Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $30,772
36%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 36% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: solar

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • All (known) Bodies in our Solar System Larger than 200 Miles in Diameter (88 in all) - (pic)

    07/27/2014 11:23:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
  • The Five Fatal Flaws of Solar Energy

    07/25/2014 4:33:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/25/2014 | Viv Forbes
    The sun is the most important energy source on Earth. Solar energy powers the growth of all trees, grasses, herbs, crops and algae; it creates the clouds and powers the storms; it is the source of all hydro, photo-voltaic (PV), solar-thermal, bio-mass, and wind energy. Over geological time, it also creates coal. PV solar panels are useful in remote locations and for some portable applications. With enough panels and batteries, standalone solar can even power homes. But solar energy has five fatal flaws for supplying 24/7 grid power.
  • Solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago: NASA

    07/24/2014 10:51:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/24/14 | James Billington
    Two years ago we were all going about our daily business blissfully unaware that our planet almost plunged into global catastrophe. A recent revelation by NASA explains how on July 23, 2012 Earth had a near miss with a solar flare, or Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), from the most powerful solar storm on the sun in over 150 years, but nobody decided to mention it. Err, what? Well that’s a sobering bit of news. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado. We managed to just avoid the...
  • How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

    07/24/2014 7:21:12 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | JASON SAMENOW
    On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA. Analysts believe that a direct hit … could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban...
  • Solar Power Plants Are Literally Roasting Birds In-Flight

    07/09/2014 4:33:28 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 31 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/8/2014 | Nicholas Lund
    For proponents of renewable energy, it seems like every time a technology is primed to save the world, it gets dogged by some ironic bit of environmental unpleasantness. Wind turbines can be dangerous to birds and bats. Biofuels require so much land, fertilizer, and water that they may use more energy to produce than they provide. Hydropower dams screw up a whole lot of river habitat and stop fish from spawning. The latest on this list of “dark green” technologies is thermal solar power, which is coming into vogue in the southern California desert. [snip]U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees and...
  • VA hospitals fund solar panels while veterans wait for doctors

    06/27/2014 11:27:55 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | By Tori Richards [Watchdog.org]
    Veterans Administration hospitals have spent at least $420 million on solar panels and windmills while vets wait months — or even lay dying — to see a doctor. In total, VA hospitals reported 23 deaths due to 76 instances of delayed care, an April 2014 VA fact sheet said. Then on June 5, Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed that at least 18 Phoenix patients died while waiting for treatment on a secret list kept off the books. It is not clear if that number is in addition to the 23 deaths reported earlier. During the past month, the...
  • Photovoltaic Energy Is Not Renewable Energy: We're just getting energy back, but at 4X the cost.

    06/27/2014 7:56:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/27/2014 | David Archibald
    Photovoltaic (PV) power is created from a burst of coal-sourced energy priced at 4 cents/kWh, which you get back as an intermittent and declining dribble over the following 20 years at 15 cents/kWh. The numbers vary with location, but the basic relationship remains the same – at best, the energy produced by PV panels is at least four times the cost of the power consumed in making them. That is one thing. The main thing is that over their lifetimes, PV panels now produce slightly more energy than what it took to make them. So a civilization that relies upon...
  • Numbers Don’t Lie: The global energy story of today is coal, dwarfing the output of solar and wind.

    06/19/2014 6:43:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/19/2014 | Robert Bryce
    Rasheed Wallace gained notoriety during his 16-season NBA career for being a hot-headed power forward. If called for a foul (or, as was often the case with him, a technical foul) that he thought was undeserved, and the opposing team missed the ensuing free-throw attempts, Wallace would often holler, “ball don’t lie,” as if the basketball itself was pronouncing judgment on the ref’s call. The “ball don’t lie” expression has gained fame and is even the title of a popular basketball blog. I’d be inclined to adopt a variation on Wallace’s catchphrase for whenever energy use or energy policy is...
  • A Maryland inventor’s big energy ideas have promise, and big ifs

    06/08/2014 8:31:40 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 72 replies
    mcclatchydc ^ | May 27, 2014 | Greg Gordon
    Ronald Ace, photographed at his home in Laurel, Maryland, May 4, 2013, said his flat-panel "Solar Traps," which can be mounted on rooftops or used in power plants, will shatter barriers that have stymied efforts to make solar energy cheap, clean and reliable. His claimed discoveries, which exist only on paper so far, would represent such a leap that they're sure to draw skepticism.
  • Everything you need to know about Solar Roadways.

    06/02/2014 9:17:22 AM PDT · by Twotone · 41 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Unknown
    Video about a new solar panel technology.
  • Solar farms to lose UK government financial support

    05/13/2014 11:10:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | May 13, 2014 | by Fiona Harvey
    The government is to make drastic changes to its financial support for solar energy farms, in a move condemned by green activists and renewable power companies as likely to reduce the UK's ability to generate low-carbon power and green jobs. The move is being seen as another victory for the Conservative party, many of whom are opposed to what the prime minister has been alleged to call "green crap", such as renewable energy measures that add to consumer bills.
  • Newly Installed White House Solar Panels Will Generate Power For a Whopping Six Light Bulbs

    05/11/2014 11:23:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | Soopermexican
    In case you had any doubt about the efficacy of government, just consider the four year struggle to get solar panels on the White House, which has culminated in the breathless announcement that they will now generate the power to run all of six light bulbs. Here’s the pivotal sentence of the announcement: And while the energy produced by the White House panels may not be all too significant—they’ll generate an estimated 6.3 kilowatts worth of energy—the message it sends is. Oh good another “symbolic” achievement by Obama – he’s getting great at those! Not so much at actual achievements,...
  • Obama Puts Solar Panels on Roof of the White House

    05/10/2014 1:28:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Heather Ginsberg
    Well it seems the President is still trying to keep up appearances. This week the Obama administration completed the installation of new solar panels on top of the White House. It was almost 30 years ago that Reagan removed the solar panels that Jimmy Carter had built on top of the president’s residence, but shockingly enough, President Obama has once again ruined everything Reagan created. This is a reminder to the American people that President Obama is supposed to be a big proponent of stopping climate change. According to a White House spokesman, “Continuing President Obama’s commitment to lead by...
  • STILL A MESS: No Cleanup In Site For Hazardous Waste At Abound Solar

    05/08/2014 7:47:37 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | May 8, 2014 | ColoradoPeakPolitics
    For the all the praise solar power gets for being “cleaner” than traditional energy resources, there sure are a lot of hazardous materials involved in the process. When a solar panel manufacturer goes out of business – like the bankrupt Abound Solar in northern Colorado – a costly cleanup of toxic materials must ensue. So what happens when no one jumps to cleanup all that cancer-causing cadmium? Environmental protests? Rep. Jared Polis funded ballot initiatives banning solar plants from Colorado? Actually, none of the above. Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway and Rep. Cory Gardner seem to be the only voices...
  • The Obama Bird Genocide Coming to California? A Collection of News Articles and Video

    05/08/2014 8:36:39 AM PDT · by ScamFix · 17 replies
    One week ago I drove by the solar plant near Tonopah Nevada. It has given a temporary boost to the economy as it is built, as workers are staying in motels nearby. Long range there will be very few jobs. It is the mirror heat type. Driving by thought “gee that would burn up any bird that flew into that area.” That is indeed the case. From butterflies to eagles they are being torched. And billions of our money is being spent by the Obama Administration to make it happen. That is not the objective, the objective is to score...
  • Oklahoma House passes solar surcharge bill

    05/05/2014 7:09:45 AM PDT · by The Working Man · 26 replies
    Utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines could face extra charges on their bills after legislation passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday. Senate Bill 1456 passed 83-5 after no debate in the House. It passed the Senate last month and now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for her approval. The bill was supported by the state’s major electric utilities, but drew opposition from solar advocates, environmentalists and others. It sets up a process at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to establish a separate customer class and monthly surcharge for distributed generation such as...
  • BLM’s Nevada Cattle Aggression Linked to Solar Power Plans

    04/25/2014 9:05:10 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    Heartland News ^ | 4/25/14 | Alyssa Carducci
    Environmental mitigation necessary for a planned solar power project may have motivated the federal Bureau of Land Management’s decision to launch a military-style armed enforcement action against a Nevada cattle rancher, government documents reveal. According to the documents, BLM determined continued cattle grazing would interfere with the Bureau’s plans to use the land as an environmental mitigation area for desert tortoise disruption caused by the solar facility. In 1993, the BLM designated hundreds of thousands of acres of federal lands in Nevada for conservation to protect desert tortoises. The BLM told rancher Cliven Bundy—whose family had raised cattle on the...
  • Report: Fracking Has Reduced CO2 More Than All the Solar Panels & Wind Turbines in the World

    04/22/2014 7:17:16 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 22,2014 | Jim Hoft
    Now, here’s something you won’t here on the mainstream news. Fracking has eliminated CO2 more than more than all of the solar panels and wind turbines in the world. John Stossel at FOX News reported: On my TV show this week, statistician Bjorn Lomborg points out that “air pollution kills 4.3 million people each year … We need to get a sense of priority.” That deadly air pollution happens because, to keep warm, poor people burn dung in their huts. Yet, time and again, environmentalists oppose the energy production most likely to make the world cleaner and safer. Instead, they...
  • Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights

    04/21/2014 1:37:16 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    The Los Angeles TImes ^ | 4/19/2014 | Evan Halper
    WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry. But the bad guy, in this case, wasn't a fat-cat lobbyist or someone's political opponent. He was a solar-energy consumer. Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies. The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation's largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor...
  • Oklahoma will charge homeowners who generate their own power

    04/21/2014 8:02:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 74 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/20/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy companies will be paying a fee for the privilege.
  • The Battle For The Sun (Or Who Will Collect The Rental Income For Solar Energy In The 21st Century?)

    04/21/2014 6:39:54 AM PDT · by shove_it · 18 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 20 Apr 2014 | Zoltan Kiss
    ~snip~ "Let there be light," said the Lord. And there was light and there was energy, and there was solar energy for all of us. You and I are born equal under the sun, with equal rights to the use of our sun's energy. Unless the path in the delivery of solar energy changes, some of us will be making rent payments to some of our neighbors for the use of solar electricity for the rest of our lives, making the wealth divide even more isolating. This article attempts to throw some light on this reality. The fossil fuels that...
  • Correcting the Net Metering Record

    04/17/2014 2:18:56 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 4-17-14 | John Eick
    “There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” – William James “A lie told enough becomes the truth.” – Vladimir Lenin Perhaps the most frequently used logical fallacy in the world of politics and public policy today is the argument of assertion, or the idea that someone can legitimately argue a point by merely declaring that something is true, regardless of contradiction. Thus far in 2014, the solar lobby and environmental activists have together employed this strategy to attack ALEC as a legislative membership organization and our stance on the issue of net...
  • Abengoa Atrocities, the Sequel: California Mojave Solar Project is ‘dangerous,’ engineers assert

    04/15/2014 6:50:42 AM PDT · by calfit32 · 4 replies
    The Green Corruption Files ^ | April 13, 2014 | Christine Lakatos
    During my last bombshell blog post, I chronicled the Spanish conglomerate Abengoa that snagged billions of U.S. green energy stimulus funds, exposing how this foreign-owned entity screwed over American taxpayers, workers and vendors. This included a long wrap sheet of chilling, unethical and potentially criminal activity that only came to light due to the testimony, coupled with substantiated documentation, by a whistleblower, whom had worked for Abengoa for three years, from 2010 until 2013. In summary Abengoa: Violated at least the spirit of the 2009-stimulus law as well as the Department of Energy (DOE) loan stipulations Conspired and blatantly broke...
  • Salazar ‘Flips the Switch’ on First Large-Scale Solar Energy Project on Public Lands [Nevada]

    04/14/2014 11:03:38 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 45 replies
    U.S. Department of the Interior ^ | April 5, 2012 | Adam Fetcher
    PRIMM, Nevada – As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to energy, today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar “flipped the switch” on the Enbridge Silver State North solar project, the first large-scale solar energy facility on U.S. public lands to deliver power to American consumers. This milestone is in line with the administration’s broad commitment to expanding production of all sources of American made energy, including from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, which has doubled in the President’s first term, as well as domestic production of oil and gas resources, which have increased each year the President...
  • Questions Raised About Senator Reid’s Connection to Bundy Ranch Dispute

    04/14/2014 11:50:45 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    NewAmerican ^ | April 14, 2014 | Written by Warren Mass
    The standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) deescalated on April 12, when the bureau announced that it will stop its operation to confiscate Bundy’s cattle.But another aspect to this ongoing story is jumping: The blogosphere is alive with allegations that Senator Harry Reid (pictured), and his son, Rory, have motivations of their own for wanting Bundy’s cattle off the disputed lands.Though the major media announced that a “deal” had been reached between Bundy and the BLM, Bundy explained what transpired differently in an interview with KLAS TV in Las Vegas: “There is...
  • Who will be held responsible for the BLM threatening to slaughter hundreds of innocent Americans?

    04/14/2014 8:02:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 155 replies
    During the final standoff at the Bundy Ranch on Saturday, we had a hundred or more militarized government agents and snipers aiming military grade weapons at hundreds of innocent American citizens. And they were being ordered through a public address system to move away or they would be "SHOT!" Their crime? Standing in defense of a Nevada citizen who was being ruthlessly tormented by rogue federal agencies over a twenty year period. The fact that the BLM seemed to be perfectly willing to slaughter innocent Americans using military grade weapons and tactics over “grazing fees” on public lands is a...
  • Chinese Solar Deal with Harry Reid is Kaput-No Where Near Bundy

    04/14/2014 4:00:46 PM PDT · by jenk · 41 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 4/14/14 | Jen Kuznicki
    Don't get me wrong, Harry Reid is behind everything in Nevada, but I haven't seen evidence that the solar deal with ENN is even still being considered.  After The Blaze reported that ENN dumped the project, I still see links to this Reid/Chinese deal that isn't happening. "A Chinese-backed company is pulling the plug on a multibillion-dollar solar project near Laughlin after it was unable to find customers for the power that would have been generated there, a Clark County spokesman said Friday.In a letter dated Friday, an executive from ENN Mojave Energy LLC informed the county that the company...
  • BLM Documents

    04/13/2014 1:50:07 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 34 replies
    BLM
    BLM and Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone PDFs https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ke3ap5qfw101r71/5YXGPwqndA https://www.dropbox.com/sh/th7etvwuuk815o0/IPvUa6xBit
  • U.S. Senator Reid, son combine for China firm's desert plant

    04/12/2014 8:56:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 31 August 20?? | Marcus Stern
    U.S. Senator Harry Reid recognized nine years ago that connections between his official duties and the lobbying activities of his relatives could lead to ethical questions. In 2003, the Nevada Democrat publicly banned relatives from lobbying him or his staff after newspaper reports showed that Nevada industries and institutions routinely turned to Reid's sons or son-in-law for representation. Now, questions surrounding family ties are flaring again in Nevada around the Senate majority leader. He and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm...
  • Giant Tesla battery factory producing 'affordable' electric cars at $35,000? [Nevada solar?]

    04/12/2014 3:07:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Drum ^ | February 27, 2014 | Noel Young
    "......The California car firm yesterday revealed plans for the factory that would employ up to 6,500 people , cover 1,000 acres, and cost $5 billion, said the Wall Street Journal, Solar and wind farms would at least in part supply the huge power needs of the plant in either Nevada, New Mexico, or Arizona. Reno is thought to be a favorite. Tesla needs its own production to hit its cost target for a more affordable car. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk's idea is a "Gigafactory" that takes in raw materials and produces finished lithium-ion batteries. He has said he intends...
  • BOMBSHELL REPORT: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch (freerepublic credited)

    04/11/2014 3:01:50 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 209 replies
    http://www.redflagnews.com ^ | april 11, 2014 | kit daniels
    The Bureau of Land Management, whose Director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations. Corrupt Democratic Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) working with the Chinese gov’t to take land from hard-working Americans. Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” directly states that Bundy’s cattle “impacts” solar development, more specifically the construction of...
  • HARRY REID'S SON REPRESENTING CHINESE SOLAR PANEL PLANT IN $5 BILLION NEVADA DEAL

    04/11/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2012 | By Wynton Hall
    The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million. Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried...
  • Need help with solar power

    03/21/2014 6:38:18 AM PDT · by Shaun_MD · 102 replies
    3/21/2014 | Me
    hey fellow freepers, I need some advice. I'm trying to set up a small solar panel system in case the grid goes down. I know I won't be able to power the whole house, but I want to be able to run a 750 watt deep well pump, a couple of 40 watt lights, a ceiling fan or box fan, cb base station and maybe a small freezer/refrigerator. I've got a 12v 100 watt solar panel, a 2000w 12v pure sine wave inverter and a 200 amp hour agm battery. Plus a 30 amp charge controller. Will this be enough?...
  • Airplane pilots hit by ‘nearly blinding’ glare from massive Calif. solar facility

    03/19/2014 11:09:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7:23 PM 03/18/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Airplane pilots cruising over southern California have been complaining about a “nearly blinding” glare emanating from a massive government-funded solar thermal facility. The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the world’s largest solar thermal plant and has 173,500 large mirrors that reflect sunlight onto boilers in three 459-foot towers. A feat of modern engineering — to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) got two anonymous complaints in August that mentioned a “blinding glare” coming from the Ivanpah solar facility. One complaint came from a Los...
  • Large Scale Solar Energy Generation May Be Over As Soon As It Has Begun (Mojave Desert)

    03/16/2014 7:48:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Earth Island ^ | 2/20/14 | Chris Clarke
    **SNIP** In 2011, BrightSource had several other proposed projects on the table in the California desert. All of them would be much larger than Ivanpah, with more intense solar flux. Environmental activists started asking tough questions during hearings on these projects. For example, what would happen to birds, bats and insects that fly into that flux? An answer came in late 2013 at Ivanpah. Mortalities from solar flux had been noted since testing began in March of last year. In October, a startling number of dead migrating birds on the site led federal wildlife biologists to a sad conclusion. The...
  • Whistling Past The Graveyard After China's 1st Ever Bond Default (solar company!)

    03/12/2014 3:24:07 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 2 replies
    On Friday, Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology Co. failed to make an 89.8 million yuan ($14.7 million) interest payment, the first domestic corporate bond default in the history of the People’s Republic of China. The company, in the red for three straight years, narrowly avoided missing an interest payment on its five-year, billion yuan obligation in January 2013. Then, the Shanghai municipality leaned on banks to not press claims on overdue loans so that Chaori could pay bondholders. This time, Shanghai officials sat on their hands after the company issued a warning on Tuesday that it was able...
  • Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2014-2015

    03/07/2014 2:26:54 PM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 27 replies
    Prophecy in the News Magazine ^ | March 1, 2014 | J.R. Church
    As you may know, this year is a Sabbatical Year in the Jewish Calendar. Starting next September 29, 2008, a new Sabbatical cycle will commence. It will run for seven years and conclude with another Sabbatical Year in 2014/15. Also, you may know that Daniel’s seventieth week will be a seven year Sabbatical cycle. Students of biblical prophecy have long compared Daniel’s seventieth week with the Tribulation Period as laid out in the book of Revelation. Intrigued with the Scriptures that repeat over and over again that our Savior’s Second Coming will be heralded with signs in the heavens, in...
  • Why electricity demand is falling, and what it means

    03/06/2014 10:48:25 PM PST · by ckilmer · 51 replies
    reneweconomy ^ | 6 March 2014 | By Nathan Lim
    Why electricity demand is falling, and what it means By Nathan Lim on 6 March 2014 It is a multi-generational truth that electricity consumption only increases. This is best seen in the US where, since 1949, electricity demand has marched upward in a nearly uninterrupted pattern with the country never experiencing two consecutive years of negative growth.Even here in Australia with data going back to 1961, we have never experienced two consecutive years of negative growth either.Figure 1 – US and Australia Electricity Consumption (Billion Kilowatt hours) Electricity demand falls in USA in four of last five yearsHowever, in the...
  • IBM to combine Solar Thermal with Photovoltaic. Result. Power for Under 10 cents per KwH

    03/06/2014 10:46:00 AM PST · by ckilmer · 37 replies
    thestreet ^ | 03/06/14 - 10:25 AM EST | Dana Blankenhorn
    IBM and Your Changing Energy World BY Dana Blankenhorn | NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If I had a technology that could cut the cost of solar energy production to as little as 10 cents per kilowatt-hour (KwH), I'd be dropping everything to get it to market. But I'm not IBM (IBM_). IBM announced last week it will spend a $2.4 million grant from Switzerland studying a solar energy technology called High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT). HCPVT combines the concentrated solar energy system used in the newly opened Ivanpah plant in California, where mirrors direct sunlight to a central point and...
  • Customers tell horror stories of solar company that gets $422M in tax dollars (FreePSA)

    03/01/2014 6:55:15 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 34 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | February 26, 2014 | Tori Richards
    We all get them — telemarketing callers pushing home solar-energy systems that will save us from rising electric bills. Most of us generally hang up. But in 2012, Jeff Leeds, who lives in the Northern California town of Half Moon Bay, listened. His 3,100-square-foot home features 91 incandescent bucket lights, a 180-gallon fish tank, three large refrigerator-freezers and a huge entertainment system. His electric bill was averaging $350 per month. The sales pitch Leeds was hearing on the phone sounded ideal: Lease a system from SolarCity, the nation’s second-largest solar electrical contractor, for a low monthly fee and reap the...
  • States brace for clash between utilities, solar advocates

    02/27/2014 12:55:02 PM PST · by Theoria · 21 replies
    Redding ^ | 27 Feb 2014 | Pamela M. Prah
    Someone is installing a solar power system in the U.S. every four minutes. Generous state and federal tax credits for hooking up solar panels on roofs or in fields make solar energy attractive to homeowners and businesses. Another bonus is that those who generate solar energy can roll over what they don’t use as credit against their next utility bills, like rollover minutes on a cellphone bill, or sell excess energy back to the utilities. Utility companies aren’t happy. As the solar industry thrives, states are bracing for more showdowns this year between solar advocates and utility companies over how...
  • X-FLARE! AR1967 returned to the Earthside of the sun on Feb. 25th and promptly erupted

    02/26/2014 12:34:51 AM PST · by tired&retired · 8 replies
    SpaceWeather.Com ^ | 2/25/2014 | Space Weather
    X-FLARE! Long-lived sunspot AR1967 returned to the Earthside of the sun on Feb. 25th and promptly erupted, producing an X4.9-class solar flare. This is the strongest flare of the year so far and one of the strongest of the current solar cycle. A movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the explosion hurling a loop of hot plasma away from the blast site: http://spaceweather.com/images2014/25feb14/redflare3_strip4.gif The source of the eruption is long-lived sunspot AR1967, now beginning its third trip across the Earthside of the sun. This region was an active producer of flares during its previous transits, and it looks like...
  • Hidden dangers of solar panels

    02/20/2014 4:14:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 20 replies
    Lots of people have installed solar panels into their homes and businesses in an effort to help the environment and save some money, but the 22News I-Team has discovered solar panels could be dangerous in an emergency. More and more families and businesses in western Mass. are using the sun to go green, installing solar panels to generate power, but as these become more common in western Mass., fire departments are faced with new challenges. “There certainly have been examples with power being backfed into the site that have killed firefighters in adjacent states,” said Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan....
  • Solar Cells Linked to Greenhouse Gases Over 23,000 Times Worse than CO2 (Warmists very silent)

    02/20/2014 11:37:51 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 27 replies
    E-Release ^ | 6/4/2012 | Ozzie Zehne
    BERKELEY, Calif., June 4, 2012 – Solar cells do not offset greenhouse gases or curb fossil fuel use in the United States according to a new environmental book, Green Illusions (June 2012, University of Nebraska Press), written by University of California – Berkeley visiting scholar Ozzie Zehner. Green Illusions explains how the solar industry has grown to become one of the leading emitters of hexafluoroethane (C2F6), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). These three potent greenhouse gases, used by solar cell fabricators, make carbon dioxide (CO2) seem harmless. Hexafluoroethane has a global warming potential that is 12,000 times higher...
  • The Dark Side Of Solar Power

    02/20/2014 4:57:12 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/19/2014 | IBD Staff
    Energy: What do you call an energy source that consumes vast tracks of open land and fries birds that cross its path? If you're the president, you call it "safe," "reliable," "green" and worthy of massive taxpayer subsidies. That, at least, is the case with the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station that covers a vast area of desert outside Las Vegas and, thanks to the generous support of the Obama administration, has officially opened. The plant points hundreds of thousands of mirrors at three towers to boil turbine-spinning water. But the heat rays aren't very friendly to the area's birds,...
  • Sunny Colorado is losing ground in solar energy jobs

    02/15/2014 8:16:10 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/2014 | unknown
    Colorado may be known for its abundant sunshine, but employment in the solar energy sector is looking cloudy — solar industry jobs have declined by 32 percent since 2010, according to a newly released survey by the Solar Foundation. Colorado saw a zero percent increase in solar sector jobs from 2012-2013, while such jobs increased by nearly 20 percent nationwide. The high-profile bankruptcy of Abound Solar in 2012, which cost 400 jobs, could have something to do with those numbers, but solar advocacy organization Environment Colorado lays the blame on what could have potential longer-term effects on the market —...
  • The Green Killing Grounds: Falcons, eagles, foxes die — and the Obama administration doesn’t care.

    02/15/2014 10:11:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/15/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Ivanpah solar-power facility is controversial because it “costs about four times as much as a conventional natural-gas–fired plant but will produce far less electricity.” Once that electricity goes online, customers can expect to pay twice as much for it, if not more. No one knows for sure, because the utilities and state regulators involved haven’t disclosed that information. Oh yeah, and the plant is apparently scorching a bunch of birds to death. Over the past several months, one of the companies behind the Ivanpah plant, BrightSource Energy, has been finding “dozens” of dead...
  • A Huge Solar Plant Opens, Facing Doubts About Its Future

    02/14/2014 8:11:25 AM PST · by lbryce · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 13, 2014 | DIANE CARDWELL and MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Ivanpah solar power plant stretches over more than five square miles of the Mojave Desert. Almost 350,000 mirrors the size of garage doors tilt toward the sun with an ability to energize 140,000 homes. The plant, which took almost four years and thousands of workers assembling millions of parts to complete, officially opened on Thursday, the first electric generator of its kind. It could also be the last. Since the project began, the price of rival technologies has plummeted, incentives have begun to disappear and the appetite among investors for mammoth solar farms has waned. Although several large, new...
  • The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project

    02/13/2014 10:48:49 PM PST · by grundle · 47 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | February 12, 2014 | Cassandra Sweet
    At California's Ivanpah Plant, Mirrors Produce Heat and Electricity—And Kill Wildlife A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because of growing evidence that the technology it uses is killing birds. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to speak Thursday at an opening ceremony for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, which received a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee. The $2.2 billion solar farm, which spans over five square miles of federal land southwest of Las Vegas, includes three towers as...
  • World’s largest solar plant is open, but its mirrors scorch birds (Cal--f Mohve Desert )

    02/13/2014 1:33:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 83 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | February 13, 2014, 4:15 PM | By Claudia Assis
    The world’s largest solar plant is officially online in the Mojave desert — and it is causing some dismay.That’s because the technology the $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station uses could be a threat to wildlife — it generates heat so intense there’s growing evidence it is scorching birds, according to The Wall Street Journal.