solarpvexchange
solarpvexchange:

Yesterday’s unveiling of a Solar Lab by SERIS (Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore) which boasts a full-scale facility that tests and develops solar modules in South-East Asia, brings to light the passionate intensity and commitment that powers our sunny isle in its pursuit to harness and adopt #solarenergy.Being the first of its kind in the tropics, deputy chief executive of SERIS, Dr Thomas Reindl affirmed that the Solar Lab has the ‘natural advantage’ of being able to conduct long-term outdoor tests of solar panels in such a climate. The Solar Lab is a means to SERIS’ end to put our sunny isle on the world#solarmap by making Singapore the global test centre for solar systems in the tropics.Source - The Straits Times, Sat, 19 July 2014, B17

solarpvexchange:

Yesterday’s unveiling of a Solar Lab by SERIS (Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore) which boasts a full-scale facility that tests and develops solar modules in South-East Asia, brings to light the passionate intensity and commitment that powers our sunny isle in its pursuit to harness and adopt #solarenergy.

Being the first of its kind in the tropics, deputy chief executive of SERIS, Dr Thomas Reindl affirmed that the Solar Lab has the ‘natural advantage’ of being able to conduct long-term outdoor tests of solar panels in such a climate. 

The Solar Lab is a means to SERIS’ end to put our sunny isle on the world#solarmap by making Singapore the global test centre for solar systems in the tropics.

Source - The Straits Times, Sat, 19 July 2014, B17

theenergyissue

theenergyissue:

Gemasolar, the First 24-Hour Solar Plant

The Gemasolar Power Plant, officially launched in May 2011 near Seville, Spain by Torresol Energy, was the first concentrated solar power plant with a molten salt heat storage system. Unlike other solar power stations, heat stored in these tanks during the day can be released for up to 15 hours overnight, or during periods without sunlight, allowing it to operate essentially 24-hours. The plant guarantees electrical production for a minimum of 270 days per year, up to three times more than other renewable energies, and consists of 2,650 panels spread across 185 hectares of rural land. The mirrors - known as heliostats - focus 95% of the sun’s radiation onto a giant receiver at the center of the plant. See a video tour of the plant here.

ecowatchorg
ecowatchorg:

German Solar Experience Offers Critical ‘Lessons Learned’ For America
Most importantly, the report found: “By and large, the German path has been remarkably successful, given the goal—shared by a great majority of the population—of ‘de-fossilizing’ Germany’s electricity sector.”
SEE MORE:
http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/29/german-solar-lessons-for-america/

ecowatchorg:

German Solar Experience Offers Critical ‘Lessons Learned’ For America

Most importantly, the report found: “By and large, the German path has been remarkably successful, given the goal—shared by a great majority of the population—of ‘de-fossilizing’ Germany’s electricity sector.”

SEE MORE:

http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/29/german-solar-lessons-for-america/

putsolaronit

My father, who is an Arizona old-school Republican,* is goin’ to court. For environmentalism. I’m so proud.

He has solar panels on his house, on the principle that if you live in Arizona, it’s a waste not to. They’re not huge—basically, they heat his pool. His homeowner’s association told him to take them down. He pointed to the law on the books saying that no homeowner’s association can prevent the putting up of solar panels. They got an attorney.

One of the many hereditary traits Dad and I share is that we are mellow, almost catatonically laid back people, but if you manage to piss us off, we have been known to get just a wee bit stubborn. Which is why Dad located the attorney who took the last case of this sort all the way to the Supreme Court, and who is willing to do it again.

So now, Dad’s in the newspaper (he was on the front page!) and his phone is ringing off the hook with other people suffering from HOAs, and he’s writing letters to the editor in wounded tones saying things like “If we’re supposed to reduce our dependance on foreign oil, what’s better than free sunshine?” and generally enjoying the heck out rousing the rabble.

It’s unlikely, of course, that this second case would actually go clear to the Supreme Court, but Dad’d do it if need be, being a believer in the principle of the thing. (The thought of 200K legal fees if he lost gave him pause, but Mavis, who’s intestinal fortitude I have praised before, said “No. They Have Annoyed Me.” This is the sort of ground where angels fear to tread.)

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PutSolarOnIt!!!

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