April 29, 2010

Solar Company Offers Obama Free Solar Panels for White House

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Not since the Carter administration has the White House benefited from photovoltaics. Solar company Sungevity is offering President Obama free solar panels for the White House rooftop, including installation. Eco Geek reports:

Sungevity is offering the 102-panel, 17.85 kW solar system, installation and warranty as a free donation, at no cost to the Obamas, the government or tax payers. The only costs associated with the panels would be the upkeep and maintenance. In case the president isn't comfortable with the $107,900 donation, they're also offering a 10-year lease of the equipment at $537/month with maintenance and monitoring included.

Obama would be a fool not to take Sungevity up on their generous offer.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 2, 2010

Message to Obama: Put Solar Panels Back on the White House

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It's time solar panels returned to the White House. The Carter administration installed solar panels to power the White House; however, Republican president Ronald Reagan promptly removed the panels when taking office. It's time for Obama to restore renewable energy to the White House. Renewable Energy World writes:

I have no idea why the President has not acted to put solar back on the White House proper. The last news source I can find says he was "considering it." Clearly, he and Energy Sec. Chu are supporters of renewable energy. Nevertheless, as Stephen Lacey noted in his excellent podcast, the German parliament's Reichstag building now uses passive solar, solar PV, solar thermal and other RE technologies to offset almost all of its energy needs. What's taking so long with the relatively smaller White House?

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 15, 2009

Copenhagen's Famous Tivoli Amusement Park Will Be Wind-Powered

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It is fitting that the city hosting important climate talks would move towards powering one its most famous attractions with wind power. Tivoli Amusement Park has been open since 1843, and now an offshore wind turbine will power the park. Eco Friend reports:

The park has already made strong efforts at recycling and energy efficiency, and is now looking for ways to go carbon neutral.

Tivoli Amusement Park has partnered with Danish Oil and Natural Gas, and the partnership has resulted in an agreement to install an extra wind turbine off Copenhagen's coast. The turbine is undergoing final tests now, and when installed next year, it will be able to provide all the electricity the park needs.


Earlier this fall, the idea to turn a closed Ford plant in Michigan into an amusement park was scrapped in favor of renewable energy manufacturing plant. Perhaps the park would have won favor if it had been powered by wind like Tivoli Gardens.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 9, 2009

England Names 10 New Nuclear Sites

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England aims to increase its nuclear power to 40% of energy production by 2025. Ten new sites have been named demonstrating the government's commitment "nuclear electricity generation". Renewable energy will account for 30% of England's energy by 2020 under the new policy. The Telegraph explains:

Mr Miliband said: "The threat of climate change means we need to make a transition from a system that relies heavily on high-carbon fossil fuels to a radically different system that includes nuclear, renewable and clean-coal power.

Similar moves to approve new nuclear sites are occurring in the United States with Florida endorsing its first nuclear power plant in 33 years.
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August 13, 2009

Florida Approves First Nuclear Power Plant in 33 Years

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Bad news for opponents of nuclear power: the state of Florida has just approved its first nuclear power plant in 33 years. The Miami Herald describes criticism of the project:

Critics have complained about the site the company picked. In many places, the water table on the site is above ground for half the year or longer, according to documents the company filed with the NRC. Most of the site lies in the 100-year floodplain, meaning after heavy rain, it is likely to remain inundated for some time...The board also found that the utility may have underestimated the impact of building the plant in a floodplain. That will require filling in and paving over hundreds of acres of wetlands, which may hurt both the underground aquifer and the Withlacoochee River, not to mention the wildlife species that depend on them, the board found.
The nuclear power plant would not be up and running until 2018, but taxpayers have already begun footing the bill. Ironically, Florida is the number two producer of solar energy in the United States.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

August 6, 2009

Renewable Energy Output Exceeds Nuclear Power in the US

solar.jpg The July 2009 "Monthly Energy Review", issued by the US Government Energy Information Administration, states renewable energy output has exceeded nuclear power accounting for 11.1% of domestic energy production. The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) reports:
For the first four months of 2009, U.S. renewable energy production was comprised of hydropower (34.6%), wood + wood wastes (31.2%), biofuels (19.0%), wind (9.3%), geothermal (4.7%), and solar (1.2%). Most of these sources grew compared to the first third of 2008 with wind expanding by 34.5%, biofuels by 14.1%, hydropower by 8.2%, and geothermal by 2.6%. The contribution from solar sources remained essentially unchanged while wood + wood waste declined by 4.9%.
The report also states energy usage in the US has declined by 5.7% compared to 2008.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 23, 2009

Green Blog Recommendations: Ecofriend.org

ecofriend.png We've discovered a new green blog we'd like to recommend to you! Ecofriend.org features many great posts on environmental trends. From Eco Homes to Eco Cars, Ecofriend has you covered. Recent posts include:
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May 14, 2009

Ethanol-Based Charcoal Reduces 99% Carbon Monoxide Compared to Charcoal

bbq.jpg Warm weather and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend means it's outdoor barbecue time. On the Fourth of July alone, Americans burn enough charcoal to power 20,000 households for a year! There is a cleaner alternative to traditional charcoal: ethanol-based charcoal. FlameDisk Charcoal Alternative reduces 99 percent of carbon monoxide and has 91 percent lower VOC than regular charcoal. Ethanol-based charcoal alternative is an eco-friendly option for all your grilling needs.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 14, 2009

Energy Costs More to Blame than Ethanol for Rising Food Costs

ethanol corn.jpg Ethanol has gotten a bad rap for causing the price of food to rise but also to blame is the rising cost of energy. Ethanol is not without fault, as a Congressional Budget Office report stated that ethanol production was responsible for 10 to 15 percent increase in food prices between April 2007 and April 2008; however, between 22 and 36 percent of the increase in food prices are due to the increase in the cost of energy sources. Tom Buis, chief executive of Growth Energy, an ethanol-industry association, explains:
The report released by the Congressional Budget Office confirms what we've known for some time - the impact of ethanol production on food prices is minimal, and that energy was the main driver in the rise of food prices
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the American Meat Institute, the National Turkey Federation and the National Council of Chain Restaurants responded in kind:
Today's Congressional Budget Office numbers once again remind us of the unintended negative consequences associated with our nation's current policies which promote and mandate the conversion of massive amounts of corn and other food crops for biofuels production.
Whomever is to blame, rising food costs have hurt Americans during this economic recession.

Via: San Francisco Chronicle
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March 17, 2009

Solar Panels in the Sahara Desert Could Power ALL of Europe

brightsource-thermal-solar.jpgAll of Europe's energy needs could be provided by a very large solar array in the Sahara Desert, according to researchers. Dr. Anthony Patt, a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, explains:
It [North Africa] could supply Europe with all the energy it needs. The Sun is very strong there, and it is very reliable. There is starting to be a growing number of cost estimates of both wind and concentrated solar power for north Africa... that start to compare favorably with alternative technologies. The cost of moving [electricity] long distances has really come down.
How large a solar array would be needed to provide Europe's energy needs? Dr. Patt estimates the array would be the size of a small country (a fraction of the size of the Sahara Desert) and it would cost approximately $70 billion.

Via: Consumer Energy Report
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