September 26, 2011

CA Gov Signs Bill to Restore Solar Rebate Program

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 585 (the Kehoe Initiative) Sept. 22 at Marshall Elementary School in Fowler that restores funding for the California Solar Initiative Rebate Program. TerraVerde Renewable Partners also attended the event and plans to oversee solar installations for the Fowler USD. They say it will save about half a million in electricity costs in its first year and over $2 million in the next five years. Building is set to begin in 2012.

Via Fresno Bee

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September 19, 2011

Clarity Provides Solar System Efficiency

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It is only a logical conclusion that as solar usage becomes more widespread, companies will crop up to help you maintain them at their best. Such is the idea behind Solar Power Technologies. Their Clarity monitoring system promises to keep yours at its peak by providing enhanced efficiency, maximum performance and a possible boost in energy. Compatible with most systems already in place, their "Intelligent Array" keeps working and provides continued monitoring should long range or temporary problems occur.

(Thanks, Ray)

Via Solar Power Tech

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September 12, 2011

Miele Solar Dryer Unveiled

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Last year, Miele produced a SmartGrid-ready washer and dryer. These clever appliances could connect online to determine when the rates are cheapest to turn on after getting a preset time period. So how does the company top that? They come up with what they call the planet's first solar dryer. Teaming with solar tech company Sovis, the dryer gets its juice from rooftop collectors, which transfer to a storage tank. After being piped into the appliance, the cool air returns to the tank to be reheated.

The tank itself can be heated by other sources and can be used to supply hot water to other appliances. Miele says the dryer, which was introduced at this year's IFA in Berlin, will be public-ready next year. Until that time, we will have to be content to use that other solar dryer, the clothesline.

Via Miele

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September 5, 2011

Solyndra Declares Bankruptcy

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Solyndra, a solar power tech company partially backed by the DOE and visited by President Obama two years ago, has announced that it has filed bankruptcy. It cancelled its public stock option earlier this year and laid off 1,000 workers. A combination of competition from Chinese companies, ability to only be used on industrial flat roofs and failure to "raise incremental company" probably contributed to the loss.

It's sad to see green energy companies fail, (it is the third major solar company to do so,) but then adopting the changeover to alternate power sources has historically been slow.

Via Businesswire

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