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Solar Energy: The Future of Africa

By Al Maiorino | December 9, 2017

With less than 50 percent of Africa’s sub-Saharan countries on the grid, many still don’t have universal access to electricity.

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Ten tactics for renewable projects that will help earn approval

By Al Maiorino | November 16, 2017

Renewable project companies have moved light years in the past decade on their ability to educate residents on the benefits of renewable projects.

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With Britain ending coal, will they now accept wind?

By Al Maiorino | November 2, 2017

Britain has relied on coal as an energy source since the Industrial Revolution. In fact, coal was…

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Despite the Need for Renewables, Opposition to Wind Farms Seems Here to Stay

By Al Maiorino | October 6, 2017

One only needs to visit wind-watch.org or other anti-wind farm websites to see that opposition to wind farm projects, whether organic or not, isn’t going away anytime…

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Key Lessons from the “Ready for 100” Campaign to Promote Renewables

By Al Maiorino | September 21, 2017

The commitment to renewable energy targets has been a pillar of progressive climate policies in many countries for years. However, with the help of the…

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Tactics for Battling Public Opposition to Residential Development Projects

By Al Maiorino | July 21, 2017

Builders and developers need to assess their strategy of building public support to counter local opposition to residential and multi-use projects, as the outcome for a smooth entitlement of their…

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Wyoming wind: Politics restricting revolutionary renewable energy potential

By Al Maiorino | July 6, 2017

The State of Wyoming produces more coal than any other state in the nation, but if one global wind turbine manufacturer gets its wish…

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How the UK Can Continue Leading the Charge on Renewable Energy Innovation

By Al Maiorino | June 7, 2017

The new offshore wind turbines at the Burbo Bank Extension Wind Farm in Liverpool Bay can power a single home for 29 hours with just one rotation. Dubbed the “world’s biggest wind turbines,” the new MHI Vestas turbines are 8 MW each, which is more than double the capacity of the 3.6 MW turbines installed at Burbo Bank less than a decade ago.

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Another unique project underway, here’s how companies can gain the same approval

By Al Maiorino | April 17, 2017

GE Renewable Energy has been granted approval to begin construction for a unique project, set to be built in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota later this year. The project has been referred to as a cohesive solar wind hybrid project that will be the first of its kind in the United States. Leaders of GE Renewable strongly believe that it will open doors for more like it to come.

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Industry on the Move

By Al Maiorino | March 29, 2017

It seems the US is finally being blown away with the idea of wind power. At last traditional forms of energy are being reviewed and clean, sustainable wind energy is being taken seriously. There is to be a 200 turbine windfarm off the coast of Long Island.

“Today is a big day for clean energy in New York and our nation. Governor Cuomo has set a bold vision for a clean energy future, and this project is a significant step toward making that a reality.

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Even unique wind projects require plans to combat opposition

By Al Maiorino | March 6, 2017

It is evident that when any sort of renewable project is presented, public opposition often follows. Despite the job opportunities, tax revenue and renewable energy the proposed project may bring, protestors dedicate considerable time and effort to halt renewable projects. Ultimately, these protests make it very difficult for companies to gain approval and move forward with construction.

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Using a digital campaign to battle opposition to hydroelectric energy

By Al Maiorino | February 4, 2017

When any type of renewable project is presented, it is often associated with public opposition, making it more difficult to gain approvals on time, or at all. In many cases, a plan will be well underway, before being shut down due to protests, and other various factors. Despite what the disapprovals may be, it is not too difficult at times to bring a project to a standstill.

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Making the Case in Morocco for Renewable Project Approval

By Al Maiorino | January 12, 2017

With each passing year, it seems many countries set higher benchmarks for renewable energy generation as the pace quickens towards reaching the goals previously set. As pressure mounts from a political standpoint to prioritize clean power sources, citizens are presented with greater opportunities to learn about the benefits of industry growth.

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Bringing Communities on Board with New Projects in 2017 and Beyond

By Al Maiorino | December 5, 2016

An unexpected victory by President Elect Donald Trump has left many in the renewable energy industry asking how new leadership will impact the industry in the United States. On a national scale, advocacy for a sustainable path forward could easily see a shift in messaging, from emphasis on overall reduction of carbon emissions to jobs and economic growth as a basis for expansion of the industry.

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Revealing the Sunny Side of Solar and Other Renewables to Achieve Success

By Al Maiorino | November 9, 2016

Any renewable company or project manager that has navigated the entitlement process understands that it is a fragile process dotted with uncertainties of local politics and public perception.

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Innovative Solutions to Offset Development Dilemmas

By Al Maiorino | October 12, 2016

Society is currently undergoing a shift in many ways from traditional sources of energy to renewable sources of energy to become more sustainable. Although many positive factors come into play regarding the innovative approaches companies propose for their renewable energy developments, projects can still face substantial opposition and must build public support to counter it.

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The Primary Source for Renewable Project Delays and The Strategies to Prevent Them

By Al Maiorino | September 12, 2016

Newton’s First Law of Physics states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. In a sense, this foundation can be applied to the inertia of the permitting world for new renewable energy projects.

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Policy Changes in Scotland Result in Negative Impacts for Renewable Sector

By Al Maiorino | August 8, 2016

While development in general is on the rise in many places across the globe due to economic growth, the successful outcome of renewable proposals is not guaranteed everywhere. Recent changes to renewable energy policies in Scotland, for example, are leaving the industry there with a great deal of uncertainty.

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Outreach on Any Budget: The New Norms in Renewable Energy Project Development

By Al Maiorino | July 7, 2016

Traditionally from the outset, development proposals are not always launched through a formal announcement by the companies that are proposing them. For many renewable companies, informational resources such as an individual project website, social media pages and collateral related specifically to the new project may initially seem excessive.

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Laying a Resilient Foundation for Geothermal in the Caribbean

By Al Maiorino | June 3, 2016

Exploratory geothermal drilling is underway in several Caribbean countries, generating new excitement for the potential advances that development in the industry could bring.

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Defining the Benefits of Renewable Proposals to Drive Public Buy-In

By Al Maiorino | May 5, 2016

In the United States alone, wind power supported a record 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016 according to the new U.S. Wind Industry Annual Report released in April by the American Wind and Energy Association.

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Sustainability Initiatives Must Be Accompanied by Effort to Build Public Support

By Al Maiorino | April 1, 2016

Bhutan is small a country nestled between India and China that is making big waves for its commitment to sustainability. It currently harnesses the power of wind and hydropower, but Bhutan is looking for even more ways to expand generation of clean energy.

How to Build Support for Facilities Projects

By Al Maiorino | March 31, 2016

In the proposal process for any new facilities project, a variety of factors must be taken into consideration, ranging from the availability of suitable labor to the cost of relocating or purchasing new equipment. However, one factor that is vital to the success of the project yet is often overlooked is the public perception of the proposed project and corresponding need to build public support.

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How comprehensive analysis and mapping help municipalities place wind projects

By Al Maiorino | March 1, 2016

The city of Bonn, West Germany’s former capital, recently was named a leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In a study published by the NGO Climate Without Borders, the city’s utility company, Stadtwerke Bonn, ranked first among 20 major German municipal utility companies in their responsible use of renewable energies and the efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Beyond the Pledge: Ensuring Renewable Projects Receive Approval in 2016

By Al Maiorino | February 5, 2016

With the close of the Paris Conference on Climate Change, a renewed focus has been placed on expanding the usage of renewable energy resources throughout the globe. As 2016 progresses, many political leaders and heads of state have publicly reaffirmed their commitment to this goal.

Approaching Renewable Projects in 2016 with a Fresh Strategy

By Al Maiorino | January 4, 2016

In 2015, the United States experienced its third city’s attempt to move to 100 percent renewables. Aspen, Colorado, now joins Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, Kansas, as the only cities to achieve 100 percent renewable energy generation in the nation. With the precedent set, one can only assume that new cities will aim to catch up in 2016. As demand for new renewable sources continues to increase, companies must use innovative strategies to make outreach to communities and build the public support needed for local officials’ approval of the new projects.

The Effects of Setbacks and Noise Limits on Successful Wind Project Approval

By Al Maiorino | December 3, 2015

In September, I detailed the reasons why building public support for wind proposals in Lancaster County, Nebraska, should not be a “Plan B.” Just a few short months later, the County Board has adopted tough noise restrictions on wind turbines, reducing the standard noise limit from 50 to 40 decibels of noise during the day. Similarly, in Boone County, Illinois, a setback was applied to turbines, which now must be placed 2,640 feet from a property line. While these noise limits and setbacks are not outright defeats of any specific proposal during its own individual approval process, companies should be cautious of the manner in which these can derail existing and future proposals.

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What Companies across the Globe Can Learn from Japan’s Geothermal Growth

By Al Maiorino | November 5, 2015

Geothermal energy is expanding as a sustainable power source, but the growing industry is still not without its barriers, even amongst the top geothermal producing countries. One such country, Japan, has grown its geothermal energy production to 520 MW, making it the world’s third largest producer.

However, with many projects either conceptualized or underway, various barriers that cause public opposition are still slowing down the country’s geothermal momentum. Companies across the globe can help to secure this industry growth by building public support right from the time of project announcement.

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Ensuring Renewable Energy Goals Become a Reality in the Caribbean

By Al Maiorino | October 29, 2015

The islands of the Caribbean are not only some of the most popular tourist destinations, but they are also economically and ecologically diverse regions with growing energy needs.

The strength of each island’s tourism industry, which comprises a large portion their gross domestic product, is largely supported by the beautiful ecology that attracts visitors to their shores time and time again.

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Making a Powerful Impact with Solar Proposals in Canada and Beyond

By Al Maiorino | October 3, 2015

Canada is not only filled with vibrant cities but it also houses vast lands of diversified geography. From its running rivers to its windy hilltops, Canada has substantial natural resources that can be harnessed to produce renewable energy. Canada’s energy portfolio is comprised of approximately 16.9 percent renewable sources and of those renewables, solar is one of the fastest growing sustainable sources in Canada.

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