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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Employee Solar Energy Perk

Solar Energy Discounts Become Employee Perk in New Program
OCT. 22, 2014 - Expanding the notion of corporate benefits beyond discounted health club memberships and low insurance rates, a group of major companies is set to offer employees access to cheaper solar systems for the home.

Under an arrangement announced Wednesday, employees of the companies — Cisco Systems, 3M, Kimberly-Clark and National Geographic — will be able to buy or lease solar systems for their homes at rates substantially lower than the United States average, executives said. The program, offered through Geostellar, a cost comparison site for solar panels, will be available to more than 100,000 employees and will include options for their friends and families in the United States and parts of Canada.

Originally conceived by campaigners at the World Wildlife Fund, the program, called the Solar Community Initiative, aims to use the bulk buying power of employees to allow for discounts on home systems. read more>>>


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Rapid Advances Continue in Clean Energy Collection, Finally

Would have happened starting some forty years back, as we were doing in many area's, as we had started developing only to be effectively blocked by the special interests in moving another economic growth industry forward. The reasons given in blocking quickly falling away as they were said they would, those special interests now only have, funding in, denial of climate change left, which isn't an excuse to stop advancement into clean abundant energy sources.

A Single Breakthrough That Could Cut Costs on Solar Energy by 25%
17 October 2014 - Costs on solar are coming down steeply, and now they're about to get even cheaper. A group of chemists at Ohio State University has invented a solar panel that stores energy without an external battery. The self-contained tuner/capacitor panels are already being licensed to industry.

Above, you can see a scanning electron microscope image of the mesh solar panel, whose molecular structure allows oxygen to enter the device and assist in a chemical reaction that powers its onboard battery.

Ohio State University released a statement about the new devices, which they're calling "solar batteries": read more>>>

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Cleaner and Less Expensive Source of Electricity

Solar power is casting a bigger shadow
October 14, 2014 - Does having your own solar power installation sound appealing? It apparently does to a growing number of American businesses and homeowners who are investing in what many tout as a cleaner and less expensive source of electricity. And that trend of buying into solar power is also growing internationally.

During 2014's second quarter, photovoltaic (PV) installations in the U.S. went over the gigawatt mark for the third consecutive quarter, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). A gigawatt is equivalent to the amount of power needed for around 750,000 homes.

And while commercial solar power is still in its infancy (the Institute for Energy Research says solar makes up just 0.2 percent of the net energy produced in the U.S.), homes and businesses with solar panels are no longer considered an oddity.

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The solar industry has also become an important source of jobs for Americans. A report by the nonprofit Solar Foundation found the industry employs more than 142,000 Americans at a rate that's growing 10 times faster than the national employment rate. read more>>>

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Affordable Rooftop Solar

Infographic: Affordable Rooftop Solar in the United States
By 2017, more than half of U.S. states could have rooftop solar that's as cheap as local electricity rates.

Rooftop solar costs are falling

Since 2007, the cost of installing an average-sized rooftop solar system has nearly halved. In fact, after accounting for tax credits, rebates, and other support, in leading states a 5 kilowatt system could cost homeowners less than $10,000.

Many homeowners have the option of leasing, potentially paying nothing for installation and instead paying ongoing monthly fees.

Solar is increasingly affordable everywhere read more>>>

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Friday, October 3, 2014

A Solar Cell that Stores its Own Power

Batteries Included: A Solar Cell that Stores its Own Power
Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery?

October 03, 2014 - Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery.

In the October 3, 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report that they’ve succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device.

Key to the innovation is a mesh solar panel, which allows air to enter the battery, and a special process for transferring electrons between the solar panel and the battery electrode. Inside the device, light and oxygen enable different parts of the chemical reactions that charge the battery.World’s first “solar battery” runs on light and air read more>>>

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Solar Energy to the Rescue

Egypt’s power cuts and pollution: Solar energy to the rescue
26 September 2014 - It’s a scandal that until now Egypt has been indifferent to solar energy. That the sun shines brightly upon Egypt nearly every day of the year has made Egypt’s failure to make a large-scale switch over to solar energy as its source of electric power is beyond comprehension. Ths is particularly so considering that 90 percent of Egypt’s vast land mass is desert – there will be no sacrifice of farm land involved.

Currently, renewable energy contributes a relatively low percentage of Egypt’s total electricity output compared to countries in Europe as well as Japan which have far less sunny days than Egypt and yet produce far more of their electricity from solar energy. Much of Egypt’s renewable energy come from wind farms although solar energy in a country like Egypt and most of the rest of the Arab world is obviously more reliable than wind. read more>>>

Ahhh, if only!! And we had started down the road in alternatives some forty years ago, heading towards building another big economic growth industry nly to be blocked, willingly, by the special interests!!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Solar Energy Harvested in K-12 Schools Across the Nation

Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools Report
Released September 18, 2014 - Executive Summary

The impressive and precipitous rise of the U.S. solar industry is well documented. As of the writing of this report, total installed solar electric capacity neared 16 gigawatts (GW), providing enough solar electricity to power over 3.2 million average U.S. households. By the end of 2014, this figure is expected to surpass 20 GW- more than four times the total amount of solar capacity that existed in the U.S. just three years ago. Of the more than 500,000 homes, businesses and public entities that have now installed a solar energy system, over 3,700 of those systems are located on public and private K-12 schools in the U.S.

While thousands of schools have already realized the cost savings and other benefits of installed solar energy capacity, this opportunity is generally underutilized. The large, flat rooftops typically found on public and private K-12 school buildings throughout the United States make many of these properties excellent candidates for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems. School parking lots can be put to productive use with solar PV canopies, which provide the added benefit of shading parked vehicles on sunny days, and tracts of vacant land on campus can be used to support modestly-sized solar PV farms. Taken together, this untapped potential for solar on K-12 schools is immense. If each of the more than 72,000 schools for which solar could represent a cost-effective investment were to install an average-sized system, total PV capacity on K-12 schools would reach 5.4 GW – an amount equal to more than one-third of all the solar PV capacity currently installed in the United States. read more>>>

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