Category Archives: Solar News

Military Testing Concentrated Solar Technology

The Pentagon has inked a deal with a California solar company to test new concentrated solar at several U.S. locations. It is always fascinating when the Department of Defense takes an aggressive position in support of solar technology. It is this kind of government renewable energy technology development that will make solar as much of our everyday lives as they did with the internet 20 years ago. When you start to understand that solar, wind and energy independence is a matter of national security, it is the right thing to do. Continue reading Military Testing Concentrated Solar Technology

Solar Lights Up The Night Reducing Maternal Mortality in Africa

Solar News – When Dr. Laura Stachel, from Northern California, started working in maternity clinics in Africa, night brought more than just darkness. It brought challenges and terror we can only begin to imagine. Light is something we take for granted in most places. But some parts of the world, light is sometimes more than a luxury. Light can mean the difference of life and death. Sporadic electricity impairs the operation of surgical wards, delivery wards, essential hospital equipment, and hospital communications.

Darkness and lack of communication equipment compromises the ability of health workers to give safe, proper and prompt medical care. That’s when Dr. Stachel decided to take action. Enter the power of solar energy. Read More – Continue reading Solar Lights Up The Night Reducing Maternal Mortality in Africa

Solar Installations Trump A Slow Economy, Green Energy Growing At A Brisk Pace

If patriotism begins with the love and protection of the land that we live on, the water we drink and the air we breath, there is no better example of this than California. Despite economic hardships, California solar installers has once again lead the nation in pv installations. State rebates helped stoke consumer demand for solar panels, and a state law will soon force California’s large utility companies to get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources.

Ambitious energy policies should continue to move forward because they are an essential element in the strategy to recover from the economic crisis. Solar installation, residential and commercial, continues to fuel small business bringing regional jobs and putting money into the local economies. Read more – Continue reading Solar Installations Trump A Slow Economy, Green Energy Growing At A Brisk Pace

Solar, An Energy and Economic Game Changer, Has Strong Global Support, Fastest Growing Energy Market

Players in the solar industry met recently in California at the LA convention center to strut their stuff, show off their solar products and discuss the growing solar market in this country. The U.S. solar electric market grew by over 100 percent this year, exceeding one gigawatt of generating capacity (Details in article). In the solar photovoltaic industry, all segments are having record years. Solar power may reach grid parity in certain markets as early as 2013, according to a June 29 report by Pike Research, a Boulder, Colorado clean-energy consulting firm.

It’s all about invent, manufacture and residential and commercial solar installers and jobs,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently discussed with Politico. “Solar and renewable energy represent everything we need to be focused on and everything this state has been successfully focused on. It’s all about startups. It’s all about capturing that market share and capturing those international resources in the green sector.” Continue reading Solar, An Energy and Economic Game Changer, Has Strong Global Support, Fastest Growing Energy Market

Solar, Wind & High Speed Rail Projects Bringing 100K Jobs to Help Central Valley 18% Unemployment

Sacramento Ca Solar News – At a time when California needs to fire up the job machine there is a new report that suggests solar and wind will do exactly that. Recently released, the study indicates increasing solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy installation will put on 100,000 new jobs. The study, commissioned by the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy, looks at ongoing, approved and pending projects stretching from Sacramento to Bakersfield.

The majority of the potential jobs are in installation of solar, wind and other renewable energy utility projects. In order to realize these gains, however, the California voters must defeat prop 23 (Texas oil trying to overturn energy laws) and continue the pressure on Congress and Sacramento to power up solar and other forms of renewable energy.

California’s current solar and wind energy requirements have already helped to attract new energy and technology companies but we must keep the pressure on. Continue reading Solar, Wind & High Speed Rail Projects Bringing 100K Jobs to Help Central Valley 18% Unemployment

U.S. Military Calls for Major Commitments to Portable Solar

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

Second Gold Rush In Renewable Technology Personal Energy Development Will Rule The World

Sacramento Solar News – Whoever leads the technology in renewable energy for the next generation will earn the future of mankind. The solar, wind and other sustainable power race is heating up and California is in a prime position to put some wood on the ball. (Which is another really good reason to vote NO on prop 23)

Nations and utility companies all over the world are entering the solar panel and solar installation ballgame with subsidies for a very good reason. Solar and renewables technologies can revitalize economies everywhere. Driving solar prices down will benefit everyone, it’s that simple.

The only thing at stake is the future structure of civilization which is dependent on which competing industry wins the race for personal energy. Powering your home, cars, electronics and your life with cheap locally non-fossil fuel produced energy is key for one very good reason.

You can produce your own electricity from locally installed solar and wind energy or you can buy it at high rates from central private power monopolies who will sell it to you for $5 and charge you $100 to deliver it. Read More Continue reading Second Gold Rush In Renewable Technology Personal Energy Development Will Rule The World

Worlds Largest Wind Farm Flips The Switch

The worlds renewable energy possibility are endless when measured against mankind’s needs. Solar energy, wind energy, and Geo thermal energy are already being used on utility scale.

In England the world’s largest offshore wind farm turned on the switch recently. Located in the estuary of the one of England’s major rivers it showcases what the kind of British ingenuity that concord the world.

Wind turbines, solar energy and renewables in all it forms are where the world is heading. Recently we read where California’s big utilities are jumping in with both feet. Its all a good thing. Read More Continue reading Worlds Largest Wind Farm Flips The Switch

Massive Parabolic Solar Electricity Array Will Soon Power Nearly 1 million Homes in California

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