March 28, 2011

Willis Tower Houses Solar Farm

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What used to be the Sears Tower has gone solar, at least the southern side of the 56th floor. The Willis Tower has photovoltaic glass units and has become a 2-MW solar farm, the result being a cooler lit environment and more effective power system. Pythagoras Solar is in charge of the project and hopes that this building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solution will be an example to other buildings to get with the green plan.

Via Pythagoras

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January 31, 2011

Boston Power Assists Solar WorldGSM

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Vihaan Networks Ltd. and Boston Power are working together on VNL WorldGSM, a communication service that will soon be able to still work without its solar power source. Used in rural markets in places such as India, the microtelecom system is a complete solar powered GSM and broadband system. VNL's technology will use B-P's lithium-ion technology to back up storage on devices such as notebook batteries. This idea should become almost fully functional later this year.

Via Morningstar

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January 24, 2011

Solar3D Develops More Efficient System

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Solar3D is simply what its title implies. Because up to 30% of incident sunlight can bounce off regular solar cells, this technology traps the sun in micro-photovoltaic structures that collect photons that are converted into electrons. The system uses light management techniques currently utilized in fiber optics. Not only can this be used in have many different applications, the company claims that it will make solar power more efficient and affordable.

(Thanks, Monica and Jennifer)

Via Solar3D

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December 20, 2010

DOD to Test Solar Arrays

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Skyline Solar is installing solar arrays for the Department of Defense on two bases in the US. The testing is meant for seeing if the military can use the technology in other countries to cut back on fuel for generators and vehicles. The arrays will produce about 436 mega hours of energy yearly. Since your average home consumes about 11 mh yearly, this is quite an ambitious experiment. We don't care who is testing, we are just happy that another organization has jumped on the solar bandwagon.

Via cnet

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July 12, 2010

DOE To Fund Solar Plants

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As part of the Recovery Act, President Obama announced that the DOE is loaning out $2 billion to build solar energy plants. Abengoa Solar will be building one that, when completed in 2013, will power up 70,000 homes. The Concentrated Solar Plant (CSP) will also store part of the energy, a first for the US.

Abound Solar Manufacturing will get $400 million to build plants in Colorado and Indiana. Aside from the obvious clean energy benefit, the plants will create about 1,500 permanent jobs and 2,000 for construction.

Via White House

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July 9, 2010

Sun Dog Solar Mobile Relief for Haiti

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There has been so much bad news of late that it is nice to hear something good is headed to Haiti. Sun Dog Solar, located in Chatham, NY, has built a mobile relief station built out of an old shipping container. The 20 ft. box is wired to solar panels to bring free energy for cooking and boiling water to a village named Merger, right outside Port au prince.

The company will also be donating wheelchairs, shoes, clothing, tents, dry food and other necessities. They would also like to build solar ovens and panels for the country that could still use an assist. Contact Sun Dog Solar if you would like to help the cause.

Via WMAC

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July 5, 2010

Eltek Valere Releases Solar Inverters

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Eltek Valere, a company already involved in solar products, recently debuted their Theia HE-T line of isolated inverters. Available for both commercial and residential applications, they will work with crystalline and thin-film panels and maximize power. EV promisies 97% efficiency, so contact them for more information and price. Shown here is their Theia TX, a 3-phase central inverter with transformer.

(Thanks, David)

Via EV

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June 30, 2010

Extech Goes Green With Solar Roof

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Newark, New Jersey's Extech Building Materials is now home to a solar PV roof system. It consists of 1,465 Solyndra panels that produce about 313,400 kWh of electricity and eliminate more than 429,358 pounds of CO2 emissions per year. It is expected that it will handle about 80% of the 47,775 sq. ft. building's energy load. That is the energy equivalent of 45 homes per year.

(Thanks, Brian)

Via Extech Building Materials

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June 21, 2010

Huge CSP to Be Built in Middle East

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The Middle East's largest concentrated solar power plant is about to be built. When completed in 2012, it will consist of 6,300,000 sq. ft. of parabolic collectors, span 741 acres of desert and produce enough electricity to power 62,000 homes. Named Shams 1, Masdar is partnering with Total and Abengoa Solar to build the CSP that will displace 175,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to planting 1.5 million trees. The plant is part of Abu Dhabi's plan to reach 7% renewable energy generation by 2012.

Via Masdar

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June 10, 2010

Idaho to Receive First Solar Plant

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Idaho will soon have its first solar facility. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced that Sunergy World will construct a $45 million power plant this fall. To be located near the Boise Airport on a site that used to be a dump, the plant should produce 10 megawatts of power, enough energy for 1,200 homes per year.

Via Daily Tech

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