The latest crisis in Pakistan, holding up fuel convoys, is driving the U.S. military harder to develop and use portable solar to support the troops. Fossil fuel is vulnerable to attacks making an easy target. The convoys that haul fuel to bases have been sitting ducks for insurgents. Fossil fuel accounts for 30 to 80 percent of the load in convoys into Afghanistan, bringing costs as well as risk. While the military buys gas for just over $1 a gallon, getting that gallon to some forward operating bases costs $400.
This is a serious time in history and the U.S. military understands how important is to get off oil imported from the middle east is a bad thing. (Too bad some politicians don’t get it)
With all branches of the government now beefing up their solar installation and employment of portable solar will drive development, lower costs and improve efficiency. Read More – Continue reading U.S. Military Calls for Major Commitments to Portable Solar
California, the eighth largest economy in the world, and a energy trendsetter for most of the globe, especially in renewable energy development. California is blessed with renewable resources like vast areas open to solar installations, wind and geothermal energy. Sacramento state leaders, like Governor Schwarzenegger, have responded to the call creating numerous solar installation rebates and incentives which many Californian’s have taken advantage of.
The California Energy Commission is pursuing ambitious goals, policies, and programs on climate change to do our share to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Californians have embarked on an ambitious “Million Solar Roof” initiative intended to capture California’s renowned solar energy. The program will create 3,000 megawatts of installed solar photovoltaic capacity by 2018.
However, the constrained availablity of credit has put a decline on demand and it is up to all of us to keep pushing back against those who would like to keep California on dirty fossel fuel. Industry leaders forecast dramatic growth in the California solar market with extension of credit. Another reason to vote NO on Prop 23 which is on the ballot this fall. Continue reading Opportunities for California residences to invest in solar energy is greater than ever before but we must keep pushing.
Sacramento Solar News – In the desert of California, a massive solar array will soon be powering 800,000 homes and bringing work to several hundred California households putting money back into local California communities.
Concentrating solar power is a technology that uses mirrors to reflect and concentrate solar radiation into a collector usually located in the center of the mirror. The solar thermal energy is then used to heat oils that in turn turn water into steam turning turbines to product electricity. These utility scale systems are complex to build but California has vasts deserts waiting to turn our clean renewable energy which produces jobs.
Parabolic trough collectors are the most common and cost effective when used on a utility scale. The California Energy Commission recently approved a massive 1 megawatt solar plant that will help bring clean electricity and jobs to California. Read More – Continue reading Massive Parabolic Solar Electricity Array Will Soon Power Nearly 1 million Homes in California