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  • Tesla Leases Former Solyndra Manufacturing Site

    06/22/2015 7:54:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Gas2 ^ | June 22, 2015 | Steve Hanley
    Electrek is reporting that Tesla has signed a lease for the former Solyndra manufacturing site just a few miles away from its assembly plant in Freemont, California. Its current production facility can build up to to 500,000 cars a year, but Elon Musk says Tesla will be building “millions” of cars by 2020. What will it do with the new space? In an e-mail to Business Journal, it said “901 Page, located conveniently down the road from the Tesla Factory, gives us the space to expand our manufacturing and build more engineering labs as we build up production.” There is...
  • Which Kills More Birds? Oil Spills, or Windmills?

    06/18/2015 2:54:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2015 | Kerry Jackson
    Any time there's an oil spill on the water, the media are filled with photos and videos of crude-soaked birds. The coverage is the cue for the self-appointed environmentalist defenders of wildlife to wring their hands and furrow their brows.
  • Philae Wakes Up, Makes Contact!

    06/14/2015 9:19:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    The lander “spoke” with its team on ground via Rosetta for 85 seconds — its first contact since going into hibernation in November. Signals were received at ESA’s European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt at 4:28 p.m. EDT yesterday June 13. The lander sent more than 300 data packets reporting on its condition as well as information about the comet. ... If coming out of hibernation isn’t surprising enough, it appears Philae has been awake for a while because it included historical data along with its current status in those packets. There are still more than 8000 data packets in...
  • Comet Probe Makes Contact After 7 Months Of Silence In Space

    06/15/2015 8:24:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 15, 2015
    European scientists are celebrating after receiving a remarkable communication from space. The solar-powered Philae comet probe is sending signals back to earth after seven months of silence. The Philae spacecraft has been in touch with Earth from a speeding comet for the second time since waking up a few days ago, mission control said Monday, and scientists hope to improve communications with the lander by shifting the trajectory of its mother ship. Philae in November became the first spacecraft ever to settle on a comet when it touched down on icy 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but it managed to send data to Earth...
  • Environmentalists are fighting to stop a huge solar power plant on behalf of ... 100 sheep?!?

    06/15/2015 4:29:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/12/2015 | John Merline
    This week, leading environmental groups cheered when the city of Los Angeles refused to buy electricity from a proposed new power plant. "The Sierra Club is delighted to see the city do the right thing and choose not to sign a power purchase agreement with this harmful project," Sarah Friedman, a senior campaign representative with the organization, told the Los Angeles Times. The Natural Resources Defense Council said it had "significant concerns" about the project. So what are we talking about here? A new CO2-spewing coal plant? Something that runs on "extraordinarily dirty" oil from the Canadian tar sands?
  • G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuels by 2100, Merkel says

    06/08/2015 6:34:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 104 replies
    Global News ^ | Jun 8, 15 | AP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed that the world should phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century. Merkel said Monday that the G-7 leaders committed themselves to the need to “decarbonize the global economy in the course of this century.” That is a technical term for ending the use of oil, gas and coal – but not nuclear power – and replacing them with alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar power.
  • Saudi Arabia solar power exports ‘absolutely realistic’

    05/28/2015 3:18:23 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 11 replies ^ | 28 May 2015, 4:47 pm | Ed King
    Saudi Arabia solar power exports ‘absolutely realistic’ Last updated on 28 May 2015, 4:47 pm Desert state has abundance of sunshine and could produce more than it consumes, says power company boss(Pic: Activ Solar/Flickr) By Ed KingHopes that Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude oil producer, could soon become a top solar energy exporter are well founded, according the head of one of the country’s leading power firms.“Saudi could be a solar exporter – I think it’s absolutely realistic and it’s going to happen,” said Paddy Padmanathan, CEO of ACWA Power, which runs a portfolio of solar, coal, gas...
  • Solar power will soon be as cheap as coal (Wind power has already reached grid parity)

    04/18/2015 7:10:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 90 replies ^ | 4.15.15 | Phil McKenna
    Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy The solar and wind innovations that got us where we are today — and those waiting in the wings — point to a hopeful future. Photo courtesy of 1366 Technologies Writer Phil McKenna@mckennapr Freelance writerShareTweet Facebook Share on Google+ Linkedin   April 6, 2015 — Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names like “Fearless” and “Intrepid”...
  • Crispy Critters — Nevada Solar Plant Not For The Birds

    02/25/2015 9:50:11 AM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A solar-power project set to open next month in Nevada has fried 130 birds during tests and will soon join another solar farm in California in avian incineration. If as many birds being burned by solar power farms built in the U.S. were to wash up on our beaches soaked in crude oil from a leaking offshore well, the outrage would be deafening. But as with the wind turbines that now cover acre upon acre of former "pristine" countryside, what amount to avian Cuisinarts slicing and dicing everything that flies, including endangered species, only the crickets are chirping. House Minority...
  • Three counties hope to salvage $88M solar project by borrowing more money, officials say

    02/22/2015 7:07:59 PM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | Ben Horowitz and Seth Augenstein
    Three counties have a solution to salvage an $88-million-dollar solar project that went bust: borrow more millions to pump into the project and hope it will eventually turn a profit and ease the pain to taxpayers, officials said. Some officials view the solution as damage control. Others are calling it a repeat of a mistake, one they will fight to avoid. Freeholders in Sussex, Morris and Somerset counties will vote on settlement agreements this week that would end multiple lawsuits and get the projects back on track, officials said. But there will be opposition -- and some have even called...
  • Google billionaires request $539 million federal bailout after spending $1.6 billion of “stimulus”

    12/01/2014 3:36:05 AM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 1, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Google billionaires request $539 million federal bailout after spending $1.6 billion of “stimulus” funding on failed solar power project Ivanpah is a solar power company owned by Google, BrightSource Energy, and NRG.In April 2011, as part of Obama’s “stimulus,” Obama gave Ivanpah a $1.6 billion loan guarantee to build a solar power plant.In November 2014, when the plant was up and running, it produced only half as much electricity as what Ivanpah had predicted.Ivanpah blamed this failure on “clouds,” and asked Obama for a $539 million bailout.Google is owned by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. At...
  • Hydrogen Cars, Coming Down the Pike (which pike?)

    11/30/2014 9:35:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 102 replies
    New York Times ^ | Nov, 29, 2014 | (The Editorial Board)
    The once-distant promise of clean, affordable hydrogen-powered cars is starting to become a reality. Several major automakers, including Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, have started or will soon start selling these cars, which will be more expensive than comparable gasoline models but a lot cheaper than they were just a few years ago. Executives at Toyota say that the cost of making the critical components of hydrogen vehicles has fallen 95 percent since 2008. […] The broad adoption of hydrogen-powered cars, which emit only water and heat, could play an important role, along with electric vehicles, in lowering emissions of carbon...
  • U.S. will train 50,000 veterans to install solar panels

    09/20/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    CTV News / The Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2014 | Josh Lederman, The Associated Press
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans....
  • Dead-Bird ‘Steamers’ at a California Solar Plant: 28,000 birds incinerated at Obama's favorite plant

    08/20/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    California’s massive Ivanpah solar power plant can produce enough electricity for 140,000 households — but the environmental cost is nothing less than an avian slaughter. The plant’s 350,000 mirrors bounce sizzling sunlight to the tops of three 40-story boiler towers, heating steam for turbine electricity generators. Temperatures near the towers can reach up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, heat certainly sufficient to fry a fowl. “Workers at the state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — ‘streamers,’ for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in...
  • US to finance power plant in Chile

    06/30/2014 11:47:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Jacaranda 94.2 FM South Africa ^ | July 1, 2014 | South African Press Association
    The United States is helping Chile build a major solar power plant in the Atacama Desert, US President Barack Obama said. In his meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Obama said the 141-megawatt plant would "help meet their energy needs." The 230 million dollars in backing will come from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US government arm that mobilizes private capital for development projects. Bachelet noted strong economic ties with the United States through a 10-year-old free trade agreement. Chile has further strong trade programmes with California and Massachusetts. Obama saluted Chile as a "model of democracy in...
  • 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 ^ | May 29, 2014 | Unknown
    Video about a new solar panel technology.
  • When It Comes to Solar, Buy American

    05/03/2014 7:17:51 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 14 replies ^ | May 3, 2014 | By Brandon Workman
    When It Comes to Solar, Buy American By Brandon Workman |May 3, 2014 CAPS Rating 4/5 Stars $72.15 $0.95 (1.33%)   Last week, the Cleantech Group and Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. co-released their 2013 Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, which tracks clean energy patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The index is meant to depict a trajectory of innovative activity in the clean energy sector. Among its highlights:  Solar, with 965 patents, was the No. 1 technology, overtaking fuel cells. And each year, the technology commands a greater share of patent activity: Image credit: Clean Energy Patent...
  • Solar companies learn to play nice with environmentalists [setting aside land]

    04/17/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    GIGAOM ^ | flashback AUG. 9, 2011 | by Ucilia Wang
    As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmentalists. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement with the environmental groups to add thousands of acres near their projects for wildlife protection. As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmental groups. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement on Tuesday with the Sierra Club and others to add thousands of acres near their proposed projects for wildlife protection. The agreement...
  • 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...
  • Scams, Fraud Flourish in Solar Still

    03/30/2014 1:10:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | March 30, 2014 | Marita Noon
    Consumers considering installing solar panels on their rooftops have far more to think through than the initial decision to “go solar.” They may search for the best price, only to discover, as customers in central Florida did, that after paying $20,000-40,000 for their systems, they are stuck with installations that may be unusable or unsafe. BlueChip Energy—which also operated as Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP) and SunHouse Solar—sold its systems at environmental festivals and home shows. Buyers thought they were getting a good deal and doing the right thing for the environment. Instead, they were duped. A year ago, it was...
  • Photo of new Solar Power Pant on Ca 0 Nevada Stale Line.

    03/23/2014 9:34:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Marlketwatch ^ | March 19, 2014
  • Mathematical illiterates are celebrating New York City’s new 1.6 MW solar power project

    03/16/2014 12:35:32 PM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | March 16, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Mathematical illiterates are celebrating New York City’s new 1.6 MW solar power project AFP reports:On a rooftop in the Bronx far from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, 4,760 panels soak up the winter rays. Welcome to the solar power boom in New York state.Robert Kline, director of commercial sales for the Ross Solar Group that installed the panels, is delighted.“It is the largest (solar) installation in the history of New York City,” he tells AFP.The 1.6-megawatt installation on the Jetro Cash and Carry has been proudly singled out by New York governor Andrew Cuomo as a prime...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • World's largest solar plant scorching birds in Nevada desert

    02/16/2014 2:30:44 AM PST · by Fzob · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/15/2014 | Fox News
    A stretch of the Mojave Desert has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, but the milestone is being met with criticism from environmental groups concerned about the effect of solar energy on desert wildlife. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opened Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating tortoises to assessing the impact on plants. The $2.2 billion complex of three generating units, owned by NRG Energy Inc.,...
  • World's largest solar plant scorching birds in Nevada desert

    02/15/2014 6:05:19 PM PST · by Twotone · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2014 | Staff
    A stretch of the Mojave Desert has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, but the milestone is being met with criticism from environmental groups concerned about the effect of solar energy on desert wildlife.
  • 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...
  • This is what the world's largest solar plant looks like when it's catching rays

    02/13/2014 7:54:04 PM PST · by ckilmer · 80 replies
    theverge ^ | February 13, 2014 01:44 pm | Jacob Kastrenakes
    This is what the world's largest solar plant looks like when it's catching rays By Jacob Kastrenakes on February 13, 2014 01:44 pm Email @jake_k 172Comments  59inShare     A massive solar plant in the Mojave Desert officially began operation today after years of construction, testing, and development. Co-owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy, and Google, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is said to be ready to generate nearly 30 percent of all solar thermal energy produced in the United States. The plant consists of three 459-foot tall towers each with tens of thousands of robotic, garage-door sized mirrors that...
  • Giant glass orb could replace the solar panel

    02/10/2014 2:04:46 PM PST · by grundle · 89 replies ^ | February 6, 2014
    The solar energy industry is still in the process of exploring how to make photovoltaic panels more efficient and less intrusive, and researchers at Stanford have already pushed forward with peel-and-stick solar panels. However, for high power usage the devices must be large and in direct contact with the sun at all times, meaning they need to track its position in the sky using sensors and equipment that are expensive and susceptible to bad weather. Currently seeking funding through Indiegogo, Rawlemon is an alternative in the shape of an oddly beautiful eyeball-shaped lens, that uses refraction to concentrate sunlight with...
  • Solar Provides 0.2% of Electric Supply--Up From 0.02% Before Obama

    01/29/2014 5:16:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/29/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - Solar power, which President Barack Obama promoted in his State of the Union Address, accounted for 0.2 percent of the U.S. electricity supply in the first nine months of 2013, according to data published by the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration. That is up from the 0.02 percent of the total electricity supply that solar power sources provided in 2008, the last calendar year before Obama took office. “Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy,” Obama said in the State of the Union. “The all-of-the-above energy strategy I...
  • Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept shows why we’re not driving on sunlight

    01/02/2014 8:09:32 PM PST · by grundle · 23 replies ^ | January 2, 2013 | Justin Hyde
    In the latest bid to use the sun to drive our cars, Ford will show off the vehicle above later this month at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Labeled the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept, Ford says it shows how sunlight could replace the plug for electric vehicles — but only with a carport-sized magnifying glass.Ford and its partners, solar-cell builder SunPower and the Georgia Institute of Technology, say they've come up with a way around such issues for the C-Max Solar Energi. In its sun-chasing form, the C-Max can get a full recharge of its 8 kWh battery with...
  • 3D Printing Could Turn Space-Based Solar Power into a Reality

    12/03/2013 2:54:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Oil Price ^ | December 2, 2013 | Joao Peixe
    Space-based solar power (SBSP) offers many advantages over Earth-based solar, yet the main obstacle in its development is the cost of sending up the solar panels into orbit. 3D printing may well be able to slash these installation costs and therefore make SBSP a much more viable energy source. 3D printing has been developed at a fast pace in recent years as scientists find more ways to use the technology. It is thought that by sending up special 3D printers into space to manufacturer the solar panels in orbit, the installation costs can be drastically reduced, compared to sending up...
  • Germany’s Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

    09/04/2013 4:13:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 04, 2013 – 07:15 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    … The government predicts that the renewable energy surcharge added to every consumer’s electricity bill will increase from 5.3 cents today to between 6.2 and 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour—a 20-percent price hike. German consumers already pay the highest electricity prices in Europe. But because the government is failing to get the costs of its new energy policy under control, rising prices are already on the horizon. Electricity is becoming a luxury good in Germany, and one of the country’s most important future-oriented projects is acutely at risk. After the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan two and a half years...
  • California’s solar generation sets records

    07/12/2013 10:56:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7:15 pm, Thursday, July 11, 2013 | David R. Baker
    California’s rebate program for homeowners who go solar is winding down, the money nearly spent. But it’s still setting a few records before the end. In 2012, Californians installed enough rooftop solar panels to generate a record 391 megawatts of electricity, according to a rebate program update issued this week by the state. That’s up 26 percent from 2011. Oh, and those numbers don’t even include Los Angeles and Sacramento. The California Solar Initiative provides rebates to customers of the state’s investor-owned utilities, such as Pacific Gas and Electric Co., while both L.A. and Sacramento have their own municipal utilities...
  • Tea Party Movement Must Stay on Course

    07/10/2013 1:18:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | Matt Towery
    When it first came to life, the tea party movement burst on the scene with energy and pure direction that seared many a mind with images of huge crowds waving the red, white and blue. It was all about taxes, and curtailing government spending, and liberty. And it worked. The crowds at tea party movement protests grew month-by-month in 2009 and became larger in 2010. The GOP establishment slowly started to get the message that it was time to put the foot down on the ways of Washington and start speaking up for the conservative movement. But the "tea party"...
  • CitiBike's rainy day blues: docs don't power up when it's cloudy (NYC Solar bike rentals need sun)

    06/11/2013 10:15:00 PM PDT · by Stoat · 20 replies
    NYPost ^ | June 11, 2013 | DANA SAUCHELLI and NATALIE O'NEILL
    Citi Bike’s solar-powered docking stations don’t always get enough electricity on cloudy days — a glitch that makes returning the bikes infuriating, riders say. Bike share users — who for weeks have had trouble locking bikes into docks — say the malfunction occurs most on overcast days, when stations are not fully charged. “It’s a joke — they’re solar-powered so they’re basically dead half the time….It’s worse when it’s cloudy or when the dock is under a tall building,” (edit) Lengthy waits to receive bike keys and poor customer service are also part of the problem, riders say. A spokesman...
  • U.S. photovoltaic power installations rise 33 pct in 1st quarter

    06/11/2013 10:22:44 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 11 | Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:31am EDT
    New solar photovoltaic power installations in the United States totaled 723 megawatts (MW) during the first quarter, up 33 percent over the same period in 2012,
  • The worlds biggest solar PV seller was worth $13bn: now bankrupt

    05/06/2013 8:16:55 PM PDT · by Leto · 17 replies
    JoNova ^ | May 7, 2013 | Jo Nova
    Shi Zhengrong was called a “hero of the environment” by Time Magazine. He was a billionaire who ran the worlds largest seller of solar PV cells. But the glory days of 2008 – 2011 are gone. Another bubble bursts. Wiped out in two years. How fast was this fall? In 2008, CNN named Shi “China’s Sunshine Boy.” In 2009, Fortune anointed him “China’s new king of solar.” That year, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman also cited Shi and Suntech as models of China’s green leap forward — which he called “the Sputnik of our day” and a spur for...
  • Bosch abandons solar energy

    03/22/2013 11:43:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:52pm GMT | Ludwig Burger and Hendrik Sackmann
    Bosch ROBG.UL said it will sell or shut down its heavily loss-making solar energy operations, the latest blow to the industry as Germany curbs green energy subsidies and cheap Chinese imports flood the market. In a rare reversal of strategy from the manufacturing conglomerate, Bosch said on Friday it would end its photovoltaics, or solar panel, production early next year and put parts of the business up for sale. Unlisted Bosch, one of the world’s largest maker of car parts, has lost €2.4 billion (Ł2 billion; $3.1 billion) since it created the solar energy unit in 2008 after it bought...
  • Solar industry grapples with hazardous wastes

    02/11/2013 2:45:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | february 10, 2013 | JASON DEAREN
    Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment — and the wallet. What customers may not know is that there's a dirtier side. While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many panel makers are nevertheless grappling with a hazardous waste problem. Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water....
  • Hemlock to lay off 400 amid global solar capacity glut

    01/16/2013 11:21:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    US-based Hemlock Semiconductor said Monday it planned to shed 400 of the staff at its Michigan and Tennessee production plants due to an oversupply in the polysilicon industry and an expected drop in orders from China. Hemlock, a joint venture of US silicon-based materials maker Dow Corning, Japanese Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd (TSE:4063) and Mitsubishi Materials Corp (TYO:5711), makes polycrystalline silicon for the production of semiconductors and solar cells. The company is suffering from the expanding trade dispute between the US and China in which the Asian country launched anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probes into polysilicon imported from the US, the...
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 8:38:44 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | November 25, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a...
  • China's Solyndra Economy (What's with this idiotic liberal fascination with being like China?)

    09/16/2012 7:44:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 09/13/2012 | Patrick Chovanec
    On August 3, the owner of Chengxing Solar Company leapt from the sixth floor of his office building in Jinhua, China. Li Fei killed himself after his company was unable to repay a $3 million bank loan it had guaranteed for another Chinese solar company that defaulted. One local financial newspaper called Li's suicide "a sign of the imminent collapse facing the Chinese photovoltaic industry" due to overcapacity and mounting debts. President Barack Obama has held up China's investments in green energy and high-speed rail as examples of the kind of state-led industrial policy that America should be emulating. The...
  • Solar Eclipsed?

    09/14/2012 11:41:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Energy Tribune ^ | Sep. 13, 2012 | Peter C Glover
    The global solar power industry is in crisis. The industry blames widespread national subsidy cuts and over productivity; China, in particular, being widely vilified on the second count. However, the real cause of the solar industry’s malaise runs deeper, rooted, as it is, in the inescapable fact that, in terms of current technology, commercial scale solar energy remains a non-viable proposition. Wherever you look the solar power industry is mired in financial problems, all of which lead back to the (life support) of public subsidy, the impact of market-skewing regulations (creating the appearance of commercial viability) and, ultimately, protectionist trade...
  • What an iSore: Apple's massive new 100-acre solar farm - which DWARFS the data centre it powers

    09/14/2012 2:19:54 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 29 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | September 14, 2012 | Eddie Wren
    Huge, ugly and cluttered, it is almost the antithesis of Apple's iconic design style. Apple has almost finished work on a massive solar farm next to its data centre in North Carolina, hoping to boost its green credentials - but scarring the landscape with a 100-acre eyesore at the same time. Organisations such as Greenpeace have, in the past, accused Apple of hurting the environment by using coal to power these centres. Apple's data centres keep the world's iPhones running - syncing contacts to the 'iCloud' and storing a wealth of information on each user. When completed, Apple’s 100-acre, 20-megawatt...
  • HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy (U of Chicago program tied to MO)

    05/14/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 26 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 5-14-12 | Keith Koffler
    The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama’s closest friends. The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady. The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obama’s...
  • Green Welfare, Green Taxes, Green Poverty

    06/14/2012 5:30:53 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 13, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    What would you do if gangs of robbers roamed your neighborhood at night, breaking into your neighbors' houses and stealing their family jewels and life savings? You would arm yourself to defend your property. Or you would move to a safer neighborhood. But if the robbers formed gangs called Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, or the Natural Resources Defense Fund, and assaulted your standard of living, the Che Guevara Democrats expect you to greet them with open arms, and gleefully turn over bushels of your cash, until your life savings is gone, and your standard of living has been reduced to...
  • Emergency Solar Power Setup SHTF

    05/15/2012 10:25:57 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 79 replies
    DIY Solar ^ | 5/14/12
    This is my 45 watt solar panel setup. I purchased this kit from Harbor freight for about 0. I use it for lighting in my home, as well different power tools around the house. This is a great source of power in the event of power failures (which happens often).
  • A Dark Day for Solar Power

    04/18/2012 1:26:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.18.12 | Ross Kaminsky
    "Renewable" energy subsidies have become an unaffordable feel-good luxury. First Solar Corporation was indeed first at something: It was the first solar company to lose more than $15 billion of market value. FSLR's stock plummeted from $140 per share a year ago, and $170 a few weeks before that, to under $21 per share early this week before rebounding modestly on Tuesday. In fact, $15 billion substantially understates the peak-to-trough drop in the company's value, as the stock traded above $250 per share for most of 2008, briefly peaking over $300. As of Tuesday, the company's value was just under...