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  • 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
    Linky only.
  • 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...
  • Oklahoma will charge homeowners who generate their own power

    04/21/2014 8:02:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 74 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/20/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy companies will be paying a fee for the privilege.
  • Firefighters Warn Solar Panels Could Prevent Homes From Being Saved In Blaze

    02/05/2014 7:36:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 4, 2014 11:30 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Firefighters are warning homeowners about the hazards their energy efficient solar panels pose to crews, potentially preventing them from putting out blazes. As KCAL9′s Andrea Fujii reports, a fire at an industrial complex outside Philadelphia burned for 29 hours because firefighters say they couldn’t get to the roof since it was covered with energized solar panels. And L.A. County Fire Inspector Scott Miller says that while there have been no known incidents like that in SoCal, firefighters are now training for how to deal with structures that have the technology. “We just have to operate with...
  • Solar Cells Could Help Windows Generate Power

    12/19/2013 9:43:18 PM PST · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    C&EN : CHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING NEWS ^ | Web Date: December 19, 2013 | Neil Savage
    For use in windows, solar cells need to absorb enough light to produce sufficient energy, but let enough pass through to be transparent. Organic photovoltaic materials can absorb infrared light and pass visible light, but they have very low efficiencies. Inorganic semiconductors, such as amorphous silicon, absorb strongly in the visible part of the spectrum, so the films have to be very thin to be transparent, thus decreasing the amount of photons they capture. They also tend to give windows a brownish or reddish tint, which architects dislike. The Oxford team, led by physicist Henry J. Snaith, made their solar...
  • Solar Plants Are Burning Birds' Wings

    11/14/2013 10:35:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Vice.com ^ | 11/12/13 | Lex Berko
    Two months ago, 34 birds were found dead or injured on the site of the Ivanpah solar plant owned by BrightSource Energy in east San Bernardino County, California. Almost half suffered from singed feathers after running afoul of the plant’s reflected beams of sunlight, according to a report from The Desert Sun. This was not an isolated incident: another 19 were found dead at the 500-megawatt Desert Sunlight plant, which is also located in California. So what’s going on here? Why are birds dropping like their winged-brethren, flies, around these plants and what can we do? The Californian desert has...
  • Tea Party Movement Must Stay on Course

    07/10/2013 1:18:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Matt Towery
    When it first came to life, the tea party movement burst on the scene with energy and pure direction that seared many a mind with images of huge crowds waving the red, white and blue. It was all about taxes, and curtailing government spending, and liberty. And it worked. The crowds at tea party movement protests grew month-by-month in 2009 and became larger in 2010. The GOP establishment slowly started to get the message that it was time to put the foot down on the ways of Washington and start speaking up for the conservative movement. But the "tea party"...
  • Electric Avenue: Solar Road Panels Offer Asphalt Alternative

    05/26/2013 11:22:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 24, 2013 – 06:14 PM | Sören Harder
    A lot of thought is put into how much energy we use to drive from point A to B. But what if the road itself could generate energy? Julie and Scott Brusaw, a married couple from Sandpoint, Idaho, have taken on just such a concept, which they hope will make the auto transport of the future cleaner and safer. The idea is as simple as it is ingenious. Wherever roads are laid, solar panels could go instead. They would generate electricity, which would in turn be fed into the grid. Thus, oil is conserved twice: Electric cars could be charged...
  • ‘Europe-China: Trade war is declared’

    05/21/2013 8:20:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    PressEurop ^ | 21 May 2013 | (Le Figaro)
    Beijing has threatened to contest the European Commission’s decision to impose taxes on Chinese solar panels and telecommunications equipment before the World Trade Organization. Germany, which accounts for more than half of the EU’s exports to China, has voiced its concern over the power struggle and called for an amicable settlement. …
  • Green Fail: Solar Panels Catch on Fire on High School Roof – Black Plume Seen for Miles (St Louis)

    05/19/2013 4:44:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    Gateway ^ | May 19, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    When Webster Groves High School purchased solar panels to put on the roof of the school, no one told them they could catch on fire! The fire department was called on Saturday to put out the flames ... Plumes of black smoke could be seen coming from the roof at Webster Groves High School Saturday. Firefighters say solar panels caught fire around 2:00pm. Nearby residents noticed the smoke and called the fire department. The panels are above the new science wing.
  • Abound Solar ordered to clean up "hazardous waste"

    02/26/2013 7:46:23 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 25, 2013
    The Colorado health department is ordering bankrupt Abound Solar to clean up hazardous waste and thousands of solar panels that it says are unsellable at four Front Range facilities.
  • Surprise! Treasury IG probing multi-million-dollar fraud in green-energy grants, tax credits

    12/14/2012 11:25:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:41 pm on December 14, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    And the probe doesn’t involve some bit players in an obscure program, either.  The 1603 Program was one of the centerpieces of Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus, designed to subsidize a transition from hydrocarbon-based energy to renewables in the residential market, and federal government sunk $13 billion into the effort.  Now the Inspector General of Treasury has opened a probe of the three largest providers of solar panel installations, who gained the most from the 1603 Program, and who may have fraudulently calculated their bills in order to claim more taxpayer cash: Three of the country’s most prolific installers of...
  • 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...
  • Plan to streamline solar development in West OK'd (Yay more Solyndras!)

    10/12/2012 6:41:31 PM PDT · by Domandred · 6 replies
    SFGate ^ | 10/12/12 | JASON DEAREN
    Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 445 square miles of public land for the development 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 Salazar called 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...
  • Solar panels built in China installed on federal building

    09/19/2012 1:05:27 PM PDT · by pabianice · 11 replies
    Fox News Channel (live) | 9/19/12
    Prohibited by law. Breaking.
  • HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy (U of Chicago program tied to MO)

    05/14/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 26 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 5-14-12 | Keith Koffler
    The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama’s closest friends. The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady. The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obama’s...
  • Burger-flipping solar panel installers on the assembly line

    04/23/2012 4:33:34 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 6 replies
    Take a drive through your neighborhood, if you dare increase your carbon footprint. Count the number of houses and then the number of houses with that outdoor plumbing atop the roof. You know, the solar panels. After you’ve counted up 1,000 or so houses, how many had solar panels? 10? Not that many? How many “green jobs,” better known as “installers,” do you think those 10 panels created over the year, or five years, or 10 years or whatever it took to put that plumbing on those few roofs? You can bet your last dollar that there were far more...
  • Obama admin slaps tariff on solar panels from China… because of government subsidies

    03/21/2012 6:44:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/21/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Yes, you read that correctly. Three years after committing tens of billions of dollars in subsidies to green-energy firms, including massive amounts of subsidies to solar-panel firms like Solyndra, the Obama administration proclaims themselves shocked, shocked! that China subsidizes the production of solar panels in their own country:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The U.S. Commerce Department announced tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels on Tuesday that it said had benefited from unfair subsidies by Beijing.The preliminary ruling came in response to a complaint from SolarWorld Industries America, a U.S. manufacturer that is a subsidiary of Germany’s SolarWorld. The tariffs were...
  • U.S. Army Embarks On $7 billion Renewable Energy Overhaul

    09/26/2011 11:41:49 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    TPM ^ | September 25, 2011 | ina Casey
    The U.S. Army has embarked on an ambitious $7 billion series of utility-scale renewable energy projects. The new program involves building twenty utility-scale renewable energy installations that rely on a mix of solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass power. The installations will be constructed on land owned by the Department of Defense, at Army bases throughout the U.S. The program calls for the Army to use its land as equity to leverage about $7 billion in private investment for the twenty projects.
  • Questions Raised After DOE Hides Costs Of Energy Projects (Billionaire Kaiser involved?)

    09/02/2011 6:42:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    9/01/11
    Link only - Questions Raised After DOE Hides Costs Of Energy Projects Each project is listed in detail on the DOE's website, but the costs were recently taken down.
  • Solar Energy Panels Not So Hot

    08/18/2011 12:50:03 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 14 replies
    The Winston Review ^ | August 16, 2011 | -TWR-
    “Solon Corp will stop manufacturing solar panels in Tucson by mid-October, ending the facility’s three-year run,” reports the Phoenix Business Journal. “The company will lay off about 60 employees when it shuts down that part of the Tucson operation. It was the state’s first solar panel production line.” In another blow to the so-called solar power industry, the Boston Herald also reports, “Evergreen Solar Inc., the Massachusetts clean-energy company that received millions in state subsidies from the Patrick administration for an ill-fated Bay State factory, has filed for bankruptcy, listing $485.6 million in debt.” The so-called green scheme was criticized...
  • Guess Who Controls 80% Of The World's Next Wonder Material

    07/12/2011 7:06:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/12/2011 | The Daily Reckoning
    Cheap solar panels. The most powerful transistors ever. Even the ability to make a fighter jet invisible. Each of these breakthroughs has been announced in the last two weeks. Each relies on one of the most basic elements mined from the earth. And each could line your pockets with cash if you move quickly enough. They all involve a wonder substance called graphene. It’s made from graphite – the same stuff you find in the center of a pencil. Except graphene consists of a single layer of carbon atoms. Let’s hopscotch through these new developments… Researchers in India have discovered...
  • White House misses deadline for solar panels

    06/21/2011 7:36:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    White House misses deadline for solar panels By: Darius Dixon June 21, 2011 09:17 AM EDT The official onset of summer signals the Obama administration's unmet deadline to install solar panels at the world's most famous address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced in October that after a nearly three-decade hiatus. the White House would once again have a solar water-heating system mounted on its roof, as well as photovoltaic cells. Chu said the panels would be up “by the end of this spring." Spring ended Monday, and the panels aren't there. "The Energy Department remains on the...
  • GlobalWatt Sells Someone Else’s Solar Panels – on eBay

    12/09/2010 7:37:06 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/9/2010 | Kathy Hoekstra
    Just in time to brighten the holidays, GlobalWatt, a Saginaw-based solar panel manufacturer, is selling five solar panels on the popular auction website, eBay. But GlobalWatt did not make the panels. A company in India did. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy first raised questions about GlobalWatt in September. The Center's Kathy Hoekstra and Mike LaFaive discovered claims made by GlobalWatt on its application for state tax credits were misleading or simply not true (making false claims on such an application is a felony). Those tax credits were contingent upon GlobalWatt following through on promises of job creation. A November...
  • CARTOON: Idiot Boards

    10/08/2010 8:44:47 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation
    NetRight Daily ^ | October 8, 2010 | William Warren
  • Where Did the Carter White House's Solar Panels Go?

    08/06/2010 10:38:48 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies
    scientificamerican ^ | August 6, 2010
    The White House itself once harvested the power of the sun. On June 30, 1979, the Carter administration installed 32 panels designed to harvest the sun's rays and use them to heat water. Here is what Carter predicted at the dedication ceremony: "In the year 2000 this solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy…. A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest...
  • Go Green and Let it Burn

    06/09/2010 9:02:00 PM PDT · by FFforFreedom · 13 replies · 80+ views
    I'm a fire fighter in larger city in the U.S. Was given a tour of a newly installed 950K solar panel array on one of the city buildings. These are two football fields worth of solar strips glued to the roof of the building. We were told if we put an axe threw it we'll be killed instantly with 400 plus volts at 135 amps. We were advised that there is no way to shut the panels down in the day time. If it's on fire let the building burn. Don't apply water or risk electrocution. Asked how long it...
  • FCC's Broadband Plan Sets Groundwork for National Smart Grid...

    03/25/2010 2:50:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 684+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Thursday, March 25, 2010 | By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
    "FCC’s Broadband Plan Sets Groundwork for National Smart Grid To Transition To More Green Energy Use: Electric Cars, Solar Panels" SNIPPET: "(CNSNews.com) – The National Broadband Plan, recently published by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), would lay the groundwork for the federal government to establish a nationwide “smart” electrical grid that would change how Americans use and pay for electricity, affecting such things as homes and transportation with battery-powered cars. The proposal, published March 16, outlines the federal government’s plan to use the nation’s broadband Internet infrastructure to further key national policy goals, including health care, education, and energy. The...
  • California Should Copy Texas

    12/07/2009 5:10:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,738+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. Last Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger released a new report based on research compiled by the California Energy Commission claiming that by 2100 San Francisco Bay would be more bay than San Francisco, with Fisherman's Wharf and Treasure Island under the rising waters of climate change. His show-and-tell, which included a new Google Earth application the commission spent $150,000 to help develop, goes a long way toward explaining the once-Golden State's slide...
  • Obama Will Attend Opening of New Solar Panel Plant That Will Power 3k Homes (Cost: $50k Per Home)

    10/24/2009 8:24:54 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 72 replies · 2,208+ views
    gateway pundit ^ | October 23, 2009 | Jim Hoft
    The Florida solar panel plant cost $150 million to build. A field of orange trees makes more sense. The state of Florida is completing the final touches on a solar panel plant that cost $150 million to build and will only power 3,000 homes. Barack Obama will visit this solar-paneled cash dump next week. The AP reported: The Desoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center will power a small fraction of Florida Power & Light’s 4-million plus customer base; nevertheless, at 25 megawatts, it will generate nearly twice as much energy as the second-largest photovoltaic facility in the U.S. The White...
  • Biden announces federal solar program similar to Berkeley plan

    10/21/2009 5:37:27 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 384+ views
    ContrCostaTimes ^ | 10/20/2009 | By Sean Maher
    A federal plan to bring renewable energy retrofits within the reach of middle-class homes, announced Monday by President Joe Biden, gave a jolt to local pilot programs with the same goal. The Recovery Through Retrofit report that Biden unveiled is in part a plan to let homeowners dodge hefty financial barriers to retrofits such as installing solar paneling on their roofs, U.S. Department of Energy spokeswoman Jen Stutsman said. The program shares that aim with Berkeley FIRST, a pilot program launched a year ago that allows property owners, over a 20-year period, to finance the large upfront expense of installing...
  • Vice President Biden Announces Finalized $535 Million Loan Guarantee for Solyndra [WHITEHOUSE.GOV]

    09/05/2009 10:53:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 1,855+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | September 4, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release September 4, 2009 Vice President Biden Announces Finalized $535 Million Loan Guarantee for Solyndra Recovery Act funding will accelerate job creation and help expand marketplace for innovative solar electric panels FREMONT, CA – Vice President Joe Biden, appearing via satellite from Washington D.C., today announced the Department of Energy has finalized a $535 million loan guarantee for Solyndra, Inc., which manufactures innovative cylindrical solar photovoltaic panels that provide clean, renewable energy. The funding will finance construction of the...
  • California's new power source a solar farm (orbiting set of solar panels beam energy to FResno Co.)

    04/14/2009 1:00:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 922+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 4/14/09 | David R. Baker
    California's next source of renewable power could be an orbiting set of solar panels, high above the equator, that would beam electricity back to Earth via a receiving station in Fresno County. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has agreed to buy power from a startup company that wants to tap the strong, unfiltered sunlight found in space to solve the growing demand for clean energy. Sometime before 2016, Solaren Corp. plans to launch the world's first orbiting solar farm. Unfurled in space, the panels would bask in near-constant sunshine and provide a steady flow of electricity day and night. Receivers...
  • Calif.'s Solar Flare-Up

    03/27/2009 6:40:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies · 862+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 27, 2009
    Energy: The governor wants to carpet the desert with solar panels. The senator says it will destroy the ecosystem. The battle between environmentalists and conservationists is one of alternative energy's big drawbacks.We have commented frequently on how our energy needs have been thwarted repeatedly by the not-in-my-back-yard (Nimby) crowd and the new Banana (build-absolutely-nothing-anywhere-near-anybody) phenomenon. Environmentalists and conservationists have long fanned local fears to block oil and gas exploration from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the Outer Continental Shelf. Even nonpolluting and carbon-free nuclear power plants have been stopped dead in their tracks. So it's delicious irony to watch...
  • Feinstein: Don't Spoil Our Desert With Solar Panels

    03/21/2009 1:49:24 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 40 replies · 1,458+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2009 | Unknown
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein said development of solar and wind facilities in California's Mojave Desert would violate the spirit of what conservationists had intended when they donated much of the land to the public
  • Marketing Solar Panels to Fifth-Graders

    02/15/2009 7:45:52 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 579+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 2, 2009 | Jared Flesher
    Employees of the Sharp Electronics Corporation were at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School in Mahwah, N.J., recently to teach a lesson on climate change and renewable energy. The cartoon image of an ailing Earth — a thermometer sticking out of its mouth — was the opening slide in their presentation. Climate change and energy are complex issues, so I was interested to observe how they would be distilled by the Japanese electronics giant — and one of the world’s largest makers of solar panels — to an audience of 10- and 11-year-olds. I recently sat in the back of a fifth-grade...
  • Tombs' solar panels fulfill higher power (Green alert)

    11/24/2008 7:49:43 AM PST · by mlocher · 10 replies · 330+ views
    Columbus Dispatch & AP ^ | November 24, 2008 | Daniel Woolls
    MADRID, Spain -- A new kind of silent hero has joined the fight against climate change. Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a gritty, working-class town outside Barcelona, has placed a sea of solar panels atop mausoleums at its cemetery, transforming a place of perpetual rest into one buzzing with renewable energy. Flat, open and sun-drenched land is so scarce in Santa Coloma that the graveyard was about the only viable spot to move ahead with its solar energy program. The power the 462 panels produce, equivalent to the yearly use of 60 homes, flows into the local energy grid for normal...
  • Toyota to Add Solar Panels to Some Prius Hybrids

    07/07/2008 7:12:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 93+ views
    Toyota to Add Solar Panels to Some Prius Hybrids Reuters TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp plans to install solar panels on some Prius hybrids in its next remodeling, responding to growing demand for "green" cars amid record-high oil prices, a source briefed on the matter said on Monday. The panels, supplied by Kyocera Corp would be able to power part of the air-conditioning on high-end versions of the gasoline-electric Prius, the source said. "It's more of a symbolic gesture," said the source, who asked not to be identified. "It's very difficult to power much more than that with solar energy." Toyota...
  • EDITORIAL: The sun vs. the redwoods - My property is better for the environment! No, mine is!

    02/25/2008 7:25:32 AM PST · by Nevadan · 15 replies · 350+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Feb. 25, 2008 | Editor
    It could only happen in California. All the parties in the dispute are as green as nori. (It's made from seaweed. You eat it.) Richard Treanor and his wife, Carolyn Bissett, live in Sunnyvale, Calif. And Mr. Treanor and Ms. Bissett care so much about the environment that they drive a hybrid Toyota Prius. Not to be outdone, their neighbor, Mark Vargas, cares so much about the environment that he recently bought a plug-in electric car. Mr. Treanor and Ms. Bissett topped that. They planted eight redwoods in their yard, preening that the trees -- which can grow to giant...
  • CA: Sunnyvale homeowners told to cut redwoods that block solar panels

    01/24/2008 4:45:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 93 replies · 245+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 1/24/08 | Paul Rogers
    Talk about a clash of cherished green values. In a case with statewide significance, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is pursuing a Sunnyvale couple under a little-known California law because redwood trees in their backyard cast a shadow over their neighbor's solar panels. Richard Treanor and Carolynn Bissett own a Prius and consider themselves environmentalists. But they refuse to cut down any of the trees behind their house on Benton Street, saying they've done nothing wrong. "We're just living here in peace. We want to be left alone," said Bissett, who with her husband has spent $25,000 defending...
  • The final frontier for solar energy (Space-Based Solar Energy).

    12/08/2007 4:06:53 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 165+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, December 7, 2007. | Judith Burns
    A 'sun tower' is one of the concepts being considered by researchers Scientists are assessing the possibility of embarking on a space engineering project that would eclipse the effort to construct the International Space Station. Researchers from Europe, Japan and the US are considering the viability of building giant solar panels in a low earth orbit that would supply cheap, inexhaustible energy to industry and homes. Building a huge array outside the Earth's atmosphere would have the advantage of having no clouds to interrupt the flow of solar energy to the arrays. Yet the sizeable downside would be the...
  • New Flexible Plastic Solar Panels Are Inexpensive And Easy To Make

    07/20/2007 9:23:42 AM PDT · by gpapa · 14 replies · 721+ views
    ScienceDaily.com ^ | July 19, 2007 | Unattributed
    Science Daily — Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. "The process is simple," said lead researcher and author Somenath Mitra, PhD, professor and acting chair of NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. "Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations." Harvesting energy directly from abundant solar radiation using solar cells is increasingly...
  • Tower of light traps Sun's energy (audio/video clip)

    05/02/2007 5:48:56 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 11 replies · 960+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 05/02/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Tower of light traps Sun's energy
  • Solar Update

    04/30/2007 3:16:05 PM PDT · by null and void · 88 replies · 1,439+ views
    The wires have been overflowing lately with news of plant expansions, companies scrambling to tie up silicon supply, and sales successes for equipment suppliers — all within the solar market. Solarbuzz recently reported that the photovoltaic market grew by 19% last year, which is not expected to slow down this year, despite continuing polysilicon supply issues. Check out the items below for just a sampling of the latest news in this red hot market. To keep up with all the latest, check in regularly at our Emerging Tech Info Channel: www.semiconductor.net/emerging