Archive for April 13, 2012

NREL releases report on 1603 grant program results

The program, which was operational from 2009 to 2011, offered renewable energy project developers a one-time cash payment in place of the Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit and provided 30 percent of total eligible costs of a project for most types of renewable energy.
Amongst the report’s findings, the §1603 grant program has provided approximately $9 billion in funds to over 23,000 PV and large wind projects, comprising 13.5 GW of generating capacity. The study also estimates that construction- and installation-related expenditures are estimated to have supported an average of 52,000–75,000 direct and indirect jobs per year over the program’s operational period.

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UT Team Takes on Energy Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge

The Baker Center, along with other UT departments and the Tennessee Solar Institute, is administering a $700,000 DOE grant that the group will use to identify best practices in financing, permitting, and zoning. The goal is to encourage the adoption of an online system to allow residents of four jurisdictions—Knoxville, Franklin, Nashville, and Memphis/Shelby County—to get residential solar permits through an over-the-counter, same-day review process.

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Wireless Power Transmission

White House Highlights David Bolt as a “Champion of Change” for his Efforts to Advance Corporate Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable Future’s founder David Bolt will be honored today by President Obama. WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, April 12th, David Bolt will be one of eight individuals honored at the White House as Champions of Change for demonstrating that corporate environmental leadership makes sense, both for business and for
American communities.
“Cutting waste, reducing energy use and operating more sustainably translates to less pollution and lower utility bills for businesses across the country,” said Nancy Sutley,
Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “The leaders we’ve selected as Champions of Change are proving that sustainable practices work for companies’ bottom lines, and work for the health of American communities.”
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 1:30 pm ET on April 12th. David Bolt has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of
Technology and two Masters of Science Degrees. Since 2003, he has been focused both on living more sustainably and helping others to live more sustainably. He converted his house to a Net Zero Energy home and started Sustainable Future, LLC in 2005 to help others do the same. His house currently produces more energy than it uses and therefore generates more money from the utility company than he owes on his bill. Bolt last paid an electric bill in April of 2006.

We are so proud of David. To have him here in Knoxville accomplishing as much as he has does credit to him, our community and our state of Tennessee.

Proposed Satellite Would Beam Solar Power to Earth

PASADENA, Calif. — An energy-hungry Earth is in need of transformational and sustainable energy solutions, experts say.
For decades, researchers have been appraising the use of power-beaming solar-power satellites. But the projected cost, complexity and energy economics of the notion seemingly short-circuited the idea.
Now, a unique new approach has entered the scene, dubbed SPS-ALPHA, short for Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array. Leader of the concept is John Mankins of Artemis InnovationManagement Solutions of Santa Maria, Calif.
Mankins provided a detailed overview of the power-beaming concept here during the 2012 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts meeting March 27-29. [Video: Beaming Power From Space]
The NIAC is under the wing of NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, which is providing a technology and innovation focus for the space agency.
Huge platforms

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TVA says unit at Watts Bar nuke plant to cost more

The Tennessee Valley Authority said Thursday it will cost up to $2 billion more to complete Unit 2 at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City.

The federal utility said the total cost is now up to $4 billion to $4.5 billion. The earlier estimate in 2007 had been $2.49 billion.

The agency blamed the increase on poor previous estimates and acknowledged that reviews to support the initial estimate were not completed.

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Upcoming Solar Energy Trainings in Frankfort, Kentucky

The Kentucky Solar Partnership and Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest, with the support of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service, and Kentucky State University, present a series of introductory and advanced training classes on solar photovoltaics, solar water heating systems, and trends in the US solar energy industry.

Full workshop descriptions and registration information can be found at www.kysolar.org and in the Workshop Guide. Financial support is available to residents of eastern Kentucky in the form of low-interest loans to cover registration fees and grants to cover travel expenses. Thanks to MACED for their financial support.

Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics
May 8 – 9 , 2012
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor: Chris LaForge, ISPQ Certified Solar PV Master Trainer
NABCEP Certified PV Installer
Location: Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office
101 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY 40601

Solar Site Assessments and PV System Design
May 10, 2012
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: $140
Instructor: Chris LaForge, ISPQ Certified Solar PV Master Trainer
NABCEP Certified PV Installer
Prerequisite: Introduction to Photovoltaics or equivalent prior training or experience
Location: Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office
101 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY 40601

Solar Photovoltaics & the National Electric Code
May 11, 2012
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: $140
Instructor: Chris LaForge, ISPQ Certified Solar PV Master Trainer
NABCEP Certified PV Installer
Prerequisite: Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics or equivalent prior training or experience
(Code officials require no prerequisites)
For Installers, Code Officials, Inspectors, and Building Professionals
Location: Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office
101 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY 40601

Introduction to Solar Water Heating Systems
June 5 – 6, 2012
8:30am – 5:00 pm each day
Fee: $275
Instructor: Bill Guiney, Director of Solar Heating & Cooling, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Prerequisite: None
Location: Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office
101 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY 40601

Solar Industry Trends and New Technologies
June 7, 2012
8:30am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $100
Instructor: Bill Guiney, Director of Solar Heating & Cooling, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Prerequisite: None
Location: Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office
101 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY 40601

Advanced Solar Photovoltaics
July 10 – 12, 2012
8:30am – 5:00 pm each day
Fee: $415
Instructor: Chris LaForge, ISPQ Certified Solar PV Master Trainer
NABCEP Certified PV Installer
Prerequisite: Introduction to Photovoltaics or equivalent prior training or experience
Location: Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office
101 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY 40601

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To Register: Download the Registration Form here and mail it with payment to the address on the form. The Registration Form is also available at www.kysolar.org or by calling 1-888-576-6527.

Financial Assistance is available to those who live and work in eastern Kentucky. MACED (Mountain Association for Community Economic Development) is offering low-interest loans to cover registration fees and grants to cover travel expenses. Full information about the financial assistance is available on the REGISTRATION FORM (available at www.kysolar.org) or by calling the Kentucky Solar Partnership at 502-227-4562 or solar@kysolar.org.

Thanks to MACED for providing financial support to our eastern Kentucky participants.

TTCP’s Mobile Power Station To Be Unveiled!

Tennessee Technology Center at Pulaski’s Solar Photovoltaic program along with Industrial Welding and Advanced Manufacturing have recently joined together to design, develop and construct a mobile power station able to produce 2,400 watts of solar power with a 9,600 amp hour capacity battery bank.  This power station was the design of TTC’s Solar program the frame of which was built by the Industrial Welding class.  The ten Sharp solar panels and the eight SunExtender batteries, inverters and electronics were wired by TTC’s solar class.  The Advanced Manufacturing class installed a dual cylinder, 3000 pound capacity hydraulic system to lift one side of the station for better solar access. This 2.4 Kilo Watt system has the potential to power a small home or an average construction site. This system has a 25 year warranty to produce clean, quiet energy and will be in service long after the warranty is gone.  All components, products and hardware are proudly made in America – from the solar panels made in Memphis, TN to the inverters produced in Denver, CO.  This system can be placed in service anywhere you can drive a truck.

This mobile power station is to be unveiled on Monday, April 2nd at the Pulaski town square next to the electric vehicle charging stations from 11 am until 1 pm.

See our website for more information, pictures and videos and any future display dates and locations of this and all of our other projects and programs.

www.ttcpulaski.edu

931-424-4014

TTCP is an EOE/ADA/AA employer

IBEW 934 Announces Solar Class Graduation

IBEW 934 of Kingsport announces the first graduating solar installation class on March 31, 2012. IBEW 934 announces the new addition to the electrical workforce will help Tennessee remain competitive in the solar sector as a lack of action could cause the state to lose energy jobs to other states that have fast growing solar workforces.
The solar installation certification along with the training through the IBEW local 934 electrician’s apprenticeship reassures my customers that our installations of any size are done safely and reliably. The customer can rest assured they are receiving quality craftsmanship.
New opportunities are opening up in the renewable energy sector as millions of federal stimulus dollars are made available for training and investment in the new energy economy. But the expected rapid growth of green jobs means that our economy will require hundreds of trained electricians who can safely and professionally carry out the work.  It’s a demand already being met by IBEW local 934.

For futher information contact:

Roger Farmer
(423) 323-5411

A new dimension for solar energy

Intensive research around the world has focused on improving the performance of solar photovoltaic cells and bringing down their cost. But very little attention has been paid to the best ways of arranging those cells, which are typically placed flat on a rooftop or other surface, or sometimes attached to motorized structures that keep the cells pointed toward the sun as it crosses the sky.

Now, a team of MIT researchers has come up with a very different approach: building cubes or towers that extend the solar cells upward in three-dimensional configurations. Amazingly, the results from the structures they’ve tested show power output ranging from double to more than 20 times that of fixed flat panels with the same base area.For more on this please click here