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Twenty-five percent of Germany's electricity now comes from solar, wind and biomass. A third of the world's installed solar capacity is found in Germany, a nation that gets roughly the same amount of sunlight as Alaska. A whopping 65 percent of the country's total renewable power capacity is now owned by individuals, cooperatives and communities, leaving Germany's once all-powerful utilities with just a sliver (6.5 percent) of this burgeoning sector.
Calif. tosses out solar power plant lawsuit
The Sierra Club sought to delay construction of a solar plant that might harm rare plant and animal species, but the state supreme court threw the suit out.
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Let me add to my previous post. The recent advances in nanotech that are being applied to solar technology will effectively double the efficiency of p.v. cells. This will make solar "farms" less invasive and keep Congressman Reid's desert from being overrun by money-saving, environmentally friendly energy sources. How much campaign contributions does he receive from the oil industry, btw?edit on 2/7/2013 by BishopNGreen because: completed my thought...
The new program will provide financing for $100 million of residential systems, expanding leasing options in nine states. Both SunPower and U.S. Bancorp invested in the program, their first renewable energy partnership. "The SunPower Lease program offers homeowners an unprecedented level of assurance that is vitally important when a homeowner enters into a long-term lease agreement," said SunPower CFO Chuck Boynton. "We are proud to partner with U.S. Bancorp and applaud its commitment to promoting the use of solar power." The SunPower Lease is now available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. In addition to low monthly payments with zero down, the program includes the only direct-from-manufacturer performance guarantee. "SunPower is the leading manufacturer of rooftop solar power systems in the U.S. because our customers know they can rely on high-efficiency SunPower technology to maximize the power generated on their roof - and their monthly savings," said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, regions. "Our popular lease program allows customers to have the best solar for zero down."
The good side of geothermal energy is also very high load factor. Load factor refers to the difference between how much the generator is designed to produce and how much it actually produces. The smaller the difference, the higher the load factor. The load factor of conventional power plants is in average around 50%, while wind farms have the load factor of around 30-40%. Geothermal power plants, on the other hand, have load factor close to 90% because harnessing geothermal energy is impervious to weather conditions.
MARINA, Calif. (AP) — In the Central California coastal town of Marina, a $7 million desalination plant that can turn salty ocean waves into fresh drinking water sits idle behind rusty, locked doors, shuttered by water officials because rising energy costs made the plant too expensive. Far to the north in well-heeled Marin County, plans were scrapped for a desalination facility despite two decades of planning and millions of dollars spent on a pilot plant.