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  • Green layoffs

    11/07/2010 2:19:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | November 4, 2010 | Don Surber
    (VIDEO AT LINK) President Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Solyndra plant in May. The second part is here. The third part is here. From Green Beat: Troubled solar panel maker Solyndra announced the company will close its first factory to save $60 million in operating expenses, and will lay off 40 workers just seven weeks after opening their second plant, a $733 million facility. The company’s CEO Brian Harrison said the new facility is more cost-efficient than the old one, according to the New York Times, which first reported the story. The company has fallen on hard times, in...
  • WSJ Video Report: News Hub: U.S Approves World's Biggest Solar Plant ( Blythe Ca)

    10/26/2010 12:35:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 25, 2010 | Siobhan Hughes
    Siobhan Hughes discusses plans to build the world's largest solar plant, approved by the U.S. on Monday. Alternative energy companies are racing to start solar projects before federal incentives expire at year's end.
  • CA: Huge Solar-Plant Project Approved ( near Blythe )

    10/26/2010 9:24:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 26, 2010 | CASSANDRA SWEET And SIOBHAN HUGHES
    A proposal to build the world's biggest solar-thermal power plant in the Southern California desert got the go-ahead Monday from the Obama administration, which used the announcement to bolster its message that renewable energy creates jobs. The $6 billion project is being developed by Solar Trust of America, a joint venture between Germany's Solar Millennium AG and privately held Ferrostaal AG on 7,025 acres of federally owned land near Blythe, Calif. The approval clears the way for the developers to seek federal grants and loan guarantees.The Obama administration has been criticized over the past year for hurting job creation by...
  • Here comes the sun: White House to go solar

    10/05/2010 10:25:25 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 69 replies · 2+ views
    WASHINGTON — Solar power is coming to President Barack Obama's house. The most famous residence in America, which has already boosted its green credentials by planting a garden, plans to install solar panels atop the White House's living quarters. The solar panels are to be installed by spring 2011, and will heat water for the first family and supply some electricity. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the plans Tuesday in Washington at a conference of local, state, academic and nonprofit leaders aimed at identifying how the federal government can improve its environmental performance.
  • Renewable Power Fail – As Usual – June 2010

    09/27/2010 7:02:36 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 6 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 27 September 2010 | TonyfromOz
    With the ramping up of rhetoric regarding the move to a Renewable Electricity Standard, just how effectively can Wind Power and Solar Power deliver a constant and regular supply of electrical power? This post uses the most current Government statistics to show conclusively that both these forms of Renewable Power fail, and that they fail comprehensively to deliver power, not only for when it is needed the most, but for all the time.
  • This is how they treat their friends? (Greenies spurned by BHO)

    09/17/2010 7:34:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | September 17, 2010 | Bill McKibben, The Los Angeles Times
    I got to see the now-famous enthusiasm gap between liberals and conservatives up close last week, and it wasn't a pretty sight. The back-story: I help run a global warming campaign called In midsummer, we organized an effort to urge world leaders to put solar panels on the roofs of their residences. It was part of the lead-up to a gigantic Global Work Party on Oct. 10 (10-10-10), and a way to give prime ministers and politburos something easy and visible to do in the fight against global warming. One of those crucial leaders is, of course, Barack Obama....
  • Solar Energy Makes Offshore Drilling Look Good

    08/17/2010 9:50:07 AM PDT · by cicero2k · 18 replies
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has set an ambitious plan that requires a third of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020. But a fight over where to build large clean-energy projects is slowing the green revolution. Credit: Alyson Hurt, NPR One of these battlegrounds is Panoche Valley, ringed by rolling, scrub-covered hills. Located in California's rural San Benito County, the area was used mostly for cattle grazing, and it has escaped the notice of many Californians. Until now.
  • 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...
  • Renewable Power Fail – As Usual – April 2010

    07/23/2010 7:16:40 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 7 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 23 July 2010 | TonyfromOz
    Renewable Power is being hyped as the direction for the future, and is even in Legislation the Democrats hope to pass. Real World statistics for Renewable Power show something entirely different. These stats are for the U.S. and for the month of April, and the accompanying commentary shows that Wind Power and Solar Power just cannot deliver the power required absolutely, and that they never will.
  • Spain overtakes US with world's biggest solar power station (output of a nuclear power station)

    07/13/2010 9:27:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07/13/2010 | Stephen Burgen in Barcelona
    Spain has opened the world's largest solar power station, meaning that it overtakes the US as the biggest solar generator in the world. The nation's total solar power production is now equivalent to the output of a nuclear power station. Spain is a world leader in renewable energies and has long been a producer of hydro-electricity (only China and the US have built more dams). It also has a highly developed wind power sector which, like solar power, has received generous government subsidies. The new La Florida solar plant takes Spain's solar output to 432MW, which compares with the US...
  • Our Tough-Luck President (taxpayers may lose $390 million on solar power loan guarantees)

    07/11/2010 7:11:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Barron's ^ | July 10, 2010 | JIM MCTAGUE
    ... You've never heard of Solyndra? That's strange, because it was supposed to be the cornerstone of Obama's vaunted green-energy future, but now is a king-size political embarrassment. Solyndra, recipient of a $535 million Department of Energy loan guarantee, last month cancelled a $300 million initial public offering because auditor PricewaterhouseCoooper said its operating losses and negative cash flow raise doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern. Ouch! It gets worse for Obama. When he toured Solyndra's Fremont, Calif., factory in May, he gushed that the company was "leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous...
  • Obama announces $2 billion for solar power

    07/03/2010 4:13:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 3, 2010 | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama announced Saturday the awarding of nearly $2 billion for new solar plants that he said will create thousands of jobs and increase the country's use of renewable energy sources. Obama disclosed the funding in his weekly radio and online address, saying it is part of his plan to bring new industries to the U.S. "We're going to keep competing aggressively to make sure the jobs and industries of the future are taking root right here in America," Obama said. [Snip] Obama said that while it may take years to bring back all the jobs lost during the...
  • Solar struggles in U.S. market

    06/14/2010 1:09:01 PM PDT · by businessprofessor · 77 replies · 1,118+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/14/2010 | Allison Linn
    It sounds so simple: Take a clean, free and endlessly renewable resource — the sun — and use it to power your homes and businesses.
  • Promising New Solar Power From Old Technology

    06/10/2010 10:32:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 897+ views
    Discovery ^ | Apr 2, 2010 | Gene Charleton
    An updated version of a two-hundred-year-old invention is turning sunlight into electricity. Promising new solar technology to generate electricity is almost a cliche these days. Let's look at some promising old technology. Today, on Engineering Works! Listen to the podcast. When people talk about solar energy, they usually mean one of two things. Photovoltaic panels or solar concentrating plants. Some engineers are trying something else. An updated version of a two-hundred-year-old invention to turn sunlight into electricity. This old technology is something called a Stirling engine. A Scottish clergyman named, you guessed it, Stirling, invented it in 1816. The idea...
  • Yosemite Park To Build Major Solar Power System

    05/17/2010 2:51:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 418+ views
    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (CBS 5 / AP) - Yosemite National Park soon will be home to the largest solar energy project in the national park system. Federal officials said Monday that the park will install a 539-kilowatt photovoltaic electric system with $4.4 million in funding from the federal stimulus package. Construction is scheduled to begin next month at the El Portal Maintenance Complex, where solar panels will be mounted on the roofs of existing buildings and new parking structures to shade government vehicles.
  • Louisiana Spill: Big Oil's Chernobyl?

    04/30/2010 5:18:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 87 replies · 2,100+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: The administration has banned new offshore drilling until the Gulf oil spill is investigated. Was its heart in it anyway? It seems environmental concerns apply only to certain forms of energy. No one pays much attention to the aquatic "dead zones" that have appeared off our shores at the mouths of our rivers due to agricultural runoff created by mandates for corn-based ethanol. Ethanol is green energy, good energy — never mind that such biofuels drive up food prices, increase hunger around the world and damage the environment in their own way. The explosion that blew apart an oil...
  • Five myths about green energy

    04/25/2010 9:18:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 1,453+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2010 | Robert Bryce
    Americans are being inundated with claims about renewable and alternative energy. Advocates for these technologies say that if we jettison fossil fuels, we'll breathe easier, stop global warming and revolutionize our economy. Yes, "green" energy has great emotional and political appeal. But before we wrap all our hopes -- and subsidies -- in it, let's take a hard look at some common misconceptions about what "green" means.1. Solar and wind power are the greenest of them all. Unfortunately, solar and wind technologies require huge amounts of land to deliver relatively small amounts of energy, disrupting natural habitats. Even an aging...
  • New electrolyte for dye-based solar cells

    04/06/2010 1:51:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 519+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 04 April 2010 | Simon Hadlington
    Researchers have moved a step closer to overcoming one of the key hurdles to developing low-cost solar cells based on dye-coated titanium dioxide.Dye-sensitised solar cells (DSCs) were invented by Michael Grätzel and Brian O'Regan some 20 years ago, and consist of a thin film of titanium dioxide coated with a ruthenium-based dye, in contact with a redox electrolyte.  Dye-based solar cells could offer a cheaper alternative to silicon-based photovoltaics While dye-based systems are less efficient in converting solar energy than photovoltaic cells made from silicon, they are likely to become cheaper to manufacture and be more versatile in a number...
  • Chortling At Chu

    03/12/2010 5:07:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 957+ views ^ | March 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Future Fuels: Our secretary of energy pushes bio-refineries and windmills to oil executives at an energy conference as the administration announces a three-year offshore drilling ban. This is a policy for economic suicide. They don't qualify as an official group of victims, but carbon-Americans, as they have been called, did not have much to cheer about last week, when Energy Secretary Steven Chu addressed CERAWeek 2010, a premier industry conference hosted by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. With an economy struggling to regain sound footing, Chu advocated a starvation diet devoid of additional fossil fuels that are to remain under...
  • U.S. Offers $1.37 Billion Loan Guarantee to California Solar Power Project

    02/23/2010 6:17:12 PM PST · by Bookworm22 · 21 replies · 514+ views ^ | 02/23/2010 | darrell Delamaide
    The U.S. Department of Energy is using funds from last year’s economic stimulus package to guarantee $1.37 billion in loans for a solar energy project in California’s Mojave Desert. The project mounted by BrightSource Energy would be the world’s largest solar thermal power plant when built. “We’re not going to sit on the sidelines while other countries capture the jobs of the future,” Energy Secretary Stephen Chu said in announcing the conditional loan commitment. “We’re committed to becoming the global leader in the clean energy economy.” The Ivanpah Solar Complex will be located on federally owned land in southeastern California,...