August 26, 2009

Japan's UFO Solar Processors


While China concentrates on cleaning its parks' water systems with solar power, Japan has gone the clean water route one step further. NTT Facilities have developed solar power processing plants that look more like UFOs than functioning tools. They claim that the system can remove pollutants from up to 2,400 gallons of water per day. Used in Osaka's Dontonbori Canal, each sucks up water from the bottoms and sends it out clean on the top. The result is both an attractive fountain and a way to keep the solar panels cool.

Via Pink Tentacle

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August 20, 2009

Nevada to Build New Solar Plant


Renewable Ventures has teamed with NV Energy to provide energy from a 26 megawatt DC solar photovoltaic power plant that will be constructed in the vicinity of Searchlight. The agreement will help NV Energy to meet that state's portfolio standard that expects 25% of all energy to be generated by renewable resources by 2025. About 200 new jobs will be created and enough energy to power about 5,000 homes annually. The project should be completed by the end of 2010.

Via Solar Buzz

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August 13, 2009

Orange Goes Green in Dominican Republic


Orange has initiated the Dominican Republic's first GSM network that will run completely on solar power. Part of a program nicknamed Oryx, the stations should be 10 times more efficient than electric ones. Add to that zero CO2 emissions, fuel spillages or noise. Orange is planning to build 30 base stations, with each generating 700 - 1,000W. The overall outcome is that the country will reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 20% and energy consumption by 15% by 2020.

Via Communications Direct News

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August 12, 2009

Walmart to Go Solar in Puerto Rico


Although Walmart is on the bottom of our list for shopping (check sometime and see if anything they carry is made in the US) they do have a good idea when it comes to powering up. They are going to provide rooftop solar power to five of their stores in Puerto Rico. In an arrangement with SunEdison, the next 5 years may find an additional 23 stores added. Each system can provide up to 35% of the store's electricity.

Other large retailers are doing likewise as SunPower Corp. is working with JC Penney, the Gap, AT&T and Constellation Wines to finance, own and operate solar power systems.

Via Green Biz

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August 11, 2009

eSolar Opens CSP Plant in CA Desert


Bill Gross, CEO of eSolar, a Google-funded startup (yes, they are taking over the world,) has opened its first solar thermal plant in the Southern California desert near Lancaster. The Sierra SunTower is said to produce energy at a lower cost than other plants with concentrated solar power (CSP) using 24,000 mirrors. Southern California Edison has teamed with eSolar and the tower will supply 5MW energy to the grid. Although that's not a great amount, it's a good start.

Via earth2tech

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August 6, 2009

India To Be Solarized by 2050


Last month we reported that India is working towards a greener country and they have released specifics on the subject. They are planning on scaling up their centralized solar thermal power generation by 2020 and a full infrastructure by 2050. Considering that they only have a capacity of 3 megawatts at this point, that seems a challenging task. The Indian newspaper Hindu reports that their "solar mission" will include small-scale photovoltaic panels, solar lighting systems, and commercial-scale solar plants in both rural and urban areas for both residents and businesses.

Via Hindu

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July 31, 2009

T'Sou-ke First Nation Goes Green in Vancouver Island


The T'Sou-ke First Nation, located in the southern end of Vancouver Island, plans to go solar. They have erected a 75 kW solar energy plant on their Reserve to power 30 buildings. The group recently met in a solar gatherering to teach others what they feel is important. Chief Gordon Planes says it best,

"It's good to be a part of using the gifts that the creator gave us in helping us to take care of Mother Earth. It is now appropriate that First Nations take the lead in demonstrating how to live without fossil fuels once again."

Via T'sou-ke Nation

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July 29, 2009

Earth4Energy - Solar Miracle or Scam?


We get slightly suspicious when we see something that boasts "as seen on TV" and features a website that practically glows in the dark. Nonetheless, we checked out Earth4Energy. Michael Harvey says that he can reduce your power bill by 80% (or eliminate it.) He claims that his kit can help you build solar panels for less than $200.00. It also gives tips on how to acquire a battery for free and how to create your own windmill. Included in the kit is step-by-step video instructions to do all of the above plus a bonus of IRS Tax rebate forms and free updates for life.

The E4E kit has been marked down from $99.99 to $49.97 (the claim is "get in while it's cheap") and we were only slightly amused that when we tried to close the site we saw this:


Via Earth4Energy

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July 27, 2009

Tuvalu Tries to Save Itself With Solar Power


The Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu has declared that they will try to run on 100% clean power by 2020. They have started by building a solar power system that now supplies the capital of Funafute with 5% of its energy. The 40kW system was built on the roof of one of their football stadiums and has already replaced about 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel and reduced their carbon footprint by 50 tons. All told the project will cost about $20 million to reach their goal.

Their efforts are even more admirable when you consider that Tuvalu is one of the places most affected by global warming. Its 10,000 inhabitants fear the sea level rise in coral atolls may put an end to their very existence on the tiny islands.

Via Tree Hugger

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