Sep 092011

Green technology will only continue to improve the lives of the Earth’s inhabitants. Every major industrial country – from China to Germany is investing in and creating jobs and new industries through new energy technologies. From geo-thermal and wind to solar power to energy efficiency programs, the US has created the leading technology  but has found a way to let these other countries lead the business side of the equation.

The following article outlines why it is important for the US to lead in the emerging energy technologies.


Consider this: Solar power was invented in the U.S. as a spin-off of the space program. But our largest solar energy import is solar panels, spending $2.4 billion in 2010 while exporting only $1.4 billion worth, according to an August 29, 2011, Solar Energy Industries Association study. Whats worse is our largest solar industry export was $2.5 billion worth of polysilicon, the material used to make solar panels. In other words, were selling the raw material to other countries that build the solar panels we invented so they can sell them back to us. How does that make sense?

via D.A. Barber: Mr. President: You Cant “Rebuild America” Without Creating Green Jobs.

Jun 162011

June 16,2011

The U.S. solar energy industry installed 252 MW of solar photovoltaic projects in the first quarter of 2011, according to a report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The report, “U.S. Solar Market Insight: Q1 2011,” was prepared by GTM Research.

The report said the total value of U.S. solar market installations grew 67 percent from $3.6 billion in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010. Solar electric installations in 2010 totaled 956 MW to reach an installed capacity of 2.6 GW.

Cumulative grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) installations now totals more than 2.3 GW, the report said. In 1Q 2011, the U.S. installed 252 MW of grid connected PV, a 66 percent increase over 1Q 2010. Two factors drove market growth for during the first quarter: market fundamentals that are driving down system costs and the completion of projects started in 2010 to qualify for the federal Section 1603 Treasury program.

The residential, non-residential and utility PV market sectors all continued to grow, with non-residential installations showing the strongest growth, the report said.

New Jersey had the strongest growth in 2010 and into 1Q 2011, installing 42 MW, or a 49 percent growth, over 1Q last year.

Technology costs in the first quarter fell and the industry capitalized on economies of scale and streamlined project development and installation, according to the report.

U.S. PV module production in Q1 2011 reached to 348 MW, a 17 percent growth over Q4 2010.

No concentrating solar power (CSP) projects came online during 1Q 2011, but 1.1 GW of CSP and concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) projects are under construction. A pipeline of more than 9 GW of concentrating solar projects exists in the U.S., and more than 2.4 GW have signed power purchase agreements.


Jun 062011

The small strips of solar cells seen in the front panels of today's small portable consumer, healthcare and security devices are set to become a more valuable source of free energy with help from a new advanced battery-charging integrated circuit (IC) from STMicroelectronics.


May 272011

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Envision Solar International, Inc., (OTCBB:EVSI), a leading sustainable infrastructure designer and developer, announced that it has been selected by Renewvia Energy to be the exclusive provider of EnvisionTrak™ Solar Tree® structures and CleanCharge™ Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure for the company’s growing pipeline of high quality solar deployments. The companies are currently approaching completion on a major project in Arizona.

Envision Solar’s solar parking arrays provide both shade and clean electricity for their owners. The architecturally superior, highly engineered designs are ideal for parking structures and surface lots, and environments that prefer competitively priced clean renewable energy. Additionally, they create added value for the property in the form of covered parking. The company designs and installs its Solar Tree® structures and Solar Groves® for a wide range of environments, including corporate campuses, commercial office buildings, light industrial facilities, shopping malls, restaurants, government buildings, schools, universities and hospitals.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Renewvia to provide our iconic solutions for their projects,” said Envision Solar President Desmond Wheatley. “Renewvia’s commitment to quality has been very apparent throughout the 300kw project we have just completed with them and we look forward to working together on many more solar covered parking projects.”

via Envision Solar Selected by Renewvia Energy as Exclusive Provider of Solar Tree® Parking Structures – Yahoo! Finance.

May 182011

While being environmentally friendly has long been a liberal thing, more and more conservatives are joining in because solar power and other alternative energy  projects save them money. When considering a solar power system, remember that the first step is to reduce your demand or be energy efficient – building a system that meets those reduced demand needs will make the system more cost-efficient and will help educate the owner on where their power demands can be reduced.

Largest solar panel in Tri-Cities set to save business owner moneyLargest solar panel in Tri-Cities set to save business owner… Added: May 17, 2011Between his framing business and his art gallery, Dick Nelson spends roughly $6,000 a year on electricity. However, by the end of 2011, he could make money. more1 Ratings | 34 Video ViewsPost a Comment or Rate this Video» View More Videos By NATE MORABITO Published: May 17, 2011» 5 Comments | Post a CommentJOHNSON CITY, TN –Between his framing business and his art gallery, Dick Nelson spends roughly $6,000 a year on electricity. However, by the end of 2011, he could make money.”My goal is for at the end of the year for the power board to send me a check,” Nelson said.If and when that happens, he’ll have the 63 solar panels on his roof to thank. After last year’s oil spill in the gulf, Nelson started thinking about solar energy.”I believe in being a good steward of the environment,” Nelson said. “Theres no danger in mining solar energy. A lot of people forget there were 11 people killed in the oil spill.”A Tennessee Solar Institute stimulus grant and federal tax credit paid for two-thirds of the project. Nelson paid for the rest.”It will take about five years to pay for itself,” Nelson said. “It just kind of makes sense. 93 million miles away, we have this burning star of our sun and it’s producing more electricity every second than we can possibly use.”The downtown business owner is now creating energy for the Tennessee Valley Authority. In return, the TVA is selling him electricity at a discounted rate.Nelson is just the latest to join in on the solar craze. 14 others are also participating in the same program through the Johnson City Power Board.“13 of those customers are residential customers and two are commercial customers,” Johnson City Power Board Chief Public Relations Officer Robert White said. “We have five more contracts pending. Its a program that continues to grow. We actually have several of those participants right now who actually are able to generate some credits on their account. Theyre actually generating more electricity than theyre using.”LightWave Solar Electric installed Nelson’s solar power system. Although it’s the largest the company’s installed in the region, it’s not the first.

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