Archive for ‘Wind/Solar Power’

September 2, 2011

Stephen Moore: ‘Green Jobs’ vs. Real Energy Jobs – WSJ.com

Stephen Moore: ‘Green Jobs’ vs. Real Energy Jobs – WSJ.com.

President Obama is expected to seek another $250 billion or so in new stimulus funds next week, with plenty of money for clean energy and the creation of so-called green jobs…

So we now have a national energy policy directing our resources away from cheap, efficient and increasingly abundant fuels like coal, oil and natural gas while we channel billions of tax dollars to 500-year-old energy technologies like wind power that can’t possibly scale up to power a modern-day industrial economy. That’s a shame.

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August 25, 2011

U.N. Secretary-General: Renewables Can End Energy Poverty | Renewable Energy News Article

U.N. Secretary-General: Renewables Can End Energy Poverty | Renewable Energy News Article.

New Hampshire, USA — United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made renewable energy and its ability to lift the poorest nations to new levels of prosperity a central theme during his visit to Colorado on Wednesday.

With the Rockies as his backdrop, Ban toured the National Renewable Energy Laborary in Golden, where he inspected the flexible thin-film modules produced by Colorado-based Ascent Solar. The facility, he said, represents innovative approaches that for relatively little cost can connect remote areas to the global network of information and ideas.

August 22, 2011

Secretary Chu Signs Off on Two New Loan Guarantees to Develop Alternative Energy

Secretary Chu Signs Off on Two New Loan Guarantees to Develop Alternative Energy.

To support the development of two alternative energy projects, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded loan guarantees to both Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, Inc. and SoloPower, Inc. that, combined, amount to nearly $331 million.

August 16, 2011

Plants versus Photovoltaics: Which Are Better to Capture Solar Energy?: Scientific American – David Biello

Plants versus Photovoltaics: Which Are Better to Capture Solar Energy?: Scientific American. For capturing the sun’s copious energy, there are basically two available engineering models: photovoltaic (PV) cells that turn it into flowing electrons or photosynthetic plant cells that turn it into plant food. So which does the job better? After all, such a judgment might help inform policymakers on whether to pursue biofuels or solar electricity.

August 16, 2011

The U.S. Marines Go Solar – By Greg Pollowitz – Planet Gore – National Review Online

The U.S. Marines Go Solar – By Greg Pollowitz – Planet Gore – National Review Online. A company of U.S. Marines recently conducted a remarkable three-week patrol through southern Afghanistan, replacing hundreds of pounds of spare batteries in their packs with roll-up solar panels the size of placemats to power their battle gear.

By allowing the troops to recharge their radios, GPS devices and other equipment, the green technology freed the Marines of India Company from constant resupply by road and air. And by carrying fewer batteries, they carried more bullets.

August 15, 2011

Wind and solar energy are becoming cost competitive | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Wind and solar energy are becoming cost competitive | MNN – Mother Nature Network. Clean sources of energy such as wind and solar will be no more expensive than oil and gas projects by the end of the decade, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday.

President Barack Obama’s administration has been encouraging companies to invest in green growth, calling it a new source of jobs and fearing that other nations — led by China — are stealing the march.

August 5, 2011

Virginia growers looking at alternative energy options | Equipment content from Southeast Farm Press – The Virginia Farm Bureau

Virginia growers looking at alternative energy options | Equipment content from Southeast Farm Press. More than 30 Virginia farmers and rural businesses applied for the most recent offering of federal grants to increase fuel efficiency and/or install alternative energy sources.

Alternative energy projects are dominating the grant requests.