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  • Solar Panels Generate 300 Times More Toxic Waste Than Nuclear Reactors

    07/02/2017 7:32:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01 July 2017 | Andrew Follet
    Solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of electricity generated than nuclear power plants, according to a Thursday report from the pro-nuclear group Environmental Progress (EP). The report found that solar panels use heavy metals, including lead, chromium and cadmium, which can harm the environment. The hazards of nuclear waste are well known and can be planned for, but very little has been done to mitigate solar waste issues.
  • Waste From Solar Panels: 300 Times That of Nuclear Power

    07/01/2017 7:25:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 6/29/2017 | David Middleton
    Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a stark warning: the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces every year will rise from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the nation has no plan for safely disposing of it. Neither does California, a world leader in deploying solar panels. Only Europe requires solar panel makers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their lives. All of which begs the question: just how big of a problem is solar waste? Environmental Progress investigated the problem to see how the problem compared to the much more high-profile issue...
  • Study: Solar panels a looming toxic 'crisis'

    07/01/2017 6:53:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 6/30/2017 | Alicia Powe
    The solar-energy industry has been touted for years as the environmentally safe alternative. After all, solar panels merely absorb the sun’s energy and transfer it to consumers. No oily pipelines, no obstructions to the nation’s waterways. But it appears all is not well for fans of the industry. Discarded solar panels, piling up around the world, are detrimental to the environment, according to a new study by Environmental Progress. And carcinogenic. And teratogenic. While environmentalist have warned for decades of the hazard of nuclear power, solar panels produce 300 times more toxic waste per unity of energy than nuclear power...
  • Trump Pitches Solar-Panel Border Wall Where Generated Electricity Could Be Used To Pay For Cost

    06/09/2017 3:01:36 PM PDT · by nodwam · 60 replies
    Hidden Americans ^ | 06/09/2017 | Richard Saunders
    Axios reported that Trump floated the idea that the new border wall could be covered in solar panels and the electricity generated used to pay for the cost. "Trump said his vision was a wall 40 feet to 50 feet high and covered with solar panels so they'd be "beautiful structures," the people said. The President said that most walls you hear about are 14 feet or 15 feet tall but this would be nothing like those walls. Trump told the lawmakers they could talk about the solar-paneled wall as long as they said it was his idea. One person...
  • Trump Suggests Solar Panels on Border Wall

    06/07/2017 1:09:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 7, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: How about Trump’s idea of solar panels on the wall? Now, when I heard that yesterday, “I’ve heard this. I’ve seen this proposed somewhere else.” And you know who proposed it almost a year ago? I’ll have to check. I’ve got the Stack. The guy that does the Dilbert cartoon has been a Trumpist, and he had a long column suggesting not just a wall with solar panels, but make it, you know, sell condos there and make it entire development typical of what Trump would do. And I remembered having seen it, so I went back and I...
  • Idaho’s $4.3 Million Solar Road Generates Enough Power To Run ONE Microwave

    04/04/2017 4:56:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 04/03/2017 | Andrew Follett
    An expensive solar road project in Idaho can’t even power a microwave most days, according to the project’s energy data. The Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways project generated an average of 0.62 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day since it began publicly posting power data in late March. To put that in perspective, the average microwave or blow drier consumes about 1 kWh per day. On March 29th, the solar road panels generated 0.26 kWh, or less electricity than a single plasma television consumes. On March 31st, the panels generated 1.06 kWh, enough to barely power a single microwave. The panels...
  • 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...
  • Making electronics out of coal

    04/20/2016 2:07:43 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 16 replies
    Physics.org ^ | David Chandle
    Jeffrey Grossman thinks we've been looking at coal all wrong. Instead of just setting it afire, thus ignoring the molecular complexity of this highly varied material, he says, we should be harnessing the real value of that diversity and complex chemistry. Coal could become the basis for solar panels, batteries, or electronic devices, he and his research team say. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-04-electronics-coal.html#jCp
  • Rooftop Solar Companies Will Only Play if the Game Is Stacked in Their Favor

    04/05/2016 11:42:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2016 | Marita Noon
    Worried about self-preservation, and acting in its own best interest—rather than that of consumers specifically, and America in general—solar industry groups have sprung up to defend the favored-status energy policies and attack anyone who disagrees with the incentive-payment business model. The most prominent is TASC—which was founded and funded by solar panel powerhouses SolarCity and SunRun with involvement from smaller solar companies (SolarCity recently parted ways with TASC). The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is run by the lead lobbyists for the two big companies—both have obvious Democrat Party connections: Bryan Miller and John Stanton. A news report about the...
  • Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy(WTH!?)

    03/18/2016 8:41:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/17/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity — not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds. The Ivanpah solar plant could be shut down if state regulators don’t give it more time to meet electricity production promises it made as part of its power purchase agreements with utilities, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ivanpah, which got a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, only produced a fraction of the power state regulators expected it would....
  • North Carolina town petrified over solar panels accused of being ‘the dumbest in US’

    12/14/2015 9:22:39 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 55 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12/15/2015
    RESIDENTS of a small American town have been absolutely skewered online and found themselves the target of global ridicule after expressing their fears about solar panels. The good folk of Woodland, North Carolina, have rejected a proposal for a new solar farm amid concerns it would suck up all the energy from the sun. The motion to build the solar farm near a power plant was rejected during a recent council meeting due to a bizarre array of fears and distrust expressed by locals, reports the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald.
  • Home owner insurance companies remove coverage for all solar panels and gear from policy

    11/11/2015 1:11:40 PM PST · by George from New England · 32 replies
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    Home owner insurance companies exempting solar panels and associated equipment from coverage. Have you received notice? Do you care?
  • Hillary Clinton Pledges to Install 500 Million Solar Panels if Voted President

    07/27/2015 7:44:02 AM PDT · by PROCON · 76 replies
    time ^ | July 26, 2015 | Helen Regan
    “We are on the cusp of a new era” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday made tackling climate change one of her key goals were she to enter the White House, pledging to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide by the end of her first term in office. Clinton also called for a major increase in other renewable-energy sources, saying she wants every U.S. home to be powered by clean energy within a decade, reports Reuters. “I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency,” she said at a weekend rally in...
  • Obama unveils solar panel plan for low-income homes

    07/07/2015 11:07:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 47 replies
    usatoday | July 7, 2015 | David Jackson
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  • Prison labor helps U.S. solar company manufacture at home ( Suniva & Goldman Sachs )

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

    10/22/2014 8:13:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - When the then-spreading Ebola virus threatened our nation last week, President Obama put one man in charge of coordinating the government's response who had zero experience in handling infectious diseases. While it appears the Ebola threat may be receding here at home, the longtime Democratic political fixer he chose to oversee the government's handling of a deadly disease is an outrageous example of the kind of people he has put into key positions in his administration. This was a high-level job for a prominent, experienced take-charge, medical expert with both administrative and executive credentials. But the president chose...
  • Solar power is growing so fast that older energy companies are trying to stop it

    09/30/2014 9:23:07 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 67 replies
    vox.com ^ | September 29, 2014, 10:10 a.m. ET | Brad Plumer
    If you ask the people who run America's electric utilities what keeps them up at night, a surprising number will say solar power. Specifically, rooftop solar. That seems bizarre at first. Solar power provides just 0.4 percent of electricity in the United States — a minuscule amount. Why would anyone care? But utilities see things differently. As solar technology gets dramatically cheaper, tens of thousands of Americans are putting photovoltaic panels up on their roofs, generating their own power. At the same time, 43 states and Washington DC have "net metering" laws that allow solar-powered households to sell their excess...
  • US to train veterans to install solar panels

    09/18/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 9:59 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans. …
  • Rooftop Solar Companies Cash In on Government Handouts

    07/24/2014 5:35:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Williams
    You can’t help but hand it to them – rooftop solar companies have quite cleverly found their way onto the government’s gravy train. For years Washington has subsidized rooftop solar installations for customers in the form of the Solar Investment Tax Credit, which allows homeowners who install rooftop solar panels to receive a tax credit of up to 30 percent of the cost. The subsidy has been one of the many ongoing ways in which the feds insert themselves into the energy marketplace. And while it has hampered efforts to achieve real energy independence in the U.S., and has...
  • Obama Puts Solar Panels on Roof of the White House

    05/10/2014 1:28:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Heather Ginsberg
    Well it seems the President is still trying to keep up appearances. This week the Obama administration completed the installation of new solar panels on top of the White House. It was almost 30 years ago that Reagan removed the solar panels that Jimmy Carter had built on top of the president’s residence, but shockingly enough, President Obama has once again ruined everything Reagan created. This is a reminder to the American people that President Obama is supposed to be a big proponent of stopping climate change. According to a White House spokesman, “Continuing President Obama’s commitment to lead by...