Ford has partnered with SunPower, one of the nation’s largest solar companies, to offer Focus Electric buyers discounts on home solar installation. Which makes for a intuitive pitch: Buy an EV, get a discount on a solar array that will power the car for under $10,000.
The discount SunPower offers varies from state to state, depending largely on where there are tax incentives for clean energy. But the company guarantees that the bill will come to less than $10K, before taxes, for the array and installation. Then your car will be running on 100% clean power no matter where you live.
The cost might seem a little steep, but look at it this way: The average American driver guzzles 558 gallons per year, costing him/her $2,100 when gas is $3.80 per gallon. Using a home solar array to power your EV, you’ll break even in 5 years—and the solar system is guaranteed for 25. Plus, when you’re not driving as much, you’ll be saving on general electricity costs.
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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today an enhanced commitment to environmental leadership that includes the following goals to be achieved by 2020: $30 billion in loans and investments in support of a “greener” economy, $100 million in community grants for grassroots environmental initiatives, and a 40% increase in the company’s energy efficiency.
“Our commitment to the environment reflects our belief that Wells Fargo’s responsibility as a corporation goes beyond its mission of helping customers succeed financially. We also have a major role to play in promoting the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life of the communities we serve,” said Chairman, President and CEO John Stumpf. “By bringing our talents and resources to these efforts, we seek to work jointly with businesses and communities in protecting and preserving this planet and its precious resources for future generations.”
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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
With approval of the Environmental Impact Review on its 200-megawatt, two-tower Saguache Solar Energy Project, SolarReserve hopes to soon get started on a new pair of solar power tower/molten salt storage facilities.
“This is the major environmental permit,” SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith said. “The bigger issue, in order to start construction, is we need to secure an offtaker.” CEO Kevin Smith also stated that his solar power tower and molten salt storage system is “less expensive, more efficient, and technically superior.”
SolarReserve’s flagship 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant in Nevada has a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Nevada Power and is under construction and scheduled to come on-line at the end of 2013. For more information please click here.
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.
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
Despite subsidy cuts and an early estimation that the 2012 year would be a slow decline in the amount of installed PV, this study foresees 2012 to have more installed PV than 2011. This is great news for the industry, with most of the installations in 2012 happening in Germany, China, and the United States. To read the full article click here.
Reporter Herman Trabish recently talked to several installers that compared efficiency and price of some of the top solar panel used on the market today. This information can be very helpful when determining which panels are right for your house and your energy needs. It is important to weigh the cost, efficiency, and other factors such as installation to get the correct system.The full article can be found here.
Appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations are a real challenge for the nation’s real estate industry, but a new tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Solar Power Electric™ and licensed by Sandia addresses that issue. For more information on this new appraisal system please click here.
The 100 percent tariffs would result in losses from $698 million to $2.6 billion in losses to consumers, according to the report. Tariffs of 50 percent would cut as many as 43,000 jobs.
Commerce is scheduled to make a preliminary finding March 2. The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Dec. 2 the Chinese subsidies have harmed equipment makers, ruling on the petition by Bonn-based SolarWorld seeking antidumping and countervailing duties. To read more from this article please click here