Posts Tagged ‘solar panels’

Solar Panels on Fenway Park

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While Major League baseball has just come to an end for the 2011 season, fans of the sport know that, in a few short months, spring training will begin again.  Eco-minded fans may worry about the giant carbon footprint of baseball stadiums that require massive amounts of energy to operate 6-7 months each year.  Consider [...]

Solar Panels to be Installed on Military Bases in Hawaii

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Solar panels will be installed on a number of military bases in Hawaii, according to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific.  Following a request for proposals (RFP) process, NAVFAC awarded a contract worth up to $500 million to three companies for the solar installations.  They include Island Pacific Energy LLC, Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, [...]

Solar Panels Power State Prisons in Colorado

Solar panels installed at the Ironwood Correctional Facility

With states across the U.S. looking for ways to balance budgets and save money, the Colorado prison system could just be the model for cutting operational costs for the expensive institutions. To date, nine state prisons in Colorado have installed photovoltaic (PV) solar panel arrays to generate solar electricity.  Reducing reliance on grid-based power is [...]

Lead the Way With Home Solar in Your Neighborhood

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Neighbors often try to “one-up” each other, whether with fancy landscaping, new paint, or holiday light displays.  But what if you could encourage a positive change for the block – or even the planet – with renewable energy? Why not lead the way with home solar in your neighborhood? I’ve seen this social experiment happen [...]

Hertz Rental Car Company Goes Green with Solar Panels and Electric Cars

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Going green is easier than ever at Hertz Rental Car Company, as you can now rent electric cars, and tap into renewable solar energy at the same time.  The Nissan LEAF has been added to Hertz’s rental fleet, which is a fantastic way to “test drive” a 100% electric vehicle. In addition to making EVs [...]

How Does Snow Affect Solar Power?

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After the extreme snow and ice storms covering 30 states in the U.S., probably the last thing on your mind is solar energy.  But many people have solar panels on their homes or businesses which are responsible for some, if not all, the power used on a daily basis.  If you’ve installed solar panels on [...]

Eagles Going Green At Lincoln Financial Field

Artist's rendering of the "greener" Lincoln Financial Field

In a time when the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is going to come into full focus with the topic of money being the big difference on both sides of the table, one team is looking for a greener way to make – or save – some green. The Philadelphia Eagles, who were among many Super [...]

Solar Energy Hot Zones in the United States

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Do you live in a solar energy “hot” zone in the United States?   The U.S. Department of the Interior has developed a renewable energy plan that identifies 24 areas within California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah that have the potential of generating vast amounts of solar power, with minimal environmental and wildlife impact. [...]

More Middle Class Homeowners Considering Solar

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With solar panels falling in price, government incentives and rebates still robust, and growing concern about continued use of non-renewable (and polluting) energy resources, is it any wonder that more middle class homeowners are considering solar? Perhaps not. But get this statistic from One Block Off the Grid: 42% of upper middle class homeowners are [...]

Solar Cells That Repair Themselves?

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Taking cues from the natural world, scientists at MIT have discovered a way to create solar cells that – like plants – can reliably draw on and convert sunlight into energy.  Part of the challenge has been to address the destructive nature of long-term exposure to UV rays.  But in order to work, solar panels [...]

Sharp Electronics Expands into the Solar Energy Business

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For some time now, Sharp Electronics has been producing solar panels through its Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group division.  But now the corporation is looking to expand into the solar energy business too. Last week, Sharp put out a press release announcing the acquisition of California-based Recurrent Energy.  Recurrent has developed and marketed utility scale [...]

Solar Powered Clothing

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They’ve been talking about it for years now; solar powered jackets, backpacks and even shoes that while you  wear them, take energy from the sun to recharge your iPod, cellphone, or camera.  What a good green idea, whose time, it seems, has come. Last year uber-high- end, Italian men’s fashion house,Ermenegildo Zegna, introduced a  sleek [...]

Going Green the Amish Way

Yes, that’s right. The Amish are into renewable energy. They are going green the Amish way. They may shun cell phones, radio and TV, and ride around in black horse drawn buggies(with solar powered lanterns), but they were green long before going green was cool. Back in the 1920′s Amish leaders rejected the notion of [...]

Solar Projects on Hold in Bend Oregon

Recently, the Bend Bulletin newspaper reported that two major solar power projects in Central Oregon are “on hold.” Both the Redmond Airport and the downtown Bend parking garage have been planned to include solar panels in design and construction. However, recent questions from Pacific Power, the local electric company, has asked for clarification of applicable [...]

Lease Your Rooftop for Solar Energy

For at least a decade, real estate owners have been leasing the prime space on top of their buildings to utilities. One of the most popular uses for the vast, unused space is to lease roof area to telecommunications companies for installation of antennas, batteries and other equipment for cellular communications. The same can now [...]