End of the Cross-Country flight for the Solar Impulse

solar planeThe solar plane started its journey on May in San Francisco and had its final landing Saturday night at 11.09 pm in JFK airport, New York. Taking off at Dulles Airport in Washington DC at about 5 am, the Solar Impulse fled to New York City and was expected to pass around the Statue of Liberty. However, due to a tear on the left wing, it had to shorten its plan to 3 hours and directly go to JFK. Continue reading “End of the Cross-Country flight for the Solar Impulse”

Solar panel and education

158308745A 16-week training program on solar panel has been created by Houston Community College. The program, to be started next month, will offer student with courses about physics on solar ray, solar cells and all important scientific aspect about solar panel, as well as courses on installation and maintenance of solar panels. At the end of the program, student can be rewarded by a certificate. Continue reading “Solar panel and education”

Solar Rooftop for Las Vegas Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay solarThe famous MGM Resorts’ hotel, Mandalay Bay, will soon be the home of the country’s second largest solar rooftop. The roof of the resort convention center should foster 10,000 solar panels which will generate 6.2 megawatts, enough to provide electricity to 1000 homes. The solar array should count for up to 20% of the hotel needs in electricity. The project is expected to be complete early 2014.

With this project, MGM Resorts International expect to set up a standard as roof top solar array are more and more affordable, even for small budget. The solar array project on Mandalay Bay convention hall rooftop should inspire business building owners as much as individuals.

Gulf countries to focus on solar

solar street lightsGulf countries enjoys high sun radiation all year long which make them a perfect location for solar power facilities. All over those countries, several projects, worth $155 billion, are already planned to produce 84 gigawatts. Solar is one of the main goal in the Gulf area as, later this year, leaders from Gulf countries will meet to discuss an important solar project in the desert. Continue reading “Gulf countries to focus on solar”

Las Vegas to welcome with solar panels

solar las vegasLas Vegas famous welcoming sign might soon be powered by solar energy. A project, led by two local non-profits, The Clean Energy Project and Green Chips, plans to install fake blue tree, which will each foster 12 solar panels, to power the sign. This project will not cost a penny to the county as a Virginia-based organization, Consumer Electronics Association, will be funding it. Continue reading “Las Vegas to welcome with solar panels”

Apple: Reno data center powered by solar energy

Solar panelYesterday, Apple confirmed that they were building a solar farm to produce electricity to the company data center in Reno, Nevada. For this solar energy project, Apple joins forces with a Nevada utility company, NV Energy. Through this partnership, Apple will be able to link its solar farm to the local power grid. Therefore, Apple solar farm will also generate electricity to neighbors communities. Continue reading “Apple: Reno data center powered by solar energy”

EU-China Solar Panel conflict near the end

Solar panelThe European Union and China will soon draw to a close after weeks of fierce discussion led by European Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. Negotiations first end up to the implementation of custom duty on Chinese solar panels. This time EU members and China used their common goal, raise prices, to find a compromise. For European Union, several companies close down due to the fierce competition from Chinese. On Beijing side, the competition between national companies led to the leader, Suntech, bankruptcy. Continue reading “EU-China Solar Panel conflict near the end”

140,000 LED street lights in Los Angeles

street lightsIn 2009, Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, launched the “Los Angeles Street Lighting Energy and Efficiency Program”. The objective is to switch from regular street lights to LEDs street lights on over 140,000 street lights of the city. It is the biggest project of light bulb replacement in the world. It will also allow the city to reduce its carbon dioxide pollution by 110,000 tons per year. As LEDs are less energy-demanding than other kind of lights, the city will be able to save money from its electricity bill. Usually, street lights represent between 10% and 38% of the city’s electricity bill which represent around $15 million per year. Maintenance fees will also be lessen as LED lights enjoy a longer lifespan than other kind of light bulbs. Continue reading “140,000 LED street lights in Los Angeles”

New solar farm project in Texas

Solar farmTexas A&M University unveiled their solar farm project earlier this week. Worth $600 billion, the university project is announced as the biggest solar farm for research and development purpose. The farm will be able to generate 50 megawatts. Called “Center for Solar Energy“, the solar farm, installed in Bell County on 800 hectares, will also power up the university’s buildings as well as about 20,000 houses in the neighborhood and provide electricity to the nearby U.S Army base of Fort Hood. Continue reading “New solar farm project in Texas”