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  • Solar Plane Travelling on Around-the-World Journey to Land in Bay Area

    04/23/2016 7:32:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    The pilot of a solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey said Saturday that stopping in California's Silicon Valley will help link the daring project to the pioneering spirit of the area. Pilot Bertrand Piccard, who left Hawaii three days ago, said he hopes to fly over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge before landing in Mountain View on Saturday night. "Can you imagine crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on a solar-powered plane just like ships did in past centuries? But the plane doesn't make noise and doesn't pollute,'' Piccard said a live video feed on the website documenting the journey. It's...
  • Treasury misses deadline to issue report on solar fraud

    04/22/2016 7:12:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/22/16 | John Siciliano
    The Treasury Department failed to meet a Republican-set deadline Friday for issuing the results of an investigation into rampant fraud under federal tax subsidy programs for solar energy. Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona pressed Treasury inspectors to release the long-overdue report by April 22 in a letter the lawmakers sent earlier in the month. The senators did not receive the results of the investigation, but instead were told by Treasury that they are still attempting to compile the information. A spokesman for Murkowski said the inspectors "have not provided a substantive response," and they...
  • This California Town Wants to be the Next Marijuana Mecca

    04/17/2016 11:53:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 16, 2016 | Heesun Wee, CNBC
    If California is the land of reinvention, the small desert city of Adelanto fits the bill. Roughly a two-hour drive east from Los Angeles, Adelanto was founded in 1915 by an inventor who wanted to sell land to World War I veterans. His dream never materialized and the region was taken over by orchard farms, then poultry ranches. The nearby George Air Force Base opened and eventually closed in the early 1990s. The city more recently made a solar play, but the energy market fizzled. City unemployment hovers at 14 percent, well above the national unemployment rate of under 5...
  • Pelosiís Husband Invested in Solar Firm Weeks Before Lucrative Expansion

    04/19/2016 10:55:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/19/16 | Lachlan Markay
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosiís husband bought up to a quarter million dollars of stock in a now financially troubled green energy company just weeks before it announced a major 2014 acquisition that sent stock prices soaring, public records show. SunEdison told regulators last week that it is eyeing bankruptcy under the weight of $11.7 million in debt. But in late 2014, investors were bullish on the company, which manufactures and operates solar and wind power facilities. Its 2014 purchase of wind energy company First Wind ďfurther bolstered the reputation of the company,Ē wrote one market-watcher at the time. ďPerhaps...
  • Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?

    04/18/2016 4:39:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    MIT News ^ | February 24, 2016 | Peter Dizikes
    In recent years, proponents of clean energy have taken heart in the falling prices of solar and wind power, hoping they will drive an energy revolution. But a new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests otherwise: Technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead us to continue using all the oil, gas, and coal we can, unless governments pass new taxes on carbon emissions. ďIf we donít adopt new policies, weíre not going to be leaving fossil fuels in the ground,Ē says Christopher Knittel, an energy economist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. ďWe need both a policy...
  • Graphene Solar Cells Produce Electricity from Sun and Rain

    04/08/2016 6:43:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Green Optimistic ^ | April 8, 2016 | Mila Luleva
    Adding graphene to solar cells makes them generate power from rain. Solar power has been on a continuous rise over the past decade. Rooftop solar is arguably the most common renewable energy source for home use, and solar power plants are arguably the biggest renewable energy large scale generators. But, regardless of all this, there is still something that limits solar power generation, and that is weather. In order for solar cells to produce electricity, there has to be sun. Rain is sometimes welcome (preferably at night), to clean up dust and soil articles that could limit the efficiency of...
  • SunEdisonís Subsidy-Fueled Collapse (more tax dollars flushed down toilet of green energy)

    04/04/2016 7:17:55 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 9 replies
    nat review ^ | 4/4/16 | r bryce
    Even $1.5 billion in subsidies and loan guarantees canít save a ďcleanĒ energy company from bankruptcy. Thatís the takeaway from the looming failure of SunEdison, a company that touts itself as the ďlargest global renewable energy development company.Ē Once a darling of Wall Street and the green Left because of SunEdisonís portfolio of wind and solar projects, the companyís stock is now in free fall. Furthermore, two related companies that were spun off from SunEdison ó TerraForm Global and TerraForm Power ó also appear to be in financial distress. On March 30, Brian Wuebbels, the CEO of both TerraForm companies,...
  • SunEdison Under SEC Scrutiny As Bankruptcy Looms

    03/29/2016 2:51:35 PM PDT · by bananaman22
    Oilprice.com ^ | 29-03-2016 | Solarbust
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into SunEdison to see whether or not the company exaggerated its cash on hand in disclosures last year. The news comes as the solar developer is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The solar company has seen its stock collapse since last year as mounting debt problems have raised concerns about the companyís ability to keep the lights on. SunEdisonís share price is off by 96 percent since last July. That has translated to a decline of the companyís market capitalization from $10 billion last summer to just $400 million today. SunEdison...
  • Taxpayers Are Footing Bill for Solar Project That Doesnít Work

    03/29/2016 2:19:40 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 29 mar 2016 | David Kreutzer
    As every ten-year-old who ever got a sweater for a birthday present has been told, ďItís the thought that counts.Ē That seems to be the guiding principle at the Department of Energy and the California Public Utilities Commission when it comes to solar power. The latest example is the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar thermal plant in California. (Note: Solar thermal plants do not use solar panels to directly convert sunshine to electricity, they use sunshine to boil water that then drives conventional turbines.) Hereís the story so far, Ivanpah: Is owned by Google, NRG Energy, and Brightsource, who have a...
  • Even Utilities Are Starting To Get Behind Community Solar

    03/28/2016 4:44:21 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-03-2016 | Die Sonne
    Solar energy is rapidly becoming one of the top choices for new electricity capacity as costs continue to decline and generous public policies accelerate tremendous growth for the sector. Last year was a record year for the solar industry and the momentum is set to continue. In 2016, the EIA expects the U.S. electricity market to see 26 gigawatts of new capacity installed. Utility-scale solar is expected to capture 9.5 GW of that total, or more than one-third. If that comes to pass, it would be triple the rate of installations of utility-scale solar compared to 2015, and would also...
  • Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy [Ivanpah]

    03/18/2016 6:07:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 17, 2016 | Michael Bastach
    California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity ó not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds.
  • DSCOVR Captures EPIC Views of the March 2016 Eclipse

    03/11/2016 9:59:06 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 3/10/16 | Jason Major
    The Moon's shadow is cast across Indonesia in this view from the DSCOVR spacecraft, March 9, 2016. (Courtesy of the DSCOVR EPIC team.) On March 8, 2016 (March 9 local time) the Moon briefly blocked the light from the Sun in what was the only total solar eclipse of the year. The event was visible across portions of southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Micronesia, and was observed by both skywatchers on the ground in person and those watching live online around the world. While to most the view was of a silhouetted Moon slowly carving away the disk of the...
  • We Cannot Afford ďFreeĒ Wind and Solar Energy

    03/10/2016 6:00:35 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/10/16 | Michael Fumento
    If solar and wind were indeed catching up to other forms of electricity generation, they wouldnít need current subsidies, much less ever-growing ones. Such are the incredible costs of producing energy with ďfree fuel" While driving the mostly empty and flat 1,000 miles from Houston to Colorado Springs recently, I noticed something I hadnít seen much just a few years agoólots of wind farms dotting the landscape, but none anywhere near even small population centers. And another funny thing, though: Invariably, many of the turbines werenít moving and one of the largest appeared to have about 100 turbines, yet I...
  • Green energy policies bring power giant to Ä7 billion loss (Germanyís E.ON)

    03/09/2016 5:44:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Mar 2016 13:55 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German power giant E.ON on Wednesday said it booked a Ä7.0 billion ($7.7-billion) net loss in 2015 and warned that ďthe course ahead will be tougher and longer than anticipatedĒ. [Ö] German power utilities have complained that the countryís transition from conventional carbon fuels to greener, cleaner sources of energy is squeezing their margins. The cost of having to close down their nuclear power plants and the heavy subsidies afforded to renewable energy have pushed them deeply into the red, the companies argue. The glut of government-subsidized solar, wind and other renewable power has led to a collapse in wholesale...
  • Lawmakers Trash DOE Official For Withholding Green Loan Documents

    03/05/2016 8:55:05 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 03/03/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    House lawmakers sharply criticized the head of the Department of Energyís green energy loan program for not releasing documents requested by a committee looking into companies that have received taxpayer dollars. ďIt is disconcerting that the executive director of a major government program is unwilling to commit ó to actually commit ó to providing all the documents that an investigation committee of the Congress has requested,Ē California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher .. told Mark McCall, the head of the DOEís loan office, in a hearing Thursday, ďand that the answer being given is using weasel words ... House committee members...
  • MIT Report: Carbon Tax Necessary to Break Fossil Fuel Dependence

    03/03/2016 3:06:18 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-03-2016 | MIT
    Renewable energy advocates like to point out that the cost of renewable fuels, like solar power, have dropped substantially in the last few years. The cost of solar power for instance has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2009. Yet for all the excitement about renewable power, the reality is that the entire energy sector has essentially been in a state of deflation for the last decade. The notable drop in oil prices over the last two years aside, costs of producing oil both in the U.S. and in many parts of the world have fallen dramatically. The phase out...
  • Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21

    03/04/2016 10:48:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    NASA ^ | 03-04-2016 | Staff
    This interactive Google map shows the path of the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21. The northern and southern path limits are blue and the central line is red. You MUST be somewhere within the central path (between the blue lines) to see the total phase of the eclipse. The eclipse is longest on the central line (red). The yellow lines crossing the path indicate the time and position of maximum eclipse at 10-minute intervals. The green marker labeled GE is the point of Greatest Eclipse. The magenta marker labeled GD is the point of Greatest Duration. This is...
  • Hospitals Cutting Jobs While Obama Continues to Throw Away Billions to This Industry

    03/01/2016 6:48:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama began peddling his national healthcare system. On more than one occasion, he pointed to Canada and the United Kingdom as examples of a workable national healthcare system. When I first heard him point to them, I instantly thought of Rachel, a work acquaintance who lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She was experiencing abdominal pains and having problems eating for months before Englandís National Health Service doctors finally diagnosed the problem to be her gall bladder. The doctor said it needed to be removed. However, from the time they wrote the...
  • Officials point fingers as state vows to disburse SolarCity funds early next week

    02/26/2016 7:32:26 PM PST · by fhayek · 5 replies
    The Buffalo News ^ | 2/26/2016 | Jonathan D. Epstein |
    State officials promised late Friday that tens of millions of dollars will start flowing first thing next week to financially strapped contractors on the SolarCity construction project, saving the jobs of 200 workers laid off earlier in the day because the state had fallen months behind in payments. The opening of the spigot marked a dramatic breakthrough, hours after money woes threatened to stall one of the signature pieces of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomoís Buffalo Billion initiative. The state is spending $750 million to build the largest solar-panel manufacturing facility in North America, creating as many as 3,000 new jobs...
  • Fans of Solar Don‚Äôt Want Sun Shining on Toxic Waste (panels contain)

    02/19/2016 3:03:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Rhino Times ^ | 2/18/16 | Mark Shiver
    Solar panels contain toxic, hazardous materials and there are no regulations in North Carolina on how to dispose of them. Also, there are no plans in place to deal with what could happen if a storm destroyed a solar facility. The Environmental Review Commission met last week and began a discussion about the toxic materials in solar panels, what to do with expired solar panels and what to do in the event of an accident or natural disaster involving a solar facility. Chaired by Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), the commission heard from Tom Reeder, NC Department of Environmental Quality assistant...
  • Utilities Just Declared War On Solar

    02/16/2016 3:25:17 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 16 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-02-2016 | warren
    n 2015, the U.S. saw 16 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity installed, which accounted for two-thirds of the total. Solar alone accounted for about one-third of new capacity last year. Natural gas only captured 25 percent of the newly installed capacity despite several years of incredibly low prices. The banner year for clean energy occurred while 11 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity came offline as old plants were retired amid rising costs and stricter environmental regulation. The clean energy transition is very much underway. But the backlash from incumbent industries has also sprung to life. With solar and wind suddenly...
  • When Obama carried out his Solyndra scam, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison

    02/03/2016 8:22:06 AM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 8, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    When Obama carried out his Solyndra con game, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison for†breaking In 2009 the Obama administration gave $535 million to Solyndra, claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs. However, instead of creating those 4,000 new jobs, the company went bankrupt. It was later revealed that the company‚Äôs shareholders and executives had made substantial donations to Obama‚Äôs campaign, that the company had spent a large sum of money on lobbying, and that Solyndra executives had had many meetings with White House officials. It was also revealed that the Obama administration had...
  • California narrowly upholds critical solar policy

    01/28/2016 12:50:19 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-28-2016 | Nichola Groom
    California, which boasts more than half of the households with solar panels in the United States, on Thursday extended a policy that has underpinned the rooftop solar industry's dramatic growth over the last decade. The 3-to-2 decision by California's Public Utilities Commission at a meeting in San Francisco to extend net metering was a major victory for the solar industry, including companies like SolarCity Corp, Sunrun and SunPower Corp . Net metering allows homeowners with solar panels to sell the power they generate but don't use back to their utility at the full retail rate, sometimes giving them a credit...
  • BMW investigates solar-harvesting material for windshield de-icing

    01/11/2016 5:49:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    edie.net ^ | 01/11/2016
    The carmaker is sponsoring researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who have developed a new material [ in the form of a translucent polymer film - which absorbs solar energy which can be stored for days at a time before being released. Produced by MIT professor Jeffrey Grossman, postdoc David Zhitomirsky, and graduate student Eugene Cho, the stored energy can be released by changing the chemical state, likely via a small jolt of electricity. The report - published in the Journal of Advanced Energy Materials - states: "Photon energy is stored within the chemical conformations of molecules and...
  • Solar Storm Watch in Effect Through New Year‚Äôs Day

    12/31/2015 4:01:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    abc ^ | 12/31/2015 | Alyssa Newcomb
    NOAA classifies solar storms on a scale of one to five (one being the weakest; five being the most severe). Current conditions are classified at a moderate G2 level, meaning it could have the strength to cause fluctuations in some power grids, intermittent radio blackouts in higher latitudes and possible GPS issues. "There is still a slight possibility that we will see G3 (Strong) storms as effects persist," a bulletin posted on NOAA's website said.
  • [Sunshine State] Solar Initiative Circling the Drain

    12/20/2015 1:36:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 18, 2015 | Larry Thornberry
    Floridians for Solar Choice, an ad hoc group seeking a carve-out for the already heavily subsidized solar industry in Florida, appears to be running out of sunshine (it wouldn't do to say gas here) in its constitutional amendment petition drive. The group has gathered 271,000 certified signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 state ballot that would oblige the state to promote solar power over other forms of electrical power generation and would allow citizens to generate solar power through a solar power company. This generation and sales would not be regulated in any way by the...
  • In surprise move, Congress extends renewable energy tax credit [anyone surprised?]

    12/18/2015 9:19:16 AM PST · by o_1_2_3__ · 5 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Dec 17, 2015 1:57 PM PT | By Lucas Mearian
    Just two weeks before it was set to expire, a tax credit for installing renewable energy systems, such as solar and wind power, has been extended for five years by Congress. The U.S. government's investment tax credit (ITC), which went into affect in 2006, was the main catalyst for growth of solar installations in the U.S. The ITC offers a tax credit equal to 30% of a solar or wind project's costs.
  • Huge: New budget deal ends oil export ban

    12/17/2015 6:52:56 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/17/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Score one for the new Speaker The new budget deal heading for President Obama’s desk has a lot that’s awful in it, including extensions of lots of taxes and subsidies that are supposedly temporary but are never allowed to lapse. There’s no defending any of this as policy, and many will say this proves Paul Ryan is just another RINO squish like John Boehner. I’m a glass-half-full guy. All that would have been the default stance of any other Congress, and certainly of Obama. Ryan, to his credit, at least exacted a price for keeping these things alive the next...
  • "Hydricity" Would Couple Solar Thermal and Hydrogen Power

    12/17/2015 4:48:46 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    IEEE Spetrum ^ | 14 Dec 2015 | Charles Q. Choi
    Solar heat could help generate both electricity and hydrogen fuel at the same time in a system that scientists in Switzerland and the United States call "hydricity." Such a system could supply electricity round-the-clock with an overall efficiency better than many photovoltaic cells, researchers add. There are two ways solar energy is used to generate electricity. Photovoltaic cells directly convert sunlight to electricity, while solar thermal power plants--also known as concentrating solar power systems--focus sunlight with mirrors, heating water and producing high-pressure steam that drives turbines. Photovoltaic cells only absorb a portion of the solar spectrum, but they can generate...
  • North Carolina town petrified over solar panels accused of being ‚Äėthe dumbest in US‚Äô

    12/14/2015 9:22:39 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 55 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12/15/2015
    RESIDENTS of a small American town have been absolutely skewered online and found themselves the target of global ridicule after expressing their fears about solar panels. The good folk of Woodland, North Carolina, have rejected a proposal for a new solar farm amid concerns it would suck up all the energy from the sun. The motion to build the solar farm near a power plant was rejected during a recent council meeting due to a bizarre array of fears and distrust expressed by locals, reports the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald.
  • town rejects solar farm b/c citizens think panels will 'suck up all the energy from the sun'

    12/13/2015 9:07:42 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 52 replies
    Daily News ^ | 12/13/15 | Alfred Ng
    This town is not too bright about solar panels. A North Carolina town rejected a solar farm proposal after citizens at the Woodland Town Council expressed fears that the panels would take away sunlight from their town. Jane Mann, a retired science teacher from Northampton, spoke at the town meeting with concerns about photosynthesis and was worried plants wouldn‚Äôt get enough sunlight if solar panels were installed, the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald reported. She also argued that solar panels could cause cancer. Her husband, Bobby Mann, claimed that solar farms would ‚Äúsuck up all the energy from the sun‚ÄĚ and ruin the...
  • California Government Abandons Rooftop Solar, Favors Big Utilities

    12/05/2015 9:03:37 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com/ ^ | December 3, 2015 | Eric Worrall
    California has stunned green advocates, by excluding rooftop solar from their renewable energy mandate.According to the LA Times; California’s aggressive push to increase renewable energy production comes with a catch for people with solar panels on the roof: You don’t count.If a home or business has a rooftop solar system, most of the wattage isn’t included in the ambitious requirement to generate half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030, part of legislation signed in October by Gov. Jerry Brown.That means rooftop solar owners are missing out on a potentially lucrative subsidy that...
  • Why rooftop solar advocates are upset about California's clean-energy law

    11/30/2015 9:29:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    L A Times ^ | ivan penn
    California's aggressive push to increase renewable energy production comes with a catch for people with solar panels on the roof: You don't count. If a home or business has a rooftop solar system, most of the wattage isn't included in the ambitious requirement to generate half of the state's electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030, part of legislation signed in October by Gov. Jerry Brown. That means rooftop solar owners are missing out on a potentially lucrative subsidy that is paid to utilities and developers of big power projects. It also means that utility ratepayers...
  • Just before Paris climate summit, Britain slashes wind, solar subsidies

    11/21/2015 5:56:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/21/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    On November 30th President Obama will join hordes of our ecological betters from around the world at the Paris Climate Summit. Weighty topics of how to save the planet will be discussed and agreements are expected which will further push the cause of eliminating carbon, fossil fuels and everything else we rely on to keep civilization chugging along. One of the leaders in the field of green energy and allegedly reduced carbon emissions has been Great Britain, which makes it all the more odd that just before the big confab kicks off, they’ve , preferring to focus on converting...
  • Without Government Backing, Solar Power Can‚Äôt Compete

    11/19/2015 8:58:46 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/19/2015 | Steve Birr
    The government is going to pull the plug on the solar industry‚Äôs key tax credit as evidence mounts that the often touted renewable source cannot compete with traditional energy. ‚ÄúSolar power‚Äôs value as a grid resource is limited because we simply can‚Äôt count on it to meet peak demand in the evenings,‚ÄĚ Travis Fischer, economist at the Institute for Energy Research, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. ‚ÄúIn fact, solar power could cause major problems if implemented on a wide scale due to its daytime-only production profile.‚ÄĚ Solar power has been on the rise in the U.S. and is often...
  • Over A Thousand Years Ago, The Sun Exploded ‚ÄĒ And Changed Life On Earth Forever

    11/16/2015 7:03:45 AM PST · by blam · 34 replies
    BI - Slate ^ | 11-16-2015 | Phil Plait
    Phil PlaitNovember 16, 2015 A new study says that violent space weather that could cost $2 trillion in damage is more common than previously thought In the years 774 and 993, the Earth was attacked from space. Not by aliens, but by a natural event‚ÄĒand it was very, very powerful. Whatever it was, it subtly altered the chemistry of our planet‚Äôs atmosphere, creating trace amounts of radioactive elements like chlorine-36, beryllium-10, and carbon-14. And those provide the clue to what the event was: Those isotopes are created when high-energy protons slam into our air. That means the source must have...
  • Sky 'Crucifix' in Ancient Text May Be Mystery-Solving Supernova

    07/01/2012 9:22:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Livescience ^ | Friday, June 29, 2012 | Life's Little Mysteries Staff
    According to an Old English manuscript chronicling the history of the Anglo-Saxons, a mysterious "red crucifix" appeared in the "heavens" over Britain one evening in A.D. 774. Now astronomers say it may have been the supernova explosion that sprinkled unexplained traces of carbon-14 in tree rings that year, halfway around the world in Japan. Jonathon Allen, an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, made the connection this week after listening to a Nature podcast. He heard a team of Japanese scientists discussing new research in which they measured an odd spike in carbon-14 levels in tree rings...
  • Mysterious radiation burst recorded in tree rings

    06/04/2012 10:58:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    Nature ^ | Sunday, June 3, 2012 | Richard A. Lovett
    Just over 1,200 years ago, the planet was hit by an extremely intense burst of high-energy radiation of unknown cause, scientists studying tree-ring data have found. The radiation burst, which seems to have hit between AD 774 and AD 775, was detected by looking at the amounts of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 in tree rings that formed during the AD 775 growing season in the Northern Hemisphere. The increase in 14C levels is so clear that the scientists, led by Fusa Miyake, a cosmic-ray physicist from Nagoya University in Japan, conclude that the atmospheric level of 14C must have jumped...
  • Cold sun rising

    11/11/2015 2:17:45 PM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Nation ^ | November 11, 2015 | Sam Khoury
    New studies flip climate-change notions upside down The sun will go into "hibernation" mode around 2030, and it has already started to get sleepy. At the Royal Astronomical Society's annual meeting in July, Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University in the UK confirmed it - the sun will begin its Maunder Minimum (Grand Solar Minimum) in 15 years. Other scientists had suggested years ago that this change was imminent, but Zharkova's model is said to have near-perfect accuracy. So what is a "solar minimum"? Our sun doesn't maintain a constant intensity. Instead, it cycles in spans of approximately 11 years....
  • Home owner insurance companies remove coverage for all solar panels and gear from policy

    11/11/2015 1:11:40 PM PST · by George from New England · 32 replies
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    Home owner insurance companies exempting solar panels and associated equipment from coverage. Have you received notice? Do you care?
  • N. Korea: NK tries out solar-powered bus

    11/08/2015 6:27:41 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2015-11-02 | Kim Hyo-jin
    Posted : 2015-11-02 16:29 Updated : 2015-11-02 20:33 NK tries out solar-powered bus North Korea's solar-powered bus / Yonhap By Kim Hyo-jin North Korea is operating a solar-powered bus in the western city of Nampo, the North's state media said Monday. "Nampo created a bus powered by solar energy and it is now being used for public transport," the state-run Korean Central Television (KCTV) said, quoting a member of the city's science and technology committee, Jeong In-sung. According to Jeong, the bus uses 32 100-watt solar panels, 50 batteries and a direct-current motor. "It has run 800 kilometers so far,...
  • 'Solar storm' grounds Swedish air traffic [Luke 21]

    11/05/2015 10:40:37 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 22 replies
    The Local SE ^ | 11/04/2015 | Staff
    No aircraft were allowed to take off from airports in southern and central Sweden due to a massive geomagnetic solar flare storm causing problems for radar systems. Ulf Wallin, press spokesperson at Swedavia, the organization managing Sweden's airports, told TT that airports at Landvetter in Gothenburg and Arlanda and Bromma in Stockholm were affected. "Those airplanes that are in the air are allowed to land at the airports they're going to, but no planes are taking off," he said. The problems began at around 3.30pm on Wednesday. An hour later, traffic had begun to return to normal, but it was...
  • Solar Energy Contributes to Climate Change Some, Study Finds

    11/04/2015 4:11:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Weather ^ | 11/03/15
    A recent study reveals an aspect about solar energy we never expected or thought possible - it contributes to climate change. The study, conducted by climate change research scientist Aixue Hu of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that solar panels tend to cause regional cooling when converting sunlight into electricity and increase urban area temperatures when said electricity transforms into heat. Researchers conducted climate model sensitivity experiments to look at the effects of solar panels placed in various regions.
  • Solar Update October 2015

    10/09/2015 11:06:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | October 8, 2015 | Guest essay by David Archibald
    Solar Update October 2015 Anthony Watts / 1 day ago October 8, 2015 Guest essay by David ArchibaldIntroductionWhile Solar Cycle 24 is well into its decline in terms of F10.7 flux and sunspot number, several types of solar activity have risen dramatically over 2015. The solar wind flow pressure, for example, is now at a two decade high. That in turn means that the low in neutron count for this cycle may be more than a year out. This also means that the expected, much-awaited solar-driven cooling could be put off for at least year, with the consequence that the...
  • Solar Energy at parity for fossil fuels? An interview with Vance Ginn

    09/21/2015 3:24:20 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 18 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 9/20/2015 | Vance Ginn
    Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is an Economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, TX, one of the top free market, state-level think tanks in the nation. Prior to joining the Foundation in September 2013, Vance was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow at TPPF in 2011 and anxiously awaited his return to fight for liberty. In 2006, he interned for a U.S. Texas Congressman in Washington, D.C. and received his B.B.A. in Economics and Accounting with minors in Political Science and Mathematics before earning his Ph.D. in Economics from Texas Tech University in...
  • Long-term climate variability in the Northern Hemisphere linked to solar variations

    09/15/2015 2:59:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    From the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)New perspectives for long-term climate predictions? This image shows a time series of solar activity (bottom) and the North Atlantic Oscillation in two model simulations, without (blue) and with (yellow) solar forcing. Credit, GEOMAR. †Are climate predictions over periods of several years reliable if weather forecast are still only possible for short periods of several days? Nevertheless there are options to predict the development of key parameters on such long time scales. A new study led by scientists at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel shows how the well-known 11-year cycle...
  • Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds (Abengoa)

    09/02/2015 7:43:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | September 2, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Abengoa, a renewable energy multinational company headquartered in Spain, has been a favorite of the Obama administration in getting federal tax money for clean energy projects. Since 2009, Abengoa and its subsidiaries, according to estimates, have received $2.9 billion in grants and loan guarantees through the Department of Energy to undertake solar projects in California and Arizonaóas well as the construction of a cellulosic ethanol plant in Kansas. But in the space of less than a year, Abengoaís financial health has become critical, leading investors to worry whether the company can survive. The companyís stock price on NASDAQ has swoonedófrom...
  • Solyndra autopsy: Did Inspector General go too easy on Department of Energy?

    08/31/2015 7:36:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Watchdog ^ | August 31, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    An Inspector General of the Department of Energy report that picked over the bones of the Solyndra green energy fiasco placed most of the blame on Solyndra executives for losing more than $500 million in taxpayer money. But a close reading shows DOE made plenty of mistakes as well. The report authored by DOE Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman came just short of calling Solyndraís highest officials liars, saying their actions during the loan process were ďat best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally deceive and mislead the Department.Ē While the 13-page report...
  • Solyndra Misrepresented Facts to Get Loan Guarantee, Report Says

    08/28/2015 4:43:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | Associated Press
    A four-year investigation has concluded that officials of the solar company Solyndra misrepresented facts and omitted key information in their efforts to get a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. government. Solyndra was the first company to get federal loan guarantees under a program that was created in 2005 and expanded by President Barack Obamaís 2009 economic stimulus package. The companyís failure soon after receiving the loan guarantee likely will cost taxpayers more than $500 million. Republicans and other critics cite it as an example of wasteful spending under the stimulus program. The report by the Energy Departmentís inspector...
  • Obama Called Conservatives Hypocrites on Solar Energy and Free Markets. Hereís What He Got Wrong.

    08/26/2015 10:18:45 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 25, 2015 | Nicolas Loris
    President Obama is having a hard time with the definition of free market. The most recent example came from his remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit, an event hosted by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to promote solar power. Obama told a crowd in Las Vegas that solar and renewables now make economic sense and blasted conservative think-tanks for being insincere when it comes to the free market. He said, ďNow, itís one thing if youíre consistent in being free market. Itís another thing when youíre free market until itís solar thatís working and people want to buy...