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.

via Largest solar panel in Tri-Cities set to save business owner money | TriCities.com.

May 102011

Just one of many alternative energy technologies that the US Government should be investing in – isn’t that the point of government programs?

@TheBrknGuitar Its a brand new technology. US patent was granted last month, foreign pending. Not enough people know it exists yet, but they will. Projects are now being planned at several locations, but publicity is the key because the system is so obvious that it can do nothing else BUT work & people know that when they see it. Spread the word. It will be built, but it takes time to change established thought.This is the ONLY nuclear scale, true baseload green technology in existence.

via YouTube – Marshall Hydrothermal Recovery System.