Archive for March 28, 2012

Alstom goes solar, unveils $480,000 solar installation

Robert Hicks, project manager at Alstom, speaks Tuesday about the newly installed solar panel array in the parking lot at Alstom in Chattanooga.

Robert Hicks, project manager at Alstom, speaks Tuesday about the newly installed solar panel array in the parking lot at Alstom in Chattanooga. The solar panels were turned on Feb. 9 and there will be a dedication ceremony on Wednesday.
Alstom, a company known in Chattanooga for making nuclear, steam and natural gas power plant components, is going solar in the Scenic City.
Today, the Paris-based company will unveil a $480,000 solar installation constructed on its Riverfront Parkway parking lot.

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Soldiers get solar training before heading to war

For the first time, U.S. Army soldiers are receiving specialized training on how to use generators with solar-power capability before heading to Afghanistan. The Army says these generators save lives by reducing the amount of fuel that needs to be trucked to troops over dangerous roadways. For more about this please click here.

U.S. Commerce Imposes Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

In a highly anticipated announcement, the Department of Commerce has imposed tariffs in a case that has underscored deep divisions within the American solar industry. American solar manufacturers got the validation they were seeking, but much of the solar industry walked away from Tuesday’s announcement with a general sense of relief and a continued sense of caution for what could come next.To read more on this click here

PV Tech Newscast March 23, 2012

East Tenn. PBS solar panel system now up and running

Roof of the PBS station

East Tennessee PBS is taking a big sustainable step as the station’s new solar energy system is now up and running.
162 rooftop solar panels will generate enough energy to power more than four average homes for at least 40 years.
The project does not cost PBS anything, and the panels will provide free power to the station’s studio lights.
Several crews from East Tennessee worked on the installation and engineering for this solar project.
“Terra Shares is providing all the equipment, all we do is provide the roof,” said Tony Poole with East Tennessee PBS. “So it’s a win-win for us, and for the environment and for Knoxville.”
When the solar panels are not powering the PBS studio, the energy generated from the 38 kilowatt system will go to the TVA power grid