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Lust Object du Jour: Battery-Electric VW Camper Van

electricvwEven though it was first introduced to the world in the 1950s, it became a ubiquitous cultural icon during the counter-culture era of the 1960s. Hippies, free-spirited adventurers and cross-country travelers snapped up the Type 2 microbus at what is, by today’s standards, the unbelievably low price of around $2,100 (it also played a supporting role in Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant).

Volkswagen stopped microbus production in 2003, but now they’re trying to bring the design back- as a battery electric vehicle.

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Learn How to Keep Your Electricity Running at NYSERDA’s CHP Power Breakfast and Tour


Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems can help building owners and facility managers generate electricity, save money and ensure the delivery of critical services in the event of a grid outage. Attend NYSERDA’s breakfast to learn about CHP and the financial/technical support available for the installation of CHP systems sized 50 kW and larger. See how buildings count on CHP systems to:
• Generate electricity every day of the year.
• Save money.
• Protect the environment.
• Operate when the grid goes down.
• Provide enhanced reliability over diesel standby generators.

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Happy 270th Birthday to Alessandro Volta, Inventor of the Electric Battery

avolta270Happy 270th birthday to Italian physicist Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the first chemical-electric battery, known as “the Voltaic pile”. And now you also know where the word “voltaic”, as in “photovoltaic” which means “electricity from light”.

Napoleon Bonaparte was a fan, and Volta was invited by the Emperor to demonstrate the battery at the Institute of France.

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Meet the Smartbulb

smartbulbsRemember when light bulbs were simple? There was one kind (incandescent) at maybe four wattages- 25, 40, 60 and 100 were common- and sometimes you’d encounter something fancy like a 3-way bulb or maybe a colored bulb. Sure, they were inefficient and unrecyclable, but they were ubiquitous, and every grocery store, gas station and hardware store in American carried the exact same ones.

Then along came the CFL and everything changed. Incandescents were out; CFLs, halogens and fluorescents were in. Yes, they had traces of mercury in them that made them dangerous to break, and they had to go back to the store to be recycled. So LEDs were introduced. With their super-long lifespans and ultra-efficient electricity consumption, they seem to have won the game.

Enter the smartbulb.

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NYC’s First Commercial-Scale Wind Turbine Spins in Sunset Park

bkwindturbineIn its first month of operation, Sunset Park’s new wind turbine, located at the 30th Street pier recycling center, has generated enough electricity to power a 20-watt lightbulb for a hundred years.

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Intro to Green for Coops & Condos: Meeting Your Building’s Special Needs


How can I make my heating system quieter? Reduce my bills? Eliminate drafts? Stop smelling foul smells from my neighbors?

In this educational evening, you will learn some basic building science and solutions to your heat and comfort problems, techniques for working with your building residents, and state monies available to help make everything work better.

October 1
1359 Broadway bet 36th and 37th Sts

Attend as our guest for FREE by using the discount code “Solar1” when you register here.

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