The 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”
In 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”
Texas 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”
Yesterday, the Environmental Colorado Research and Policy Center came up with several propositions to develop solar energy in the state. Colorado has a great solar energy potential with overs 300 days of sun per year but only produce 70 megawatts of solar energy per year. In comparison, New Jersey, which enjoys only about 200 sunny days per year generate 415 megawatts of solar energy per year according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). Continue reading “High potential for Solar Energy in Colorado”
On June 27th, Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Clean LA Solar members announced the launch of the country’s largest Feed in traffic program. To comply with the state-mandate to produce about 33% of cities electricity through renewable energy by 2020, LA flips the switch.
With this project, Los Angeles Department of Power and Water customers will be able to sell electricity they’ll generate through solar panels. LADWP will redistribute this electricity across the city. The goal is to generate 150 megawatts to the electric circuit of the city or at least to generate enough electricity to power up 30,000 houses in the city.
The announcement was made at the top of a North Hollywood building which is part of the project and can provide 142,000kilowatt/hour. Los Angeles gathered a network of a hundreds of buildings for the FiT program. It will allow the city to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution by 147 tons. With about 300 days of sunshine a year, Los Angeles has a natural advantage for solar projects.
According to a study led by UCLA, this program will help the still small renewable energy market. It might create around 4300 jobs from maintenance to engineers or project managers.
More info on the FiT website.
In every schools across the U.S, our children are happily showing off their science projects during science fair. And every year, they are more and more to present solar powered projects. This time the solar project was not meant for a science fair but a classroom project to power it with solar energy. Continue reading “Solar Powered Classroom”
President Obama announced a large campaign to cut greenhouse gas pollution in the US during his speech at Georgetown University yesterday. He also commits to promote actively clean energy and to act in order to better protect Americans from global warming.
According to the White House, this project should allow the president to reach his target fixed in 2009 to reduce, by 2020, greenhouse gas emission by 17% compare to 2005. President Obama stated during his speech that “Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction” against global warming. He reminded us that last year was the warmest year in the United States history. He added “The question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late. And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind not just to you, but to your children and to your grandchildren.” Continue reading “Obama plans to reduce greenhouse gas pollution”
Not long ago, we’ve talked about this Californian project on solar (you can find the article ). The State is not in its first try to stimulate development of solar energy. In 2007, California launched its CSI (California Solar Initiative), a tax incentive to incite homeowners to install solar panels to provide electricity to their homes. Working on a cash back system, this incentive boosted sales of solar panels throughout the states for 6 years.
Today, discussion between the European Union and China resumed in Beijing. Gather high officials from all the concerned countries, every sides seem to aim for dialogue instead of the highly feared trade war after EU announcement on Chinese’s solar panel taxes few weeks ago. The ghost of a trade war between EU and China will be ineffective economically for both sides. Not long ago, the United State and China resolved their issue on the latter’s solar panels exportations to the US. The reasoning behind this argument should be an interesting case study for the European Union leaders. Continue reading “US – China Solar Panel dispute to inspire UE”
California is taking another step towards renewable energy and especially Solar Power, which is a highly recommend energy source for the sunny state. The California Public Utilities Commission plan a roll-up from this year to 2020 to increase the use of solar energy in the state. Utilities in California are asked to invest about $3 billion on power storage solutions to be able to store 1325 megawatts by 2020. By then, California is asking energy providers in the state to source one third of their energy from renewable sources: solar power, wind power… Yet to be approved, this rule will be open to public comments early as next months. The main goal is to further California energy mix by producing and stocking more power from renewable sources. Continue reading “One more step towards Solar Energy in California”