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L.A. launches nation’s largest solar rooftop program

L.A.’s Department of Water and Power is rolling out the country’s biggest urban rooftop program, which will pay residents for solar energy they produce in excess of their own needs. The goal is to generate 150 megawatts of solar electricity, or enough to power about 30,000 homes.

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June 29, 2013 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Building a Solar Economy: 4 Lessons from Hawaii

Electric companies and solar developers throughout the nation are watching Hawaii, which derives a larger fraction of its electricity from the sun than any other state.

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April 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Maui To Get Battery System For Stable Clean Energy

Massachusetts-based A123 Systems for the second time in a month announced plans to provide its advanced nanophosphate lithium ion batteries to help stabilize Maui’s power grid as fluctuating clean energy sources.

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January 4, 2012 at 2:20 am Leave a comment

Solar Panels Made of Pokeweed Berries

 A group at Wake Forest Universityi in Winston-Salem, North Carolina has developed inexpensive solar panels that use crushed pokeweed berries in place of silcon. Designed for locations that have no electricity at all, the panels produce 5-10 watts, enough to power lights and recharge devices.

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December 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm 1 comment

U.S. Solar Power 2011

 The story of American solar power has been one of stunning success by just about any metric. Just yesterday, it was reported that the industry had a whopper of a third quarter: 449 megawatts of new solar capacity was installed in just 3 months! That’s the best quarter ever for U.S. solar. It brought us to more than 1,000 MW already installed in 2011 – the scale of a couple of coal power plants – with strong growth expected to continue in this last part of the year.
More than 100,000 Americans work in the solar industry, double the number since 2009. They work at more than 5,000 companies, the vast majority being small businesses, in every state.
The U.S. was a net exporter of solar products in 2010 by $2 billion, even to China. Solar power in the U.S. now exceeds 3,100 megawatts, enough to power more than 630,000 American homes.

Here is a quick action you can do to keep it that way.

From a Chris Mentzel facebook posting

December 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm Leave a comment

Japanese Government to Build Smart Grid on Maui

Hawaii and Japan signed off on a project Tuesday to build a smart grid on Maui to demonstrate how solar, wind and other renewable energy sources can be integrated into an electrical grid.

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November 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Breakthrough New Spherical Solar Cell

via Solar Revolution – Sphelar : Spherical Solar Cell : DigInfo – YouTube.

November 24, 2011 at 4:12 am Leave a comment

Here’s an idea

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November 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

New Energy Projects Coming to Maui

The Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture is giving $4.3 million to five companies, who will match the grants for new energy projects, many on Maui.

The projects include a battery storage for solar generated electricity, a wind turbine system to provide energy for agriculture pumping systems, technology allowing electic utilities to better monitor the grid, biodiesel plant development and a Gas company project.

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October 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

Maui County to Install 1,000 Solar Panels

Maui County will install at least 1,000 solar panels on the rooftops of county facilities on Maui and Lanai. In a 20-year purchase agreement, the county will pay nothing for the installation, but will have a contract to pay the companies that install the panels for the electricity generated—and save about $50,000 per year in the process.

Read the full 8/23/11 Maui News article..

September 6, 2011 at 12:39 am Leave a comment

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