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  • Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds (Abengoa)

    09/02/2015 7:43:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | September 2, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Abengoa, a renewable energy multinational company headquartered in Spain, has been a favorite of the Obama administration in getting federal tax money for clean energy projects. Since 2009, Abengoa and its subsidiaries, according to estimates, have received $2.9 billion in grants and loan guarantees through the Department of Energy to undertake solar projects in California and Arizonaóas well as the construction of a cellulosic ethanol plant in Kansas. But in the space of less than a year, Abengoaís financial health has become critical, leading investors to worry whether the company can survive. The companyís stock price on NASDAQ has swoonedófrom...
  • Solyndra autopsy: Did Inspector General go too easy on Department of Energy?

    08/31/2015 7:36:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Watchdog ^ | August 31, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    An Inspector General of the Department of Energy report that picked over the bones of the Solyndra green energy fiasco placed most of the blame on Solyndra executives for losing more than $500 million in taxpayer money. But a close reading shows DOE made plenty of mistakes as well. The report authored by DOE Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman came just short of calling Solyndraís highest officials liars, saying their actions during the loan process were ďat best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally deceive and mislead the Department.Ē While the 13-page report...
  • Solyndra Misrepresented Facts to Get Loan Guarantee, Report Says

    08/28/2015 4:43:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | Associated Press
    A four-year investigation has concluded that officials of the solar company Solyndra misrepresented facts and omitted key information in their efforts to get a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. government. Solyndra was the first company to get federal loan guarantees under a program that was created in 2005 and expanded by President Barack Obamaís 2009 economic stimulus package. The companyís failure soon after receiving the loan guarantee likely will cost taxpayers more than $500 million. Republicans and other critics cite it as an example of wasteful spending under the stimulus program. The report by the Energy Departmentís inspector...
  • Obama Called Conservatives Hypocrites on Solar Energy and Free Markets. Hereís What He Got Wrong.

    08/26/2015 10:18:45 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 25, 2015 | Nicolas Loris
    President Obama is having a hard time with the definition of free market. The most recent example came from his remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit, an event hosted by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to promote solar power. Obama told a crowd in Las Vegas that solar and renewables now make economic sense and blasted conservative think-tanks for being insincere when it comes to the free market. He said, ďNow, itís one thing if youíre consistent in being free market. Itís another thing when youíre free market until itís solar thatís working and people want to buy...
  • Solar generator: which is best?

    08/26/2015 6:08:29 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 39 replies
    8/26/2015 | me
    I need Freeper expertise. Does anyone have the generator pitched on Glenn Beck's show or the my solar backup (are they the same?). I know it can't back the entire house up but we are looking for one that can run the fridge and/or freezer. I just finished reading the survivalist series by A. American and Morgan (lead guy) had a solar generator. Thanks in advance for your help!
  • Next Texas Energy Boom: Solar.Companies are spending $1 billion on new projects

    08/21/2015 6:39:09 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 24 replies
    wsj ^ | 8/21/15 | r gold
    A new energy boom is taking shape in the oil fields of west Texas, but itís not what you think. Itís solar. Solar power has gotten so cheap to produceóand so competitively priced in the electricity marketóthat it is taking hold even in a state that, unlike California, doesnít offer incentives to utilities to buy or build sun-powered generation. Pecos County, about halfway between San Antonio and El Paso and on the southern edge of the prolific Permian Basin oil field, could soon host to several large solar-energy farms responsible for about $1 billion in investments, according to state tax...
  • Solar Modules Cause More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Modern Coal Power Plants! (WTF)

    08/04/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    NotrickZone ^ | 3/25/3014 | P Gosselin
    It turns out that because of the emissions of extraordinarily potent greenhouse gases NF3 and SF6 and energy during the manufacture of solar modules, solar energy ends up being worse for the climate than burning coal (assuming the global warming hypothesis is valid). A Swiss engineer has made a thorough analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacture, transport and operation of solar panels. His conclusion: Ferrucio Ferroni writes here how China is the number 1 manufacturer of solar panels globally and that the production of solar panels there requires immense amounts of electricity, which in China is...
  • An animation just for fun - The Solarbeat: Planetary orbits set to music (ok ok, plus Pluto's orbit)

    07/06/2015 12:05:56 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    Click here to play with the interactive animation. Use the slider to change the speed. Click on other icons to change the scale, bass, etc.
  • Strike 3! A third CME raises Watch to G3 level for 22 June

    06/21/2015 7:26:01 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 123 replies
    NOAA.gov ^ | June 21st 2015 | NOAA
    A third, much faster coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to catch up with the two observed on 18 and 19 June bringing them all to Earth in close succession by the UTC day of 22 June 2015. The CME was associated with an R1-Minor flare event observed at 0142 UTC (9:21 pm ET) from Sunspot Region 12371 located near center disk. A G3-Strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch has been issued for 22 June as well as a G2-Moderate Watch for 23 June as the CMEs make their way past Earth. These Watches supersede all prior forecasts. Stay tuned to...
  • The Men Whoíre Stealing The Sun

    06/17/2015 4:00:26 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 06/14/2015 | Don Quijones
    Now the Spanish government is planning to tax homes that produce their own energy through solar power and store some of it using batteries. El PaŪs reports: <> A draft decree prepared by the Industry, Energy and Tourism Ministry establishes a new fee to discourage the use of batteries or other storage systems by people who produce electricity, with solar or photovoltaic panels for instance, and who are connected to the national power grid. This latest royal decree follows on the heels of an earlier one announced in 2013 that levied a tax solely on those who generate their own...
  • Chinese-owned NH solar project costs ratepayers $1.22M

    06/16/2015 6:05:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 16, 2015 | Tori Richards
    New Hampshire utility ratepayers will pay a Taiwanese company $1.22 million to build the stateís largest solar installation so that a small town can save about $500,000 in power costs over the life of the project. Taiwanís Walsin Lihwa, parent company of Borrego Solar, will use Chinese-made solar panels in the 3.5-acre project, which is supposed to be finished in July. It will supply power to several municipal buildings in the area but only some of the time: the town of Peterborough (population: 6,284) gets only 197 sunny days per year. ďWhat a great project,Ē deadpanned David Kreutzer, a senior...
  • Prison labor helps U.S. solar company manufacture at home ( Suniva & Goldman Sachs )

    06/10/2015 11:58:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 10 , 2015 | Nichola Groom
    One of the largest companies to manufacture solar panels in the United States uses a surprising resource to keep costs low and compete against producers from China: prison labor. Suniva Inc, a Georgia-based solar cell and panel maker that is backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc, farms out a small portion of its manufacturing to federal inmates as part of a longstanding government program intended to prepare them for life after prison. Suniva does not actively publicize its work with the prisons, saying it prefers to talk about its in-house factories in Georgia and Michigan, which handle most of its...
  • Massive statewide solar plan gets Minnesota PUC approval

    05/29/2015 8:41:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-28-15 | tom webb
    State regulators approved Minnesota's first industrial-scale solar energy project Thursday, a mammoth 21-site setup that will dot the Twin Cities exurbs and beyond with acres of solar panels. The unanimous vote by the Public Utilities Commission advances the ramp-up phase of large-scale solar energy in Minnesota, with this single $250 million project promising up to 100 megawatts of power by 2016. Currently, fewer than 15 megawatts of solar power are estimated to be generated in Minnesota -- so the swift addition of 100 megawatts would represent more than a six-fold increase, with other huge projects on deck. The project is...
  • Saudi Arabia solar power exports Ďabsolutely realisticí

    05/28/2015 3:18:23 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 11 replies
    rtcc.org ^ | 28 May 2015, 4:47 pm | Ed King
    Saudi Arabia solar power exports ‚Äėabsolutely realistic‚Äô Last updated on 28 May 2015, 4:47 pm Desert state has abundance of sunshine and could produce more than it consumes, says power company boss(Pic: Activ Solar/Flickr) By Ed KingHopes that Saudi Arabia, the world‚Äôs top crude oil producer, could soon become a top solar energy exporter are well founded, according the head of one of the country‚Äôs leading power firms.‚ÄúSaudi could be a solar exporter ‚Äď I think it‚Äôs absolutely realistic and it‚Äôs going to happen,‚ÄĚ said Paddy Padmanathan, CEO of ACWA Power, which runs a portfolio of solar, coal, gas...
  • Hanergy Plunges 47% as Skies Darken for Chinaís Solar Industry

    05/21/2015 5:33:35 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 1 replies
    The woes of Chinaís solar industry deepened in recent days as one panel manufacturer lost nearly half its market capitalization and another said it might be forced to close down. Shares in Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd. , whose meteoric rise had troubled industry watchers, nearly halved in value Wednesday before trading was halted. The 47% plunge, to 3.91 Hong Kong dollars (50 U.S. cents), wiped US$18.6 billion from Hanergyís market capitalization. The company declined to comment on the fallówhich came during its annual shareholdersí meeting in Hong Kongóbut said it would make an announcement later in the day.
  • The Hole in the Rooftop Solar-Panel Craze

    05/19/2015 4:42:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 17, 2015 | BRIAN H. POTTS
    Most people buy rooftop solar panels because they think it will save them money or make them green, or both. But the truth is that rooftop solar shouldnít be saving them money (though it often does), and it almost certainly isnít green. In fact, the rooftop-solar craze is wasting billions of dollars a year that could be spent on greener initiatives. It also is hindering the growth of much more cost-effective renewable sources of power. According to a recent Energy Department-backed study at North Carolina State University, installing a fully financed, average-size rooftop solar system will reduce energy costs for...
  • The Death of the Green Energy Movement

    05/17/2015 8:56:44 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 08, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    The green energy movement in America is dead. May it rest in peace. No, a majority of American energy over the next 20 years is not going to come from windmills and solar panels. One important lesson to be learned from the green energy fadís rapid and expensive demise is that central planning doesnít work. What crushed green energy was the boom in shale oil and gas along with the steep decline in the price of fossil fuel that few saw coming just a few years ago. A new International Energy Agency report concedes that green energy is in fast...
  • Is Solar Energy Ready To Compete With Oil And Other Fossil Fuels?

    05/04/2015 11:47:38 AM PDT · by Opintel · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-05-2015 | Gaurav
    The solar energy industry may prove to be a dark horse in the race to provide global energy security. The world has renewed its interest in solar energy investment as it searches for a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Countries like China, Germany, the UK, the US, Japan and Canada have already made significant investments in solar power. Who are the other players who are investing big in solar energy? With its own set of limitations such as high installation costs and high plug-in time, are consumers across the world ready to choose solar energy to...
  • Solar power will soon be as cheap as coal (Wind power has already reached grid parity)

    04/18/2015 7:10:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 90 replies
    ensia.com ^ | 4.15.15 | Phil McKenna
    Look what‚Äôs cooking in the world of renewable energy The solar and wind innovations that got us where we are today ‚ÄĒ and those waiting in the wings ‚ÄĒ point to a hopeful future. Photo courtesy of 1366 Technologies Writer Phil McKenna@mckennapr Freelance writerShareTweet Facebook Share on Google+ Linkedin ¬† April 6, 2015 ‚ÄĒ Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 ¬įF. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names like ‚ÄúFearless‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúIntrepid‚ÄĚ...
  • This Empire of the Sun Is Built on the Shifting Sands of Subsidies

    04/14/2015 3:37:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | David Williams
    One canít help but be impressed by the seemingly great strides solar energy has been making of late. Bullish reports abound of added capacity, aggressive expansion, technical advances and a solar jobs boom. Industry elites engage in bold financial maneuvers that would make Gordon Gekko proud. But don dark enough shades to see through the media-generated glare, and the picture looks less sunny -- and sometimes maybe a little shady. The boom -- some might even call it a ďbubbleĒ -- Americaís solar energy industry is enjoying stems neither from overwhelming competitive-market success nor from long-promised technological breakthroughs that finally...
  • Why Environmentalists Will Eventually Hate Renewable Power

    04/13/2015 11:37:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2015-04-13 | Donald Kendal
    The proliferation of renewable energy will never please environmentalists. In fact, the more efficient and inexpensive energies like solar and wind become, the more environmentalists will fear and eventually hate them.Currently, arguments against renewable energy are based on the accurate claim they are too inefficient to become widespread. The technology behind solar and wind power are just not where they need to be to justify widespread use. In October 2014, data revealed the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert fell well short of its anticipated output. During an eight-month period in 2013, the solar plant...
  • New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure To Cut 18,000 Trees To Go Solar

    03/28/2015 1:36:07 AM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | March 27, 2015
    JACKSON, N.J. (AP) ó A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey. Six Flags Great Adventure says the facility will generate 21.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 3,100 homes, and capable of meeting all of the park's needs.
  • Six Flags to cut 18,000 trees to go solar

    03/27/2015 4:22:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 43 replies
    My Fox NY.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | AP
    JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey. Park President John Fitzgerald said in a statement that solar power will significantly reduce the park's reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Major Solar Storm Hits Earth, May Pull Northern Lights South

    03/17/2015 7:48:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2015
    A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and GPS tracking while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, federal forecasters said. So far no damage has been reported. Two blasts of magnetic plasma left the sun on Sunday, combined and arrived on Earth about 15 hours earlier and much stronger than expected, said Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. This storm ranks a 4, called severe, on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 1-to-5 scale for geomagnetic effects. It is the strongest solar storm...
  • Will the March 20th Total Solar Eclipse Impact Europeís Solar Energy Grid?

    03/13/2015 8:19:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | David Dickinson
    Germany currently stands at the forefront of solar energy technology, representing a whopping quarter of all solar energy capacity installed worldwide. Germany now relies of solar power for almost 7% of its annual electricity production, and during the sunniest hours, has used solar panels to satisfy up to 50% of the countryís power demand. ... Examining data from 5,000 solar-powered homes in the western United States, Opower found that during the eclipse those homes sent 41% less electricity back to the grid than normal. Along with a nearly 1,000 megawatt decline in utility-scale solar power production, these drop-offs were compensated...
  • Harry Reid Secured Subsidies for Aidesí Donors

    03/05/2015 8:21:09 AM PST · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Mar 5, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Corporate donors to a green energy nonprofit operated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reidís (D., Nev.) former staffers and a current campaign operative have received billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees and grant money as a result of Reidís advocacy. Fulcrum Bioenergy began contributing to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) in 2013. One year later, the Nevada Democrat steered tens of millions of dollars in federal grant money to the California biofuel company. Fulcrum is one of at least nine corporate donors to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) that have secured federal financing for themselves or a client due...
  • NASA Admits That Winters are Going to Get ColderÖMuch Colder

    03/03/2015 9:48:29 AM PST · by Perseverando · 67 replies
    D.C. Clothesline ^ | November 18, 2014 | Chris Carrington
    The Maunder Minimum (also known as the prolonged sunspot minimum) is the name used for the period roughly spanning 1645 to 1715 when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time. Like the Dalton Minimum and SpŲrer Minimum, the Maunder Minimum coincided with a period of lower-than-average global temperatures. During one 30-year period within the Maunder Minimum, astronomers observed only about 50 sunspots, as opposed to a more typical 40,000-50,000 spots. (Source) Climatologist John Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, thinks that last yearís winter, described by USA Today as ďone of...
  • Europe's Solar Power Industry Braces For Solar Eclipse

    03/01/2015 12:12:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    On the morning of March 20, 2015, a solar eclipse will pass over all of Europe, visible from Turkey to Greenland. A decade ago, that probably wouldn't have mattered to anyone except people who love astronomy (and all the schoolchildren building pinhole cameras to observe the sun.) But now, three percent of Europe's electricity grid comes from solar power, making the March event a proving ground for this renewable energy technology. In the span of two hours, 35,000 megawatts of electricity will fade from the grid, and then return. To put that in perspective, a typical coal plant in the...
  • Oregon's signature solar energy (scam) project built on foundation of false hopes and falsehoods

    02/28/2015 6:41:13 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 26 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ted Sickinger & Jeff Manning
    Dignitaries gathered on a dry Klamath Falls hillside in August 2011 to celebrate the launch of the largest solar power project ever attempted in Oregon. As then-Gov. John Kitzhaber and others dug their golden shovels into the hard ground, they were adamant that this was not another state-sponsored green energy boondoggle. This $27 million collection of solar arrays would be a boon for the economy as well as the environment. For nearly $12 million in tax credits, state officials said, taxpayers could expect the project developer to buy local and hire local, creating a virtuous circle of energy savings, reduced...
  • Crispy Critters ó Nevada Solar Plant Not For The Birds

    02/25/2015 9:50:11 AM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A solar-power project set to open next month in Nevada has fried 130 birds during tests and will soon join another solar farm in California in avian incineration. If as many birds being burned by solar power farms built in the U.S. were to wash up on our beaches soaked in crude oil from a leaking offshore well, the outrage would be deafening. But as with the wind turbines that now cover acre upon acre of former "pristine" countryside, what amount to avian Cuisinarts slicing and dicing everything that flies, including endangered species, only the crickets are chirping. House Minority...
  • Solar Panel Farm Fries Hundreds of Birds Out of The Sky

    02/24/2015 3:09:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    We already know wind farms kill thousands of birds every year, but now at least one solar panel farm in Nevada is frying birds out of the sky. From Nature World News: The last thing you'd likely expect is for a new experimental array to literally light nearly 130 birds in mid-flight on fire. the last thing you'd likely expect is for a new experimental array to literally light nearly 130 birds in mid-flight on fire. And yet, that's exactly what happened near Tonopah, Nevada last month during tests of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project. According to Rudy...
  • Solar farm sets 130 birds on FIRE: Extreme glow of power plant ignites creatures mid-air

    02/24/2015 5:44:40 AM PST · by thackney · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 February 2015 | SARAH GRIFFITHS
    Solar farm sets 130 birds on FIRE: Extreme glow of power plant ignites creatures mid-air during tests Around 130 birds have been injured near Tonopah, Nevada - 'Streamers' caught alight while while entering an area of concentrated solar energy created by the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project - Experts think birds may have been attracted by glow of the farm's tower - Experts have previously claimed that a California solar array part owned by Google is killing nearly 30,000 birds per year More than 100 birds have been injured during testing of a new solar power farm. Biologists say...
  • Solar farm sets 130 birds on FIRE: ...power plant ignites creatures mid-air during tests

    02/23/2015 2:51:27 PM PST · by matt04 · 74 replies
    More than 100 birds have been injured during testing of a new solar power farm. Biologists say 130 birds caught fire mid-air while entering an area of concentrated solar energy created by the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada. Experts believe the birds may have been attracted by the glow of the farmís tower, but the projectís owners, SolarReserve, say they have found a way to reduce the fatalities. The solar project is close to being completion and is set to go launch next month. Thousands of mirrors focus sunlight onto one central tower to melt salt...
  • Report: Solar Energy Subsidies Cost $39 Billion Per Year

    02/13/2015 12:33:34 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2-12-2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Despite billions spent in investments over decades, solar energy will only make up 0.6 percent of total electricity generation in the United States, according to a†report released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA). ďIn spite of governmentís best efforts to encourage innovation by solar energy companies and encourage Americans to rely more heavily on solar electricity, solar power continues to be a losing proposition,Ē the report said. ďAmerican taxpayers spent an average of $39 billion a year over the past 5 years financing grants, subsidizing tax credits, guaranteeing loans, bailing out failed solar energy boondoggles and otherwise underwriting every idea...
  • Is solar the next shale?

    02/07/2015 8:13:41 PM PST · by ckilmer · 61 replies
    Wood Mackenzie ^ | 01 Feb 2015 | Woods MacKenzie
    Is solar the next shale?     Just as shale extraction reconfigured oil and gas, no other technology is closer to transforming power markets than distributed and utility scale solar.Since the late 2000s, a widespread collapse in the price of solar modules has altered the economics of solar energy, putting it in a strong position to compete with other forms of power in the United States.With module costs at historic lows, increased efficiency has become the next frontier. Consequently, while higher efficiency solar technology may command a greater module price, capacity gains per square meter can make them more economic...
  • Energizing an energy policy

    02/03/2015 7:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ed Fuelner
    If youíre like most Americans, youíre enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your carís gas tank these days. If youíre a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest drivers behind the drop in gas prices is the rise in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (ďfrackingĒ) here at home. While the government is busy micromanaging the energy industry ó trying to saddle it with more regulations while showering favors on so-called ďgreenĒ companies ó the free market is showing how to actually get things done....
  • Ann Arbor approves deal with DTE Energy to construct largest solar array in Michigan

    02/03/2015 5:45:16 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 21 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 03, 2015 | Ryan Stanton
    Ann Arbor might be on its way to becoming the solar capital of Michigan. The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a deal with DTE Energy to construct the largest solar array in the state on a 14-acre site at the city's airport. The decision came following a brief discussion with no objections raised by any of the 11 council members. "This is an exciting effort," said Mayor Christopher Taylor. "I'm so glad that we're moving forward with it. Having the largest solar field in Michigan is going to be an important thing for the city...
  • The myth of the methane menace

    01/19/2015 8:58:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced major new regulations on the emissions of methane into the air from oil and gas production. It calls methane a ďpotentĒ pollutant and its new rules would require a 45 percent reduction by 2025 from 2012 levels. Most Americans support these new rules, according to polling from environmental groups. This isnít surprising. Methane sounds like a dirty and dangerous pollutant and even deadly if leaked into water or the air. However, methane is just another term for the main component of natural gas. Drillers have a powerful motive to stop leakage on...
  • Solar Subsidies Scam Taxpayers And Homeowners

    01/13/2015 6:20:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 134, 2015 | Stephen Moore & Joel Griffith
    Solar panels are being installed on the roofs of homes and businesses all across America at a record pace. The fad is the latest way for families to "go green" ó the energy equivalent of blue recycling bins. The Solar Energy Industries Association likes to tout the industry's "amazing success" ó but it's holding a "Shout Out For Solar" social media event Friday as it sees an "uncertain future." That's because its continued success depends on a cascade of government subsidies, including a 30% federal investment credit that expires at the end of 2016. Guess what? Taxpayers are paying for...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Touts Climate Change Fight

    01/06/2015 3:50:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Businass Daily ^ | January 6, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Environmentalism: Re-upping on delusional climate-change fantasies, "Governor Moonbeam" asked in his inauguration speech Monday for the Golden State to meet half its energy needs with renewable energy by 2030. Gov. Jerry Brown, who leads the state that hosted Solyndra, embraces bird-chopping wind turbines and builds crispy critter-producing solar panel farms, is a leading advocate of renewable energy and environmental protection. As pollution from coal-fired plants and industries in China wafted across the Pacific, he took a deep breath at his fourth inauguration as the state's chief executive and doubled down on green energy's failed promise by tasking California to fight...
  • OK, is ANYONE here really off the grid ?

    01/03/2015 3:37:59 PM PST · by knarf · 151 replies
    self ^ | January 3, 2015 | knarf
    I got an e-mail that had one of those, "I'm just a regular guy but I've discovered the secret ... " type message ...
  • How To Predict Dangerous Solar Flares

    12/16/2014 10:38:01 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    BI - Scientific American ^ | 12-16-2014 | Monica Bobra
    Monica Bobra, Scientific American December 16, 2014A couple of months ago, the sun sported the largest sunspot we've seen in the last 24 years. This monstrous spot, visible to the naked eye (that is, without magnification, but with protective eyewear of course), launched more than 100 flares. The number of the spots on the sun ebbs and flows cyclically, every 11 years. Right now, the sun is in the most active part of this cycle: we're expecting lots of spots and lots of flares in the coming months. Usually, the media focuses on the destructive power of solar flares ó...
  • Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

    12/11/2014 5:39:22 PM PST · by Theoria · 85 replies
    NPR ^ | 11 Dec 2014 | Peter Overby
    The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners' rooftops. Sometimes the rivalry looks more like hardball politics than marketplace economics. The way rooftop solar typically works, the homeowner leases rooftop panels from a company that owns and installs them. It can be an expensive proposition, but the homeowner saves some money by drawing less power from the utility company's electric plants, and...
  • Another Govt-Backed Solar Company Crashes

    12/04/2014 7:38:43 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/01/14 | Ira Stoll
    The recent Chapter 7 bankruptcy and liquidation filing of the Toledo, Ohio-based solar-panel manufacturer Xunlight Corp. has attracted barely any national attention. Maybe itís gotten to the point ó after Solyndra, Evergreen, Abound, and Satcon ó that the failure of another government-backed alternative energy company is a dog-bites-man story. Itíd be newsworthy if any of them actually ever succeeded. But itís worth pausing for an autopsy and retrospective on Xunlight, because itís a great (or terrible, depending on how you look at it) example of how government at all levels ó state and federal ó and in both parties ó...
  • A blue supergiant star in relation to the size of our solar system

    12/04/2014 6:05:38 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 66 replies
  • The Great Renewable Energy Rip-Off

    12/03/2014 9:55:43 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/03/14 | Alan Caruba
    The EPA is not protecting anyoneís health. It is forcing them to pay more for what should be the most traditional and affordable sources of electricity in the world One of the lesser known attempts to prove that renewable energy, wind and solar power, can replace traditional energy sourcesócoal, oil, and natural gasówent belly up in much the same way current wind and solar companies depend on tapping the taxpayer for government subsidies in order to stay in business. Googleís Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative begun in 2007 and shut down four years later. Two members of the Institute...
  • Dear Northeast, Howís that solar working out for ya?

    11/25/2014 6:33:07 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/24/2014 | Marita Noon
    A couple of months ago, effective in November, National Grid, one of Massachusettsí two dominant utilities, announced rate increases of a ďwhoppingĒ 37 percent over last year. Other utilities in the region are expected to follow suit. Itís dramatic headlines like these that make rooftop solar sound so attractive to people wanting to save money. In fact, embedded within the online version of the Boston Globe story: ďElectric rates in Mass. set to spike this winter,Ē is a link to another article: ďHow to install solar power and save.Ē The solar story points out: ďBy now everyone knows that solar...
  • Solyndra who? DoE loans programme back in black

    11/18/2014 11:14:17 AM PST · by Prophet2520 · 50 replies
    PVTech ^ | 11/14/2014 | John Parnell
    The US Department of Energy loans guarantee programme has made more from interest payments than it lost on failed companies such as Solyndra. Figures released by the department this week show it is on track to make more than US$5 billion profit by the time it closes with US$810 million it has received to date, exceeding the US$780 million in losses from companies that defaulted.
  • Huge solar plant lags in early production [because there's not enough sunlight!]

    11/18/2014 9:18:06 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    AP ^ | November 17, 2014 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected.
  • Solar PV Success Story - The Cowing family, Greasby

    11/18/2014 5:04:20 AM PST · by Prophet2520 · 191 replies
    Select Renewables ^ | ? | unknown
    Although our array was designed to generate 30% of our electricity requirements, we are pleased to report that in reality it generates more than that and on very sunny days, we become a net exporter of clean green electricity.