U.S. unveils new solar expansion plans


mentalfloss
#1
White House solar panels power up

Barack Obama will on Friday unveil several new initiatives intended to expand the deployment of solar power on Friday, as officials confirmed that a set of solar panels on the roof of the White House was now operational.

Obama will – once again – bypass a deadlocked Congress and use his executive authority to announce $2bn funding for energy-saving measures at federal government buildings, as well as new financing and training programmes for solar installations.

The announcements, to be made on a trip to California, cap a climate-focused week at the White House, following the release of an authoritative report on the growing threat posed by heat waves, severe downpours and sea-level rise.

White House officials told a conference call with reporters the initiatives were intended to add momentum to the solar industry, which has seen rapid expansion over the last two years.

“We are going to be doing everything we can, with the tools that we have to move forward,” said Dan Utech, special assistant to the president on energy and climate change.

In a largely symbolic move, the White House began installing a small set of solar panels on the roof last summer. The fit was now complete, officials said, releasing a video in which the panels were shown being installed. “The size of the array we established here is the typical size for the average American house, ” said James Doherty, the White House usher. Security concerns had prevented the whole roof being covered, he said.

The solar panels were part of a broader energy retrofit at the White House, demonstrating it was possible to introduce renewable energy even in historic buildings, officials claimed.

Solar panels were originally installed at the White House under Jimmy Carter, but Ronald Reagan ordered them dismantled in 1986. Obama brought in the latest solar technology as a sign of his commitment to renewable energy.

The panels will repay the costs of installation within eight years, officials said.

Solar power is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America. However, it still acounts for just 1% of overall electricity generation, according to the Energy Information Administration. The White House has been working to challenge companies such as Walmart and Ikea to expand their use of solar power.

The president travelled to California on Friday to visit a Walmart store in Mountain View, where the company will commit to doubling its use of solar power.

Walmart already produces and uses more solar power than any other big-box retailer – more than twice as much as Costco, its nearest competitor. That still amounts to only about 4% of its overall energy use provided by solar power, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The environmental group Friends of the Earth said holding up Walmart as an example was misguided. “Walmart has both under-reported its greenhouse gas emissions and failed to meet its 2012 targets,” the group said.

The measures outlined on Friday add to a suite of programmes that have made it more easier and more affordable for companies and homeowners to install solar panels.

Tax credits have helped offset the costs, and the price of solar panels has fallen by half just since 2010.

On Friday, Obama will announce measures designed to make solar panels affordable even for multi-family houses, and new programmes to train solar installers at community colleges.

White House solar panels power up | Environment | theguardian.com
 
petros
#2
After closing 28 power stations and a doubling of price per kWh, solar just might break even with all it's subsidies (real ones).
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
+1
#3
The new and improved Solyndra
 
petros
#4
If you're going to fail, fail with music.
 
mentalfloss
#5
Yea I'm sure Exxon will be making no investments in solar and sees no business opportunity there.

Exxon Mobil to develop solar, biofuel technologies - Dallas environmental policy | Examiner.com
 
petros
#6
Catching up to the Canadian oil owned wind farms.
 
mentalfloss
#7
Glad you admit there is an economic interest in solar.
 
petros
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Glad you admit there is an economic interest in solar.

Now that cost to business and consumer has doubled per kWh over 5 years.
PS call a sparky for a line filter. The sh-tty off frequency wind power will kill all your electronics.
 
mentalfloss
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Now that cost to business and consumer has doubled per kWh over 5 years.
PS call a sparky for a line filter. The sh-tty off frequency wind power will kill all your electronics.

This coming from the guy who criticizes AGW as fear mongering rofl
 
Tecumsehsbones
+2
#10  Top Rated Post
Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

This coming from the guy who criticizes AGW as fear mongering rofl

Hard to blame a man for arguing his own financial interests.
 
petros
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

This coming from the guy who criticizes AGW as fear mongering rofl

And a scam.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
#12
This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth

German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs.


more: This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth | The Mind Unleashed
 
BaalsTears
#13
The USA no longer has a civilian manned space program. Americans are earthbound.
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
+1
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Glad you admit there is an economic interest in solar.

There is an interest in collecting taxpayers dollars for nothing. People that arepaying for nothing may not be quite so happy.

Quote: Originally Posted by BaalsTearsView Post

The USA no longer has a civilian manned space program. Americans are earthbound.

But they got acres of solar pannels that will never recoup their cost.
 
BaalsTears
+2
#15
Solar arrays fry birds including, but not limited to, endangered raptors. Solar arrays interfere with the habitat of endangered species like the desert tortoise. There must be environmental impact statements, and then years of litigation in federal district courts and federal appellate courts.
 
mentalfloss
#16
She's a beaut isn't she?

This is probably the biggest middle finger to the deniers you'll ever see.

 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
+1
#17
Right back at'cha

Abandoned wind | T W A W K I
 
DaSleeper
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

She's a beaut isn't she?

This is probably the biggest middle finger to the deniers you'll ever see.

What they will do to get votes from the greenies....
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
#19
All we deny is the current cost effectiveness of current installations. At some point solar will quite possibly be competitive in some parts of the world. But don't forget the environmental hazzards associated with them. Same goes for wind. For everything we do there are tradeoffs. Even Hydro power is not without environmental impact.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
+1
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

All we deny is the current cost effectiveness of current installations.

I will also deny any interest in paying out of my pocket so as Flossy et al can fool themselves into believing that they are doing their part.
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
+1
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

I will also deny any interest in paying out of my pocket so as Flossy et al can fool themselves into believing that they are doing their part.

There is the real problem. A lot of well meaning but gullible people actually think they are doing good by squandring public money on what they preceive as green technology without considering the consiquences. Personally I think it is just the people getting thses huge amounts of public money are just better businessmen than the rest of us.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

There is the real problem. A lot of well meaning but gullible people actually think they are doing good by squandring public money on what they preceive as green technology without considering the consiquences.

Flossy et al are more than welcome to spend their own dollars saving Mother Gaia. Leave my wallet out of it

They will then be justified in finding a suitable spot in the woods, sit in a circle holding hands and can bask in the thankful warmness of Gaia on a job well done
 
petros
#23
When they come out with lunar panels we'll be in great shape. Utilize some of that wasted moonbeam energy for something worthwhile.
 
MHz
#24
The wind-turbines should add streamers to the wingtips so birds can see them.
Solar can only get better with time, the question is should it be at big sites (like the Bundy Ranch) or local like on site at the White House where it doesn't leave the property.

Bundy could put one cow the land every 100 acres or so and that would give him the right to claim experiences for building roads and any other improvements that allow him to take care of that cow. That would dramatically drop the installation/maintenance costs for solar panels in this case. Any increase in the value of the land should be a shared thing between the taxpayer and the Bundy bunch who did the actual labor that built the access roads.

I'm more in favor of tall masts with sails that direct that wind to a smaller turbine blade and the unit is wayertight so it can be driven by river water or an oceanic current.

Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

When they come out with lunar panels we'll be in great shape. Utilize some of that wasted moonbeam energy for something worthwhile.

Move to the Arctic as the tree/snow ratio allows you to see quite well with just the moon out (enough that trees cast shadows, very spooky shadows)
 
tay
#25
US adds further heavy duties to solar panels made in China; Taiwan hit hard




The US Department of Commerce (DoC) has announced preliminary antidumping duties of up to 165% on panels partially manufactured in China.


The complaint, filed by SolarWorld America, sought to stop Chinese manufacturers from avoiding duties by using cells manufactured overseas, particularly in Taiwan.


Taiwanese cell manufacturers Gintech will face 27.59%, Motech 44.18% and the rest of Taiwan 35.89% under the latest duties. Full details of the duties are available on the Department of Commerce website.


The final determination of the duties is scheduled for early 2015.


“We and our workers are gratified to hear that the US government once again has moved to block foreign government interference in our economy and clear the way for the domestic production industry to be able to compete on a level playing field,” said Mukesh Dulani, president of SolarWorld Industries America. “We should not have to compete with dumped imports or the Chinese government. Today’s actions should help the US solar manufacturing industry to expand and innovate.”


The charges are in addition to preliminary anti-subsidy rates as high as 35% that were applied to modules made by Chinese manufacturers that used certain key components produced outside mainland China.


Jigar Shah, president of the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE), which opposes tariffs, urged both sides to find a settlement.

“We urge SolarWorld AG to work with the US solar industry and choose to end their continued litigation in favour of a win-win solution like the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) settlement proposal. CASE members, which represent the industry majority, demand a solution that ends uncertainty in the marketplace by preventing further trade litigation and that allows solar power to compete cost-effectively with traditional energy sources, thus enabling the market’s further growth. To aid in this process, we ask President Obama to make resolving the solar trade dispute a priority on his clean energy agenda and convene the parties for negotiations.


“Today’s determination is another unnecessary obstacle for the US solar industry that will hinder the deployment of clean energy by raising the prices of solar products. Due to these tariffs, previously viable projects will go unbuilt, American workers will go unhired and consumers that could have saved money through solar energy may not be able to benefit," aded Shah.


“CASE members are particularly disappointed that SolarWorld’s request to expand the scope of products affected by the solar dispute remains under consideration by the Department of Commerce. Accepting a broader scope would disregard decades of legal precedent that define scope using the ‘single country of origin’ and ‘substantial transformation’ trade rules.


The proposed new scope is also fundamentally inconsistent with the Department’s own previous determination in the 2012 solar cell dispute," concluded Shah.


Previous trade duties announced in 2012 will continue to apply on panels manufactured entirely in China.


A report by Taiwan-based analyst EnergyTrend earlier this week claimed that a combination of aggressive shipping to the US by manufacturers earlier this year and domestic US PV manufacturing, would ensure that the US was able to meet expected demand of 6GW in 2014.




US adds further heavy duties to solar panels made in China; Taiwan hit hard - PV-Tech














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taxslave
No Party Affiliation
#26
Instead of giving consumers a break the government just adds a huge tax to imported panels. I don' quite see how that is promoting the use of solar power.
 
petros
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Instead of giving consumers a break the government just adds a huge tax to imported panels. I don' quite see how that is promoting the use of solar power.

There is a 600% mark up on Chinese panels. Nail the retailers not the importers.
 

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