One Block Off the Grid (1BOG) Expands to Denver and Philadelphia

One Block Off the Grid (1BOG), the nation’s largest solar group purchase provider, is expanding.   Just this week they’ve announced new launches in Denver and Philadelphia, so if you’re interested in getting a solar installation and you live in those areas (or any of the other cities that 1BOG currently covers), listen up! 1BOG is a “community-based program that organizes group discounts on residential solar panels.”   They negotiate group discounts with local solar providers, select the best solar installer in the area and overall make the process of going solar easy.  For example, in the Philadelphia area, the discount they negotiated with the local supplier (Mercury Solar Systems L.L.C) is 15%.      So when you combine the 15% discount with the 30% federal tax credit, plus state and local rebates (the Philadelphia region gets an addition $.175 for every DC watt capacity installed (up to 35% of your out-of-pocket costs or $17,500, whichever is less), it really cuts the cost of going solar.  
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Qatar Airways To Use Cleaner Jet Fuels

Kind of jammed up here today trying to get out of town next week for vacation but got work of this initiative being done by Qatar Airways and thought I should get something up on it right now. I will come back and do an interview with them for you later but for now please read this info on alternative fuels in jets. Taking Leadership in the Application of Cleaner Alternative Fuels Qatar Airways is a travel industry innovator in the study of the potential commercial use of jet fuel derived from natural gas as a means of reducing the impact of aviation on local and global air quality. We have partnered with companies such as Qatar Petroleum, Shell, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Qatar Science & Technology Park and Woqod with the view to test the use of cleaner burning alternative fuels on commercial flights. Qatar Airways and its partners are striving to make a jet fuel blend including Gas to Liquids kerosene a cleaner-burning fuel of choice for the air transport industry in the future.
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SANYO’S HIT SOLAR CELLS ARE A HIT IN ITALY

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Japan’s Sanyo Electric Company is creating a record by powering the largest solar pant in Italy with its HIT solar cells. The Project funded by a consortium led by Deutsche Bank is expected to be completed by September 2010. Sanyo is successfully on its way to make the dream of a clean-energy society a reality. HIT solar cells’ onward march: Sanyo’s HIT solar cells, famous for their high-conversion efficiency are now marching on to Italy. Sanyo is successfully on its way to make the dream of a clean-energy society a reality. HIT solar cells’ onward march: Sanyo’s HIT solar cells, famous for their high-conversion efficiency are now marching on to Italy. The Project funded by a consortium led by Deutsche Bank is expected to be completed by September 2010. Sanyo is successfully on its way to make the dream of a clean-energy society a reality. HIT solar cells’ onward march: Sanyo’s HIT solar cells, famous for their high-conversion efficiency are now marching on to Italy.

Japan’s Sanyo Electric Company is creating a record by powering the largest solar pant in Italy with its HIT solar cells

The Project funded by a consortium led by Deutsche Bank is expected to be completed by September 2010

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Ethanol Biomass – What You Need To Understand At This Time

Ethanol fuel biomass may be defined as vegetable substances or plants currently in use to generate gasoline or sustaining energy. More particularly this is a biological origin that is extracted from the living matter. Ethanol has derived its alternative energy coming from plants like corn, switchgrasses, hemp, willow and sugar cane along with additional vegetation which provides or hold sugar. A large number of plant life either is made up of sugar or simply has a number of component inside it that can be converted to sugar. This valuable sugar is required for ethanol production which is done through fermentation, distillation coupled with dehydration. Non-renewable fuels do not fall into this category. They aren’t polar solvents as is ethanol, as a substitute they are hydrocarbons. Extracting cellulose from specific plants like corn is a challenging practice. Cellulose consists of a component of strands which contain sugars and also all these sugars must be extracted so that they can make the carbs needed to create ethanol.
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The Latest on the Cape Wind Nantucket Sound project

It’s been in the works for seven plus years, but in one of the Bush Administration’s last official acts, the Cape Wind offshore wind turbine project was given the go-ahead.     The project, consisting of 130 wind turbines, could generate up to 75% of the region’s electricity needs.    But there’s been furious behind the scenes political opposition, even from the likes of Sen Ted Kennedy, who spent much of the last 8 years criticizing President Bush’s enviornmental policies.    The locals were upset that the turbines would create “visual pollution” which might reduce their summer vacations just a smidgen. So last week the Interior Department issued its long-awaited regulatory study on Cape Wind, finding neglibible environmental impact, with a “moderate” scenary impact.     If the new Administration signs off, construction could finally begin next year.
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