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  • Google billionaires request $539 million federal bailout after spending $1.6 billion of “stimulus”

    12/01/2014 3:36:05 AM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 1, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Google billionaires request $539 million federal bailout after spending $1.6 billion of “stimulus” funding on failed solar power project Ivanpah is a solar power company owned by Google, BrightSource Energy, and NRG.In April 2011, as part of Obama’s “stimulus,” Obama gave Ivanpah a $1.6 billion loan guarantee to build a solar power plant.In November 2014, when the plant was up and running, it produced only half as much electricity as what Ivanpah had predicted.Ivanpah blamed this failure on “clouds,” and asked Obama for a $539 million bailout.Google is owned by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. At...
  • Hydrogen Cars, Coming Down the Pike (which pike?)

    11/30/2014 9:35:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 102 replies
    New York Times ^ | Nov, 29, 2014 | (The Editorial Board)
    The once-distant promise of clean, affordable hydrogen-powered cars is starting to become a reality. Several major automakers, including Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, have started or will soon start selling these cars, which will be more expensive than comparable gasoline models but a lot cheaper than they were just a few years ago. Executives at Toyota say that the cost of making the critical components of hydrogen vehicles has fallen 95 percent since 2008. […] The broad adoption of hydrogen-powered cars, which emit only water and heat, could play an important role, along with electric vehicles, in lowering emissions of carbon...
  • U.S. will train 50,000 veterans to install solar panels

    09/20/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    CTV News / The Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2014 | Josh Lederman, The Associated Press
    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....
  • Dead-Bird ‘Steamers’ at a California Solar Plant: 28,000 birds incinerated at Obama's favorite plant

    08/20/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    California’s massive Ivanpah solar power plant can produce enough electricity for 140,000 households — but the environmental cost is nothing less than an avian slaughter. The plant’s 350,000 mirrors bounce sizzling sunlight to the tops of three 40-story boiler towers, heating steam for turbine electricity generators. Temperatures near the towers can reach up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, heat certainly sufficient to fry a fowl. “Workers at the state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — ‘streamers,’ for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in...
  • US to finance power plant in Chile

    06/30/2014 11:47:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Jacaranda 94.2 FM South Africa ^ | July 1, 2014 | South African Press Association
    The United States is helping Chile build a major solar power plant in the Atacama Desert, US President Barack Obama said. In his meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Obama said the 141-megawatt plant would "help meet their energy needs." The 230 million dollars in backing will come from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US government arm that mobilizes private capital for development projects. Bachelet noted strong economic ties with the United States through a 10-year-old free trade agreement. Chile has further strong trade programmes with California and Massachusetts. Obama saluted Chile as a "model of democracy in...
  • A Maryland inventor’s big energy ideas have promise, and big ifs

    06/08/2014 8:31:40 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 72 replies
    mcclatchydc ^ | May 27, 2014 | Greg Gordon
    Ronald Ace, photographed at his home in Laurel, Maryland, May 4, 2013, said his flat-panel "Solar Traps," which can be mounted on rooftops or used in power plants, will shatter barriers that have stymied efforts to make solar energy cheap, clean and reliable. His claimed discoveries, which exist only on paper so far, would represent such a leap that they're sure to draw skepticism.
  • Everything you need to know about Solar Roadways.

    06/02/2014 9:17:22 AM PDT · by Twotone · 41 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Unknown
    Video about a new solar panel technology.
  • When It Comes to Solar, Buy American

    05/03/2014 7:17:51 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 14 replies
    fool.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | By Brandon Workman
    When It Comes to Solar, Buy American By Brandon Workman |May 3, 2014 CAPS Rating 4/5 Stars $72.15 $0.95 (1.33%)   Last week, the Cleantech Group and Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. co-released their 2013 Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, which tracks clean energy patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The index is meant to depict a trajectory of innovative activity in the clean energy sector. Among its highlights:  Solar, with 965 patents, was the No. 1 technology, overtaking fuel cells. And each year, the technology commands a greater share of patent activity: Image credit: Clean Energy Patent...
  • Solar companies learn to play nice with environmentalists [setting aside land]

    04/17/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    GIGAOM ^ | flashback AUG. 9, 2011 | by Ucilia Wang
    As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmentalists. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement with the environmental groups to add thousands of acres near their projects for wildlife protection. As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmental groups. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement on Tuesday with the Sierra Club and others to add thousands of acres near their proposed projects for wildlife protection. The agreement...
  • Salazar ‘Flips the Switch’ on First Large-Scale Solar Energy Project on Public Lands [Nevada]

    04/14/2014 11:03:38 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 45 replies
    U.S. Department of the Interior ^ | April 5, 2012 | Adam Fetcher
    PRIMM, Nevada – As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to energy, today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar “flipped the switch” on the Enbridge Silver State North solar project, the first large-scale solar energy facility on U.S. public lands to deliver power to American consumers. This milestone is in line with the administration’s broad commitment to expanding production of all sources of American made energy, including from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, which has doubled in the President’s first term, as well as domestic production of oil and gas resources, which have increased each year the President...
  • Scams, Fraud Flourish in Solar Still

    03/30/2014 1:10:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2014 | Marita Noon
    Consumers considering installing solar panels on their rooftops have far more to think through than the initial decision to “go solar.” They may search for the best price, only to discover, as customers in central Florida did, that after paying $20,000-40,000 for their systems, they are stuck with installations that may be unusable or unsafe. BlueChip Energy—which also operated as Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP) and SunHouse Solar—sold its systems at environmental festivals and home shows. Buyers thought they were getting a good deal and doing the right thing for the environment. Instead, they were duped. A year ago, it was...
  • Photo of new Solar Power Pant on Ca 0 Nevada Stale Line.

    03/23/2014 9:34:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Marlketwatch ^ | March 19, 2014
  • Mathematical illiterates are celebrating New York City’s new 1.6 MW solar power project

    03/16/2014 12:35:32 PM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | March 16, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Mathematical illiterates are celebrating New York City’s new 1.6 MW solar power project AFP reports:On a rooftop in the Bronx far from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, 4,760 panels soak up the winter rays. Welcome to the solar power boom in New York state.Robert Kline, director of commercial sales for the Ross Solar Group that installed the panels, is delighted.“It is the largest (solar) installation in the history of New York City,” he tells AFP.The 1.6-megawatt installation on the Jetro Cash and Carry has been proudly singled out by New York governor Andrew Cuomo as a prime...
  • Why electricity demand is falling, and what it means

    03/06/2014 10:48:25 PM PST · by ckilmer · 51 replies
    reneweconomy ^ | 6 March 2014 | By Nathan Lim
    Why electricity demand is falling, and what it means By Nathan Lim on 6 March 2014 It is a multi-generational truth that electricity consumption only increases. This is best seen in the US where, since 1949, electricity demand has marched upward in a nearly uninterrupted pattern with the country never experiencing two consecutive years of negative growth.Even here in Australia with data going back to 1961, we have never experienced two consecutive years of negative growth either.Figure 1 – US and Australia Electricity Consumption (Billion Kilowatt hours) Electricity demand falls in USA in four of last five yearsHowever, in the...
  • The Dark Side Of Solar Power

    02/20/2014 4:57:12 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/19/2014 | IBD Staff
    Energy: What do you call an energy source that consumes vast tracks of open land and fries birds that cross its path? If you're the president, you call it "safe," "reliable," "green" and worthy of massive taxpayer subsidies. That, at least, is the case with the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station that covers a vast area of desert outside Las Vegas and, thanks to the generous support of the Obama administration, has officially opened. The plant points hundreds of thousands of mirrors at three towers to boil turbine-spinning water. But the heat rays aren't very friendly to the area's birds,...
  • World's largest solar plant scorching birds in Nevada desert

    02/16/2014 2:30:44 AM PST · by Fzob · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/15/2014 | Fox News
    A stretch of the Mojave Desert has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, but the milestone is being met with criticism from environmental groups concerned about the effect of solar energy on desert wildlife. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opened Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating tortoises to assessing the impact on plants. The $2.2 billion complex of three generating units, owned by NRG Energy Inc.,...
  • World's largest solar plant scorching birds in Nevada desert

    02/15/2014 6:05:19 PM PST · by Twotone · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2014 | Staff
    A stretch of the Mojave Desert has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, but the milestone is being met with criticism from environmental groups concerned about the effect of solar energy on desert wildlife.
  • A Huge Solar Plant Opens, Facing Doubts About Its Future

    02/14/2014 8:11:25 AM PST · by lbryce · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 13, 2014 | DIANE CARDWELL and MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Ivanpah solar power plant stretches over more than five square miles of the Mojave Desert. Almost 350,000 mirrors the size of garage doors tilt toward the sun with an ability to energize 140,000 homes. The plant, which took almost four years and thousands of workers assembling millions of parts to complete, officially opened on Thursday, the first electric generator of its kind. It could also be the last. Since the project began, the price of rival technologies has plummeted, incentives have begun to disappear and the appetite among investors for mammoth solar farms has waned. Although several large, new...
  • This is what the world's largest solar plant looks like when it's catching rays

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

    02/10/2014 2:04:46 PM PST · by grundle · 89 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | February 6, 2014
    The solar energy industry is still in the process of exploring how to make photovoltaic panels more efficient and less intrusive, and researchers at Stanford have already pushed forward with peel-and-stick solar panels. However, for high power usage the devices must be large and in direct contact with the sun at all times, meaning they need to track its position in the sky using sensors and equipment that are expensive and susceptible to bad weather. Currently seeking funding through Indiegogo, Rawlemon is an alternative in the shape of an oddly beautiful eyeball-shaped lens, that uses refraction to concentrate sunlight with...
  • Solar Provides 0.2% of Electric Supply--Up From 0.02% Before Obama

    01/29/2014 5:16:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/29/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Solar power, which President Barack Obama promoted in his State of the Union Address, accounted for 0.2 percent of the U.S. electricity supply in the first nine months of 2013, according to data published by the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration. That is up from the 0.02 percent of the total electricity supply that solar power sources provided in 2008, the last calendar year before Obama took office. “Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy,” Obama said in the State of the Union. “The all-of-the-above energy strategy I...
  • Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept shows why we’re not driving on sunlight

    01/02/2014 8:09:32 PM PST · by grundle · 23 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Justin Hyde
    In the latest bid to use the sun to drive our cars, Ford will show off the vehicle above later this month at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Labeled the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept, Ford says it shows how sunlight could replace the plug for electric vehicles — but only with a carport-sized magnifying glass.Ford and its partners, solar-cell builder SunPower and the Georgia Institute of Technology, say they've come up with a way around such issues for the C-Max Solar Energi. In its sun-chasing form, the C-Max can get a full recharge of its 8 kWh battery with...
  • 3D Printing Could Turn Space-Based Solar Power into a Reality

    12/03/2013 2:54:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Oil Price ^ | December 2, 2013 | Joao Peixe
    Space-based solar power (SBSP) offers many advantages over Earth-based solar, yet the main obstacle in its development is the cost of sending up the solar panels into orbit. 3D printing may well be able to slash these installation costs and therefore make SBSP a much more viable energy source. 3D printing has been developed at a fast pace in recent years as scientists find more ways to use the technology. It is thought that by sending up special 3D printers into space to manufacturer the solar panels in orbit, the installation costs can be drastically reduced, compared to sending up...
  • Germany’s Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

    09/04/2013 4:13:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 04, 2013 – 07:15 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    … The government predicts that the renewable energy surcharge added to every consumer’s electricity bill will increase from 5.3 cents today to between 6.2 and 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour—a 20-percent price hike. German consumers already pay the highest electricity prices in Europe. But because the government is failing to get the costs of its new energy policy under control, rising prices are already on the horizon. Electricity is becoming a luxury good in Germany, and one of the country’s most important future-oriented projects is acutely at risk. After the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan two and a half years...
  • California’s solar generation sets records

    07/12/2013 10:56:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7:15 pm, Thursday, July 11, 2013 | David R. Baker
    California’s rebate program for homeowners who go solar is winding down, the money nearly spent. But it’s still setting a few records before the end. In 2012, Californians installed enough rooftop solar panels to generate a record 391 megawatts of electricity, according to a rebate program update issued this week by the state. That’s up 26 percent from 2011. Oh, and those numbers don’t even include Los Angeles and Sacramento. The California Solar Initiative provides rebates to customers of the state’s investor-owned utilities, such as Pacific Gas and Electric Co., while both L.A. and Sacramento have their own municipal utilities...
  • 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"...
  • CitiBike's rainy day blues: docs don't power up when it's cloudy (NYC Solar bike rentals need sun)

    06/11/2013 10:15:00 PM PDT · by Stoat · 20 replies
    NYPost ^ | June 11, 2013 | DANA SAUCHELLI and NATALIE O'NEILL
    Citi Bike’s solar-powered docking stations don’t always get enough electricity on cloudy days — a glitch that makes returning the bikes infuriating, riders say. Bike share users — who for weeks have had trouble locking bikes into docks — say the malfunction occurs most on overcast days, when stations are not fully charged. “It’s a joke — they’re solar-powered so they’re basically dead half the time….It’s worse when it’s cloudy or when the dock is under a tall building,” (edit) Lengthy waits to receive bike keys and poor customer service are also part of the problem, riders say. A spokesman...
  • U.S. photovoltaic power installations rise 33 pct in 1st quarter

    06/11/2013 10:22:44 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 11 | Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:31am EDT
    New solar photovoltaic power installations in the United States totaled 723 megawatts (MW) during the first quarter, up 33 percent over the same period in 2012,
  • The worlds biggest solar PV seller was worth $13bn: now bankrupt

    05/06/2013 8:16:55 PM PDT · by Leto · 17 replies
    JoNova ^ | May 7, 2013 | Jo Nova
    Shi Zhengrong was called a “hero of the environment” by Time Magazine. He was a billionaire who ran the worlds largest seller of solar PV cells. But the glory days of 2008 – 2011 are gone. Another bubble bursts. Wiped out in two years. How fast was this fall? In 2008, CNN named Shi “China’s Sunshine Boy.” In 2009, Fortune anointed him “China’s new king of solar.” That year, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman also cited Shi and Suntech as models of China’s green leap forward — which he called “the Sputnik of our day” and a spur for...
  • Bosch abandons solar energy

    03/22/2013 11:43:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:52pm GMT | Ludwig Burger and Hendrik Sackmann
    Bosch ROBG.UL said it will sell or shut down its heavily loss-making solar energy operations, the latest blow to the industry as Germany curbs green energy subsidies and cheap Chinese imports flood the market. In a rare reversal of strategy from the manufacturing conglomerate, Bosch said on Friday it would end its photovoltaics, or solar panel, production early next year and put parts of the business up for sale. Unlisted Bosch, one of the world’s largest maker of car parts, has lost €2.4 billion (Ł2 billion; $3.1 billion) since it created the solar energy unit in 2008 after it bought...
  • 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....
  • Hemlock to lay off 400 amid global solar capacity glut

    01/16/2013 11:21:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    US-based Hemlock Semiconductor said Monday it planned to shed 400 of the staff at its Michigan and Tennessee production plants due to an oversupply in the polysilicon industry and an expected drop in orders from China. Hemlock, a joint venture of US silicon-based materials maker Dow Corning, Japanese Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd (TSE:4063) and Mitsubishi Materials Corp (TYO:5711), makes polycrystalline silicon for the production of semiconductors and solar cells. The company is suffering from the expanding trade dispute between the US and China in which the Asian country launched anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probes into polysilicon imported from the US, the...
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

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

    09/16/2012 7:44:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 09/13/2012 | Patrick Chovanec
    On August 3, the owner of Chengxing Solar Company leapt from the sixth floor of his office building in Jinhua, China. Li Fei killed himself after his company was unable to repay a $3 million bank loan it had guaranteed for another Chinese solar company that defaulted. One local financial newspaper called Li's suicide "a sign of the imminent collapse facing the Chinese photovoltaic industry" due to overcapacity and mounting debts. President Barack Obama has held up China's investments in green energy and high-speed rail as examples of the kind of state-led industrial policy that America should be emulating. The...
  • Solar Eclipsed?

    09/14/2012 11:41:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Energy Tribune ^ | Sep. 13, 2012 | Peter C Glover
    The global solar power industry is in crisis. The industry blames widespread national subsidy cuts and over productivity; China, in particular, being widely vilified on the second count. However, the real cause of the solar industry’s malaise runs deeper, rooted, as it is, in the inescapable fact that, in terms of current technology, commercial scale solar energy remains a non-viable proposition. Wherever you look the solar power industry is mired in financial problems, all of which lead back to the (life support) of public subsidy, the impact of market-skewing regulations (creating the appearance of commercial viability) and, ultimately, protectionist trade...
  • What an iSore: Apple's massive new 100-acre solar farm - which DWARFS the data centre it powers

    09/14/2012 2:19:54 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 29 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | September 14, 2012 | Eddie Wren
    Huge, ugly and cluttered, it is almost the antithesis of Apple's iconic design style. Apple has almost finished work on a massive solar farm next to its data centre in North Carolina, hoping to boost its green credentials - but scarring the landscape with a 100-acre eyesore at the same time. Organisations such as Greenpeace have, in the past, accused Apple of hurting the environment by using coal to power these centres. Apple's data centres keep the world's iPhones running - syncing contacts to the 'iCloud' and storing a wealth of information on each user. When completed, Apple’s 100-acre, 20-megawatt...
  • 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...
  • Green Welfare, Green Taxes, Green Poverty

    06/14/2012 5:30:53 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 13, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    What would you do if gangs of robbers roamed your neighborhood at night, breaking into your neighbors' houses and stealing their family jewels and life savings? You would arm yourself to defend your property. Or you would move to a safer neighborhood. But if the robbers formed gangs called Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, or the Natural Resources Defense Fund, and assaulted your standard of living, the Che Guevara Democrats expect you to greet them with open arms, and gleefully turn over bushels of your cash, until your life savings is gone, and your standard of living has been reduced to...
  • Emergency Solar Power Setup SHTF

    05/15/2012 10:25:57 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 79 replies
    DIY Solar ^ | 5/14/12
    This is my 45 watt solar panel setup. I purchased this kit from Harbor freight for about 0. I use it for lighting in my home, as well different power tools around the house. This is a great source of power in the event of power failures (which happens often).
  • A Dark Day for Solar Power

    04/18/2012 1:26:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.18.12 | Ross Kaminsky
    "Renewable" energy subsidies have become an unaffordable feel-good luxury. First Solar Corporation was indeed first at something: It was the first solar company to lose more than $15 billion of market value. FSLR's stock plummeted from $140 per share a year ago, and $170 a few weeks before that, to under $21 per share early this week before rebounding modestly on Tuesday. In fact, $15 billion substantially understates the peak-to-trough drop in the company's value, as the stock traded above $250 per share for most of 2008, briefly peaking over $300. As of Tuesday, the company's value was just under...
  • CHINA TO DROP SOLAR ENERGY TO FOCUS ON NUCLEAR POWER

    04/09/2012 2:31:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    elp.com ^ | March 12, 2012
    China will accelerate the use of new-energy sources such as nuclear energy and put an end to blind expansion in industries such as solar energy and wind power in 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says in a government report published on March 5.China will instead develop nuclear power in 2012, actively develop hydroelectric power, tackle key problems more quickly in the exploration and development of shale gas, and increase the share of new energy and renewable energy in total energy consumption.The guidance indicates a new trend for new-energy and renewable energy development in China from 2012. Analysts believe that the...
  • Another Taxpayer-Funded Solar Company Looks Like a Failure

    04/05/2012 11:58:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 5, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    An Ohio-based solar company received millions of dollars in state and federal subsidies despite government officials’ knowledge that the company was in financial trouble, and now a local newspaper reports little activity at the manufacturer’s Perrysburg plant. According to a report last month in The Toledo Blade, Willard & Kelsey Solar Group was lent $10 million by two state agencies even though the company showed little more than a half million dollars in revenue for 2009 – that being a grant from the Buckeye State – and a loss of $4.2 million. State officials told the newspaper that loan...
  • Judicial Watch, Human Events Sue Obama Administration for Records Detailing Bailout Loan...

    02/06/2012 1:53:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 6, 2012
    Complete title: Judicial Watch, Human Events Sue Obama Administration for Records Detailing Bailout Loan to California Solar Manufacturer Heavily in Debt$1.2 Billion in Loan Guarantees to SunPower from Department of Energy Followed Successful Lobbying Campaign by Firm Connected to California Congressman’s Son (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on February 1, 2012, against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of the Treasury for records regarding a controversial $1.2 billion government loan guarantee from the Obama Department of...
  • Sanyo to close solar factory in California (subsidies have run out)

    02/04/2012 1:01:41 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 11 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 02/03/12 | Ucilla Wang,Todd Woody
    Snips from excerpt website: Japanese solar company Sanyo plans to lay off about 140 employees in California, or about 40 percent of its manufacturing workforce in the United States, as it shifts its strategy in order to compete with large rivals, particularly those from China. The company, which is part of Panasonic, is buiding a large factory in Malaysia that will make wafers and turn them into solar cells and then panels. Panasonic plans to invest 45 billion yen (about $580 million) in the new factory. A fellow manufacturer in Japan, Sumco, announced Friday it would get out of the...
  • India Believes Solar Power Will be Cost Effective with Fossil Fuels in Five Years

    12/13/2011 10:03:56 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 11 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 13/12/2011 | John C.K. Daly
    Economic South Asian superpower India has firmly embraced solar power, advancing the target date by five years for selling solar-generated electricity at the same rate as electricity generated by fossil fuel plants, from 2022 to 2017. According to government officials, the reason for moving the date forward is plummeting tariffs in the latest solar development projects, a trend that they believe is likely to continue. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Joint Secretary Tarun Kapoor said, "The prices will come down further next year and will continue to fall. Earlier, our aim was that solar power will achieve grid-parity by...
  • Oil-Rich America? (Yes, If Democrats will allow it)

    12/08/2011 7:02:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 4+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/08/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a revolution going on in America. But it is not part of the Tea Party or the loud Occupy Wall Street protests. Instead, massive new reserves of gas, oil, and coal are being discovered almost everywhere in the United States, due to revolutionary methods of exploration and exploitation such as fracking and horizontal drilling. Current prices of over $100 a barrel make even complex efforts at recovery enormously profitable. There were always known to be additional untapped reserves of oil and gas in the petroleum-rich Gulf of Mexico, off America’s shores, and in the American West and Alaska....
  • Solar Fuels Take Two Steps Forward

    10/03/2011 8:55:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 29 September 2011 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge Image Artificial leaf. A new device absorbs sunlight (blue) and sends that energy to catalysts that split water (green) and generate hydrogen gas (black). Credit: S. Y. Reece et al./Science Two independent research teams report today in Science that they've taken key strides toward harnessing the energy in sunlight to synthesize chemical fuels. If the new work can be improved, scientists could utilize Earth's most abundant source of renewable energy to power everything from industrial plants to cars and trucks without generating additional greenhouse gases. Today, humans consume an average of 15 trillion watts of power, 85% of...
  • Thought it couldn't get any worse than Solyndra? ($1.37 B federal loan guarantee for another one)

    09/27/2011 7:10:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    WorldnetDaily ^ | 09/27/2011 | Aaron Klein
    President Obama's nominee for Commerce secretary served as chairman of the board of a solar energy company that recently received a $1.37 billion federal loan guarantee – the largest the Department of Energy has ever given for a solar power project. Now that company, BrightSource Energy, is attempting to build the world's largest solar power plant amid concerns such ventures may be too risky an investment for the federal government. In June, BrightSource Chairman John Bryson was nominated by Obama to head the Commerce Department. WND reported in June that Bryson co-founded an environmental activist group that is a member...
  • Stimulus Companies Hit Rock Bottom

    09/16/2011 3:18:20 AM PDT · by Evergolightly · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 Sept 11 | Fox News
    Solyndra, the solar panel company whose highly publicized failure and consequent investigation by federal authorities has flashed across headlines recently, isn't the only business to go belly up after benefiting from a piece of the $800 billion economic stimulus package passed in 2009. At least four other companies have received stimulus funding only to later file for bankruptcy, and two of those were working on alternative energy. Evergreen Solar Inc., indirectly received $5.3 million through a state grant to open a $450 million facility in 2007 that employed roughly 800 people. The company, once a rock star in the solar...
  • Solyndra Not Sole Firm to Hit Rock Bottom Despite Stimulus Funding

    09/15/2011 11:50:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 15, 2011
    Solyndra, the solar panel company whose highly publicized failure and consequent investigation by federal authorities has flashed across headlines recently, isn't the only business to go belly up after benefiting from a piece of the $800 billion economic stimulus package passed in 2009. At least four other companies have received stimulus funding only to later file for bankruptcy, and two of those were working on alternative energy. Evergreen Solar Inc., indirectly received $5.3 million through a state grant to open a $450 million facility in 2007 that employed roughly 800 people. The company, once a rock star in the solar...