Posts Tagged ‘Solar’
A solar-powered airplane that developers hope to eventually pilot around the world took off early on Friday from San Francisco Bay on the first leg of an attempt to fly across the United States with no fuel but the sun’s energy. The plane, dubbed the Solar Impulse, departed shortly after. . .
By Guest Writer Amanda Green When you take control of your energy consumption you’ll not only be saving money each month but you’ll also be doing your part for the environment. Taking your energy usage into account is a great way to start helping out the earth and many of. . .
On March 10, Americans will set their clocks forward an hour in the biannual ritual known as Daylight Saving Time (DST). But the hour of reckoning could be close at hand for DST, if some online petitioners get their way, that is. A petition seeking to eliminate DST (or make it the year-round. . .
The latest Energy Infrastructure Update released yesterday by the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reports that the US had 1,231 megawatts (MW) of new in-service generating capacity come online in January of 2013, all of it from renewable sources including wind, solar and biomass. The new capacity. . .
Developers are flocking to flat farmland near power transmission lines, but agriculture interests, environmental groups and even the state are concerned that there is no official accounting of how much of this important agricultural region’s farmland is being taken out of production. Planning department records in four of the valley’s. . .
Happy New Year to one and all. All the best for 2013. New Year’s resolutions have been made, most of those will not make it to February, but hey resolutions are made to be broken. So since we’re in the New Year, I’d like to make a few new Top Ten. . .
Past arguments for Daylight savings time was to save energy. But, does Daylight Saving Time (DST) really conserve energy? Recent studies are beginning to shed some light on the efficiency of seasonally changing the clocks. Matthew Kotchen of the University of California, Santa Barbara has been studying the effects of DST. . .
With the next Presidential debate on the horizon the big question in the world of green is will they or won’t they talk about the environment. Will they discuss climate change? Or how about clean renewable energy? It seems that both candidates are shying away from discussing these issues at. . .
Various companies and institutions have been racing to create the first transparent solar cell. What’s so special about transparent solar cells you ask? Well imagine all of the windows in your house being able to generate electricity without impeding your ability to look outside. Imagine your cell phone surface acting. . .
Current solar technology can only harness about sixty percent of the solar energy reaching the Earth. The other forty percent reaching the Earth lies in the near-infrared region of the light spectrum. That energy currently cannot be harnessed by conventional silicon based solar cells. But a new kind of all-carbon. . .
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued a report yesterday highlighting the top ten countries that invested the most in clean energy technology for 2011. The report shows that China continues to lead the world in clean energy technology manufacturing and investing. The U.S. took second place. The report also ranked. . .
Amazon is now selling a do-it-yourself solar panel kit from SpinRay Energy. The kit costs $1099.95 and comes with brackets that can attach to a deck, or for setting up the panels in your yard. No electrician or installer is needed, and which may be one of the best features,. . .
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a report on the state of power generated by different sources. In 2011 coal decreased to below forty percent of the total power generated in the U.S. The last time this happened was in 1978. The EIA attributes the decrease in coal to. . .
If you listened to the news you probably are already aware that the Earth is being hit by huge solar storm. According to NASA a huge wave of solar radiation will strike Earth this morning after travelling through Space at speeds of 1,300 mph. The flare could result in a. . .