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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Suniva planning to build a $250M, 400 megawatt solar cell factory in Michigan

Suniva, a solar cell manufacturer of high efficiency silicon based monocrystalline photovoltaic solar cells, has just announced that they will be building their second solar cell manufacturing plant.  Suniva’s  new plant, to be based in Thomas Township in Michigan will ultimately produce about 400 megawatts of their ARTisun solar cells per year, and is expected to create hundreds of jobs.   As of now, Suniva’s plan to build the plant is contingent on their getting a loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy.

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Robot Ranchers Could Maintain Future Wind Farms

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We all know that the need of the hour is alternative energy so that future generations can still breathe fresh air and have enough energy for their industrial purposes and domestic use. Many states and countries are promoting wind energy as a clean and green energy. We all know the advantages and disadvantages of alternative energy. No doubt harvesting wind for energy purposes is a good move but maintenance of wind farms has its share of headaches. Wind turbine generators already mark the horizon for miles in every direction in many parts of the world. But maintenance of the windmills has been a strenuous task for human technicians. Rotor blade damage is a routine but irritating problem that demands many hours of maintenance.

Now scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) in Germany have said they are developing a generation of robots which will be capable enough to monitor and maintain wind turbine generators on a round-the-clock basis.

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Wind Power Forecasting in the US

As the prevalance of wind power increases, so does the importance of being able to answer the question, "Is the wind going to blow?" As this article on wind power forecasting points out: An unexpected lack of wind in the US can cause blackouts. This is one problem that many regions in the United States of America may face on the short and medium term as a consequence of the country's growing dependence on renewable energies, particularly wind power. With that in mind, a project is underway to make wind power forecasting more accurate. With this project, it will be possible to achieve more precise wind power forecasting in a timeline that can go up to three days. Errors in wind power predictions "can have more severe consequences in the USA than in any European country" due to the country's temperate and subtropical climate and local geography... It is expected that a less uncertain wind forecasting in a given location will have a considerable impact on the North-American electricity industry, thus allowing a reduction of wind power prices in the United States.
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Does This Country Benefit From Sufficient Bright Days To Make Solar Energy Panels Seem Worth The Solar Energy Prices That They Cost?

We may believe that the UK is not that sunny, but it depends on your locale; North Scotland may be freezing more than it is sunny, and southern England may be the reverse. It actually turns out that the UK gets in the order of 60% of the sun that the equator gets. When it comes to using Solar Energy Panels, these can in fact create electricity in daylight on a cloudy day, although it goes without saying that, bright sunlight will create more electricity. So generally, the answer to the question is “yes”, although there are more constraints than how much sunlight there is. The siting of the building that has the Solar Energy Panels installed is crucial, for the Solar Energy Panels must be sited onto a roof with a south facing side, or within 900 of south. Also the selected roof should not be overlooked by buildings or trees that could block sunlight or the Solar Energy Panels may well never get up to their full making level.
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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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Wind Power Capacity Growth Strong in 2006

Wind power grew by leaps and bounds last year, according to the Worldwatch Institute: The 15,200 megawatts of new wind turbines installed worldwide last year will generate enough clean electricity annually to offset the carbon dioxide emissions of 23 average-sized U.S. coal-fired power plants, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. The 43 million tons of carbon dioxide displaced in 2006 is equivalent to the emissions of 7,200 megawatts of coal-fired power plants, or nearly 8 million passenger cars. Global wind power capacity increased almost 26 percent in 2006, exceeding 74,200 megawatts by year’s end. Global investment in wind power was roughly $22 billion in 2006, and in Europe and North America, the power industry added more capacity in wind than it did in coal and nuclear combined. The global market for wind equipment has risen 74 percent in the past two years, leading to long backorders for wind turbine equipment in much of the world.
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