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  • Solar evaporator offers a fresh route to fresh water

    04/16/2019 5:56:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Phys.org ^ | April 16, 2019 | University of Maryland
    Interfacial evaporators are made of thin materials that float on saline water. Absorbing solar heat on top, the evaporators continuously pull up the saline water from below and convert it to steam on their top surface, leaving behind the salt, explains Hu... However, over time salt can build up on this evaporative surface, gradually degrading performance until it is removed... Hu and his colleagues minimized the need for this maintenance with a device made out of basswood that exploits the wood's natural structure of the micron-wide channels that carry water and nutrients up the tree. The researchers supplement these natural...
  • Becker, Winter to Give Xcel a Blank Check ( Colorado )

    04/12/2019 7:25:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Representative K.C. Becker and Senator Faith Winter have introduced legislation that would give Xcel Energy a green light and blank check to prematurely close existing power plants, replace them with expensive, intermittent resources, and then force captive electric ratepayers to pick up the tab with interest for the massive fuel switching scheme and workforce transition plans. ... Colorado Energy Plan (CEP) .. The monopoly utility is more than willing to build and build and build so it can fuel switch to utility-scale wind, solar, and batteries (which don’t really exist yet) at the expense of Colorado ratepayers. Instead of saving...
  • SunEdison at risk of bankruptcy, unit says; shares plummet 60 percent ($4.6b Taxpayer $)

    03/29/2016 12:34:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 29, 2016 | BY AMRUTHA GAYATHRI AND ARATHY S NAIR
    U.S. solar energy company SunEdison Inc, whose aggressive acquisition strategy has saddled it with almost $12 billion of debt, is at "substantial risk" of bankruptcy, one of its two publicly listed units warned on Tuesday. A bankruptcy would rank among the largest involving a non-financial company in the past 10 years, according to bankruptcydata.com. SunEdison declined to comment. SunEdison's shares - already reeling from a Wall Street Journal report on Monday that the company was being investigated for overstating its cash position - fell as much as 60 percent to a record low of 50 cents.
  • California's San Bernardino County slams the brakes on big solar projects

    03/05/2019 4:30:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/28/19 | SAMMY ROTH
    California's largest county has banned the construction of large solar and wind farms on more than 1 million acres of private land, bending to the will of residents who say they don’t want renewable energy projects industrializing their rural desert communities northeast of Los Angeles. Thursday’s 4-1 vote by San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors highlighted a challenge California could face as it seeks to eliminate the burning of planet-warming fossil fuels. **SNIP** Dozens of local residents spoke in support of the proposed ban, known as Renewable Energy Policy 4.10. They came from high desert communities such as Daggett, Joshua...
  • Solar attacks on U.S. power grid cost $10 billion a year; ‘we are still incredibly vulnerable’

    02/28/2019 11:05:43 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 71 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 2/28/19 | Jon Dougherty
    Federal officials and energy experts offered their most blunt assessment to date regarding the ongoing vulnerability of the U.S. power grid, telling a Senate committee that solar-generated attacks alone cost $10 billion a year. In testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Operations Committee, the officials noted that the attacks are growing and pose a substantial, long-term risk to a vulnerable power grid. They warned that a catastrophic failure would cut off electricity to millions of Americans, probably for months at a time, causing untold damage and social chaos, adding that the grid is an easy target for solar,...
  • Spotsylvania, Va., Residents Outraged Over Massive Solar Plant Proposal,(T)

    12/16/2018 10:18:10 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/12/2018 | Emily Ward
    FULL TITLE: Spotsylvania, Va., Residents Outraged Over Massive Solar Plant Proposal, About Half the Size of Manhattan More than 300 residents of rural Spotsylvania County, Virginia gathered at the Spotsylvania Courthouse on Dec. 5 to protest plans for a massive solar energy plant – half the size of Manhattan -- which would be built close to residential areas and the historic sites of three Civil War battlefields. In addition, none of the energy from the plant would go to the Spotsylvania community.
  • California officially becomes first in nation mandating solar power for new homes

    12/06/2018 10:27:49 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 79 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 5, 2018 | Jeff Collins
    California became the first state in the nation on Dec. 5 to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered. ...the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) voted unanimously to add energy standards approved last May by another panel to the state building code. “These provisions really are historic and will be a beacon of light for the rest of the country,” said Kent Sasaki, one of six commissioners voting for the new energy code. “(It’s) the beginning of substantial improvement in how we produce energy and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.” The new provisions are expected to...
  • Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Sea Mines During Vietnam War

    11/11/2018 10:55:54 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    Discovery Magazine ^ | 11/9/18 | Brett Carter
    Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Sea Mines During Vietnam War By Brett Carter | November 9, 2018 3:46 pm Solar flares captured on sun. (Credit: NASA/SDO)On Aug. 4, 1972, the crew of a U.S. Task Force 77 aircraft flying near a naval minefield in the waters off Hon La observed 20 to 25 explosions over about 30 seconds. They also witnessed an additional 25 to 30 mud spots in the waters nearby.Destructor sea mines had been deployed here during Operation Pocket Money, a mining campaign launched in 1972 against principal North Vietnamese ports.There was no obvious reason why the mines...
  • Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System

    09/21/2018 11:27:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System September 21, 2018 Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System A catalogue that provides an overview of over 2,200 planetary maps produced worldwide between 1600 and 2018 was presented today at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin. The catalogue has been produced by Henrik Hargitai, from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (Hungary), and Mateusz Pitura, from the University of Wroclaw (Poland).“Production of planetary maps started in Europe in the 1600s. It expanded to the...
  • Xcel does an end run on the legislature — with an assist from Colorado’s PUC

    09/20/2018 7:02:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | September 20, 2018 | Ray Scott
    When the Colorado Public Utilities Commission recently approved Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan, the commissioners made a highly politicized decision that ignored economic reality, bypassed the state legislature and allowed the company to break its promise to save customers money. Coloradans should be troubled not just by the plan itself, but by how it won approval through an end-run of the democratic process. In August 2017, Xcel unveiled the Colorado Energy Plan .. The plan’s cheerleaders, including Gov. John Hickenlooper and state agencies, celebrated the monopoly utility’s proposal to spend $2.5 billion on fuel switching ... Earlier in 2017, Xcel...
  • AURA Statement about the Status of the Sunspot Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico

    09/17/2018 6:46:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    aura-astronomy.org ^ | September 16, 2018 | Shari Lifson
    Sunspot Solar Observatory is transitioning back to regular operations as of September 17th On September 6th, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) made the decision to temporarily vacate the Sunspot Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico as a precautionary measure while addressing a security issue. The facility closed down in an orderly fashion and is now re-opening. The residents that vacated their homes will be returning to the site, and all employees will return to work this week. AURA has been cooperating with an on-going law enforcement investigation of criminal...
  • California's next stupid idea: 100% clean energy

    09/02/2018 6:30:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/30/2018 | Brent Smith
    Let’s pass a federal law to end all poverty by the year 2040. That will fix everything. Oh wait – we already have hundreds of laws attempting to eradicate poverty that were instituted several decades ago. Funny thing – we still have poverty, and at about the same percentage as when the war on poverty began over a half a century ago. It’s a clear example of the fact just because the government passes a law, it doesn’t magically make it so. But that’s what leftists do. They see a perceived problem, which usually isn’t, and then set about to...
  • How looking environmental can make you a crony fortune ( Xcel Colorado )

    09/02/2018 6:03:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    wsoe ^ | September 1, 2018 | Jon Caldara
    Xcel again proved its preeminent power over every crack and crevasse of state government when the governor’s appointed Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel’s plan to close two state-of-the-art power plants a decade before they’re supposed to. At the same time the PUC acknowledges Xcel was lying when they said the move would save us money. ... The public relations spin on this corporate heist is glorious. Even though the coal-fired power plants, Comanche 1 and 2, are the most clean-burning that modern technology allows, making them the cleanest in the nation, they still use vilified coal, so this move looks...
  • The Phony Numbers Behind California’s Solar Mandate

    08/13/2018 5:32:31 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 12, 2018 | Steven Sexton
    California’s energy regulators effectively cooked the books to justify their recent command that all homes built in the Golden State after 2020 be equipped with solar panels. Far from a boon to homeowners, the costs to builders and home buyers will likely far exceed the benefits to the state. The California Energy Commission, which approved the rule as part of new energy-efficiency regulations, didn’t conduct an objective, independent investigation of the policy’s effects. Instead it relied on economic analysis from the consultancy that proposed the policy, Energy and Environmental Economics Inc. Its study concluded that home buyers get a 100%...
  • Xcel ratepayers would get a bum deal under Colorado Energy Plan

    08/04/2018 11:47:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | August 2, 2018 | Amy Oliver Cooke
    Late last summer, and with great fanfare, Xcel Energy announced its proposal to close the Comanche I & II power units in Pueblo a decade ahead of schedule. They offered as replacement the euphemistically titled “Colorado Energy Plan” , a massive $2.5 billion fuel-switching scheme to move its Colorado customers away from baseload, reliable hydrocarbons in favor of intermittent renewables. ... the Minneapolis-based monopoly utility will force captive ratepayers to cough up at least another $287 million. That’s on top of the modeling errors we already found in their accounting, and Xcel acknowledged. In other words, ratepayers will pay higher...
  • The Incredible Scam of Rooftop Solar Power

    07/06/2018 7:44:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/06/2018 | Norman Rogers
    A modest proposal: We've all heard about "shop local" and "get your food from local farmers, not distant corporate farms." Lots of people have apple trees in their backyards. Often they can't begin to eat or give away all the apples. In the meantime, big supermarkets sell corporate apples for one dollar a pound and up. I propose that people with backyard apples be able to take them to the supermarket and sell them to the supermarket for the same price at which the supermarket is selling apples. Furthermore, they should be able to take them at any time and...
  • LG to Build New 500MW Solar Module Manufacturing Plant in Alabama (160 full-time jobs)

    06/30/2018 12:09:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Greentech Media ^ | June 27, 2018 | Julia Pyper
    LG Electronics is expanding its U.S. presence with a new solar module assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The South Korean technology giant will invest $28 million to set up the factory that's expected to create 160 new full-time jobs. LG will add two production lines at its 48-acre campus in Huntsville, where the company has had operations for four decades. The solar module plant will bring LG's total employment in the Southern city to more than 400 workers. Starting in early 2019, the new manufacturing plant is expected to produce 500 megawatts of solar modules per year. LG joins a...
  • The World’s Largest Solar Companies Keep Failing

    06/26/2018 5:36:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 85 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 06/22/2018 | Tim Pearce
    JinkoSolar Holding Co. is the world’s largest maker of solar panels after four previous top companies tripped up in the past decade ... Many of the top producing companies have had problems with quality control. ... China’s large solar industry has stoked fears of a slow-developing environmental crisis as the country’s solar panels and infrastructure age and need to be replaced. (RELATED: Old Solar Panels Causing An Environmental Crisis In China) China has yet to develop a plan for disposing broken solar panels, which are difficult to recycle. The effect could be up to 20 million metric tons of waste...
  • Green Activists Now Worried About Mountain of Toxic Waste from Their Solar Panels

    05/27/2018 8:36:10 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 56 replies
    A leading activist has raised concerns over the ecological impact of solar panels — a renewable energy technology widely considered to be harmless to the environment. Michael Shellenberger — the president of Environmental Progress, a nonprofit organization working to promote clean energy — detailed the real-life impacts of discarded solar installation. Solar technology typically contains cadmium, lead and other toxic chemicals that can’t be extracted without taking apart the whole panel, resulting in entire solar panels being considered hazardous, Shellenberger noted in a Forbes article Wednesday.
  • Trump Tweet Commends “Clean Coal” Even As DTE Energy Continues To Shut Down Coal Plants

    05/21/2018 6:47:20 AM PDT · by WombatKing · 6 replies
    SolarWakeup ^ | Frank Andorka
    Three months after announcing it would completely eliminate coal from its portfolio, Detroit-based utility DTE Energy announced on Friday it, along with partner Consumers Energy, was accelerating plans to increase its clean-energy portfolio to reach a generation target of at least 50% by 2030. The utility’s announcement came on the same day President Donald J. Trump tweeted that the United States has 250 years of “clean coal” in its energy mix and touted the fact he ended the mythical “war on coal.”