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Well, not really, but there are solar panels in the cemetery.
Solar panels sit on top of niches at the Santa Coloma de Gramenet cemetery, outside Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The city council has installed 462 solar panels on top of the grave niches. The energy they produce, equivalent to the yearly consumption of 60 homes, flows into the local energy grid and is one community's odd and pioneering nod to the fight against global warming.Well, not really, but there are solar panels in the cemetery. Solar panels sit on... more
photo: California Governor’s Office
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday terminated talk that the recession will crimp California’s fight against global warming when he ordered every utility in the state to obtain a third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. And in a move that will shake up the land rush to build solar power plants in the desert, Schwarzenegger signed an executive order to streamline and prioritize the licensing of such projects.
“One of the great things about California, of course, is that we always push the envelope,” said Schwarzenegger at startup OptiSolar’s solar cell factory in Sacramento, surrounded by a triptych of solar panels, utility executives and environmentalists. “That is why today I’m proposing that we set our sights even higher. This will be the most aggressive target in the nation.”photo: California Governor’s Office California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger... more
Mesh WiFi firm Meraki released an addition to its hardware family of routers today with a wall-plug adapter ($179). The Meraki Wall Plug, which features a hole to screw the unit to an outlet, complements the existing Indoor ($149) and Outdoor ($199) nodes. Meraki's hardware includes access to (and requires use of) a hosted back-end management console.
The Wall Plug is part of Meraki's push for apartment buildings and complexes (multiple dwelling units or MDUs, in real-estate parlance). The company said it will offer a $5,000 bundle aimed at MDUs that will cover 100 to 150 apartments or other units.
The company also said that their long-awaited Meraki Solar would ship December 4. A worldwide run on solar power equipment when oil prices spiked increased the price of the panel required for the unit. The price of the Solar model runs from $749 for a bring-your-own-panel model up to $1,499 for areas with shorter days or less light.
Company cofounder Sanjit Biswas said that Meraki also decided to change the battery type after receiving feedback from beta users, which is part of what led to the 1-year delay. In winter or monsoon season, the beta product "would run out of juice in a couple of days with no sun." Customers said that they needed guaranteed 24-hour performance, and Meraki switched from sealed lead-acid to lithium iron-phosphate for greater capacity. Biswas said this dropped the weight, too, which reduces shipping costs for the many remote areas that the Solar unit has been tested in and will likely be used.
Biswas said that Solar was used in a lot of places the firm didn't expect–anywhere that power wasn't available, such as parks, but also where even though an electrical outlet would be installed, there were ancillary costs.
Some customers would say, Biswas noted, "A union electrician is going to cost me a couple of thousand dollars." He said that many Meraki customers were "choosing to do Wi-Fi because it was a relatively low-impact amenity to offer," so the higher initial price of Solar was easily canceled out by lower installation and recurring costs.
Biswas said that Meraki continues to extend its market into areas it didn't predict, such as small enterprises: firms of 50 to 200 employees that cover large areas, such as doctors' offices or shopping malls, and that outsource their information technology services. "That's a surprise for us: it's not just about public access, sometimes it's just about plain Wi-Fi access, even internally," Biswas said.
The centralized management console is a plus for this segment because Meraki customers can manage accounts and operations themselves after a system is set up, or use an integrator for remote help. Biswas noted that the console and hardware now support enterprise features, including WPA2 Enterprise (802.1X plus WPA2), quality of service (for VoIP and streaming), and multiple SSIDs (for running several virtual networks with different access privileges). The system has scaled to manage thousands of devices on a single network, as well.
Meraki highlighted a customer installation in Chile, which they only found out about after the network lit up on their map showing active installations. In Lebu, a fishing village 300 km from Santiago, residents had no real Internet access, although there was both a satellite feed and an E1 (similar to a T1) leased line. A local integrator lit up the town for about $20,000 in less than a week, and the network now has over 1,000 regular users. Biswas said, "They're using all the same sites that you and I would use."
The city isn't charging for service, because it found "the collection costs would be too high," Biswas said. He noted, "We've seen this model replicated elsewhere in Latin America," where a feed is spread throughout a town, taking residents from no Internet access to low-end broadband. (Meraki allows bandwidth shaping for shared access.)Mesh WiFi firm Meraki released an addition to its hardware family of routers today... more
The sooner we become self sufficient as a nation the sooner we can 'buy' our country back from it's lenders (foreign natioins).
We need 'Green Jobs' now. Wind energy, solar energy and natural gas will help end the massive outflow of money overseas and keep it here on our soil.
Vote for the candidate that stimulates the economy with wind energy, solar energy and natural gas.The sooner we become self sufficient as a nation the sooner we can 'buy' our... more
By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer
Sun Aug 31, 9:28 AM ET
WASHINGTON - Congress is putting the short-term future of renewable energy companies in jeopardy even as the presidential candidates and most lawmakers hail windmills, solar panels and biofuels as long-term solutions to high gasoline prices and global warming.
Some $500 million in investment and production tax credits will expire Dec. 31 unless Congress renews them. Without that help, solar and wind power companies say they will reverse planned expansions and, in many cases, cut payrolls and capital investment.
Schott Solar has visions of quadrupling its operation in Albuquerque, N.M., to reach 1,500 jobs and $500 million in investment. But the investment tax credit, company spokesman Brian Lynch said, is what makes solar power cost-competitive. Without it, expansion plans must be reconsidered.
"We don't want to build a giant factory that the market doesn't need or want," Lynch said.
By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer Sun Aug 31, 9:28 AM ET WASHINGTON - Congress... more
Getting a solar system installed on your house is decidedly complicated. There is no centralized system, only contractors who you may or may not be able to trust. Prices for installation vary wildly, as do prices for the modules themselves.Getting a solar system installed on your house is decidedly complicated. There is no... more
Coating an ordinary sheet of glass with dye could be the key to cheaper, more efficient solar panels, according to a new study. Researchers say the dye absorbs visible light and transmits it to the edges of the glass sheet, where strips of photovoltaic cells convert the light into electricity.Coating an ordinary sheet of glass with dye could be the key to cheaper, more... more
Toyota plans to install solar panels on its next-generation Prius hybrid cars, becoming the first major automaker to use solar power for a vehicle. Toyota would equip solar panels on the roof of the high-end version of the Prius when it redesigns the gasoline-electric hybrid car early next year, and the power generated by the system would be used for the air conditioning.
Hopefully they plan on expanding the solar panels to power the whole car. Its a start, right?Toyota plans to install solar panels on its next-generation Prius hybrid cars,... more
"Smart Energy Stuff offers a variety of solar-powered golf carts, from $6,000 to $9,000. The costs are on par with those of regular electric-powered golf carts, but they come with the added sweetener of one-time state and federal tax credits of up to $990.
"Things are tight," said Njoku, a Nigerian-born New York City transplant who has lived in Fayetteville with his wife for the past three years, "and tight people are holding onto their money. What we're trying to do is give them products that will save them money and also be very green."
Smart Energy Stuff sells other solar-powered products, such as a sun-powered water heater, electric panels and outdoor lights.
A self-professed "solar geek," Njoku said he is a civil engineer and architect by trade with a natural affinity for cars and all things solar."
Just saw this and I think it's great! "Smart Energy Stuff offers a variety of solar-powered golf carts, from $6,000 to... more
My view on clean coal not being safe and to reiterate that if we truly want to bring ourselves into the 21st century, solar power is the answer.My view on clean coal not being safe and to reiterate that if we truly want to bring... more
LONDON, England (CNN) -- Imagine every time you closed your curtains, you were capturing enough solar energy to power your laptop. The technology is available, but no one's packaged it up in a handy DIY kit at your local hardware store.
Solar textiles use the same technology as traditional solar panels to convert sunlight into energy.
Sheila Kennedy hopes to be the first. She's not an interior designer but an architect and professor in practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is convinced that solar textiles will revolutionize the way we collect and consume power.
"I've been thinking about what happens when power and light become flexible, literally flexible," she said.
She calls it "soft power," as in the "soft energy path," a term coined Amory Lovins in the 1970s as a way to describe a world where renewable energy would gradually replace the centralized grid.
Later, Joseph Nye used the term "soft power" to describe the ability of persuasion, values and culture to influence change.
Kennedy's work with soft power builds on both of these ideas. For her , soft power is the ability of flexible materials to convert sunlight into energy.
"The soft power approach says there are some incredibly sensual, compelling, beautiful spaces and products that we can be producing using these emerging energy-harvesting materials," Kennedy said.
LONDON, England (CNN) -- Imagine every time you closed your curtains, you were... more
In the Negev desert there is only one natural resource, the sun. Professor David Famen has developed a new, tiny solar panel that could actually compete with other forms of energy generation. And it's cheap!! In the Negev desert there is only one natural resource, the sun. Professor David Famen... more
Plug and play, sorta portable solar energy station, for your house, work, farm, etc. Check out the link!Plug and play, sorta portable solar energy station, for your house, work, farm, etc.... more
Navigant Consulting has announced plans to launch a major multi-client study on the convergence of the Smart Grid with Photovoltaics (PV). This comprehensive and focused study will help participating organizations identify the key technology components of a PV Smart Grid; understand how the Smart Grid could create additional value for distributed PV; gain insight to the implications for utilities; and identify trends and valuable market opportunities.
Navigant Consulting is accepting participants for the study.
"It's an exciting time for PV and we see tremendous opportunity with regards to the emerging Smart Grid," stated Lisa Frantzis, Managing Director, and leader of the Renewable Energy Team within Navigant Consulting's Energy Practice.
"We're seeing companies positioning themselves now for leadership in this rapidly converging PV Smart Grid future. This study will describe the likely evolution of PV and PV-enabling Smart Grid technologies, and the potential for new business models that will arise out of the convergence of the two."
Navigant Consulting has announced plans to launch a major multi-client study on the... more
It seems as though everywhere you look you see green. From fuels, to fashion to food we have been made to think that thinking green is thinking forward. A group of workers has mobilized around the demand for this new kind of product. Green Collar workers are dreaming up and building eco-chic goods across the spectrum, leaving traditional Blue and White Collar as things of the past. Some say the shift could save our environment and our economy.It seems as though everywhere you look you see green. From fuels, to fashion to food... more
Good news polar bears, a Silicon Valley start-up called Nanosolar have announced they've shipped the world's first thin-film printed solar panel. They're selling for roughly $1 or 50p a watt - the price at which solar energy gets cheaper than coal - so it's got great implications for mass environmentally friendly, affordable usage.
The main problem preventing commercial exploitation of solar power is cost, but with their nifty new panels, Nanosolar reckon they've cracked that.Good news polar bears, a Silicon Valley start-up called Nanosolar have announced... more
The EU is considering spending £5m on lining the Mediterranean desert shores with giant solar power stations.
They are aiming to funnel the power gained into Europe and Britain by using underwater cables.
This is estimated to provide Europe with enough electricity to power 1/6 of their energy needs.
They also hope to chop carbon emmissions by using this process.
This means that countries with lots of open desert are going to ripe for the picking, so to speak.
Does this mean their economies might flourish as a result?The EU is considering spending £5m on lining the Mediterranean desert shores... more