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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,...
  • Efficient solar cells from silicon wires

    02/18/2010 8:38:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies · 809+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 14 February 2010 | Simon Hadlington
    US researchers have designed a new silicon-based solar cell which uses 100 times less silicon than conventional photovoltaic devices. The system relies on the geometry of the silicon being reconfigured from a flat wafer to arrays of tiny silicon rods aligned vertically on the cell.Currently silicon solar cells are fabricated on brittle wafers of silicon around 100-200 micrometres thick. While these can be relatively efficient in terms of conversion of light energy to electrical energy - up to 25 per cent - relatively large quantities of silicon material are needed, which is a significant part of the cost of the...
  • Nature's hot green quantum computers revealed

    02/03/2010 4:47:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 571+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 03 February 2010 | Kate McAlpine
    WHILE physicists struggle to get quantum computers to function at cryogenic temperatures, other researchers are saying that humble algae and bacteria may have been performing quantum calculations at life-friendly temperatures for billions of years. The evidence comes from a study of how energy travels across the light-harvesting molecules involved in photosynthesis. The work has culminated this week in the extraordinary announcement that these molecules in a marine alga may exploit quantum processes at room temperature to transfer energy without loss. Physicists had previously ruled out quantum processes, arguing that they could not persist for long enough at such temperatures to...
  • China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy

    01/31/2010 4:49:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies · 768+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 31, 2010 | Keith Bradsher
    TIANJIN, China — China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand even further this year. China has also leapfrogged the West in the last two years to emerge as the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels. And the country is pushing equally hard to build nuclear reactors and the most efficient types of coal power plants. These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for...
  • Household Solar Power – Don’t Believe The Hype

    01/30/2010 7:06:36 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 70 replies · 1,453+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 30 January 2010 | TonyfromOz
    We are being told that the emissions of Carbon Dioxide are causing catastrophic Global Warming/Climate Change, and that we must move away from old forms of generating electrical power, mostly from coal fired sources. One of these is by the installation of Photovoltaic Solar Panels mounted on the roof of your house. Those pressing this push to renewable power at a household level tell us that they are reasonably inexpensive, will pay for themselves in a few years, they will supply all your household needs, and any excess power you generate will be purchased by the authority. Can they really...
  • Renewable Power – Clean And Green – Well, Not Really

    12/28/2009 6:15:24 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 14 replies · 682+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 29 Dec 2009 | TonyfromOz
    In fact, neither clean nor green at all. We are told that Concentrating Solar Power (Solar Thermal) can actually provide power to replace power generated from coal fired sources. While the solar element can provide power for some of the time, the only way they can supply power for the requisite 24 hour period is to have a backup source using a Natural Gas turbine, emitting CO2, and you would be shocked to know just how much CO2 it does emit.
  • Calif Announces Project To Power 250,000 Homes Using Energy Beamed From Space(VCs To Get Billions)

    12/08/2009 5:52:01 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 38 replies · 1,239+ views
    BusinessInsider ^ | |Dec. 8, 2009, 3:02 PM | Graham Winfrey
    California is making waves today by announcing a first-of-its-kind space-based solar project that will transmit energy down to earth from space. According to estimates from developers, the project will generate enough electricity to power 250,000 homes per year. California’s biggest energy utility PG&E has announced that they would purchase 200MW off solar power that will be beamed from space by 2016.
  • California Should Copy Texas

    12/07/2009 5:10:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,738+ views ^ | 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...
  • Power To Spare (Palin vs. Biden on energy)

    11/05/2009 4:53:14 PM PST · by raptor22 · 3 replies · 702+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 5, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Leadership: As Palin jousts with Biden on energy independence, the government reports that we lead the world in energy reserves. From oil to gas to coal, we are sitting on prosperity. So why are we importing anything? One of the interesting sidelights of the NY-23 race was an exchange on energy independence between Vice President Joe Biden and the former governor of energy-rich Alaska, Sarah Palin. Biden, who came in to campaign for Democrat Bill Owens, was reminded of the issue of energy. "The fact of the matter is that Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy was 'Drill, baby,...
  • Environmental concerns delay solar projects in California desert

    10/19/2009 12:57:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,333+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/19/09 | Louis Sahagun
    Reporting from El Centro, Calif. - Across the desert flatlands of southeastern California, dozens of companies have flooded federal offices with applications to place solar mirrors on more than a million acres of public land. But just as some of those projects appear headed toward fruition, environmental hurdles threaten to jeopardize efforts to further tap the region's renewable energy potential. The development of solar-power facilities in the desert has been a top priority of the Obama administration as it seeks to ease the nation's dependence on fossil fuels and curb global warming. In addition, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged that...
  • Solar power outshining Colorado's gas industry

    10/11/2009 6:58:15 AM PDT · by slag · 33 replies · 1,052+ views
    yahoo - Associated Press ^ | Sat Oct 10, 7:45 pm ET | By DINA CAPPIELLO,
    DURANGO, Colo. – The sun had just crested the distant ridge of the Rocky Mountains, but already it was producing enough power for the electric meter on the side of the Smiley Building to spin backward. For the Shaw brothers, who converted the downtown arts building and community center into a miniature solar power plant two years ago, each reverse rotation subtracts from their monthly electric bill. It also means the building at that moment is producing more electricity from the sun than it needs. The higher fossil-fuel prices that could come with climate legislation would make it more competitive....
  • For Utilities, the Future Is Now (Space-Based Power Generation Deal Signed?!)

    09/29/2009 7:59:37 AM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 11 replies · 611+ views
    Kiplinger Business Resource Center ^ | 09/29/2009 | Jim Ostroff
    For Utilities, the Future Is Now Generating power from the sun and burying carbon underground are two old concepts on the cusp of reality. By Jim Ostroff, Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter September 29, 2009 National Security Space Office, study on space based power Note two exciting energy technology developments whose times have come: Space based power plants and a coal burning facility that emits no carbon dioxide. Both are likely to be key elements in helping electric utilities meet expected stringent U.S. emissions requirements without having to mothball a large number of existing coal fired power plants. Power plants...
  • New solar-cell efficiency record set

    09/16/2009 8:17:13 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 67 replies · 1,886+ views
    Scientific American ^ | Aug 27, 2009 | David Biello
    Here's a seemingly simple solar power fact*: the sun bathes Earth with enough energy in one hour (4.3 x 1020 joules) to more than fill all of humanity's present energy use in a year (4.1 x 1020 joules). So how to convert it? In the world of solar energy harvesting, there's a constant battle between cost and efficiency. On the one hand, complex and expensive triple-junction photovoltaic cells can turn more than 40 percent of the (specially concentrated) sunlight that falls on them into electricity. On the other, cheap, plastic solar cells under development convert less than 5 percent. In...
  • N.J. achieves solar milestone, Installations surpass 4,000 2nd most after California

    08/24/2009 4:36:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies · 539+ views ^ | 08.14.09 | JAMES M. O’NEILL
    New Jersey has become a surprisingly legitimate contender for the nickname "sunshine state," with the highest number of solar energy installations of any state save California. Energy officials this week celebrated the latest New Jersey solar milestone — the state now has more than 4,000 solar installations. The installations, which range from a few panels on private homes to more than 7,700 panels on a field at Rutgers University, combine to produce 90 megawatts, which can generate power to 12,000 households. Seven years ago the state had only six solar installations. "We have had really good policies and have made...
  • Battle Brewing Over Giant Desert Solar Farm

    08/05/2009 10:13:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 1,340+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 5, 2009
    Tessera Solar plans to plant 34,000 solar dishes — each one 40 feet high and 38 feet wide — on 8,230 acres of the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Although the lengthy licensing process for the Calico solar farm remains in the early stages, several environmental groups are already raising red flags about the massive project’s impact on such protected wildlife as the desert tortoise, the Mojave fringe-toed lizard and Nelson’s bighorn sheep. Calico is one of dozens of industrial-scale solar farms planned for the Southwest that have divided environmentalists over the need to promote renewable energy while protecting fragile...
  • Colorado power company wants to ratchet up fees on solar freeloaders

    07/30/2009 11:54:10 AM PDT · by Abathar · 41 replies · 1,719+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 30, 2009 | Brendan Borrell
    As Scientific American’s George Musser knows, installing solar panels on your roof is a lot easier – and cheaper – said than done. Now, if a Colorado power company has its way, solar aficionados are going to have to start shelling out even more dough to be hooked into the power grid. Xcel Energy has proposed charging a new fee to customers who install solar systems after April 2010, the Denver Post reports. The fee would be linked to the home’s electricity consumption and help the company maintain its aging power grid. Solar customers already foot the bill for installing...
  • What The Pickens Fiasco Means To Green

    07/08/2009 10:05:03 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 77 replies · 2,628+ views
    Forbes ^ | 07.08.09 | Andy Stone
    The White House would be wise to learn the lessons of T. Boone Pickens' wind-power failure. On Tuesday, Texas oilman and energy security proselyte T. Boone Pickens announced that he will delay, and likely permanently scuttle, plans for a 687 turbine wind project in the Texas panhandle. The demise of the project, which was supposed to be the largest in the world at a rated generating capacity of 1,000 megawatts, came when Pickens discovered he couldn't raise money to build transmission lines to carry wind energy from his remote 200,000 acres to big cities that would consume the power. Pickens...
  • Hurriyah Clinic Converts to Solar Power

    06/20/2009 11:05:12 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 392+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Dustin Roberts, USA
    Col. Joseph Martin, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, speaks with Mark Powell, team leader of the 2nd BCT's embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team, on the roof of the Dahkel Clinic in the Hurriyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad. The clinic is now solar-powered, allowing services around the clock. Photo by Sgt. Dustin Roberts, 1st Infantry Division. BAGHDAD — Another health clinic in northwest Baghdad was converted to a solar-powered facility, when the new and improved Dahkel Clinic was unveiled during a ceremony in the Hurriyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, June 17. As the main health center in the neighborhood, the clinic provides...
  • In a Small Fish, a Large Lesson In Renewable Energy's Obstacles Article Comments

    06/16/2009 10:08:55 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 348+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2009 | Stephen Power
    President Barack Obama wants to boost the nation's production of energy from the sun as part of an effort to double renewable power generation in three years. Among the obstacles to Mr. Obama's agenda: the imperiled Devil's Hole pupfish. Patrick Putnam is a field manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in southern Nevada. His job is to help the government decide whether the dozens of solar-energy projects that companies have proposed building on federal land in his jurisdiction pose undue environmental risks. After reviewing some applications for as long as 18 months, Mr. Putnam's office hasn't approved any....
  • PG&E strikes huge solar power deal with BrightSource

    05/13/2009 12:15:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 797+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/13/09 | Tracy Seipel
    In what is touted to be the largest solar deal in the world, Pacific Gas & Electric today announced that it has expanded a series of solar-power contracts with Oakland's BrightSource Energy for a total of 1,310 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 530,000 California homes during peak hours. Peak hours in the state are usually from noon to 7 p.m. The power purchase agreements, which will now include seven power plants, add to a previous contract the two companies struck last April for up to 900 megawatts of solar thermal power. The deal with PG&E means BrightSource now...
  • Solar plant proposed for farmland site

    05/11/2009 10:02:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies · 680+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, May 11, 2009. | CHARLES F. BOSTWICK
    LANCASTER [California] - A 230-megawatt solar power facility has been proposed on 2,100 acres of fallow farmland 1½ miles north of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Environmental studies overseen by Los Angeles County planning officials have started on the project, which is proposed at 170th Street West and Avenue D by San Francisco-based NextLight Renewable Power and which is planned to tie into Southern California Edison power lines that cross the Antelope Valley. A meeting to describe the proposal and to solicit suggestions from the public and local organizations on what environmental issues should be examined is scheduled for...
  • Solar Power Plant Construction Halted Due to Endangered Squirrel

    04/20/2009 9:11:23 PM PDT · by This Just In · 44 replies · 1,028+ views
    ecoEnquirer ^ | April 20, 2009 | ecoEnquirer
    Solar Power Plant Construction Halted Due to Endangered Squirrel Discovery of the endangered red-cheeked squirrel has stopped construction of the world's largest solar power plant in southern California. (Dry Desert, California) The unexpected discovery of a nest of red-cheeked squirrels amidst the huge, partially constructed MegaPyre Solar Power plant has halted construction, casting doubt on the viability of what has been considered to be the environmentalist's crown jewel of renewable power facilities. The 20 gigawatt plant was expected to provide electricity to much of southern California, and was only 6 months away from completion when the nest of squirrels, which...
  • Environmental Concerns Threaten Solar Power Expansion in California Desert

    04/18/2009 4:13:11 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 20 replies · 934+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Saturday, April 18, 2009
    OAKLAND, Calif. — A westward dash to power electricity-hungry cities by cashing in on the desert's most abundant resource — sunshine — is clashing with efforts to protect the tiny pupfish and desert tortoise and stinginess over the region's rarest resource: water. Water is the cooling agent for what traditionally has been the most cost-efficient type of large-scale solar plants. To some solar companies answering Washington's push for renewable energy on vast government lands, it's also an environmental thorn. The unusual collision pits natural resources protections against President Barack Obama's plans to produce more environmentally friendly energy.
  • Renewable Energy's Environmental Paradox - Wind and Solar Projects May Carry Costs for Wildlife

    04/16/2009 11:40:42 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,138+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 16, 2009 | Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson
    The SunZia transmission line that would link sun and wind power from central New Mexico with cities in Arizona is just the sort of energy project an environmentalist could love -- or hate. And it is just the sort of line the Interior Department has been tasked with promoting -- or guarding against. If built, the 460-mile line would carry about 3,000 megawatts of power, enough to avoid the need for a handful of coal-fired plants and to help utilities meet mandated targets for use of renewable fuel. "We have to connect the sun of the deserts and the winds...
  • Out of Thin Air (renewable energy)

    04/12/2009 11:24:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 1,642+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 13, 2009 | David S. Van Dyke
    I am really astounded by the public's apparent ignorance about "wind energy".  We all experience sunshine and wind but few of us bother to examine the "quality" of that sunshine and wind.  Obviously wind turbines only spin and generate electricity when the wind is blowing.  Accordingly, solar panels only generate electricity when the sun is shining on them.  In order for these technologies to be economically viable you have to have a lot of wind and/or a lot of sunshine. Wind energy works best in areas with a lot of sustained wind usually blowing from one prevailing direction.  Here in...

    03/23/2009 9:48:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 941+ views
    East County Magazine ^ | 3/23/2009 | Miriam Raftery
    FEINSTEIN SEEKS TO BLOCK DESERT SOLAR FARM DUE TO SEVERE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego) has coauthored H.R. 964, a measure that would exempt any solar energy project on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands from Environmental Impact Report requirements. Sempra Energy, Bilbray’s third largest campaign contributor, seeks to import power from desert solar farms on BLM lands. On Friday, California’s Senator Diane Feinstein sent a blistering letter to the Secretary of the Interior opposing solar farms on BLM lands, citing massive environmental damage from scraping bare a half-million acres of desert lands proposed for solar mirrors. “It...
  • Cost Works Against Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources in Time of Recession

    03/29/2009 4:06:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 641+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 28, 2009 | Matthew L. Wald
    [A]s Congress begins debating new rules to restrict carbon dioxide emissions and promote electricity produced from renewable sources, an underlying question is how much more Americans will be willing to pay to harness the wind and the sun. ... [T]he Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit consortium financed by investor- and publicly-owned utilities, predicted in November that even for plants coming on line in 2015, wind energy would cost nearly one-third more than coal and about 14 percent more than natural gas. The cost of solar thermal electricity, made by using the sun’s heat to boil water and spin a...
  • Obama's Solar Panels Will Take 110 Years to Pay For Themselves

    Thursday, March 26, 2009 Obama's Solar Panels Will Take 110 Years to Pay For Themselves Here's something you won't hear about from the Obamedia- The solar panels that Barack Obama and Joe Biden inspected before signing the Generational Theft Act in Denver, Colorado will take until 2118 to pay for themselves. US President Barack Obama (C) and Vice President Joe Biden (L) look at solar panels as they tour the solar array at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Colorado, February 17, 2009 Namaste Solar CEO Blake Jones. (AFP PHOTO) Those solar panels that Barack Obama bragged...
  • 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
  • More Desert Wilderness ( Campaign to protect )

    03/21/2009 12:34:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 705+ views
    Desert Protective Council. ^ | February 23rd, 2009 | Larry Hogue
    Earlier this month, we asked you to call your U.S. Representatives to show support for the national Omnibus Public Lands Bill, containing wilderness desig- nations for over 700,000 acres in California. (If you haven’t called your representative yet, please do so now.) Now we have an opportunity to get even more of California’s wild desert places formally designated as wilderness — the highest protection our public lands can receive from the federal government.All you need to do is write a quick, heart-felt note to Sen. Dianne Feinstein mentioning why you love wild desert places in general, and mentioning a few...
  • Feinstein: Don't Spoil Our Desert With Solar Panels

    03/21/2009 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 129 replies · 2,803+ views ^ | Saturday, March 21, 2009
    WASHINGTON -- California's Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy. Feinstein said Friday she intends to push legislation that would turn the land into a national monument, which would allow for existing uses to continue while preventing future development.