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  • Renewable Energy Growth in Perspective

    07/21/2014 11:17:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    Energy Matters ^ | July 14, 2014 | Roger Andrews
    Renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, continues to set records for electicity generation and installed capacity in many parts of the world, and as shown in Figure 1 wind and solar growth in recent years has indeed been quite spectacular:~~snip~~If decarbonization is to be achieved by expanding renewables the expansion will have to come in wind, solar and biomass. So let’s take hydro out and see how far growth in wind, solar and biomass has carried us along the decarbonization path so far:Clearly they still have a long way to go.
  • 800 Degree Heat From Solar Mirrors Frying Birds Mid Air

    07/10/2014 4:28:08 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 21 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11/07/2014 | Andy Tully
    There is growing evidence that birds flying in the vicinity of a solar thermal power project in California’s Mojave Desert are being injured and even killed either by the solar heat that’s focused with mirrors on its three energy-collecting towers, or by colliding with the mirrors themselves. Yet a task force set up to investigate the problem at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) has brushed aside several recommendations by the forensics laboratory of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), according to the minutes of a meeting on the subject obtained by the Los Angeles public television station...
  • Photovoltaic Energy Is Not Renewable Energy: We're just getting energy back, but at 4X the cost.

    06/27/2014 7:56:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/27/2014 | David Archibald
    Photovoltaic (PV) power is created from a burst of coal-sourced energy priced at 4 cents/kWh, which you get back as an intermittent and declining dribble over the following 20 years at 15 cents/kWh. The numbers vary with location, but the basic relationship remains the same – at best, the energy produced by PV panels is at least four times the cost of the power consumed in making them. That is one thing. The main thing is that over their lifetimes, PV panels now produce slightly more energy than what it took to make them. So a civilization that relies upon...
  • More shots fired in the ongoing solar-powered trade dispute between China and the U.S.

    06/04/2014 6:50:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The United States, the European Union, and China have been caught up in a trade-war-triangle for at least the past couple of years over, apparently, who is “fairly” subsidizing their domestic solar manufacturing industry, and who isn’t. I must confess, I rather fail to see the distinction between the myriad cash grants, loan guarantees, tax credits, and portfolio standards that both China and the U.S. offer the solar industry at various levels of production and installation — but I suppose we’re meant to believe that there is one, since the Obama administration just imposed further duties on our Eastern...
  • ENDLESS ELECTRICITY: Here's A Way Of Turning America's Roads Into Gigantic Solar Panels

    05/14/2014 7:13:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/14/2014 | ROB WILE
    Solar RoadwaysJulie and Scott Brusaw. There are about 31,251 square miles of roads, parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, bike paths, and sidewalks in the lower 48 states. If Julie and Scott Brusaw have their way, they will all someday be replaced with solar panels.For the better part of a decade, the Idaho couple has been working on prototyping an industrial-strength panel that could withstand the weight of even the largest trucks. They now appear to have cracked the formula, developing a specially textured glass coating for the panels that can not only bear tremendous loads but also support standard tire traction. By their...
  • The Obama Bird Genocide Is Out of Control (Solar/Wind Devices Butchering Birds0

    05/07/2014 5:42:01 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 6, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    An adorable baby bald eagle whose parents were executed by solar panels. (AP) The Obama administration has opened up a new front in its war on America’s eagles. For years, the president has relied on wind turbines to orchestrate his eco-genocide. Biologists estimate that wind farms kill as many as 328,000 birds each year by chopping them out of the sky. The administration’s successful weaponization of solar farms will only accelerate the death rate. Studies indicate that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California has proved to be an especially efficient apparatus for eagle extermination. The facility, which...
  • Paul Krugman’s Solar Delusions: Solar’s getting cheaper, but it can never be a big reducer of...

    04/22/2014 3:01:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Bryce
    Solar’s getting cheaper, but it can never be a big reducer of carbon emissions.Solar energy can solve global warming. That’s what Paul Krugman claims in his April 18 column in the New York Times, “Salvation Gets Cheap.” Krugman extolled “the incredible recent decline in the cost of renewable energy, solar power in particular.” He used to dismiss the claim that renewable energy would be a major source of global energy “as hippie-dippy wishful thinking.” But now, he says, thanks to the falling price of renewable energy, the process of decarbonization can be accelerated and “drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions...
  • President Proposes $1.1 Billion for BLM in Fiscal Year 2015

    04/18/2014 9:49:14 AM PDT · by fulltlt · 14 replies
    BLM website ^ | 3/4/2014 | Jeff Krauss
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama today requested $1.1 billion for the Bureau of Land Management in Fiscal Year 2015, which will enable the BLM to continue to responsibly manage the development of conventional and renewable energy on public lands, conserve valuable wildlife habitat and cultural and historic resources, and implement innovative landscape scale management approaches. ... The President’s Budget request maintains funding for renewable energy at essentially the 2014 enacted level, $29.2 million, providing the BLM with the resources it needs to continue to aggressively facilitate and support solar, wind and geothermal energy development as Interior works toward the President’s...
  • Molecules Can Store Solar Energy Indefinitely

    04/16/2014 10:07:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Mashable ^ | 04/16/2014 | TODD WOODY
    The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be tapped to heat homes, water or used for cooking. The best part: The molecules can store the heat forever and be endlessly re-used while emitting absolutely no greenhouse gases. Scientists remain a way's off in building this perpetual heat machine but they have succeeded in the laboratory at demonstrating the viability of the phenomenon called photoswitching. "Some molecules, known as photoswitches, can assume either of two different shapes, as if...
  • Death by solar farms: 71 species of birds killed, ‘entire food chains’ disrupted

    04/11/2014 2:26:30 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 4/11/14 | Douglas Ernst
    A new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finds that solar facilities in California are acting like “mega traps” that kill and injure birds. As a result, “entire food chains” are being disrupted. USFWS’s National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory studied three solar farms in Southern California: Desert Sunlight, Genesis Solar and Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS). Two-hundred and thirty-three different birds from 71 species were found over the course of a two-year study. The three main causes of death were: 1. Solar flux: Exposure to temperatures over 800 degrees F. 2. Impact (or blunt force) trauma:...
  • Fracking City has Lowest Unemployment Rate, Solar City has Highest Unemployment

    03/24/2014 9:01:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/24/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Forget building this city on Rock and Roll and try Fracking instead. Just don’t try building it on solar power, wind power or pixie dust. The U.S. metro area with the lowest unemployment rate is a shale oil boomtown. The one with the highest unemployment rate houses the world’s largest solar plant.According to data released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Midland, Texas, has a 2.9 percent unemployment rate, the lowest in the country. Midland sits above the Permian Basin Shale, a massive formation that constitutes a large chunk of Texas’ booming shale oil industry.The West Texas...
  • Airplane pilots hit by ‘nearly blinding’ glare from massive Calif. solar facility

    03/19/2014 11:09:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7:23 PM 03/18/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Airplane pilots cruising over southern California have been complaining about a “nearly blinding” glare emanating from a massive government-funded solar thermal facility. The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the world’s largest solar thermal plant and has 173,500 large mirrors that reflect sunlight onto boilers in three 459-foot towers. A feat of modern engineering — to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) got two anonymous complaints in August that mentioned a “blinding glare” coming from the Ivanpah solar facility. One complaint came from a Los...
  • Report: Government-backed solar power costs 161 percent more than coal power

    02/15/2014 8:21:33 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/2014 | unknown
    The Obama administration heaped praise on the world’s largest solar thermal power facility, which began sending energy to customers in California on Thursday. The 392 megawatt Ivanpah solar facility was hailed as a grand achievement, but the administration neglected delivering solar power to consumers is much more expensive than coal. The Ivanpah solar thermal facility in California’s Mojave Desert is the largest in the world, but it comes with a high cost. To start, the facility received $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Obama administration in 2011 — about 73 percent of the project’s total costs, according to BrightSource...
  • Sunny Colorado is losing ground in solar energy jobs

    02/15/2014 8:16:10 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/2014 | unknown
    Colorado may be known for its abundant sunshine, but employment in the solar energy sector is looking cloudy — solar industry jobs have declined by 32 percent since 2010, according to a newly released survey by the Solar Foundation. Colorado saw a zero percent increase in solar sector jobs from 2012-2013, while such jobs increased by nearly 20 percent nationwide. The high-profile bankruptcy of Abound Solar in 2012, which cost 400 jobs, could have something to do with those numbers, but solar advocacy organization Environment Colorado lays the blame on what could have potential longer-term effects on the market —...
  • This is what the world's largest solar plant looks like when it's catching rays

    02/13/2014 7:54:04 PM PST · by ckilmer · 80 replies
    theverge ^ | February 13, 2014 01:44 pm | Jacob Kastrenakes
    This is what the world's largest solar plant looks like when it's catching rays By Jacob Kastrenakes on February 13, 2014 01:44 pm Email @jake_k 172Comments  59inShare     A massive solar plant in the Mojave Desert officially began operation today after years of construction, testing, and development. Co-owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy, and Google, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is said to be ready to generate nearly 30 percent of all solar thermal energy produced in the United States. The plant consists of three 459-foot tall towers each with tens of thousands of robotic, garage-door sized mirrors that...
  • The future is bright: World's biggest solar farm is switched on today...

    02/13/2014 11:39:17 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 13, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The world's largest solar plant of its kind, set to produce 400 megawatts of energy for homes in southwest U.S. has been switched on today. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which covers five square miles of the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada border, has formally opened after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants. The $2.2billion complex sees more than 300,000 gigantic mirrors reflect green solar power to three generating units with boilers placed on towers rising 460ft above the desert. Ivanpah, a joint project...
  • Ray Kurzweil: This is your future

    12/11/2013 3:11:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | December 10, 2013 | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, Special to CNN
    By the early 2020s, we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging. Up until recently, health and medicine was basically a hit or miss affair. We would discover interventions such as drugs that had benefits, but also many side effects. Until recently, we did not have the means to actually design interventions on computers. All of that has now changed, and will dramatically change clinical practice by the early 2020s. We now have the information code of the genome and are making exponential gains in modeling and simulating the information processes they give rise...
  • Solar firm linked to Obama donors could be 'next Solyndra,' top GOP Sen. warns

    11/19/2013 6:01:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2013 | Joseph Weber
    A California-based solar company backed by several Obama supporters has been receiving millions in federal tax credits while losing $322 million since 2008, raising concerns about the company “becoming the next Solyndra.” Among SolarCity Corp.’s biggest investors is Elon Musk -- the high-profile donor and fundraiser who co-founded PayPal and whose companies SpaceX and electric-car company Tesla Motors have received at least $846 million in loans and startup money from the Obama administration. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, warned about SolarCity’s financial standing in a letter Monday to the Treasury Department. “There is...
  • New device harnesses sun and sewage to produce hydrogen fuel

    10/13/2013 4:49:24 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 32 replies
    R&D Magazine ^ | 10/11/2013 | none listed
    A novel device that uses only sunlight and wastewater to produce hydrogen gas could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment. A research team led by Yat Li, assoc. prof. of chemistry at the Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, developed the solar-microbial device and reported their results in ACS Nano. The hybrid device combines a microbial fuel cell (MFC) and a type of solar cell called a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC). In the MFC component, bacteria degrade organic matter in the wastewater, generating electricity in the process. The biologically generated electricity is delivered to the PEC...
  • Bosch abandons solar energy

    03/22/2013 11:43:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:52pm GMT | Ludwig Burger and Hendrik Sackmann
    Bosch ROBG.UL said it will sell or shut down its heavily loss-making solar energy operations, the latest blow to the industry as Germany curbs green energy subsidies and cheap Chinese imports flood the market. In a rare reversal of strategy from the manufacturing conglomerate, Bosch said on Friday it would end its photovoltaics, or solar panel, production early next year and put parts of the business up for sale. Unlisted Bosch, one of the world’s largest maker of car parts, has lost €2.4 billion (Ł2 billion; $3.1 billion) since it created the solar energy unit in 2008 after it bought...
  • Stick solar energy mandates “where the sun don’t shine”

    03/19/2013 3:31:15 AM PDT · by LiberTEAWatch
    Glenwood Springs Post Independent ^ | March 19, 2013 | James D. Kellogg
    With Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of a financial manager in Detroit, the working class in the city is about to be subjected to a financial dictatorship modeled on the savage wage and benefit cuts imposed by the Obama administration during its forced bankruptcy and restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009. Like the auto workers, the city’s public sector workers and residents will be forced to sacrifice their jobs, pensions and the needs of their families to pay for a financial crisis they did not create. The script is the same. According to the politicians from both big...
  • Solar industry grapples with hazardous wastes

    02/11/2013 2:45:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | february 10, 2013 | JASON DEAREN
    Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment — and the wallet. What customers may not know is that there's a dirtier side. While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many panel makers are nevertheless grappling with a hazardous waste problem. Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water....
  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views
    rediff.com ^ | February 17, 2004 19:12 IST | Shyam Bhatia in London
    The London accountant who accompanied Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to Timbuktu on three occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 says the 'father' of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert. A remote outpost in the middle of the West African desert, Timbuktu usually attracts explorers associated in the popular mind with the adventures of the comic character Tin Tin. And Pakistani dissidents told rediff.com the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • It Looks Like Europe Is Going Off The Solar Energy Demand Cliff

    01/12/2013 11:14:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/12/2013 | Lisa Mahapatra
    Ever since the German government started subsidizing solar energy, demand for solar installations went up like clockwork, towards the end of each year.But recently released data from German regulators shows that number of solar installations in December 2012 was down 88% from the previous year.In fact, 2012 saw the lowest number of installations since 2008.And it still wasn't as low as the German government would have liked. The German government wants to cut back on solar energy installations because their whole drive to switch to renewable energy has ended being far more expensive that they thought it would be. Which...
  • Solar firm that got $26M in Miss. loans is closing

    11/30/2012 5:57:15 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 14 replies
    WLOX 13 ^ | November 29, 2012
    <p>JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi taxpayers may have only an empty Senatobia building and some solar panel equipment to show for nearly $26 million in loans provided to Twin Creeks Technologies.</p> <p>The California-based solar technology firm is liquidating, and a company that bought Twin Creeks' assets does not intend to take over its agreement with Mississippi. The contract called for Twin Creeks to invest at least $132 million and create at least 500 jobs.</p>
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 8:38:44 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 25, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a...
  • ReVolt Technology officially files bankruptcy (A small Solyndra?)

    11/16/2012 11:28:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The parent company of a taxpayer-backer battery technology company has filed bankruptcy in a Norwegian court. Portland-based ReVolt Technology, whose parent company is in Norway, said last month it would file bankruptcy because it had been unable to raise new capital or find a buyer. The company had been developing a zinc-air battery technology that it said could deliver twice the energy of conventional rechargeable battery technologies, such as lithium-ion. The Business Journal has been unable to reach ReVolt company officials. Before it abruptly closed its doors, ReVolt received several taxpayer subsidies: •$5 million from a federal grant program. •$3.4...
  • Obama admin sets aside large public land tracts to develop solar power plants

    10/13/2012 11:42:46 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 10/13/2012 | Jason Dearen
    Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 445 square miles of public land for thedevelopment of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development in the West after years of delays and false starts. At a news conference in Las Vegas, Interior Secretary Ken Salazarcalled the new plan a "roadmap ... that will lead to faster, smarter utility-scale solar development on public lands." The plan replaces the department's previous first-come, first-served system of approving solar projects, which let developers choose where they wanted to build utility-scale solar sites and allowed for land...
  • The Sun Sets on China's Solar Industry

    10/08/2012 4:56:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/08/2012 | Gordon Chang
    On Friday, shares of Trina Solar closed at $4.62, down $0.18 for the day. The stock has been falling for a long time, declining more than 85% in the last three years. That’s not bad, however, considering Trina is a Chinese solar company. Rival Suntech Power has seen its shares, also listed on the Big Board, drop. They are at about 2% of their 2007 values. And Yingli Green Energy plunged 7.3% on Friday in New York, and it is now trading close to its five-year low. In last two years, shares of Chinese solar cell producers have fallen by...
  • Solar Eclipsed?

    09/14/2012 11:41:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Energy Tribune ^ | Sep. 13, 2012 | Peter C Glover
    The global solar power industry is in crisis. The industry blames widespread national subsidy cuts and over productivity; China, in particular, being widely vilified on the second count. However, the real cause of the solar industry’s malaise runs deeper, rooted, as it is, in the inescapable fact that, in terms of current technology, commercial scale solar energy remains a non-viable proposition. Wherever you look the solar power industry is mired in financial problems, all of which lead back to the (life support) of public subsidy, the impact of market-skewing regulations (creating the appearance of commercial viability) and, ultimately, protectionist trade...
  • ENVIRONMENTALISTS OPPOSE OBAMA PLAN TO DEVELOP SOLAR ENERGY

    09/13/2012 2:25:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/13/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration has identified 285,000 acres of western public lands on which to create solar zones and develop the alternative energy source, but the plan faces opposition from environmentalists who say it will harm the planet. The blueprint for the solar energy zones calls for 17 large-scale projects that it predicts would create 5,900 megawatts of energy to provide electricity to nearly two million homes. “Developing America’s solar energy resource is an important part of President (Barack) Obama’s commitment to expanding American-made energy, increasing energy security and creating jobs,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement announcing...
  • China-EU trade war looms over solar energy industry

    07/28/2012 12:45:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/28/2012 @ 09:22 | Philip Ebels
    China and the EU are facing a trade war after a group of European solar panel producers this week lodged an anti-dumping complaint, sparking immediate threats of retaliation. The complaint comes from Germany’s SolarWorld and a newly formed coalition of some 25 companies, according to spokesperson Milan Nitzschke, most of whom choose to remain anonymous “for fear of repression.” The companies accuse China of giving out “immense subsidies”, Nitzschke said, helping its own industry to gain market share in Europe by selling its products at artificially low prices—a practice known as dumping and illegal under international trade law. …
  • Researchers Produce Transparent Solar Cell

    07/22/2012 1:13:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    Hardocp ^ | Sunday July 22, 2012
    An improvement in the makeup of solar cells generates electricity while maintaining a 70% transparency, making it adaptable to homes and businesses to reduce energy costs. The polymer solar cell is light, flexible and cheap to produce. If this goes into mass production, it could spell the end of unsightly bulky roof mounted solar panels. "These results open the potential for visibly transparent polymer solar cells as add-on components of portable electronics, smart windows and building-integrated photovoltaics and in other applications" Comments
  • Obama Doubles Down On More Solyndras

    04/18/2012 6:11:14 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 18, 2012
    Green Energy: Another day and another set of layoffs at a Department of Energy-backed solar company and an electric-car maker funded with stimulus dollars. Yet the President wants to double down on green energy. First Solar, a solar energy company that received a $1.46 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, announced Monday it will lay off 2,000 workers worldwide. In December, First Solar laid off 100 employees at a Santa Clara , Calif., plant. The DOE has committed the loan to a project in Riverside County, Calif., expected to create a whopping 15 permanent jobs and 550 construction...
  • Solar: Fake Energy Provided by Fake President

    04/14/2012 5:35:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | John Ransom
    This is the year that the fake energy provided by our fake president finally collide and go boom. So, get ready for a new round of green bankruptcies, as Europe trims back subsidies for solar companies and taxpayers lose their appetite for subsidizing green power. “The mini-bubble resulting from the rush to cash in on solar subsidies in European and U.S. markets is ending, as feed-in tariffs drop in Europe while loan guarantee and tax credit programs tighten up in the U.S.,” says a new report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch according to CNBC.com.Germany is dialing back subsidies for...
  • Class Action Filed Against Taxpayer-Backed First Solar

    03/19/2012 11:31:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 19, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Securities law firms are lining up to get a piece of the action after a class action lawsuit was filed against federally subsidized First Solar, Inc., allegedly because the company failed to disclose the massive costs it was incurring due to defects in its solar panels, leading investors to believe the company’s stock was worth more than its actual value. The complaint, filed by the New York-based Pomerantz, Haudek, Grossman, & Gross law firm, claims that First Solar executives – including founder Michael Ahearn and former CEO Robert Gillette – “made false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed...
  • Abound Solar, Recipient Of $400 Million Federal Loan Guarantee, Halts Production

    03/01/2012 11:51:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies · 8+ views
    Forbes ^ | March 1, 2012 | by Todd Woody
    The solar shakeout continues as Abound Solar, a Colorado startup that aimed to take on industry leader First Solar with a $400 million federal loan guarantee to build photovoltaic panel factories, halts production and lays off 180 workers. In addition to the $400 million loan guarantee, Abound, which was founded in 2007, has raised $260 million in venture funding from investors that include Invus Group, Bohemian Companies, DCM, GLG Partners, Technology Partners, BP Alternative Energy and West Hill Investors. Whether Abound can compete in an increasingly tough solar market remains in question.
  • Germany: Hundreds of thousands have no electricity ( Can't afford it.)

    02/23/2012 2:20:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies · 1+ views
    thelocal.de ^ | Published: 22 Feb 12 08:18 CET
    Hundreds of thousands of Germans are likely going without power simply because they can’t afford the bills, according to a North Rhine-Westphalian consumer organisation studying the problem.According to the NRW Consumer Centre, more than 300,000 people in the state were threatened with a power shut-off and 62,000 financially struggling families actually had their electricity shut off in 2010 alone, the last year for which firm statistics are available. Of the 58 companies the organisation surveyed, three-quarters reported that customers were having problems paying their bills, according to the organisation. “Price increases of around 15 percent for electricity and gas in...
  • GERMANY PLANS RECORD CUTS IN SOLAR SUBSIDIES TO LIMIT BOOM

    02/23/2012 1:32:37 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    feedthegrid.net ^ | 2/23/22012
    6 hours ago 1 related article(s) Leave a CommentChancellor Angela Merkel, encouraging renewable energy to replace nuclear power stations that close by 2022, wants to chop in half annual solar installations after incentives for the industry pushed capacity past government targets. BusinessWeek via Google News
  • Rosy Solar Jobs Projections Fail To Live Up To the Hype

    02/09/2012 11:26:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/8/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In the final days of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s tenure, the state Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth trumpeted the success of green jobs created in the solar industry. “Total job creation projected of 21,592” the April 12, 2010, DELEG presentation claimed. Almost two years later, the large majority of those jobs never saw the light of day. Even if they had come to fruition, they would just be a small part of the entire Michigan economy, says James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. For example, the state of Michigan created 218,137...
  • Solar power vs. the fate of the desert tortoise

    01/25/2012 12:59:46 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies
    KPCC/NPR ^ | Jan. 20, 2012 | Judy Muller
    We all love the idea of solar energy and there are plans for 26 solar projects in the deserts of California. One is underway, but there's a big problem -- the desert tortoise is in the way. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that over a thousand tortoises could be harmed by the construction. Advocates say the projects will bring much needed clean energy and jobs to the region and that there's a way to protect the tortoises.
  • Taxpayers Take Hit as Solar Industry Implodes

    01/04/2012 12:23:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 4, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    In a year where Solyndra became the face of the solar industry’s chronic failures, even the holiday season could not prevent one last flurry of layoffs in 2011. The Mountain Enterprise (based in Frazier Park, Calif.) reported over the weekend that First Solar, Inc. – which the media sometimes identifies as the largest solar company in the world – laid off half its employees on Friday at its Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One project. The facility has been the subject of controversy in the local community over the effects it will have on land use, wildlife, and water usage....
  • Solar Breakthrough: Cheap Quantum Dot Solar Paint

    12/28/2011 1:22:04 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 21 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 24/12/2011 | John Daly
    Researchers have reduced the preparation time of quantum dot solar cells to less than an hour by changing the form to a one-coat quantum dot solar paint. How? Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles are coated with cadmium sulfide (CdS) or cadmium selenide (CdSe.) The composite nanoparticles, when mixed with a solvent, form a paste that can be applied as one-step paint to a transparent conducting material, which creates electricity when exposed to light. Although the paint form is currently about five times less efficient than the highest recorded efficiency for the multifilm form, the researchers predict that its efficiency can be...
  • Australia’s Expensive Solar Ambitions

    12/05/2011 9:31:07 AM PST · by bananaman22
    Oilprice.com ^ | 05/12/2011 | John Daly
    Green activists, take note – for Australia fully to embrace solar power, Canberra would have to spend $100 billion, with photovoltaic cells to generate the electricity covering an area twice the size of Sydney in order to replace Australia’s indigenous inexpensive coal-fired power plants with renewable energy sources. This is not an insignificant figure, as Australian coal currently generates 80 percent of Australia's electrical energy output. The grim statistic was contained in the recent report, “Keeping the Home Fires Burning,” issued by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. So, who is the Australian Strategic Policy Institute? Tree-hugging, wallaby and kangaroo friendly...
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s ‘Green’ Company Scored $1.4 Billion Taxpayer Bailout

    11/16/2011 11:30:52 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | Wilton Hall
    President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack...
  • Energy of the Future: Spaced Based Solar Stations

    11/15/2011 11:04:23 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15/11/2011 | James Burgess
    A solar power station in space measuring several kilometres in length may sound like something from a science fiction film, but the reality is that this idea could well be operational and supplying much of the worlds energy requirements within less than 20 years. Space based solar power stations are not a new idea, in fact they have been researched since the 1970’s. Back in 2009 the Californian state regulators granted approval to the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Solaren Corp. to start creating a solar based power plant in space. Solaren, founded by veterans of Hughes Aircraft, Boeing...
  • Paul Krugman’s Solar Eclipse (This Nobel Laureate is an ignoramus when it comes to energy)

    11/09/2011 7:17:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/2011 | Robert Bryce
    Paul Krugman may be a Nobel Prize–winning economist, but his most recent column in the New York Times, which condemns hydraulic fracturing and praises solar energy, displays an astounding disinterest in numbers and woeful ignorance of the facts. Without providing any sources, Krugman writes, “We know that [fracturing] produces toxic (and radioactive) wastewater that contaminates drinking water; there is reason to suspect, despite industry denials, that it also contaminates groundwater.” Huh? Over the past 60 years, the process of hydraulic fracturing has been used more than 1 million times on oil and gas wells here in the U.S. If fracturing...
  • Sunny Egypt Interested in Wind Power

    11/07/2011 6:04:02 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 05/11/2011 | John Daly
    Egypt currently has a total electricity capacity of about 23,500 megawatts, which the government hopes to increase to 58,000 megawatts by 2027. A prime potential element in increasing this electrical output? Renewables. One might think, given Egypt’s climate, solar? Wrong again – wind power, which currently contributes less than 1 percent to Egypt’s energy mix. In 2003 Egypt had its wind potential assessed and published a wind atlas, which found that with wind speeds of 7-10 meters per second, almost the entire nation was ideal for wind power installations, with the country’s best areas being along the Gulf of Suez...
  • China Shuts Solar Panel Factory After Antipollution Protests

    11/02/2011 6:53:41 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2011 | ANDREW JACOBS
    BEIJING — The Chinese authorities have suspended production at a solar panel factory after protests by residents who blame the plant for fouling the air and water... Village residents have complained about what they called toxic smokestack emissions and about factory wastewater that they say has killed a large number of fish...
  • Solar Energy Industry Concerned over Possible Cuts in Government Subsidies

    10/28/2011 8:57:27 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 27/10/2011 | John Daly
    In any country, at the end of the proverbial day, both energy utilities and consumers are finally interested in the technologies that generate a kilowatt of electricity most inexpensively, all other considerations aside. Accordingly, all countries involved in solar energy are optimists, but nascent industrial efforts to generate power on a commercial scale from the sun are without exception dependent upon current government subsidies to enter the market, which is littered with optimism, the failure of U.S. federally subsidized company Solyndra being Exhibit A. But countries worldwide are seeking government support to shield their embryonic solar industries from market realities...