Even solar panels will not last forever, so First Solar will provide packing materials, shipping costs and recycling services at no charge after a request for collection. The company claims that they can turn about 90% of each module into raw materials for new ones. Of course, this applies only to their customers but hey, at least they can take care of them so that they do not end up in a landfill. We admire the concept enough to make them our SOW this week.
Via First Solar
March 11, 2010
The Marine Corps has gone green with their Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy System. It utilizes stackable 1600W panel arrays and deep cycle batteries to reduce the fuel needed for generators and resupplying fuel in remote locations. GREENS supplies a continuous output of 300W up to 1000W of power. Tested at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California, it supplied 85% of the energy needed.
Via Energy Matters
March 10, 2010
India has been steadily rising in the solar PV market. What started out as a 10 member sector a couple of years ago now has 30 module and cell suppliers. The country is looking for investors to produce PV modules and cells, system components, silicon wafers and polysilcion feedstock. In addition to creating, the government is promoting solar energy in the form of solar farms, roof top systems and rural usage to make up for some of their power deficit.
Via Solar Feeds
March 9, 2010
Peng Xiaofeng, CEO of China's LDK Solar, claims that solar power will supply 60% of the planet's energy supply 100 years from now. He believes that existing energy sources, such as oil, will run out. The Chinese government wants 20% of their power to come from renewable energy by 2020.
LDK is located in Xinyu, now nicknamed 'Solar Power City,' and also houses most of its 14,000 employees. Peng also says that people underrate the cleaner energy and we have to agree.
Via New Energy News
February 24, 2010
Roger Efird, chairman of the Solar Energy Industries Association and Managing Director for Suntech America, has predicted that the US solar market will double this year. His reasoning is that it has become affordable for middle class families and believes that installed capacity could reach 1GW in 2010.
CEO of Acro Energy Technologies Harry Fleming claims that the average cost of a 5 kilowatt power system in California has fallen $6,000 in the past year and a half, and should drop another three by the end of the year with incentives. Acro is adding to the savings by offering 4 months of solar electricity free if you sign with them before March 1.
Via Technology Review
February 22, 2010
We extol the virtues of going solar, but do you ever stop to think about what impact that has in saving money and energy? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a list of 2009 Energy Star Leaders. There were 58 organizations listed that saved more than $48 million total, 4 times the amount of the previous year. That equaled out to reducing emissions by 220,000 metric tons, equal to usage by 39,000 homes.
Most of the Energy Star Leaders were school districts, but there were others on the list as well, including Stop & Shop in Massachusetts and NY Presbyterian Hospital. To qualify, an organization must have reduced their energy use by 10%. There are now more than 100 organizations that have joined the list.
February 18, 2010
California once more takes center stage in becoming green by their Public Utilities Commission offering a $350 million rebate program coupled with a 30% Federal tax credit for those who install solar hot water heaters. The CPUC is hoping for a total of 300,000 installations over the next 8 years that will save 6 million cubic feet of natural gas and 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity yearly. The average household rebate should be about $1,500 with larger ones for businesses and multi-family buildings.
February 15, 2010
The Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 will take place in Madrid this June and will feature housing from 20 universities in America, Europe and Asia. While the teams take two years to develop their designs, they then assemble them in the Solar Village. Hit the link to see other ideas like the Sunflower from Tianjin University (TUC) that utilizes the sun's movement to gather energy and is based on China's construction philosophy, harmony between humans, nature and housing.
Via Solar Decatholon Europe
February 8, 2010
Musician Jack Johnson and his band are currently recording new tunes in the Mango Tree Studio in Hawaii and plans to do so using only solar energy. He will play the results at the annual Kokua Festival that will occur April 23-24 in Honolulu. Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley and local acts will also participate Earth Day weekend. All of the proceeds go to his and his wife's Kokua Hawaii Foundation that promotes environmental education.
February 4, 2010
Saudi Arabia has plans to build several solar-powered desalination plants. Using nanotechnology developed by the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST), the plants will bring down the current cost of electricity by 40%. The first is to be built in Al-Khafji and will be able to supply with a 30,000 cubic meters of drinking water to about 100,000 people.
Via Arab News