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Looking for work? You might consider "green jobs."The term has been a buzz word the past few years, but according to a state report there were 8,169 "green-collar jobs" in 2008.Green-collar jobs can be found in construction, manufacturing, installation, maintenance, agriculture and many other sectors of the economy, according to the report issued by Gov. Chet Culver's office.Some of the jobs are in new industries such as wind energy while others are part of existing jobs that demand green skills such as heating and cooling.More are expected to be created in the coming years.U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin recently announced that $5.9 million in recovery act funds will be coming to Iowa Workforce Development to train people for jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable- energy industries.Josh Byrnes, division chairman of the Agriculture and Industrial programs at North Iowa Area Community College, expects growth in those industries."Anything that deals with energy conservation is something in the future that is going to have job growth," he said.Byrnes said people will need to know how to build "green" homes and buildings and how to maintain things like energy-efficient appliances.Energy efficiency will probably be mandatory some day, which will create a greater need

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In what is being touted as one of the largest clean energy deals to date, a consortium led by Samsung C&T Corporation and Korea Electric Power Corporation (NYSE:KEP) signed a C$7 billion deal with the government of Ontario, Canada.The $7 billion invested by the consortium will see the building of 2,500 megawatts (MW) of clean energy using wind and solar power and the creation of an estimated 16,000 new jobs in the province. The group will also work with the provincial government to build four new wind turbine and solar energy component manufacturing plants.According to the Ontario government, residents can expect to see their utility bill rise by an average of $1.60 a year - or 13 cents a month. Not bad for such an ambitious plan. The Samsung deal is made possible by the Ontario government's Green Energy Act passed last year providing for some of the most generous feed-in tariffs in the world.'This project is a good example of Samsung C&T receiving recognition in developed markets for its ability to manage and carry out projects, from planning and financing to execution,' said Samsung C&T Corporation President and CEO Sung-ha Chi.'With rapidly expanding expertise in the renewable energy sector,

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The King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) on Sunday launched a major national initiative to produce desalinated water and electricity at a much cheaper rate - less than a riyal for a cubic meter of water and 30 halalas per kilowatt/hour.Prince Turki bin Saud bin Muhammad, vice president of KACST for research institutes, said the initiative would reduce the cost of water and electricity production by 40 percent. He said the first solar-powered desalination plant with a capacity of 30,000 cubic meters would be established in Al-Khafji to serve 100,000 people.The project will reduce dependence on oil and gas to operate desalination plants. At present desalination plants on the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf consume a total of 1.5 million barrels per day. The new nanotechnology for using solar energy to operate desalination plants was developed by KACST in association with IBM."Desalination is our strategic choice to supply adequate amount of drinking water to people across the Kingdom," said Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf, while addressing the launching ceremony. Saudi Arabia supplies more than 18 percent of the world's total desalinated water, he said."We want to make the Kingdom a major source of solar energy in the world," Al-Assaf

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Think of it as the shrinking American dream.What's out: Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, two-story foyers and deluxe bathroom features like multiple showerheads in the master bathroom.What's in: Smaller homes with lots of natural light, storage and energy efficiency features that save money and don't cost too much."There's no more 'la-dee-da, green is wonderful," said Calli Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the National Association of Home Builders.According to recent surveys by the Washington-based trade association and Better Homes and Gardens, there's less appetite than in recent years for big homes with high-end amenities.Now, the mantra for many homebuyers reflects a desire to keep costs down. They want to reduce wasted space like high ceilings that drive up energy bills. They favor features like smart appliances that help cut household energy costs.The average size of an American house shrank about 100 square feet last year to about 2,400 square feet, according to the NAHB survey. The percentage of homes with three or more bathrooms fell for the first time since 1992, while homes with four or more bedrooms declined for the third year in a row.Builders said they're less likely to build homes this year with outdoor kitchens, media rooms and sunrooms. The

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DEK Solar and Heller Industries have unveiled the results of a recent collaboration; a pioneering drying system that enhances the state-of-the-art PV3000 metallization line even further. The alliance between the market-leading screen printing and thermal technology specialists has enabled a significant breakthrough in solar cell production, incorporating precise thermal control, improved VOC management and reduced power consumption - all on a compact footprint.DEK Solar and Heller Industries initially joined forces in a bid to create a technology-leading Metallization line which offered a distinct competitive advantage to customers manufacturing solar cells. The result is the enhanced PV3000, a high throughput metallization line delivering six-sigma repeatability for capability in advance of current solar cell requirements. Offering the most compact footprint available today, the platform benefits from Heller's experience in the field through the recent addition of a solar cell dryer, the PVD3000, equipped to handle increased product throughput over a reduced footprint and with reduced maintenance.Heller's pioneering dryer concept is based on the principles of hot air convection drying, a process which is conducive to precision thermal control at lower drying temperatures. Offering a significant advantage over conventional IR-based dryers, the PVD3000's drying technology creates improved air exchange within the process chamber

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PPG Commercial Coatings today launched its advanced "thin-film" HSP-7401 Polyurethane Primer and AUE-50000 Series Polyurethane Topcoat wind turbine blade coating system. The coating system is designed specifically for wind turbine blades and uses a thinner build to reduce labor, material use and weight while providing unparalleled adhesion, erosion resistance and flexibility protection properties. PPG technical teams from around the world collaborated in developing the system. "With the growing international demand for alternative, renewable energy forms, we know how important wind energy is," said Dave Chapman, PPG global marketing director, commercial coatings. "PPG is extremely active in supporting wind blade manufacturers through the development and application of superior coatings for their products. The HSP-7401 primer and AUE-50000 Series topcoat system sets a new standard for efficiency and will dramatically increase blade protection and durability while also lowering production and life-cycle costs." The PPG HSP-7401/AUE-50000 series system was developed through extensive global testing against a wide range of blade coating standards and specifications. The polyurethane primer and topcoat components were specifically designed to work together. Using up to 60% less applied film than conventional polyurethane multi-coat systems, they provide outstanding adhesion and flexibility. HSP-7401 primer delivers outstanding adhesion to the composite substrate,

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The very first Beluga multipurpose project carrier of the latest generation proved her capabilities by the transport of several large reactors during her maiden voyage. Shortly after the delivery from the equipping shipyard in Shanghai, MV "Beluga Houston" headed for the port of Yokohama, Japan. There, on December 7th and 8th 2009, the special vessel loaded two reactors destined for Aratu in Brazil, each of them weighing 485 tons and measuring 21 metres in length. In the next port of loading Pyeong Taek, South Korea, another three reactors measuring 70 metres in length and weighing 300 tons each were loaded. In the Chinese port of Mailiao further two heavy-lift modules completed the cargo, both about 250 tons heavy and more than 40 metres long. The maiden voyage of MV "Beluga Houston" illustrates the kind of transport projects which will be performed with the P-type vessels in future.MV "Beluga Houston" was delivered as first of the all in all 16 new flag ships of Beluga Shipping with 800 to 1400 tons crane capacities, a deadweight capacity of 20,000 tons and an ice classification of Finnish-Swedish 1 A (German E3), combined with a moderate fuel consumption. The cranes are not only quicker

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India's federal electricity regulator announced a policy for regulating tradable energy instruments in the country, a step that will help open up its multibillion-dollar carbon markets as it attempts to balance a rapidly expanding economy with low-carbon growth.The instruments--called renewable energy certificates--will help boost power generation from water, wind, solar and other such clean energy sources in the country.The policy will create a national-level market for buying and selling such certificates, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission said in a statement late Monday.

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Premier Dalton McGuinty is set to announce a blockbuster deal with a group led by South Korean firm Samsung that could create 15,000 jobs in Ontario, CTV Toronto has learned.The deal, expected to be formally announced Thursday, will see about $5 billion in investment as Samsung establishes up to four manufacturing facilities to build wind turbines, solar panels and related equipment.The goal, according to government sources, is to make Ontario an international centre for the manufacturing of green energy technologies and export the products to other countries.Samsung, which will be leading a consortium in this deal, announced in May 2009 it had plans to enter the wind turbine business in 2010. It had also made a decision to enter the wind turbine business.The McGuinty government passed its Green Energy Act that month, which it claimed will create 50,000 new jobs by making it easier to develop renewable energy projects in the province.For example, the province will override local laws when it comes to the location of wind or solar energy installations. McGuinty warned the province would not have patience for objections that aren't based on health and safety concerns.In late September, the province announced that progress had been ongoing in

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Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc. (OTCBB: SNRY), executing on a grass roots campaign, "RENEW THE NATION," to help redeploy a portion of the U.S. work force and focus on reducing the world's dependence on fossil fuels by selling solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) technologies, today announced the signing of a Project Funding Agreement with a financial services company located in the Northeast United States.The terms of the agreement state that the financial services company and SNRY will work jointly on projects whereby SNRY will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction management services and the financial services company will provide project identification and funding services for jointly developed projects. SNRY receives revenues not only from the sale of the solar equipment and balance of system but also from the energy sold to the municipality, recognizing energy sales over an approximate 20 year contract period."We are pleased to have established a significant relationship with such an outstanding financial services company, in our goal to establish ourselves as the market leader within the solar energy market," stated David Fann, Chief Executive Officer of Solar Energy Initiatives. "Management is confident that it now possesses the necessary funding required to complete the vast amount of pending contracts

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