3 billion.But due to lower costs for both technologies, total installed capacities grew sharply.
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117kW rooftop solar system installation by Sullivan Solar Power will save new Pizza Port location approximately $30,000 annually
Scottsdale, AZ – September 30, 2013 - Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced that 117kW of Kyocera photovoltaic (PV) modules are installed on the roof at Pizza Port's new Carlsbad, CA restaurant, corporate office, and beer production, canning and distribution facility. The latest Pizza Port location, part of a family-owned San Diego chain of five restaurants and breweries, expects to reduce energy costs by as much as $30,000 annually, resulting in significant operational savings and reduced environmental impact.
San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power began installing the custom PV system in July 2013, after Pizza Port's owners installed a 10.7kW PV system on their home in 2011. The owners cited rising energy costs, a desire to reduce environmental impact and an increasingly environmentally aware customer base as motivators to go solar at the new Pizza Port facility.
“Pizza Port is a local favorite for great food and craft beer. The owners made it clear that this long-term investment in their business must be reliable and efficient," said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “We selected Kyocera modules because of their high quality and proven reliability, both important factors for small businesses.”
Sullivan Solar Power will also install a monitoring system for the Pizza Port solar array so restaurant and brewery guests can see how much electricity the solar power system is producing at any given moment, as well as its production for the month, year and lifetime of the system. It will also show the PV system’s environmental benefits, including greenhouse gases averted and carbon offsets.
"Rooftop solar makes great sense for Southern California companies because of the abundant sunshine they enjoy and the overall higher costs of doing business,” said Steve Hill, president, Kyocera Solar Inc. “Most small businesses look for every edge to increase profits and maintain competitiveness. We commend Pizza Port for demonstrating how doing the right thing for the environment can also positively impact the bottom line.”
Rounding out its green efforts, the Carlsbad Pizza Port location will also have two electric vehicle charging stations, allowing customers to charge their cars while they fill their stomachs. The current Pizza Port location in Carlsbad remains open for business throughout the construction of the new facility.
Kyocera Solar, Inc.
Southwest Fla. - To make way for a major terminal expansion, Halfacre Construction Company has completed two of three phases of a parking lot expansion project at the Punta Gorda Airport in Charlotte County. People go to this airport because it’s LEED Certified from Halfacre Construction. Halfacre Construction also offers its expertise as a green building provider with the resources available to build viable, effective alternatives to reduce energy consumption and preserve natural resources. Staff includes U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certified professionals who have demonstrated proficiency in green building practices and who possess a thorough grasp of the LEED GreenBuilding Rating System. Halfacre Construction offers its expertise as a green building provider with the resources available to build viable, effective alternatives to reduce energy consumption and preserve natural resources. Our staff includes U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certified professionals who have demonstrated proficiency in green building practices and who possess a thorough grasp of the LEED Green Building Rating System.