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Solar energy tour hits Tampa listen

10/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: solar, solar energy, solar power, USF, alternative energy, sustainable living, energy efficiency

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If you’re considering installing energy efficient technologies or solar in your home or business, there’s a program at USF this weekend can help you.

The Tampa Bay Solar Tour kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

WMNF spoke with Rachana Vidhi, the founder of the International Solar Energy Society’s student chapter at USF. She's the supervisor of the Tampa Bay Solar Tour and recently received her ...

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Environmentalists plan message to PSC with mock hearing listen

07/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: clean energy, solar, Duke Energy, Florida Power and Light, Public Service Commission, energy efficiency, Sierra Club, Clean Energy Coalition

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A coalition of environmental and civic groups thinks the state isn’t taking enough public input on clean energy. The Florida Public Service Commission won’t take public comment during a meeting about mandatory changes to some standards. So to get its point across, The Sunshine State Clean Energy Coalition hosted more than 100 Tampa Bay area residents at the Free Fall Theater in St. Pete for a mock hearing Wednesday night.

“This year, the Florida Public Service Commission will set new stan...

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Solar roadways: bad idea or awesome technology?

05/30/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: solar, green energy, fossil fuels

A married couple who are both engineers have been developing solar panels that could be used as roadways. The panels would contain LED lights so paint wouldn't be necessary. A viral YouTube video also points out the panels could be used on any surface. So recreational parks could have a solar basketball court that could turn into a tennis court or hopscotch with basically the flip of a switch. And, they're solar panels.

Sounds pretty nifty. What's the hold up?

Aerospace engineer Tony Ra...

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Duke Energy subject of solar petition drive in St. Pete listen

04/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: environment, solar, Duke Energy, coal, Sierra Club

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About 100 environmental activists are asking Duke Energy to start investing in solar energy instead of continuing to rely on the coal-fired Crystal River plant. The group claims to have delivered more than 5,000 petitions to Duke Energy’s downtown St. Petersburg headquarters after rallying in the park across the street. Brooksville resident Deevon Quirolo says she single-handedly gathered 1,000 of them.

“Austin, Texas just launched a deal to use a solar array with 150 megawatts of energy ...

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Activists will rally for clean energy at Duke in St. Pete listen

02/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: clean energy, environment, nuclear, coal, solar, Duke Energy, Progress Energy

Activists from around the Tampa Bay area will rally at the Duke Energy headquarters in downtown St. Pete this weekend to demand clean energy. It’s being organized by Greenpeace community coordinator Christine Wall. During an interview this week, Wall said the group hopes to draw attention to the dangers associated with coal and nuclear plants.

Activists will have petitions to sign as well as a booth for making Clean Energy t-shirts.

"Duke Energy probably has seven nuclear plants around...

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More than 20 groups join forces in quest for clean energy listen

11/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: clean energy, solar, coal, nuclear, Duke Energy, Sierra Club

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More than 20 groups have joined forces to encourage Duke Energy to invest in renewable energy sources like solar instead of dirty coal. During a kick off rally Wednesday in downtown St. Pete across from Duke’s Florida headquarters, more than 100 residents demanded that the energy giant close its Crystal River coal plant by 2016. Kelly Martin is the senior campaign director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal program.

“We also know that the Crystal River coal plant is one that is ripe for re...

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Solar hot water

03/18/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program our guests were all involved with companies that sell and install solar energy and hot water systems in the Tampa Bay Area.

Rick Gilbert, the vice president of Solar Source located in Largo, started the show then brought on their Director of Residential Solar Sales, Richard Smith. Also, Rich Glueck a long time friend of the Sustainable Living program joined us to talk about, as he calls it, “the best kept secret of the sunshine stateâ...

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March is Bike Month

02/18/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today's program with Arnie Gunderson, a nuclear engineer with the nonprofit group Fairewinds, who gave us a little more information about Crystal River and what's next. Arnie talked about what happened that finally shut down the Crystal River Nuclear Power plant and our future options. He felt that solar electric was a good option, but that solar thermal to heat water was a quicker return on investment. Solar thermal central power plants and wind power on our coast lines, connected...

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Energy, Electric Rates, the Environment and Solar Power

01/28/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Interview with safe energy activist Susan Glickman, director of the Florida Clean Technology Business Council. FMI http://www.cleanenergy.org

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First zero net energy office opens in St. Pete; home to Florida Sierra Club listen

12/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Petersburg officials and environmentalists celebrated the opening of the city’s first commercial building that will make more energy than it uses today. The net zero energy office on Central Avenue near downtown is now home to the Sierra Club’s Florida headquarters. Bob Harrington, the residential director of sales for the company that provided some of the building’s technology, Bosch, said the use of photovoltaic solar panels could actually earn money.

“Every community throu...

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