December 15, 2009
The World Bank has approved 5.5 billion dollars to be invested in solar energy products in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Their Clean Technology Fund has already approved 750 million dollars and they believe that further financing will help the planet overall. They will be constructing 11 solar power plants over the next 3 to 5 years.
November 30, 2009
If you tend to sleep late and missed out on all the Black Friday deals, many retailers are carrying over their deals to Cyber Monday. Visit the Cyber Monday Website for some of the best deals and our Holiday Gift Guide is another fine source.
Via Cyber Monday
November 16, 2009
Because many remote areas in India must rely on firewood, kerosene or diesel fuel, the Orissa Tribal Empowerment & Livelihoods Programme has been training women and youths to teach others how to construct and utilize solar cells and lanterns. Funded by the UK's Department for International Development, four of the "barefoot engineers" in Orissa have been contracted to build 3,000 solar lanterns and train others in the area to help.
November 13, 2009
Twelve companies have teamed to create DESERTEC, an ambitious consortium that will hopefully provide 15% of electricity to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa by 2050. Power lines running through the Sahara Desert should deliver the first of the solar power by 2015. The project wants help to make the dream become a reality and to this end, we proclaim it our SOW and encourage you to join the team any way you can.
November 3, 2009
Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), spoke at the General Session of Solar Power International 2009 last week and called for a solar bill of rights. Included in his speech are these rights:
- to install solar power.
- to connect solar energy systems to the main grid with uniform national standards.
- to feed in taxes and payments of at least the retail value for any electricity
- exported to the main grid.
- Equal access to public lands.
- to interconnect and build new transmission lines.
- for consumers to buy solar electricity from their electricity company.
Read Resch's full speech via the link below.
October 22, 2009
The Kyocera Corporation has volunteered to install 600W solar systems in 15 Uganda schools. The project should take about 5 years, converting 3 buildings a year. Each system's equipment can be used in educational activities, including lighting and TV watching. Statistics claim that only 20% of urban and 4% of rural areas have electricity in the country.
October 19, 2009
The results are in. Team Germany won the Solar Decathlon 2009 last week, their second time doing so. Their idea was to "push the envelope with as many new technologies as possible." The house is a 2-story cube almost completely covered with PV panels with single crystal silicon on the roof and copper indium gallium diselenide on the sides. The group claims that electricity production is twice that needed.
The house also includes furniture that serves multiple purposes and/or fold up when not in use and a combination boiler/heat pump system. The cost of the home is $650,000 to $850,000. Illinois, Team California, Team Ontario/BC and Minnesota round out the top five.
Via Solar Decathlon
October 1, 2009
SolarCity generally makes residential power systems, but has teamed up with Holland's Rabobank to create a 5-station solar charging corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The 240V stations will be placed along Hwy. 101 and should be 3 times faster than current ones. One solar powered station has already been placed in Santa Maria.
September 23, 2009
In addition to all his other myriad of duties, President Obama wants the White House to become LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. To do this, Christine Glunz, CEQ spokesperson, says that they are hoping to reduce their carbon footprint with energy management systems, window films to lower UV rays, auto light sensors and low-flow water valves. They will also utilize biodegradable cleaners and recycled equipment, and any leftover materials will be donated to local reuse organizations.
This is not the first time a president has gone green. Back in 1979, Jimmy Carter installed a solar water heater on the West Wing's roof and G.W. installed both a small photovoltaic system and two solar water heating systems.
Via Sierra Club
September 17, 2009
China will soon have the planet's largest photovoltaic power plant that will power as many as 3 million homes with 2000MW of solar electricity. Interestingly enough, Government officials put the US company First Solar in charge and they will probably build a factory there to complete the project. The $6 billion plan is to be built in the Mongolian desert, will begin in June 2010 and should be completed by 2019.
Via NY Times