I don't know about you, but when I think about dozens of gas-guzzling racecars circling a track, burning rubber tires at over 100 miles-per-hour, I don't exactly think environmental sustainability. Nevertheless, NASCAR is working overtime to develop a green identity. And, by some measures, it's putting its money where its mouth is: the sport's latest effort even set a new world record.
So you're interested in solar hot water? We're happy to hear it. Solar water heating is an effective way to lower your utility bill. And, compared to solar electric -- or photovoltaic (PV) -- systems, solar water heaters are typically less expensive. (For more info on the differences between these technologies, see our post Solar Hot Water vs. Solar PV.)
Here it is, your moment of solar power for this Friday, July 30...
Three days ago, Vodafone revealed a new product in Mumbai, India designed specifically to serve the millions of mobile subscribers living in rural parts of the country with limit access to electricity.
Yolo County in northern California was able to piece together a variety of clean energy bonds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and a 15-year, one percent interest loan from the California Energy Commission (CEC) in order to install a 1-megawatt (MW) solar energy system at its county jail in Woodland. Located north of Davis and northwest from Sacramento, Woodland's new 3,560-panel installation was completed and officially put online at a 9 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday morning. The feat was done at no out-of-pocket cost to the county.
Being featured on Good Morning America this morning, solar power has been put in a very pleasant spotlight. If any industry deserves its five minutes in the sun, it's solar, an we're always happy to hear that topics related to solar, other renewables, and energy efficiency are reaching a broad audience.
Not to be outdone by President Obama, who several months ago visited an up-and-coming California solar manufacturer, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) traveled to Fremont, Calif., this week to visit the manufacturing plant of Solaria, a clean technology company that designs, manufactures and markets photovoltaic (PV) modules.
When it comes to solar hot water, these are The Little Islands That Could. Hawaii's strong investment in solar water heating technology has given their state the enviable designation of Solar Hot Water Leader within the United States. It's also made these water heating systems an even more attractive investment. Check out the size of Hawaii's market compared to other key states:
We've found yet another subplot in "Inception," this summer's sci-fi thriller that has been packing theaters across the country for the last several weeks. (No need for a spoiler alert here -- proceed at will.)
Judging from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's actions this week, it seems America won't be getting a renewable energy standard (RES). With mid-term elections coming up and the beltway as contentious as ever, Democrats just don't have the votes, according to Reid, to enact an RES at the national level -- let alone put a price on carbon in the broader economy.
Since the California Solar Initiative (CSI) was launched in 2007, northern California's San Francisco Bay Area has been an epicenter of activity within the state's solar industry. Richmond, a city in the east Bay Area, has thus far played second fiddle to San Jose, the region's perennial leader in solar energy installations. Last week, however, the former received some recognition for its efforts.
For the next week on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats will tussle over whether or not to include a renewable electricity standard (RES) in legislation that may be put to vote in the Senate within the next week.
Coming to us via a press release is news that Southern California Edison (SCE) has awarded contracts totaling nearly 60 megawatts' worth of solar electric projects. According to agreements signed with a number of independent power producers -- like Tioga Solar, SunEdison Utility Solutions, Photon LLC and others -- solar panels will be installed on 31 rooftops and five ground-mounted sites across SCE's service territory.
“OG-300” might sound like something George Lucas invented for a Star Wars movie, but it actually marks a rating designation that’s crucial for solar water heaters.
The completion of the largest rooftop solar installation in the Pacific Northwest was announced today. Situated atop seven separate warehouses in Portland, Gresham and Clackamas, Oregon, the project covers 673,000 square feet of roof space -- an area roughly equal to 14 football fields.
The Ten Million Solar Roofs legislation proposed by Bernie Sanders (I-VT) got the seal of approval from the Senate Energy Committee yesterday, giving hope to renewable energy supporters after comprehensive climate change legislation was put on ice last week.
Somerset County in New Jersey recently announced the first phase of its bold new renewable energy program. Part of the plan calls for installing solar energy systems at a number of the county's schools. So when students return after summer vacation, they'll see a number of new projects in the works.
Solar water heating technology -- also referred to as solar thermal technology -- has been around for ages. But its effectiveness hasn’t lead to broad adoption in the United States. Why you ask?
General Mills, the world's sixth-largest food company, began its environmentally responsible business practices in 2009 when the company began harnessing wind power to run its facility in San Adrian, Spain. Wind power now accounts for one-third of the facility's annual energy use.
Last week, GetSolar visited the Intersolar North America Conference last week -- it was a full 5 blocks from our office, so naturally our able bodied staff decided it would be worth the long and strenuous journey to the Moscone Center.
Harry Reid has had a disappointing week, to say the least. Lacking the votes to advance a comprehensive climate change bill, the Senate majority leader yesterday was forced to introduce a scaled-back bit of energy legislation. Reid did receive a consolation prize Wednesday, however, in the form of a missive from corporate America.
After a two-week hiatus, the solar power rundown is back. With a vengeance...
"Throwing down a challenge is an infallible way of appealing to people of spirit," wrote Dale Carnegie in "How to Win Friends and Influence People," a 1936 top-selling book on leading to success.
So you want to get solar but haven’t heard much about solar hot water? If you’re a little confused on how this technology compares to photovoltaic (PV) systems, you’re not the only one. Here are a few points to note:
Earlier this month, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) release its 2010 assessment of the California Solar Initiative (CSI), a multi-year effort to increase the number of solar installations statewide. Among the report's most interesting bits? The results from a phone survey CPUC conducted in 2009.
Southern California Edison (SCE), one of California's three major utilities, has been recognized by multiple environmental organizations for its work in the realm of energy efficiency. One of those organizations is the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). So if you don't want to listen to GetSolar when it comes to energy saving tips, listen to THEM!
As the cost of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in Arizona has come down over the past year or so, homeowners and businesses continue to purchase systems at an spiraling rate. The systems are being bought so fast, according to Unisource Energy Corporation, that the figures have exceeded even its highest-demand projections.
As of July 1, Arizona homeowners may receive a cash rebate after they purchase a solar water heater or an Energy Star-qualified appliance.
The future, it seems, is now -- at least in Lancaster, California, the eighth largest city in sunny Los Angeles County and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. What better place -- thought the heads of KH Homes, an American home builder, and BYD, a China-based maker of batteries -- to construct a solar-powered, smog-reducing home of the future? The result of the two companies' efforts is a trailblazing design for energy-efficient homes.
With the help of three separate construction businesses -- G.V. Enterprises, CORE Construction and Orcutt-Winslow -- the Buckeye School District in Arizona's southwest valley will install solar panels atop six schools and the District office. With a total cost of $20 million, the Arizona solar panel installations have the potential to account for 80 percent of the district's total energy needs, according to AZCentral.
The City of Aurora, Colorado, is using $1 million in federal stimulus funds to provide energy efficiency rebates to it residents. The funds -- worth up to $1,000 for homeowners and $1,500 for businesses -- may be combined with those available via Xcel Energy's energy efficiency rebate program.
We couldn’t help noticing Gwendolyn Bounds’ article, In the New Dream Home, Majestic Boilers and Designer Pipes. It’s one of the first articles I’ve seen that makes energy-efficiency equipment look like a luxury good.
...and now we're speechless with gratitude. At least our more seasoned writers are -- that's why they had the intern write this for them.
Fluidic Energy, an Arizona-based based company, is in the process of developing a storage battery capable of holding enough energy to be used for industrial projects. Now, it appears, the U.S. Department of Energy is going to chip in to help them bring this battery to the industry sooner rather than later.
Judging from number released a couple of weeks ago, San Jose can rightfully claim to be "the most" solar city in California.
Arizona homeowners take note: If you're a customer of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and are thinking about taking advantage of the utility's SunShare solar rebates, now is the time to act.
By filing a suit on Wednesday, July 14, in an Oakland federal court, California Attorney General Jerry Brown clearly defined the battle lines in a fight that could impact the future of the clean energy industry in California.
New York's state budget is over 110 days late, and counting. And, as state legislators continue to debate the details of the budget, dozens of city projects are left gathering dust.
Each time a new product that utilizes solar energy is revealed, it becomes increasingly clear how difficult it is to predict the form and function of future applications of solar technology. One day you could be pedaling along in a solar-powered bike helmet, and the next you could be online tracking the 24-hour historic flight of a solar-powered airplane.
Bright news came out of the Indian solar market yesterday as the county's top energy officials announced that India is capable of reaching its 2015 renewable energy goal. The goal, set by India's National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), calls for meeting 10 percent of the nation's energy needs with renewables.
What can $300 million get you in today's market? If you're First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) -- the Tempe, Arizona-based manufacturer of solar thin-film modules -- it'll get you NextLight Renewable Power, a solar development firm. Included will be a 2.2-gigawatt pipeline of utility-scale solar projects across the U.S., including a big solar project in your home state, Arizona.
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The midnight hour is fast approaching for the three major California utilities. According to state law, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are by 2010 supposed to meet 20 percent of their retail electricity sales using renewable resources, like solar, wind and geothermal. It's increasingly clear this ai'nt gonna happen.
In mid-May 2009, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen proposed the Volunteer State Solar Initiative (VSSI). Backed by $62.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, the state-sponsored program will, according to Bredesen, stimulate job creation within the solar sector, boost Tennessee's economy and increase clean power production within the state.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week issued its annual assessment of the California Solar Initiative, a $2.2 billion effort to install 1,940 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity across the state by 2016. On balance, the commission's findings are positive:
The Georgia Public Service Commission recently gave the green light for Georgia Power to build its own solar power installations. But the move has not satisfied Georgia residents who envision a vibrant, homegrown renewable energy industry. Nor is Georgia Power's plans, which call for one megawatt at the outset, enough to move the state up from its current ranking of 38th in the nation in solar power supplied by individuals into the grid.
There may be no better way to turn around a struggling state economy than by promoting renewable energy jobs. So goes the collective mindset of Nevada Senator Harry Reid and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, as they announced yesterday a plan to bring a solar thermal testing site to the state of Nevada. Construction of the site is set to begin in 2011 and bring thousands of long- and short- term jobs to the state, which currently has a 14 percent unemployment rate, according toCSMonitor.com. - Home foreclosures, another economic barometer, are high, too: one in every 79 homes are in foreclosure, according to fox5vegas.
With the help of a solar energy grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA), Allentown, Pennsylvania has installed a $517,000, 420-panel solar array atop the city's Bridgework Industrial complex that city officials hope will be the model for future installations throughout Lehigh County in southeastern Pennsylvania.
The beginning of 2010 saw a promising plan for Owens Lake, the dry expanse in the eastern Sierra Nevada in Inyo County, California, an area that has been plagued by dust storms since the early 20th century.
San Francisco has reopened its solar incentive program for the 2010-11 fiscal year, according to Brighter Energy. Made possible by local city and county governments, the GoSolarSF program provides solar rebates to San Francisco residents and business owners who install solar qualifying solar energy systems. Until an announcement last week by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, it wasn't clear that funding would be made available for the program.
Just before 7 a.m. local time on Wednesday, a lone pilot by the name of Andre Borschberg took off from Payerne, Switzerland with a less-than-modest mission: a 24-hour, non-stop flight in a solar-powered aircraft.
The Georgia Public Service Commission yesterday OK'd a plan that will allow Georgia Power Co. to develop its own solar energy projects, while rejecting a proposal that would have required the utility to purchase from third-party solar power developers.
All Bruno Hervouet wanted was a day of sailing with his family free from the smell and noise of a diesel-powered boat motor. What the champion sailor now has is the Aequus 7.0, a first-of-its-kind solar-electric day cruiser powered by solar panels that are embedded in the cruiser's retractable Canopy.
Far Niente Winery in Northern California's Wine Country has been drawing attention from more than just wine connoisseurs these days. The 13-acre estate is now receiving visitors from as far as Australia who have come to study the winery's new solar electric installation. The system could be a key in the long-term goal of finding more efficient water conservation and desalination methods.
President Obama topped headlines over the weekend by announcing a $2 billion in federal loan guarantees that will allow two solar companies to build three solar energy projects in three different states, creating thousands of jobs in the process.
Charcoal? Check. Hot dog buns? Check. Sparklers? Check. Freakishly large, solar-powered cooler on wheels? Check. Welcome to Friday, everyone -- hope you're all gearing up for the holiday weekend. Here it is: your moment of solar power.
Travel north of the U.S. border to the Canadian province of Ontario and you'll run into a thriving solar energy industry. You'll also find the work of Atlantic Wind and Solar (AWSL), a renewable energy company that has made considerable headway with solar installations and technology development across the province. Through the Ontario government's Feed-In Tariff Program (FIT) and a relationship with the Ontario Power Authority, AWSL has become a leading solar installer in the Canadian province.
As if weak home prices and sluggish sales weren't enough bad news for the U.S. housing sector. Now, it seems, fresh uncertainty has splashed cold water on an innovative approach to financing energy-related home improvements.
Homes and businesses in California's San Diego County have been among the nation's trailblazers in solar energy. Ronald McDonald House recently added to that trend by installing a rooftop solar system at its San Diego branch.