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Green Empowerment is a global expert in connecting off-grid villages with renewable energy sources. Check out their write up in the Sustainable Business Oregon!

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Weekly Power Up!

  • Sea kites getting a shot as renewable energy. If only Kevin Cosner had these available in Water World…
  • An edible home that would make the witch in Hanzel & Gretel envious.
  • Poo Power! The Toronto Zoo plans to power its facility and zoo exhibits from animal manure. Elephants are going to become top energy producers!
  • Is Direct Drive the Future? No gears wind turbines are lighter, cheaper and more reliable. Green Empowerment uses the direct drive model in Alumbre Peru!
  • IKAROS: Japan powers a space craft using solar sails.

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Green Living Project, a leading media production and marketing company, headed down to Central America in the spring of 2010 to document leading sustainablity-related initiatives that use best practices in various fields (sustainable tourism, community development, etc.).

Green Empowerment was one of the featured partners and the Green Living Project focused on highlighting the work that the organization has been doing in Nicaragua with Asofenix.

To view the Green Living Project expedition and learn more about the project’s that were featured please visit www.greenlivingproject.com. In addition, keep your eyes open for the Green Living Project video to soon be featured on the Green Empowerment website.

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Weekly Power Up!

Portland is working on installing electric car charging stations but Tokyo is ahead of the game and finishing up installing solar charging stations – for electric bicycles!

Earth… Water… Wind…Fire… Heart… Captain Planet! Check out 7 green TV shows from childhood! Nostalgia fest!

Wave technology given another chance off the coast of Reedsport, OR. $4 million and 200 tons later — 40 homes benefit.

Unducted fan engines could increase fuel efficiency by 26%. Naked engines! Eek!

With new technology solar kits are getting more and more affordable… WattHead covers some of the newer, cost-friendly options. Can college students afford them? Maybe not yet…

This electric vehicle will take you home after the bars using GPS. Called ‘the PUMA‘ this two seater looks like it should be featured in Tron.

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Weekly Power Up!

  • Is a timer dial on water taps a smart solution? You decide.
  • All time record for particle acceleration set at 3.5 Teraelectronvolts by the Large Hadron Collider underground in Switzerland. The plan to collide the two particles each going 3.5 TeV’s for a combined impact of 7TeV’s in search of the particles that are more basic than the ones we currently have. Crazy!
  • Do watch those ‘save a mountain’ ads on Hulu? A 2007 wind potential study found capacity for 328 megawatts of clean energy on Coal River Mountain, enough to power 70,000 West Virginian homes. The revenue would produce $1.7 million in property taxes that would benefit the local communities. That’s over 50 times the $36,000-per-year that coal mining would generate in severance taxes, and the wind money wouldn’t dry up when the coal runs out in an estimated 14 years.

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KQED San Francisco is broadcasting the film American Sandinista about the work of Ben Linder, next Saturday evening at 6 pm.

In the 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, a bloody civil war between the socialist-influenced Sandinistas and US-backed Contras ravaged Nicaragua. Despite the danger, thousands of Americans disobeyed White House warnings and descended upon the Central American nation, determined to lend their skills and labor to the revolutionary Sandinista cause. Using an eclectic mixture of rare archival footage, arresting still photography, and contemporary interviews, this documentary tells the story of a small group of controversial US engineers who went further than anyone expected, and paid the ultimate price.

Green Empowerment’s first major project was funding the continuation of micro-hydro projects in Nicaragua that had been started by Ben Linder. In 2001, Green Empowerment became the steward of the Ben Linder Memorial Fund, and Green Empowerment has continued to support ATDER-BL’s growing projects to this day.
The film was recently released and can be purchased on line by clicking here: www.american-sandinista.com
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area then you can catch the film on KQED 9HD on Saturday April 10th at 6:30pm

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Weekly Power Up!

Looking at the prospect of powering a million electric vehicles on the current grid. Apparently plasma TV’s consume 4 times the electricity as recharging a plug-in hybrid… Crazy!

Going above and beyond–on stilts: this man developed the geometrics of his house to adapt to the spaces between trees. Talk about an ultimate pro-tree house!

It is as simple as turning off your computer: Ford reduced CO2 emissions by 20,000 tons and saved 1.2 million. Read this and then power down!

This ain’t your typical chicken nugget. Biodiesel fuel from chicken feather meal! Small fuel output (159mill barrels) but great use of a by-product.

Aquaponics: fish aquaculture and plant agriculture…all powered by biogas. Sounds fishy but it works!  Creativity abounds in new ways to create sustainable food.


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