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Why do we need Renewable Energy ?
Because it's the smart thing to do for a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.

Most traditional energy sources-oil, natural gas or coal-are either available in such limited supply, or create so much pollution to process, that their use is inherently restricted. Either way, the result is the same: the cost of finding, processing and using traditional energy sources continues to escalate, while our reserve inventories of these resources continues to decline. That's a recipe for disaster.

Using technology to harness the power of renewable energy sources, such as the sun and wind, will help us secure a safer, and a naturally cleaner, future for ourselves, our families and our planet.

In 1931, not long before he died, Thomas Edison told his friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone: Id put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we dont have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that....read more

Why go Solar ?
There are many technologies for harnessing solar energy. Applications span through the residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and transportation sectors. Solar energy can be used to produce food, heat, hot water, light and electricity. The flexibility of solar energy is manifest in a wide variety of technologies.

Solar Energy is sometimes refered to as Distributed generation because solar electricity is generated very near where it is used, perhaps even in the same building. This reduces the amount of energy lost in transmitting electricity across vast distances, and also reduces the size and number of power lines that must be constructed.



Louisiana Renewable Energy Tax credit

Louisiana has passed a Renewable Energy Tax Credit that will go into effect January 1, 2008. To see a summary of the this State Tax Credit and the current Federal Solar Tax Credit.... click here

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LCTN News

New Orleans is named as a DOE Solar American City. La CleanTech spearheads the effort to build the New Orleans Solar City team with The NO office of Recovery Management, FutureProof, Green Coast Enterprises, Alliance for Affordable Energy, and Global Green..read more

La Clean Tech is offering Solar Energy Installation training classes around the state, and is working with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to begin a Solar Training program.

LA Senator Nick Gautreaux was presented with an award for his dedication to passing the Louisiana Tax Credit. La Clean Tech Network credits Mr. Gautreaux with being the "Father of the Solar Industry" in Louisiana...read more

Southern Building Institute is formed by La CleanTech along with Louisiana based building professionals and teams up with Texas A&M to apply for DOE Build America grant.

Global Green Holy Cross Project partners with La CleanTech to begin workforce development program for Solar Installers during installation of 5kW solar electric system in the ninth ward...read more .

Louisiana Economic Development office and La CleanTech are working towards getting Solar PV manufacturere to locate a 175MW a year plant to locate in New Orleans to produce state of the art solar systems.


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