Interesting: see how one landfill visible from space from is being transformed into a 10-MW solar installation (and wetlands restoration to boot!) . From RenewableEnergyWorld.com, not a nutty tree hugging site, but one that looks at renewables from business, environmental and other view points. “What was once the largest landfill on the planet is being partly reinvented, and solar energy will be playing a big role in that… New York City will convert roughly 47 acres of land at the Freshkills Park on Staten Island into a 10-MW solar installation, five times bigger than any other system in the city and boosting the city’s renewable energy by 50 percent, according to officials. Continue reading
Along with educational toys and experiment kits that focus on solar, renewable energy and ecology, we offer many board games. These are great for kids, family time, even home schooling. Some (like board games on Microbrewing or WineOpoly are more for adults.) Check out our video.
“Two new reports attest to the popularity of solar among homeowners across the U.S. While the two reports come from very different sources — The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a progressive advocacy organization and Market Strategies advises 20 of the U.S.’s largest utilities — their conclusions are roughly the same: U.S. homeowners are interested in and want solar.
The studies suggest that utilities, policymakers and regulators should consider this as they consider current and future net-metering and other solar incentive policies.”
If you want to know how solar street lights work, where and how they can be used, or how select a quality solar street light for your outdoor lighting project, read this article. For a quick overview, please see our YouTube video “Solar Street Lights Are Bright Ideas.”
Solar Street Lights have been used throughout the world for several years. More recently, public and private sector property managers and roadway departments have been using them for street, parking lot, bridge and recreational facilities throughout the United States.
Our Note: The bulk of this article, and the first photo, is taken from a HuffingtonPost.com article published on October 16, 2012. In some instances, we have added facts, links and videos that we have found on our own that provide greater more information on what is stated in the article.
Article: Energy Facts, And A Few Fibs, On Display At Presidential Debate
“A question from a voter at Tuesday evening’s town hall debate — regarding whether it was within the purview of the government to control the price of gas — sent President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney into a war of words over energy policy, and neither actually answered the question.” Continue reading
We didn’t write this, but we like it and recommend that you read it. It was originally published on September 11, 2012 on RenewableEnergyWorld.com in an article about the opening session of Solar Power International 2012.
It opened with a panel discussion on the state of the industry and Dickens’ novel “A Tale of Two Cities” was aptly quoted:
‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness.’
“Even in the worst economic times, our industry is growing,” Resch said. The U.S. achieved its best quarter in history for the utility solar sector in the second quarter of 2012, according to a report released Monday by GTM Research and SEIA. Currently, over half of the states have more than 5 MW of solar installed, and the majority of the U.S. population lives in states that have more than 50 MW of solar on line, Resch said.
However, the “worst of times” could be yet to come for the solar industry. “Our industry is under direct attack,” Resch said. “Conservative super packs are attacking clean energy.” Over $1 billion is being spent on negative advertising against clean energy during the presidential campaign, Resch said.” Continue reading
Campuses across the United States are making big moves to solar technology recently.
North and south, coast to coast, there are plenty examples of academic, institutional and commercial/industrial campuses that are making significant investments in solar technology and it’s paying off!
Some of the reasons for embracing solar? Along with the variety of solar applications today, solar is being used more frequently because:
We try to share important information when appropriate and today we got an important email about the elections and renewable energy we want to share that includes a link to http://www.energyfactcheck.org/ and links so you can contact your US Congressional Representative and your US Senators. Continue reading
Now and again we recommend articles that we like. Here’s one published April 19, 2012 by RenewableEnergyWorld.com: “The Pending Subsidy Cliff, and The Way Out.”
Again, we remind you that your state and federal senators and congressmen/women need to know how you think and that you vote. Contact your US Senators by clicking here for email addresses and your congressperson by clicking here. And since many programs will be at the state level, don’t forget about contacting your local representatives and governors!
When we see articles about solar technology that we think are important, we like to share them. We find this one, published by RenewableEnergyWorld.com, very useful. It discusses how to improve the reliability of solar power including how thermal storage can “even out the bumps,” the importance of grid flexibility, the use of molten salts as a low-cost solution, storage plants in Spain and the USA, and the economic sense of PV/CSP symbiosis.
“Thermal Storage Gets More Solar on the Grid
By Bill Scanlon, NREL (This article was originally published on NREL and was republished with by Renewable Energy World with permission.)
“WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s 4:45 on a sweltering August afternoon, and the rooftop solar panels are starting to lose juice. The sun’s lower angles and that huge cottonwood tree are interfering with the efficient photon-to-electricity transfer.
What is an environmentally conscious — but air-conditioning-loving — homeowner to do?
Peak demand for electricity in the United States typically hits between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., which doesn’t quite line up with the sun’s schedule. It’s fortunate that the sun is high in the sky during many of the hours when the air conditioning is in demand.
But in summer, people tend to need air conditioning during the dinner hour and beyond, when kitchen appliances are whirring, lights are on, and TVs are blaring.”