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  • FL Amendment 1 "Smart Solar" scam

    10/15/2016 2:58:29 PM PDT · by plsjr · 14 replies
    Self ^ | 10/15/2016 | Self
    Florida voters, please do your homework. The PAC behind this amendment is massively funded by th FL utility companies, who are not interested in changes that do not benefit their bottom line.
  • America First! When Clinton Talks Environmentalism

    10/01/2016 8:13:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 10/1/2016 | Ilana Mercer
    ďWe can deploy a half a billion more solar panels. We can have enough clean energy to power every home. We can build a new modern electric grid. That's a lot of jobs; that's a lot of new economic activity.Ē So intoned Hillary Clinton, during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, New York, on September 26. Where have we heard this before? Like Clinton, President Obama hasnít a clue how a viable market is created and sustained. Solyndra, if you recall, was awarded $527 million from taxpayers. Each of the temporary, unsustainable jobs created by Solyndra and touted by...
  • Solar storm heading towards Earth threatening to break your Sky TV and mobile phones (by Fri 09/30)

    09/28/2016 5:51:25 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 45 replies
    Express UK ^ | 09/28/2016 | Sean Martin
    Solar storm heading towards Earth threatening to break your Sky TV and mobile phones (by Fri 09/30) SCIENCE A HUGE solar storm is heading towards Earth which could leave us without mobile phones, satellite TV and even electricity. By Sean Martin 17:53, Wed, Sept 2016 A solar storm is heading towards Earth Modern-day Britain could go into meltdown after scientists forecast the solar storm to hit between now and Friday which could wreak havoc with technology. Solar storms affect Earthís technology as radiation is thrown at the planet from the Sun. While humans are protected from the radiation by...
  • Morocco turns on what will become the worldís largest solar power plant

    09/23/2016 10:57:43 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    Verge ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | Loren Grush
    Morocco has turned on its massive solar power plant in the town of Ourrzazate, on the edge of the Saharan desert. The plant already spans thousands of acres and is capable of generating up to 160 megawatts of power. It's already one of the biggest solar power grids in the world, capable of being seen from space. And it's only going to get bigger. The current grid, called Noor I, is just the first phase of a planned project to bring renewable energy to millions living in Morocco. It will soon be followed by expansions, Noor II and Noor III,...
  • New York State Is Perfecting Its Taxpayer Repellent

    09/21/2016 12:15:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 21, 2016 | Seton Motley
    Government at all levels has been for a century-plus grossly over-involved in, well, everything.¬† For this particular exercise, let us look at the energy sector.¬† Behold the myth that is ¬ďgreen energy.¬Ē ¬ďGreen energy¬Ē is - nigh totally - neither green, nor energy.¬† Most sources - wind, solar, ethanol and bio-,‚Ķ - expend as much or more traditional energy to produce as they eventually provide.¬† And their production and utilization are in many instances much more anti-planet than demonized traditional sources.¬†¬†¬† And unlike traditional sources, ¬ďgreen energy¬Ē requires government money.¬† Lots and LOTS of government money.¬† Subsidies to the tune...
  • Elon Musk says rocket did not explode but instead experienced a 'fast fire' ( LOL )

    09/02/2016 9:35:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 93 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/2/2016 | Christine Wang
    According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the Cape Canaveral mishap was not an explosion but a "fast fire." yes. This seems instant from a human perspective, but it really a fast fire, not an explosion. Dragon would have been fine. On Thursday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launch pad, shaking nearby buildings and spewing smoke into the sky
  • Ivanpah Solar Plant Becomes Bird Incinerator, Graveyard

    09/02/2016 1:26:32 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 17 replies ^ | 02-09-2016 | Lincoln
    Some say that the casualty numbers are overhyped. Other say it is a serious problem. But at the Ivanpah Solar Plant in Nevada, birds are bursting into flames. The bizarre occurrences happen when the birdís flight paths take them into the ultra-concentrated beams of sunlight produced by the panels at the plant. On spec, the plant seems like the very ideal of energy production for the future: three gleaming towers, forty stories in height capturing the energy from the sunlight reflected by five acres of massive mirrors. All told, the plant generates some 390 megawatts of power from its turbines....
  • Solar storm of August 28 to September 2, 1859

    08/30/2016 5:37:02 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 2 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | Wikipedia
    The Solar storm of August 28 to September 2, 1859óknown as the Carrington Eventówas a powerful geomagnetic solar storm during solar cycle 10 (1855Ė1867). A solar coronal mass ejection(CME) hit Earth's magnetosphere and induced one of the largest geomagnetic storms on record. The flare traveled directly toward Earth, taking 17.6 hours to make the 150 million kilometer (93 million mile) journey. It is believed that the relatively high speed of this CME (typical CMEs take several days to arrive at Earth) was made possible by a prior CME, perhaps the cause of the large aurora event on August 29, that...
  • 30 Years After The Disaster: Ukraine Plans Huge Solar Farm In Chernobyl

    08/09/2016 3:06:31 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 11 replies ^ | 09-08-2016 | Irina
    Energy independence, especially if you donít particularly like the country you currently depend on, is a very strong motivator for the adoption of renewable energy. Ukraine has recently become a great case in point, after the announcement that it planned to turn part of the uninhabitable zone around the Chernobyl power plant into a large-scale solar farm. Chernobyl, the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in the history of the world, cannot be used for much: farming is impossible, as are most other productive human activities. But there is a lot of sunshine in the area, which can...
  • Security Expert: Solar Panels Are Extremely Easy To Hack

    08/02/2016 1:37:31 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 08/02/2016 | Andrew Follett
    Security Expert: Solar Panels Are Extremely Easy To Hack† Security Expert: Solar Panels Are Extremely Easy To Hack Andrew Follett on August 2, 2016 A conference of cybersecurity experts is meeting in Las Vegas this Friday to discuss how rooftop solar panels make homes much easier to hack. The experts found that a malicious hacker can easily knock solar panels offline, cause them to intentionally overheat or shut down entirely. Some hacking can even use solar panels to cause physical damage in the real world. ďI could have installed spying software that would have had visibility into their home...
  • The cockroaches that ate Natick (MASS)

    07/01/2016 3:48:21 AM PDT · by This_far · 21 replies
    Boston Online other ^ | n/a | compilation
    Some history of the Natick MA Quartermaster Labs solar furnace. "" ""
  • Embracing Montanaís Solar Potential

    07/01/2016 12:45:51 AM PDT · by This_far · 21 replies
    Flathead Beacon, ^ | Jun 30, 2016 | Henry Dykema
    To allow Montanaís solar industry to continue growing toward its enormous potential, we need the right policies in place. Thatís why I was so glad to see the energy plan recently released by Gov. Steve Bullock. (cut) Henry Dykema is president of the nonprofit Montana Renewable Energy Association and owner of Sundance Solar Systems, a solar installation business near Red Lodge.
  • The leftís grand, green vision

    06/12/2016 3:55:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    Like a crazed serial killer, the liberal green groups are celebrating their ďvictoryĒ of putting Americaís major coal producers out of business ó to say nothing of the tens of thousands of miners placed in unemployment lines. Several thousand more mining jobs were lost last month. Now to get their next homicidal high, the leftists have turned their ambitions on the oil and natural gas industries. Here is how the Sierra Club spokeswoman, Lena Moffit, explains the grand, green vision: ďWe have moved to a very clear and firm and vehement position of opposing gas. We oppose any new gas-fired...
  • Misaligned Mirrors Spark Fire At Worldís Largest Solar Power Plant

    05/23/2016 8:44:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    <p>Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire was reported on an upper level around 9:30 a.m., fire officials said.</p> <p>The plant works by using mirrors to focus sunlight on boilers at the top of three 459-foot towers, creating steam that drive turbines to produce electricity.</p>
  • The Worldís Largest Solar Plant Just Torched Itself

    05/20/2016 4:16:51 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    Gzmodo ^ | 5/20/16 | George Dvorsky
    Misaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the worldís largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility crippled for the time being. It sounds like the plantís workers suffered through a real hellscape, too. A small fire was reported yesterday morning at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in California, forcing a temporary shutdown of the facility. Itís now running at a third of its capacity (a second tower is down due to scheduled maintenance), and itís not immediately clear when the damaged tower will restart. Itís also unclear how the incident will...
  • Largest solar power plant in the world bursts into flames

    05/21/2016 5:38:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies ^ | 5/21/2016 | Rick Moran
    The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System located near the California-Nevada border, burst into flames when some of the thousands of mirrors that focus sunlight on water towers became misalinged and started an electrical cable fire. The plant was built with a $1.6 billion taxpayer guaranteed loan and is run by a consortium of companies that include BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy and Google. Associated Press: Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire was reported on an upper level around 9:30 a.m., fire officials said. The plant...
  • Are Subsidies Killing US Solar Companies?

    05/12/2016 3:41:41 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies ^ | 12-05-2016 | Solarbust
    The oil price rout has caused a lot of headaches in the renewable industry, especially in the heavily subsidized U.S. solar sector, which is suffering some setbacks even as solar installations are growing rapidly. Solar power suppliers are scaling back operations as demand is growing slower than expected, and the sector is wondering where to go from here. Investors have, of course, sensed the uncertainty. An industry that showed so much promiseóparticularly against the background of international efforts to curb the effects of climate changeóis now in the doldrums. So what went wrong?
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...