Posts Tagged ‘sustainable’

Students design home that makes power, water, food

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University architecture students designed a sustainable home that can provide its own electricity, water supply and food for a family of four. In the final project of a sustainable design class, the students turned theoretical principles into a practical home and landscape. They designed all aspects of a self-supporting, modern homestead, […] [...]

Solar power company inks letter with manufacturer

GULFPORT — Solar America Corp. has signed a letter of intent with L&G Energy Solutions, a commercial manufacturer of energy management devices including LED lighting and solar equipment. L&G Energy Solutions, based in Round Rock, Texas, is a clean tech company building products aimed at reducing energy consumption. According to the provisions of the LOI, […] [...]

Officials: Plans for biofuels plant dormant, not dead

FULTON — Although far behind schedule, Mississippi officials say plans for BlueFire Renewables Inc.’s biofuels plant aren’t dead, just dormant. Greg Deakle, Itawamba County Development Council executive director, told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal work on the Fulton plant has gone on indefinite hiatus while BlueFire focuses on other projects, most notably the construction of […] [...]

Alternative fuels company ending all R&D, selling land

NATCHEZ — Rentech Inc. says it plans to mothball its alternative-energy product demonstration facility in Commerce City, Colo., and end all related research and development activities, which will mean cutting 65 employee and contractor positions by mid-year. CEO D. Hunt Ramsbottom says the company intends to focus instead on opportunities for more immediate profitability. Rentech […] [...]

Silicor misses another incentive deadline with county

COLUMBUS — Solar silicon maker Silicor Materials has missed another deadline. The company failed to put up $150,000 in escrow money to show good faith and seal a deal that would have meant hundreds of new jobs to Lowndes County. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors in December agreed to extend the start date for […] [...]

Report: Investment of $227M has netted less than 500 jobs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi has disbursed nearly $227 million in aid to six alternative energy companies since 2010, but so far has fewer than 500 jobs to show for it. Research by The Associated Press finds the state has put in most of its total commitment, mainly in loans, to help some companies get off […] [...]

Researchers exploring micro-algae as alternative fuel

HANCOCK COUNTY — Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi are participating in an international research project aimed at turning marine micro-algae into fuel. “All the oil we are pumping out of the ground, what was it? Most people think dinosaurs.  No. It was all marine micro algae,” said Dr. Donald Redalje, professor in the […] [...]

T.L. Wallace wins infrastructure project at KiOR site

NATCHEZ — Adams County supervisors have approved a $522,673 to relocate a sewer line on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR’s Natchez alternative fuel production facility. The Natchez Democrat reports the contract went to T.L. Wallace Construction. Board Attorney Scott Slover said the bid was approximately $180,000 below the county’s […] [...]

Simon Property Group honored for ‘green’ efforts

RIDGELAND — Simon Property Group Inc., a retail real estate company, has won two recent awards for its commitment to sustainability issues. Simon properties in Ridgeland include Northpark Mall. For the second consecutive year, SPG has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) with inclusion in its select Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Once […] [...]

Tacker asks judge to vacate sentence for biofuels scheme

NETTLETON — A Mississippi businessman has asked a federal judge to vacate his five-year prison sentence on a conviction of defrauding a biofuels subsidy program. William T. “Tommy” Tacker II was convicted in 2010 on 10 counts that he conspired to defraud the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly $3 million for his company, Biodiesel […] [...]

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