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Lawmakers decry energy grants that create foreign work

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Ai ai ai, one of many, huge problems with our current energy system is our reliance on other countries for resources. Especially if these are government dollars, spending them overseas seems an unwise use of scarce dollars.

By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle

March 3, 2010, 10:06PM

WASHINGTON — Four Democratic senators on Wednesday implored the Obama administration to stop spending federal stimulus dollars on renewable energy projects whenever the bulk of solar cell and wind turbine manufacturing is done overseas.

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March 5th, 2010 at 3:32 am

Bloom vs. Solar: Which One is Best?

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As part of an ongoing revue of Bloom Energy and the Bloom Box, here are some technical details in a comparison versus solar power. Very interesting.

Bloom Energy today formally unveiled its energy server, an industrial solid oxide fuel cell that can convert natural gas or other hydrocarbons into electricity pretty much on demand.And in the process, the company has ignited a debate over which of the alternatives to coal, nuclear and centralized natural gas plants might be best. Can we answer it today? No — one of the pivotal factors will be how Bloom’s servers (formerly known as Bloom Boxes) perform over time. Board member Colin Powell said at the unveiling that the company doesn’t have twenty years of user data.

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February 28th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

NY suburb to turn parking lots into power lots

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Ahhh the sweet, sweet sounds of a decentralized energy grid…

Associated Press – January 19, 2010 9:04 PM ET

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) – Long Island officials want to turn several commuter parking lots into “power lots” by constructing carports topped with solar panels.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announced Tuesday that the county, the Long Island Power Authority and two renewable energy firms will enter into a lease agreement to build the carports in as many as seven county parking lots.

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January 30th, 2010 at 10:35 am

Build DIY Solar Panels and Reduce Energy Consumption

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Wow. I would be really surprised if this article and the DIY solar panels it advertises were at all accurate. Normally when I come across an article I really don’t like or don’t believe I don’t add it to my site, but this one merits a bit of discussion.

First off, the title: adding solar panels does not in itself reduce energy consumption. It may alter the form and/or source of energy consumed, and it may actually increase consumption if the panels are not efficient in their production or operation. Since the highest quality solar panels achieve about 17% conversion of the sun’s energy, and most panels a bit less than that, I’m not sure how home-built panels using “any old garden variety wires or cables” could be a wise move unless you are highly skilled at this kind of construction.

Second, the writing. Plenty of folks have trouble with grammar and mechanics, myself included, but a published story ought to be cleaner than this.

Okay, I could go on and on, but that wouldn’t be helpful.

Do it yourself energy upgrades may be an excellent idea, and there are some very promising solar technologies in use and even more in the pipeline. As always, just be sure to investigate claims that offer such huge and immediate savings. As the website you are now reading can attest, anyone can get information on to the web.

Contributed by MarkHare on Sun Jan 24 03:27:06 2010

Solar energy is one of the best solutions we have at replacing the fossil fuel energy. Fossil fuels have started to diminish for some time now and the global reserves are slimmer and slimmer. This is the bad news.

The good news is that it will make us search alternative energy sources. We must think about new resources that pollute less and that are renewable. In the last few years many solar energy based appliances have been made and also other things like solar gardens and more. Many people have also started to build homemade solar panels in order to diminish their electricity bills. This solution has proven to be very economical. You can try to build solar panels to reduce the demand on the country’s energy grid.

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January 25th, 2010 at 5:23 am

A clash of environmental ideals in the Mojave Desert

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Solar-energy project vs. endangered desert tortoises

January 4, 2010 |  4:40 pm

On a strip of California’s Mojave Desert, two dozen rare tortoises could stand in the way of a sprawling solar-energy complex in a case that highlights mounting tensions between wilderness conservation and the nation’s quest for cleaner power.

Oakland, Calif.-based BrightSource Energy has been pushing for more than two years for permission to erect 400,000 mirrors on the site to gather the sun’s energy. It could become the first project of its kind on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property, leaving a footprint for others to follow on vast stretches of public land across the West.

The construction would come with a cost: Government scientists have concluded that more than 6 square miles of habitat for the federally threatened desert tortoise would be permanently lost.

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January 5th, 2010 at 7:21 am