Germany continues to lead the solar energy revolution

Since March 29th. 2000, Germany has has witnessed 40% of its solar energy capacity come from private households turning the country into a renewable energy powerhouse aiming for a complete transformation of its energy system.  12 years have passed since the German parliament adopted the “Renewable Energy Sources Act”.  Private households, farmers, small & medium [...]

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Heat affects solar panel production

Solar electric panels have a complex relationship between light, temperature and  resistance … in that there exists a non-linear reference point known as the I-V curve (current as it is related to volts = power curve).  Most solar electric panel manufacturers include this I-V curve in their specifications sheet.  The simple explanation is that a [...]

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Bonus Depreciation

Writing off equipment expenses is one of the corner stones of economic recovery … yet modified depreciation (MACRS) with additional bonuses are about to expire.  If you were in a 35% tax bracket then $100,000 worth of purchases would save you $35,000 in taxes spread out over 5+ years without accelerated and/or bonus write-offs.  **Please [...]

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EV Charging Station Maps Are On The Web

Electric vehicle owners looking for somewhere to charge up need little more than to Google a nearby location.  The U.S. Department of Energy through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL will draw on Google Maps to create an online network of all the charging stations in the country and will serve as a primary datasource [...]

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No SONGS for Southern California

The high radiation alarm that sounded Jan. 31 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) in northern San Diego County signaled trouble. At the time, it wasn’t clear just how serious it was.  The San Onofre station is one of dozens of U.S. reactors facing increased scrutiny after Japan’s nuclear crisis.  It is located [...]

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Take the First Step Toward Embracing Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations

Sooner or later I am going to get my flying car.  Personally I feel the single greatest impediment to me getting my flying car is still the issues of energy from liquid fuel sources.  As a people we are quickly embracing alternative fuel sources, and yet for me it is not soon enough.  There are [...]

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Types of Wind Power Technology

This is a quick summary concerning the different types of wind power devices currently in the market.  The smallest turbines are used for applications such as battery charging or auxiliary power on boats; while large grid-connected arrays of turbines are becoming an increasingly important source of wind power-produced commercial electricity. A wind turbine is a [...]

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Spring is in Bloom … Clean, Renewable Energy

A Bloom Box is basically a fuel cell device that allows air to flow along with fuel/energy that travels over slim porcelain panels made of common beach sand. These panels are stacked (in a box like formation) and create electricity.  Fuel cells have been around since the 1800’s and as a reliable fuel source could be the [...]

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T. Boone Pickens is out of gas

I have been a fan of Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens for many years now.  For me he is one of the people I follow.  Whether I agree with his decisions or not, I make sure to pay attention to what he is doing. Throughout his professional life, Boone has been a generous philanthropist, giving [...]

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Chinese Solar Imports are set to have new tariffs

The installed cost of solar electric equipment has been on a steady decline over the last several years.  Three factors related to this decline are:  1) State and federal incentives are less than a third of what they used to be; 2) Labor is better trained and more readily available; and 3) Equipment availability is [...]

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