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  • Sun’s eclipse a celestial marvel, but a downer for solar power plants

    08/14/2017 6:15:33 PM PDT · by rey · 30 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 14 Aug 2017
    Turn off the lights during next Monday morning’s solar eclipse, and while you’re at it go after the “vampires” that may be sucking $100 worth of electricity a year from your home. That’s the advice from state utility regulators regarding the astronomical event that will darken skies across a broad swath of the United States as the moon passes between sun and Earth, disturbing animals, drawing crowds to the darkest areas where the eclipse will be total and temporarily curbing output from solar power facilities. To offset the loss, the California Public Utilities Commission is urging people, businesses and institutions...
  • The Solar Energy Fraud

    08/14/2017 11:30:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | August 14, 2017 | Norman Rogers
    Solar energy is not always a fraud. If you live off the electric grid, and you have a reasonable amount of sunshine, solar power, backed up by batteries, can be a good option for getting a modest amount of electricity. It will not be cheap electricity. Solar is good for powering equipment in remote locations. It is excellent for powering spacecraft. It is good for direct heating of swimming pools. Passive solar in the form of buildings designed to utilize sunshine for warmth and light can save energy. But, do not think that it is advisable to put solar electricity...
  • Solar Panels on the Wall?

    06/07/2017 12:11:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | June 7, 2017 | Scott Adams
    Axios is reporting that President Trump suggested putting solar panels on the new Wall with Mexico. The article wonders where the idea came from: Where this idea might come from: A proposal to cover the wall with solar panels was among those submitted when the U.S. requested designs earlier this year, according to the AP. Companies winning contracts and asked to build prototypes may be announced this month. That’s one place it might have come from. But I consider it an obvious idea, which means the President might have come up with it himself. And when I say “obvious,” I...
  • The Dirty detail: Solar panels need water. Solar Energy developers downplay frequency of cleanings

    03/02/2017 4:14:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Stephanie Tavares
    Southern Nevada may pose more of a dirty little problem for some solar plant developers than they realize or are letting on. Solar photovoltaic developers say not to worry about how much water their plants will use because they need only enough water to run the office bathrooms and wash the arrays of panels a couple of times a year. But people who live near proposed plants or maintain solar panels in the desert guffaw at that last bit and are willing to bet the panels will need to be hosed down more frequently. Dust on solar panels can decrease...
  • Solar projects can't save the forest for the trees?

    07/25/2016 7:58:18 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 23 July 2016 | FRANK ELTMAN
    A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands.
  • Solar Energy's Real Problem

    05/26/2016 9:32:19 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 26, 2016 | Ryan Yonk and Devin Stein
    Ivanpah, the world's largest solar power plant located in California's Mojave Desert, caught fire last Thursday, causing damage to one of the plant's three towers. This latest engineering setback is the least of the plant's woes. Prohibitive economic realities are the true problem. Earlier this year, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided to postpone its continued support of the struggling facility, which was touted as the future of solar power when it opened in 2014. But after receiving $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Department of Energy (DOE) and $535 million from the U.S. Treasury Department, the facility's...
  • SunEdison files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    04/21/2016 7:39:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:04am EDT | Arathy S. Nair
    U.S. solar energy company SunEdison Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, becoming one of the largest non-financial companies to do so in the past 10 years. Once the fastest-growing U.S. renewable energy developer, SunEdison embarked on an aggressive acquisition strategy that left it struggling with $12 billion in debt. In its bankruptcy filing, the company said it had assets of $20.7 billion and liabilities of $16.1 billion as of Sept. 30. Although solar project developers such as SunEdison continue to benefit from robust demand, their shares have been hit by investor concerns that demand could fall in...
  • Cosmic Cycles, not Carbon Dioxide, Control Climate

    01/24/2016 8:32:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 25 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | 1/21/2016 | Viv Forbes
    Those who think the political war on carbon will cool the globe or keep climate stable need to study climate history. Temperatures on Earth dance to a cyclic rhythm every hour, every day, every month, every season, every year, and to every beat of the sun-spot and glacial cycles. The daily solar cycle causes continual changes in temperature for every spot on Earth. It produces the frosts at dawn, the mid-day heat and the cooling at sunset. It is regulated by rotation of the Earth. Superimposed on the daily solar cycle is the monthly lunar cycle, driven by the orbit...
  • Will the GOP trade wind and solar subsidies to lift the crude oil export ban?

    12/12/2015 2:15:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 12, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    A long-time goal for many energy minded conservatives may finally be on the horizon this week as congress considers lifting the more than forty year old ban on crude oil exports as part of the next spending bill. This would be great news for jobs and the economy, not to mention giving us some leverage to help out our allies who currently rely on Russian and middle eastern suppliers. Unfortunately, such a boon still requires help from at least some of the Democrats and their attitude is less than positive. The Hill was interviewing a few of them on Thursday...
  • Obama Pushes Solar Power--In Arctic Town That Sees Little Sun in Winter

    09/03/2015 2:30:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 3, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Aerial photo of Kotzebue, Alaska, which is located 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle. (City of Kotzebue) (CNSNews.com) – President Obama promoted solar energy to residents of Kotzebue, an Alaskan town located 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle that gets less than six hours of sunlight for 34 days in early December through early January. “I know you guys have started putting up solar panels and wind turbines around Kotzebue. And because energy costs are pretty severe up here, for remote Alaskan communities, one of the biggest problems is high energy costs,” the president said in a...
  • Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds (Abengoa)

    09/02/2015 7:43:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 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 Arizona—as well as the construction of a cellulosic ethanol plant in Kansas. But in the space of less than a year, Abengoa’s financial health has become critical, leading investors to worry whether the company can survive. The company’s stock price on NASDAQ has swooned—from...
  • Obama Called Conservatives Hypocrites on Solar Energy and Free Markets. Here’s 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, “Now, it’s one thing if you’re consistent in being free market. It’s another thing when you’re free market until it’s solar that’s working and people want to buy...
  • Former Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan passed millions of tax dollars to family

    06/25/2015 8:54:48 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/25/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Kay Hagan, defeated senator from North Carolina, may be gearing up to make a run at Senior Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) in 2016. She narrowly defeated Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), and in turn was herself narrowly defeated by Thom Tillis (R) in 2014 in what wiki called “one of the toughest re-election bids in the country.” (2) The Hagan-Ruthven family combine of real estate development and solar energy projects in central Florida and NC, just keeps finding ways to feed at the public trough! After serving in the NC state senate, Hagan launched herself into the national political arena where...
  • The Men Who’re 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 País 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...
  • Elon Musk Defends His Companies' Subsidies

    06/05/2015 9:20:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 5, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Alt-energy/transport-tech CEO Elon Musk and his trio of companies (Tesla,SolarCity andSpaceX) didn’t cooperate with the Los Angeles Times on its article that tabulated his businesses’ whopping sum of corporate welfare ($4.9 billion) , and he was predictably miffed by the (accurate) portrayal. So he went about trying to fix things on CNBC and with the Times on Monday, but not by denying the conclusions reached by reporter Jerry Hirsch, but instead by essentially pointing at fossil fuel industries and saying “they do it more.” “If I cared about subsidies,” Musk told Hirsch in a follow-up to his Sunday expose’,...
  • Saudi oil minister: 'Fossil fuels doomed, we're switching to solar'

    05/24/2015 9:56:56 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 51 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | May 22, 2015 | JOHN CONROY
    Saudi Arabia's oil minister has said the country will switch its energy focus to solar power as the nation envisages an end to fossil fuels, possibly around 2040-2050, Reuters reports. "In Saudi Arabia, we recognise that eventually, one of these days, we are not going to need fossil fuels, I don't know when, in 2040, 2050... so we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy," Ali Al-Naimi told a business and climate conference in Paris, the news service reports. "Hopefully, one of these days, instead of exporting fossil fuels, we will be exporting gigawatts, electric ones. Does that...
  • Obama Announces Plan to Train 75,000 Solar Workers

    04/03/2015 10:38:17 PM PDT · by PROCON · 120 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | April 3, 2015
    The White House has announced a goal to train 75,000 workers in the solar industry by 2020, many of them veterans. "These are good-paying jobs that are helping folks enter the middle-class," President Barack Obama said on Friday at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The plan will expand on the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative's Solar Instructor Training Network currently running at more than 400 community colleges. The White House also announced the Solar Ready Vets program aimed at helping veterans transition into the solar industry. A joint program between the Department of Defense and the DOE, it's currently...
  • 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.
  • Europe's Solar Power Industry Braces For Solar Eclipse

    03/01/2015 12:12:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 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...
  • Crispy Critters — 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...