Buying Into Community Solar Gardens – Solar Power, Not Just For People With Roofs Anymore.

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On average, a subscriber will use about 5 kilowatts, which are roughly 15 to 20 panels. The Clean Energy Collective operates about 20 solar gardens in Colorado now and about 40 nationwide. Gardens open on land that is virtually unusable already, like next to landfills or airport runways. In the case of Aurora, the garden is on land with contaminated groundwater from the Buckley Air Force Base. There are two ways to participate in the Solar Rewards Community program. Xcel customers can purchase panels for as little as $1,000 through the Clean Energy Collective, or a city can become subscriber organization and sell or lease shares of the garden to customers.
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Concentrating Solar Power: Study Shows Greater Potential — Sciencedaily

Unlike photovoltaic (PV) cells, CSP uses the sun’s energy to heat up a liquid that drives turbines. This means that the collected energy can be stored as heat, and converted to electricity only when needed. But even with CSP, if the sun doesn’t shine for long periods of time, the system may not be able to support large-scale energy needs. One way to solve this problem is to build a large, connected network of CSP. Until now, however, nobody had explored the details and feasibility of such a plan. In the new study, the researchers simulated the construction and operation of CSP systems in four regions around the world, taking into account weather variations, plant locations, electricity demand, and costs.
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The Poor Shouldn’t Have To Bear The Cost Of Solar Power – Forbes

Economic vitality. Why arent we talking about these concepts all together? Just last month I saw the articles with photos of solar panels at a Walmart in California, and once again heard how according to the Obama Administration solar power will be an important part of our nations future energy supply. I wholeheartedly agree that we have to diversify our energy resources and find ways to move to cleaner supply sources. And, if the result is less pollution, who would be opposed? I believe, however, that we must be both smart and holistic in our approach. I also think that we cant bemoan income inequality while at the same time adopting energy policies that put low-income and middle-income families in worse economic shape.
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Solar-power Buyers At Risk Of Being Ripped Off, Says Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne | Phoenix New Times

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After seeing today’s release, we recalled a recent prediction by our colleague, New Times writer Stephen Lemons, that Horne would attack Brnovich “from the far right, because Horne has nowhere else to go.” Horne’s press officer, Stephanie Grisham, e-mailed the release to New Times and other news media this morning. The release comes a day after the pro-solar group TUSK, led by Barry Goldwater Jr. and political consultant Jason Rose, staged a demonstratio n at the State Capitol to protest a move by the state Department of Revenue to start taxing solar-lease companies for the equipment they’re putting on residential rooftops. Arizonans may be looking to lower their power bills, and they may have heard about various tax credits and rebates that make solar energy a more viable option, Horne’s release says. But he notes there is “no guarantee” of savings in deals that involve lease or finance payments. The dealer receives the rebates, then “mark up the component costs and labor so significantly that the costs of the system far exceed the potential benefits.” Competition between firms “has led some companies to engage in unethical behavior to obtain more customers and perform more installs,” Horne claims in the release. They use “high pressure sales techniques or deceptive statements,” and customers “may end up paying higher combined electricity costs after installing the system than before.” He then gives some tips to avoid being swindled. Of course, some solar advocates might say the reduction in pollution by solar panels is worth you paying the extra cost.
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Major breakthrough in solar energy: ‘Supercritical’ steam generated – National News | Examiner.com

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) believes this could be the first step toward large-scale power stations fueled by solar energy instead of gas or coal. “It’s like breaking the sound barrier; this step change proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources,” said Dr. Alex Wonhas, CSIRO’s Energy Director, according to Gizmag . “Instead of relying on burning fossil fuels to produce supercritical steam, this breakthrough demonstrates that the power plants of the future could instead be using the free, zero emission energy of the sun to achieve the same result.” The researchers used more than 600 directional mirrors known as heliostats to convert pressurized water in a receiver into supercritical steam, which then powers turbines and creates electricity. This process has worked for solar thermal power plants that run on subcritical steam, but those operations could not match the efficiency or output of the worlds most state-of-the-art fossil fuel power plants, according to CSIRO . Using this latest advancement, those plants could be converted to supercritical levels, which would vastly increase their efficiency and could help significantly lower the cost of generating solar electricity while negating the need to use fossil fuels to achieve the same result, Gizmag says. Despite this heart-racing development, CSIRO says that commercial development for the technology, may be a fair way off. “It’s important to remember that what we’ve done is really the first step along a fairly long path still in demonstrating that we can actually do these things with solar technologies, says project leader Robbie McNaughton. Nevertheless, the announcement signals that, when it comes to large-scale power stations, solar energy may soon be ready to move up to the big kids table.
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Delhi Eyes Rooftop Solar Power – The Times Of India

Qatar sheds light on its solar-power future – Yahoo News UK

If the model is replicated in Delhi, according to official sources, it has the potential to deliver 50-100 MW. This was discussed by the capital’s top bureaucrats with their Gujarat counterparts on Thursday. On the direction of LG Najeeb Jung, three teams of senior officials have gone to the state to study the Gujarat model. The two-day visit ends on Friday. Among the other things they are looking at are Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati riverfront project and the CCTV-based city surveillance system in Surat. On Thursday, the teams visited the river and several solar power projects.
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Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, visited the solar-panel factory for Sunday’s inauguration. “What impresses me is that it’s driven by a visionary view of what we should be doing for the future,” Pachauri told Al Jazeera, adding the facility is “beyond state-of-the-art”. “Yes, Qatar has extremely high [greenhouse gas] emissions, but I suppose the beginning of a journey starts with the first step. And would commend the fact that they are looking further into the future than most countries are.” RELATED: The Gulf’s bright solar-powered future Neighbouring Saudi Arabia has announced plans to produce 41 gigawatts of solar energy capacity to fuel its domestic needs by 2032, and has begun building massive solar power plants throughout the country. It is the largest proposed solar target in the world, however, it remains to be seen when production will commence.
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Delhi Eyes Rooftop Solar Power – The Times Of India

Qatar sheds light on its solar-power future – Yahoo News UK

If the model is replicated in Delhi, according to official sources, it has the potential to deliver 50-100 MW. This was discussed by the capital’s top bureaucrats with their Gujarat counterparts on Thursday. On the direction of LG Najeeb Jung, three teams of senior officials have gone to the state to study the Gujarat model. The two-day visit ends on Friday. Among the other things they are looking at are Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati riverfront project and the CCTV-based city surveillance system in Surat. On Thursday, the teams visited the river and several solar power projects.
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Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, visited the solar-panel factory for Sunday’s inauguration. “What impresses me is that it’s driven by a visionary view of what we should be doing for the future,” Pachauri told Al Jazeera, adding the facility is “beyond state-of-the-art”. “Yes, Qatar has extremely high [greenhouse gas] emissions, but I suppose the beginning of a journey starts with the first step. And would commend the fact that they are looking further into the future than most countries are.” RELATED: The Gulf’s bright solar-powered future Neighbouring Saudi Arabia has announced plans to produce 41 gigawatts of solar energy capacity to fuel its domestic needs by 2032, and has begun building massive solar power plants throughout the country. It is the largest proposed solar target in the world, however, it remains to be seen when production will commence.
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Solar Roadways Light Up The Future – Chicagotribune.com

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Yes, no snow shoveling or plowing. And the LED lights can be programmed for traffic lines, construction detours, warning sensors–any type of road indicator, so if a pedestrian was crossing a crosswalk, it could light up; if there an accident up ahead, the road could tell you; if you had to refigure a parking lot for a big event, you could reprogram the lines. And they could provide light at night. In the first phase of testing, Brusaw found that low beam headlights aimed at the solar roadway at night could generate energy in the solar cells. In addition to that, it can pay for itself by producing three times more energy than we use as a country? Most moon shots are hard to believe. In the very beginning, half the people thought we were geniuses, Brusaw says in a Focus/Forward short film by Michele Ohayan.
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This Solar Breakthrough Could Make You Forget About Oil – Yahoo Finance

Some of the juice created by solar power (and wind, geothermal and micro-turbines) will be fed back into the grid, especially where two-way power meters are installed, but much of the excess power we generate will simply be uncaptured and frittered away. That’s why engineers continue to work hard to develop new ways to store energy, tinkering with virtually every kind of known battery chemistryand coming up with unusual ways to bottle up power for future use. [More from StreetAuthority.com: How To Profit From The $630 Billion Buyback Frenzy ] How bad is the problem? When clean energy sources such as solar or wind are producing peak power, they can create too much supply for grid operators, who essentially must give away electricity to shed loads. Storing that excess energy is the clear fix. “If that excess energy could be stored, not only would it not be wasted, but we could also protect the load factor and hence the economics of conventional (power) plants,” note analysts at Citigroup, who call energy storage one of the “Top 10 Disruptive Innovations of 2014.” These analysts speculate on a futuristic scenario that is a lot closer than you may think. They envision a home generating solar power, an electric vehicle in the driveway (with its own hefty energy storage device under the hood) and software that manages home loads. Your dishwasher would turn on when the car battery is full, but stay dormant while the battery is not at full charge. Many other examples of energy efficiency gains deriving from energy storage can be found at Sandia National Labs , including an interesting review of various new battery chemistries that show a great deal of promise in science labs. Energy storage has historically entailed high costs, but like solar, prices are dropping fast. For example, the cost of lithium-ion batteries has fallen nearly 90% since 2005, according to Citigroup, and they are likely to fall by half again by 2020.
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