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Oak Ridge National Labs Developing Charging Of Electric Vehicles While They Are Out On the Road

A handful of researchers are even working to extend the concept to allow charging of electric vehicles while they are out on the road. Researchers at Oak Ridge and Stanford recently developed detailed concepts for such a system. In a $2.7 million federally funded project, researchers at Utah State University are installing a system to charge buses as they stop along a route in Salt Lake City.
In the Oak Ridge model, 200 coils would be embedded in a section of the roadway and controlled by a single roadside device; successive coils would be energized as electric vehicles pass over them, providing enough power for the vehicle to reach the next series of coils a mile down the road.
John Miller, a research scientist at Oak Ridge, estimates that each series of coils plus the controller would cost less than a million dollars. “Wireless chargers for electric vehicles are so convenient. You don’t have to mess with plug cables. You don’t care what the weather is. You don’t even have to think about it. I think it’s going to catch on superfast,” Miller says.
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Hawkins County Schools will be the first system in Tennessee with Solar PV

The installation of energy efficient lighting at all Hawkins County schools, which was completed last month, is already beginning to show significant energy savings including more than $65,000 at three schools alone between May and December of last year. But two more projects discussed by the Hawkins County Board of Education Thursday evening will drive down the system’s energy costs even further. Those projects include the installation of solar panels at 11 Hawkins County schools by Morristown-based TerraShares (President John Adkins), which will sell electricity back to the Tennessee Valley Authority.
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Energy Department Announces Over $12 Million to Spur Solar Energy Innovation

February 08, 2012

As part of the Obama Administration’s blueprint for an American economy built to last, today U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced over $12 million to speed solar energy innovation from the lab to the marketplace through the Energy Department’s SunShot Incubator program. The funding will accelerate American innovation in solar energy and manufacturing by supporting advancements in hardware, reductions in soft costs, and the development of pilot manufacturing and production projects.

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Citizen’s Voice: Solar energy fuels new jobs in Tennessee

Data from the recently released Tennessee Solar Value Chain: A Workforce Development Needs Assessment from the Tennessee Solar Institute, reveals a rapidly growing industry and a genuine economic development opportunity. To read more about how solar can save thousands of TN’s jobs please follow this link: Solar Jobs in TN

New Solar Shingle Mount Requires No Trimming

As the most durable and reliable mount for installing photovoltaic (PV) panels on composition shingle roofs, the TTi Flat Jack now requires no shingle trimming or sealants, reduces labor costs and protects roofs. To find out more about this shingle mounted solar roof please follow this link: Solar Shingles

Political Battle Between Economy And Environment “Nonsense”

Mark Vachon, vice president of GE’s successful Ecomagination program is calling the political battle between economy and environment “nonsense.” “There’s this theory that you have to pick one: economics or environmental performance. That’s nonsense. Innovation is the way you can have both,” said Vachon. GE started the Ecomagination program in 2005 and has since invested more than $5 billion renewable energy, efficiency and smart grid technologies. The company saw such a powerful business case for clean technologies, it plans to double investments in the sector to $10 billion by 2015. According to Vachon, the $85 billion in revenue from cleantech has doubled the performance of the rest of the company’s portfolio.

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Simple Long-Term Feed-In Tariff Makes Financing Projects Less Expensive

Why? The average price of an installed solar system in Germany came to $2.80 in the third quarter of 2011. In the U.S., it was about $5.20 in the third quarter. Germany Installed 3 GW of Solar PV in December — The U.S. Installed 1.7 GW in All of 2011. Germans have a much more mature solar market. The country’s simple, long-term feed-in tariff makes financing projects less expensive, and has created a sophisticated supply chain that allows companies to source product, generate leads and get systems on rooftops efficiently.

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Pilot Program Will Offer Solar Options for All Customers

San Diego Gas & Electric for approval of its new solar proposal called “connected…..to the sun.” The proposal complements rooftop solar and includes two different pilot programs that would give all SDG&E customers options to buy solar power even if they do not own a home, cannot afford a solar investment, or do not have the ability to put photovoltaic panels on their roof. Customers could choose to buy all or some of their energy from solar projects located in SDG&E’s service territory or negotiate directly with a local solar provider.
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Module Prices To Continue to Fall in 2012

As part of its monthly survey, collecting PV module pricing from suppliers, integrators, installers and distributors, IMS Research also identified expectations of how prices will develop throughout the supply chain in January 2012. The survey found that whilst on average distributors expected a decline of just 4%, their customers expected prices to decline by more than double that amount during the month.

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REAP Grant announced for 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs. For 2012, USDA has approximately $25.4 million budget authority available to fund REAP activities, which will support at least $12.5 million in grant and approximately $48.5 million in guaranteed loan program level awards. USDA is accepting the following applications:

  • renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications until March 30, 2012;
  • renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications on a continuous basis up to June 29, 2012;
  • renewable energy system feasibility study applications through March 30, 2012; and
  • energy audits and renewable energy development assistance applications through February 21, 2012.

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