Tag Archives: Solar power

The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project At California’s Ivanpah Plant

It’s not just Wind Turbines that kill wildlife, from the Wall Street Journal: “A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because … Continue reading

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Zombie asks a question

Zombie, of San Francisco’s “Zombietime” fame, writes in with a question that he has graciously allowed to be given to our readers. He writes: I’m preparing to write an essay on the following hypothesis: Solar power installations, especially in desert … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: Green Energy Disaster Sinks Siemens CEO

From Dr. Benny Peiser and The GWPF Merkel’s Green Shift Backfires As German CO2 Emissions Jump – solar business closing Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, has lost patience with its CEO after Peter Loescher’s expansion into green energy and expensive … Continue reading

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Moronomics

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Reading my Sunday paper today, I find the following: Customers Can Sell Back Solar Power. The Los Angeles District of Water and Power will allow customers to sell back excess solar energy created on their … Continue reading

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We Had To Pave The Environment In Order To Save It

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Trading food for fuel, in a world where high food prices already affect the poor, has always seemed like a bad idea to me. If I have a choice between growing corn to fuel SUVs … Continue reading

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NYT, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and David Crane have no clue about how grid tied solar power actually works with the grid

Hurricane Sandy seems to have brought out the latent stupidity in just about everyone in their zeal to get in on the climate alarm resurgence. I laughed out loud when I read this op-ed in the NYT by DAVID CRANE … Continue reading

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A LOL ! press release on renewable energy from wishful thinkers at the University of Delaware

From the University of Delaware a press release that made me laugh out loud when I read it for the sheer disconnect with reality. The bold in first sentence about the 99.9% is mine. See why I think their press … Continue reading

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How Green Was My Bankruptcy? “Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands” Edition

The agency has already approved 17 large-scale solar energy projects on public lands that are expected to produce nearly 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1.8 million homes. The department estimated the resource potential of the newly identified … Continue reading

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Another Obama sanctioned taxpayer funded boondoggle goes bellyup

From WSJ: The financial pipeline was cut short before engineers could begin operating the Blythe Solar Power Project, a 1,000-megawatt system with capacity to power 300,000 homes, according to the company. … The company filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday, … Continue reading

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Another publicly larded solar company – this one wants to walk away from their solar manufacturing plant

BOSTON (AP) — Evergreen Solar is asking a bankruptcy judge for permission to walk away from its former plant in Devens. The company, which received tens of millions in state aid before shuttering its facilities last year and moving its … Continue reading

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Shocker: BP quits solar power industry

BP Exits the Solar Industry (via Planet Gore) By Greg Pollowitz Bloomberg: BP Plc, Europe’s second-largest oil company, will shut its solar power unit and quit the business entirely after 40 years because it’s become unprofitable. The company will wind down … Continue reading

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Solar power without silicon solar cells? New magnetic effect of light into insulators discovered.

‘We’ve all been taught that this doesn’t happen’ From the University of Michigan A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by University of Michigan researchers could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells. The researchers found … Continue reading

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Sunengy, with a chance of typhoons

Yes, it floats on water, and has a Fresnel lens from the local high school projectionist club, but what about typhoons and lesser gales? No mention of that. Somehow, this bullet point from the Overview page doesn’t seem reassuring: Floating … Continue reading

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News bites: The Green Energy Collapse

From the GWPF, a collection of headlines: Across the world, unsustainable subsidies for wind and solar are being cut back.—Lawrence Solomon, – Financial Post, 3 December 2010 The French government is planning to suspend feed-in tariffs for new photovoltaic installations … Continue reading

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“Sahara Solar Breeders” don’t sand a chance

Or, “how to make pie in the sky using our simple recipe”. From the New Scientist, making solar power is just as easy as building a few factories in the middle of the Sahara Desert and then making solar cells … Continue reading

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