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  • 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 ^ | 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. USFWSs 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 worlds 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 Administrations 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 worlds 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 Californias 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 projects 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 catchingrays 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 SolarCitys 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 worlds largest maker of car parts, has lost 2.4 billion (2 billion; $3.1 billion) since it created the solar energy unit in 2008 after it bought...
  • Stick solar energy mandates where the sun dont 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 Snyders 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 citys 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 ^ | 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 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 / ^ | 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. Thats 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 industrys 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...

    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 Americas solar energy resource is an important part of President (Barack) Obamas 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 Germanys 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 pricesa 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 ^ | 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 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 companys 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 ^ | Published: 22 Feb 12 08:18 CET
    Hundreds of thousands of Germans are likely going without power simply because they cant 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...

    02/23/2012 1:32:37 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies ^ | 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 Granholms 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 industrys 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 ^ | 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...
  • Australias Expensive Solar Ambitions

    12/05/2011 9:31:07 AM PST · by bananaman22 ^ | 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 Australias 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. Kennedys 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. Its 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 Kennedys 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 ^ | 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 1970s. 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 Krugmans 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 Prizewinning 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 ^ | 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 Egypts climate, solar? Wrong again wind power, which currently contributes less than 1 percent to Egypts 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 countrys 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 ^ | 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...
  • Germany to Invest $137 Billion in Renewable energy Over the Next Five Years

    10/19/2011 4:06:11 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies ^ | 19/10/2011 | John Daly
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on 30 May that Germany, the world's fourth-largest economy and Europe's biggest, would shutter all of its 17 nuclear power plants between 2015 and 2022, an extraordinary commitment, given that they currently produce about 28 percent of the country's electricity. Underlining the governments seriousness in changing the countrys energy matrix, Germany's Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (German Development Bank) is to underwrite renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in Germany with $137.3 billion over the next five years, Germany Trade and Invest reported. Overall, the German government's 6th Energy Research Program has made an extraordinary $274.6 billion...
  • More solar companies led by Democratic donors received federal loan guarantees

    09/28/2011 10:15:09 PM PDT · by martosko · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/29/2011 | John Rossomando
    A Daily Caller investigation has found that in addition to the failed company Solyndra, at least four other solar panel manufacturing companies receiving in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration employ executives or board members who have donated large sums of money to Democratic campaigns. And as questions swirl around possible connections between political donations and these preferential financing arrangements, the Obama White House suddenly began deflecting The Daily Callers questions on Wednesday to the Democratic National Committee. Asked Wednesday to comment on the connection between large Democratic donors and Obama administration loan guarantees to...
  • What Solyndra Fiasco?

    09/28/2011 7:45:31 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 22 replies
    If you thought the $535 million Solyndra scandal had chastened the fearless venture capitalists of the Obama Administration, think again. The Department of Energy shovelled out $1.1 billion in new loan guarantees to solar projects in Nevada and Arizona Wednesday, and more deals are pending before the $18 billion program funded by the 2009 stimulus expires Friday.
  • Energy Department approves $1B in solar energy loan guarantees (More Solyndra's in the pipeline?)

    09/28/2011 12:41:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/28/2011 | By Andrew Restuccia
    The Energy Department announced Wednesday that is has finalized more than $1 billion in loan guarantees for two separate solar energy projects. The decision comes several weeks after Solyndra, a California-based solar manufacturer that received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration in 2009, filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 workers, setting off a firestorm in Washington. DOE announced a $737 million loan guarantee to help finance construction of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, a 110-megawatt solar-power-generating facility in Nye County, Nev. The project is sponsored by Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve. The Energy...
  • Energy Department approves $737 million solar loan guarantee

    09/28/2011 9:30:56 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Energy Department approves $737 million solar loan guarantee By Andrew Restuccia - 09/28/11 11:02 AM ET The Energy Department announced Wednesday that is has finalized a $737 million loan guarantee for a Nevada solar project. The decision comes several weeks after a California-based solar manufacturer that received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration in 2009 filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 workers, setting off a firestorm in Washington. The $737 million loan guarantee will help finance construction of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, a 110-megawatt solar-power-generating facility in Nye County, Nev. The project is sponsored...
  • Solyndra saga is here to stay for House GOP

    09/25/2011 2:08:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 25, 2011 | Andrew Restuccia
    House Republicans made it crystal clear this week that theyre not going to let the ongoing saga surrounding the bankruptcy of an Obama administration-backed solar firm fade away. The company, California-based Solyndra, declared bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 workers this month just two years after receiving a $535 million stimulus-law loan guarantee from the Obama administration. The incident has ignited a firestorm in Washington, leaving the White House scrambling to defend itself against Republican allegations that the administration missed a series of red flags that hinted at Solyndras pending financial collapse. The debacle is a messaging nightmare for the...
  • Federal grant to fund solar energy manufacturing cluster in Newburgh

    09/23/2011 8:26:27 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Mid-Hudson News ^ | 9/26/11 | Staff
    NEWBURGH An almost $2 million federal grant will allow the creation of a New York Renewable Energy Cluster in Newburgh. The money will make way for the Solar Energy Consortium to expand its industry-led clean energy manufacturing cluster into Orange County. Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who helped get the grant and played a key role in establishing TSEC, said the cluster will mean work for Newburgh residents. Its going to create a lot of jobs for the City of Newburgh and its exactly the type of economic development I envisioned when I spearheaded creation of TSEC back in 2007, Hinchey...