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Friday, September 26, 2003
Renewable Energy News | $300 Million Federal Solar Energy Deployment
: "Congressional Conferees debating current energy legislation released draft legislative language that would authorize a new program to install 20,000 solar energy systems in Federal Buildings by the year 2010. .. In the draft language, released this week, Congressional Conferees included authorization for US$300 million over five years to establish a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy program for the procurement and installation of solar electric systems in new and existing public buildings. " (This is authorization, not yet appropriation, so there would be more hurdles to cross even if passes.) 5:33:17 PM
WorldWater Inaugurates Solar Municipal Water System in Cebu, Philippines
: "WorldWater the Municipality of Ronda, Cebu, Philippines, will inaugurate the world's first solar powered, prepaid municipal water distribution system on September 27 in Ronda. Former Philippines President Fidel V. Ramos will be the keynote speaker. Ronda is located on the southwest coast of Cebu, an island in the middle group of the Philippine archipelago.
For the first time, a municipal water distribution system utilizes smart card technology as a financing solution for community water production and to remove problems associated with the payment collection process. The Ronda system uses WorldWater's proprietary AquaCard(TM) (Smart Card) debit card system, which operates directly with WorldWater's AquaMeter(TM) solar pumping stations throughout the community. The project was made possible by a commercial loan from the Philippine National Bank (PNB), and required no special subsidies or grants. " 5:23:10 PM
No electricity? Use a wind-up phone charger
: "Japan's Fuso Rikaseihin Co. Ltd, which makes the charger. Priced at $42, the hand-held generator is quite noisy and not cheap, although it comes with a built-in flashlight. It can be used with phones from Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and NTT Docomo. " 5 minutes of winding gives 20 mins of talk time. Motorola came out with its own winder earlier this year. 5:18:45 PM