January 15, 2010

Solar Snob Site O' the Week - Sopogy

Sopogy, our SOW, stands on the forefront of solar technology. Their products use algorithms to follow the sun and harness its energy while leaving a minimal footprint. The SopoNova 4.0 is a solar collector that can produce a temperature as high as 392° F. SopoFlare is a solar system that is roof mounted. Utilizing a parabolic trough, the system follows the sun and can capture a heat of 150-250° F.

Via Sopogy

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January 13, 2010

Arnie Approves 244 Green Projects


In spite of their financial woes, or perhaps because of them, California has become the first American state to sign an agreement with the Department of the Interior that will allow 30% tax cuts for using the Recovery Act. The Governator has 244 projects that will result in the state's obtaining 33% of its power through renewable energy by 2020. Solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectric plants are all a part of the master plan.

Via Instal Biz

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January 12, 2010

Updraft Towers Planned in Arizona


The Aussie based EnviroMission will be erecting two solar updraft towers in La Paz County, Arizona, that will produce 200 megawatts of power. The structures use the greenhouse effect and thermal convection to drive turbines that produce energy. The idea has been kicking around since the 80's and the company had planned to erect one in New South Wales but ran out of funds. We are pleased that someone had the $750 million it will take to build the 2,400 ft. tall towers.

Via EnviroMission

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December 23, 2009

First Solar Reaches 1GW Module Production


First Solar has announced that it is the first PV company to reach 1GW of modules produced in a single year. This translates into power for 145,000 homes. The company's president Bruce Sohn said in a press release, "This is proof that the solar industry can achieve the manufacturing scale necessary to fight climate change."

Via First Solar

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December 17, 2009

LoyaltyOne Largest Canadian Solar System


The largest rooftop solar system in Canada is now located at the LoyaltyOne Building that runs the Air Miles rewards program. With 147 kilowatts of output on the roof and 18kW on the carport from its 800 panels, it can power the entire 50,000 sq. ft. building. Other features include solar tubes for natural light flow, solar hot water heaters, and recycled materials used in construction.

Via Environmental Leader

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December 15, 2009

World Bank To Fund Solar Projects


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.


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December 4, 2009

Site O' the Week: Toyota's Literally Greener Plant


With all the recent problems that Toyota has had with its recalls, it's nice to report something positive that has come out of the company. They have developed 2 new derivatives of plants at the factory that develops the Prius hybrid in Japan. The cherry sage absorbs nitrogen oxides while the new gardenia creates water vapor. The plant also has roof mounted solar panels, interior lighting with reflective solar tubes and photocatalytic paint on exterior walls. The plant has reduced CO2 emissions by 55% since 1990 and earns our SOW this week.

Via Drive

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December 1, 2009

Curve Hydroponic Micro-Farm

Inka Biospheric Systems has all kinds of creative ideas. One of their latest is the Curve, a vertical micro-farm with a hydroponic grow structure and a fish tank. Both are powered by wind turbines while solar panels provide energy for cleaning and aerating. The "Bio-Quilt" and micro-organisms work as a cleaner for the fish while the fish provide the nutrients for the plants.

Via Inka

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November 24, 2009

eBay Houses Solar System


When eBay in San Jose, CA, decided to go solar, they did it in a big way. The 650 kW system includes 3,248 panels placed over 60,000 sq. ft. on five buildings. Built last year, the installation will offset 37 million lbs. of CO2 in the next three decades. The company claims it will save about $100,000 in energy costs in its first year.

Via Solar Feeds

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November 23, 2009

Solar Tower Runs on Salt, Lots of It


SolarReserve plans to build a power tower near Rice, CA, that will allow its plant to supply electricity for up to 100,000 homes through the use of molten salt. There will be a 12 ft. pedestal surrounded by 17,500 24 x 28 ft. heliostats. Above the tower, 4.4 million gallons of salt receives heat from the sun that has been reflected by the mirrors. After reaching 1,000º F, energy is provided via a steam generator that uses synthetic oil. If all goes as planned, the tower should be built beginning in 2013.

Via Good Clean Tech

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