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TSEA’s Stefan and Carmelo Install Their First Solar System

Carmelo Plugging In

TSEA volunteers, Stefan Partin and Carmelo Mannino, helped ARiES Energy install solar panels at the Pink Pig in Downtown Morristown.  This was the first hands-on solar installation job for both interns, and it was a great success.  ”It is great to get your hands dirty and get experience on the ground installing,” said Stefan, “I talk to many people that have installed panels, and it is good to say that now I have too.”  Carmelo talked about his experience saying, “I’m use to doing solar behind a desk, I found installing the panels to be a great experience.”  ARiES Energy, a business member of TSEA, provides solar and renewable energy services, and was founded on the principal of three “E’s” – Energy Independence, Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship.

Completed Installation

The installation was a 11.73 kW solar photovoltaic installation on a rooftop in Historic Downtown Morristown.  The project used aesthetic and innovative solar technology that was installed within the design requirements of the local Historic Zoning Commission and will add to the historic building’s complete renovation.  ARiES Energy is proud to be the FIRST project finished in the TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation Clean Tennessee Energy Grant program.  ARiES Energy will be holding a ribbon cutting event in Morristown on October 4th, 2012 at 9AM EST.  To view more picture click here. Visit ARiES Energy at www.ariesenergy.com

TenneSEIA’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament

TenneSEIA First Golf Tournament

TenneSEIA will host TenneSEIA’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 11, at Gaylord Springs Golf Links Course in Nashville, Tennessee. Efficient Energy of Tennessee, LLC (EETN) is the title sponsor of the inaugural event. EETN is a turnkey installer of solar photovoltaic/solar thermal systems based out of Powell, Tennessee.
All TenneSEIA members and the public are invited for an afternoon of golf, camaraderie and lunch. Don’t miss the opportunity to mingle with TenneSEIA members and affiliates from around the state while enjoying a round of golf on one of Tennessee’s premier golf courses.
To sign up please visit: http://www.eetenn.com/about_us/golf_tournament_form.aspx or fill in the registration PDF form and return to EETN at the address below. Early bird registration will be available through August 31st. Registration will be available through September 11, 2012.
Hole and Tee sponsorships are available to showcase your company. For more information on becoming a sponsor please review the sponsorship PDF form or go online to sign up at: http://www.eetenn.com/golf_sponsorship_form.aspx.
Donations for prizes are currently being accepted. To make a donation please call EETN at (865) 947-3386.

NOTE: If you can’t find a team of 4 players, you can still register for the tournament as an individual and we will group you with other players. The individual fee is just ¼ of the team fee ($87.50 per player before Aug 31, $93.75 after Sept 1). Again, if you have a conflict or would prefer not to golf, you can still support the industry and TenneSEIA by sponsoring a hole or tee. Thank you.

UT unveils solar-powered, free-standing charging station

Scientists create spray-on battery paint

Rice University researchers have created spray-on battery paint, creating the potential for new gadget form factors.

One of the primary factors holding back the development of truly next-generation devices is battery technology. Yes, the lithium-ion power modules that energize most of our current flock of gadgets are fairly small and reliable. But they still take up a relatively large amount of space in our devices, and often dictate the form factor to a certain degree. Fortunately, scientists at Rice University in Texas have developed an interesting solution: spray-on batteries.

Neelam Singh, one of the Rice researchers involved in the project, says they will work to reduce the size of the paint needed to hold a meaningful charge, and hope to make their creation more user friendly. Singh tells New Scientist that he hopes to one day pair the spray-on battery with paintable solar cells, to create the next generation of home electrical systems. When exactly such a thing will be possible, well, we’ll just have to be patient.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/scientists-create-spray-on-battery-paint/#ixzz1zCjEtPwE

Happy Summer Solstice!

The sunniest day of the year!

For more information about the summer solstice, click here.

SACE Open House & Solar Ribbon Cutting – Knoxville

Knoxville, Tenn. (May 30, 2012) – The public is invited to attend the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Open House and Ribbon-Cutting ceremony on June 8, 2012 for our new 9.6 kW solar photovoltaic installation and to learn about our energy efficiency retrofits at our commercial facility. Our office improvements demonstrate SACE’s commitment to responsible energy choices that create global warming solutions and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. It is also an occasion to thank our community leaders and partners for helping to complete these projects.

We are especially pleased to announce that the Honorable Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, will be joining us. The City of Knoxville’s Office of Sustainability, together with Knox County’s Community Action Committee, designed the Green Building Incentives Program and those incentives helped fund a portion of our solar PV project.  To qualify for the program we made our building more sustainable with a geothermal heat pump, refurbished lighting including passive solar lights and building envelope improvements. In addition, SACE has on-site two Blink Network Level 2 charging stations and a Nissan Leaf vehicle as part of theEV Project, the largest single deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in history.

SACE staff and project partners will be available to discuss SACE’s solar installation and the importance of the solar industry to Tennessee as well as SACE’s ongoing efforts to promote energy efficiency and clean transportation options throughout our region. There will be networking and discussion opportunities for those who are interested in clean energy policy and excellent opportunities for filming and photographing clean energy infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements.

WHEN: Friday, June 8, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHO:
Mayor Madeline Rogero, City of Knoxville
John Noel, President of the Board of Directors, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Dr. Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

COST: FREE, light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served

WHERE: Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Office, 3804 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921

The Simple Tool That Saves Women’s Lives

A woman at the Iridimi camp in Chad boils water in a solar cooker (photo courtesy of Jewish World Watch)

A cardboard box is saving the lives of thousands of people in Africa. It’s called a solar cooker, and it is pure ingenuity. Take two pieces of cardboard, add some tinfoil and sunlight—and anything can be cooked. You can even get water to boil.

With the help of thousands of Americans, solar cookers have found their way to camps in Chad that house refugees who fled the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. More than 250,000 live in these camps, each sheltering about 20,000 people.

The cookers have made a huge difference—and not just because they are a way to heat food. Without them, refugee women must go outside the camp to gather firewood. But to leave camp is to gamble with death. Women and children—especially girls—are “particularly vulnerable to attack and rape when they are out getting wood,” says Rachel Andres, director of the Solar Cooker Project at Jewish World Watch. The equation is simple, she says. A solar cooker keeps you in camp, and that helps keep you alive.

The numbers back this up. A recent survey at one refugee camp showed that journeys to collect firewood outside the camps dropped by 86% after the solar cookers were made available.

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Tennessee Could Power the World’s 1.5 Billion Without Electricity

An estimated 1.5 Billion people, or a quarter of the world’s population, are without electric power.  Reliable electric power is key to economic development around the world.  Electricity is needed to power cell phones, medical equipment, schools, lighting, radio, and many other uses to increase human health and the quality of life.  The answer to reliable electric power for all people is a solar powered, inexpensive, air-droppable power source.

According to the Humanitarian Technology Challenge sponsored by the United Nations Foundation and the IEEE, what is needed is a low cost, high reliability, low maintenance, high scalability and flexibility, environmentally friendly solution to energy accessibility.  A household in a rural area without power only needs a modest 0.1 to 1 kW of power, and a rural hospital only needs 3 to 5 kW of power.  A solar powered air-droppable power source fits all of these requirements.

Our vision is a 5 kW solar array combined with a power box that will house all the power electronics and enough energy storage to continue supplying power at night or through the rainy season.    The power source is neatly packaged and air-dropped into location, where it can be set up in a few hours by the local population.  All they have to do is inflate the solar panel array, plug it into the power box, and then simply plug in their lights, cell phones, or anything they require day or night.

As the village requires more electricity, the modular design of the system allows for the flexibility of adding more panels or more energy storage in the future.  A system can accommodate energy storage levels from 1 kWh to 50 kWh.  The system could also be used as an energy source for a micro grid connecting to all of the houses and small businesses in the village.

This is an achievable goal with new technology in the next 5 years at a low price that would enable a village to buy their own systems.  Instead of relying on foreign aid money, the people of the village can pay as little as $2.00 a month to buy their own power source through micro loans.

We could build a factory for these systems here in Tennessee, and sell these systems to the people of less developed countries all over the world.  This would be a giant leap to helping our fellow humans.  We can bring jobs and money into our community, while making the world a better place for everyone.  We are our brother’s keeper.

For more information on the Humanitarian Technology Challenge, visit their website at: ieeehtc.org.

Buy an Electric Car, Get Rooftop Solar for Under $10,000

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.

For more info on this great deal, please click here

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