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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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.
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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
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.
The 2012 Tennessee Valley Solar Solutions Conference (TVSSC) will take place April 10-11, 2012, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis.
Last summer’s TVSSC in Nashville drew more than 500 participants and, six weeks from the start of the 2012 Conference, more than 270 people have already registered.
The program is loaded with great topics and features world-class speakers Julia Hamm (President and CEO, Solar Power Electric Association) and Rhone Resch (President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association).
Register here for the conference. Registration will close on March 23, or when conference capacity of 500 participants is reached.
Hotel reservations can be made at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Memphis.
The 2012 Tennessee Valley Solar Solutions Conference is once again being presented by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Solar Institute.
Solar Lights Sculpture
“Seed Pod,” Chattanooga’s first solar-powered sculpture, will be on exhibit for 18 months in Renaissance Park. The sculpture was created by Birmingham, Ala., artist Deedee Morrison and is part of Public Art Chattanooga’s 2012 Biennial Sculpture Exhibition. (Photo: Staff)
A new solar-powered sculpture installed Wednesday near the wetlands in Renaissance Park artistically demonstrates how solar power works by illuminating laser-cut sheets of metal designed to replicate a seed pod coming out of a dormant state to form new life.
After years of tweaking by other scientists, researchers at MIT have figured out how to chemically stabilize plant-derived photosystem-I (PS-I), the structures inside plant cells that perform photosynthesis, on a substrate that creates electric current when exposed to light–all using readily available materials.
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Last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the international event, which challenges 20 university teams from around the world to build asolar-powered home and compete in 10 events, will take place at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., in 2013.
Since the first event in 2002 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., it has been held in the nation’s capital. And it has spawned sister events in Europe and China.
The new location is on former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, which Irvine is turning into sustainable parkland, according to the DOE.
The teams will build their homes on the runway, which will make it easier for teams to set up their homes and won’t damage the land—as the competition had done to the National Mall, since the homes were built on grassy land.
An innovative project led by a chemistry academic at the University of Southampton is using solar generators to provide IT resources and ‘hands-on’ science for students in developing countries. To read more about this please follow this link: Solar Powered Science