Viewing: November 2010

Gadget Junkies Need Portable Backup Batteries To Power Their Technology on Trips

If you are like me, the thought of roughing it for a weekend camping in the back-country of the Sierra Mountains while leaving your favorite electronics at home is simply wrong. Sure, I can pack a iPod, iPad, Smart Phone and laptop for blogging, but without power how long will any of those last in […] Read more

Distributed Solar, The Next Block In The Renewable Revolution Political Fight

Few would question the consensus that solar and wind energy is creating a revolution in the way electricity is produced. The next round in the political fight for energy independence promises to be distributed energy or the way electricity is shared in the local community. Distributed energy is the generation of small-scale solar or wind […] Read more

Solar Power Technology Is Being Developed For Enhanced Oil Recovery

There is a solar company in California that is using concentrated solar to extract oil from depleting fields. Using the steam generated from concentrated solar system, the steam is pumped into the depleted oil field to enhance the recovery. As you may know, a parabolic solar trough (concentracted solar) is a huge, curved mirror that […] Read more

Solar Grid Parity, The Break-Even Point For PV Is Beginning To Emerge

Solar in California is reaching that all important target of grid parity, or the point where photovoltaic electricity is as cheap or cheaper than conventional electric power. As solar capacity increases and demand in solar energy continues to be strong, the cost of installed photovoltaic systems continues to drop at an accelerated rate driving us […] Read more

Middle Class Homeowners Are Buying Solar In Larger Numbers

With rising energy costs and solar home installation panel prices falling, governement solar tax incentives and rebates as high as they have ever been in history is it any wonder that solar ownership for middle America is rising? Maybe not. In a recent statistic, 42% of upper middle class homeowners are considering installing solar photovoltaic […] Read more

Capturing Solar & Putting It To Work In New Ways To Make Electricity

The sun puts out enough solar energy in one hour to power the entire earth for a year. That is some serious power. That being said, why aren’t we universally using solar to power everything? The fact is, usually, capturing the suns solar energy and putting it to work in the form of electricity is […] Read more

With Power Outages On The Rise Across America, Do You Need An Emergency Battery Backup System?

Nothing makes me more nervous than when the power goes out here in Northern California. Non-disaster U.S. power outages are up 124% since the early 1990’s. The number of people on average affected on a daily basis by U.S. power outages are now up to 500,000. The cost of new utility lines run an average […] Read more

California Christmas Gift From Voters. Victory For Solar Energy

Californians have a right to celebrate. Prop 23 went down in flames, with 61% of voters against it and 39% in favor. Additionally, California was handed triple victories with the defeat of prop 23, election of Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. Solar and renewable energy jobs may only be a drop in the bucket in […] Read more

Proposed Solar Farm Has San Benito California Ranchers Hopping Mad

The same mild temperatures that make San Benito, just south of the San Francisco Bay, an agricultural haven make it an ideal location for solar. Solargen Energy wants to build a 400 megawatt (Yea, that’s really big) solar power facility the area that supports several ranchers and organic farmers. The project would deliver clean solar […] Read more