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Bill Clinton Promotes Solar Energy at Solar Power International 2012

Bringing in more than 21,000 professionals from countries all over the planet, Solar Power International is the known to be the solar conference to attend in the solar industry today.  This event, which will be held on September 12 in Orlando, Florida, offers a series of workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities for renewable energy enthusiasts and experts everywhere.  Solar Power International will feature over 1,200 companies on an expansive trade show floor, making for an exciting networking event.  Manufacturers, distributers, contractors, engineers, investors, and policy-makers are just some of the professionals who will be in Orlando come September.  This eclectic group of solar aficionados will be amassed at the Orange County Convention Center for this massive business-to-business event. Put on by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), all the proceeds of Solar Power International go towards advancement of U.S. solar markets through education and market-building initiatives. And there is no doubt that U.S. solar markets are already growing rapidly.  According to Scott Sklar, the United States has witnessed the start of more than 100 new renewable energy and energy efficiency manufacturing plants in the last 36 months alone.  With technological advancements and declining costs every year, solar energy markets are expected to continue to grow.  This year’s Solar Power International will kick off with a keynote address from a man whose vision taps into this bright future of solar energy. Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, will be giving the keynote speech at this solar convention.  Clinton is the most recognized speaker Solar Power International has had and will surely garner much publicity for the event.  Not only is Clinton well known, but he also has the ability to articulate his understanding of our planet’s current state and what the direction we need to move in to solve our energy problems at home and abroad. In the last decade, Clinton has devoted his valuable time and resources to promoting the use of clean energy such as solar.  Solar energy has also been an integral part of Clinton’s efforts to help Haitians recover in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010.  President Clinton has long been forthright in his criticisms of those who deny the causal relationship between human behavior and global climate change.  Clinton has been and will continue to be a powerful advocate for industries in renewable energy. Julia Hamm, CEO of SEPA, expressed the shared excitement about Clinton’s participation in Solar Power International 2012: “President Clinton’s global perspective and stature are sure to motivate and inspire our exhibitors and attendees. We are honored to present the former President...

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motion-activated led Security Light by RAB

Presenting the RAB LED LFLOOD 18W with STL360, a motion-activated security light for your home or office. Ideal to complete your home security system, the RAB LStealthworks as a deterrent against crime.  This security light is perfect to protect your garage, back yard, side yard, barn, or any area that needs security lighting on a regular basis.  The RAB LStealth is also convenient to have at your front porch for those times you spend outside in the evenings. The RAB LStealth’s finish is offered in your choice of bronze or white to match style of your home or office building. One thing that sets this security sensor apart from the rest is the range of motion that it detects.  The RAB LStealth tracks movement not only in front, but in a full 180 degrees that extends sixty feet.  On top of that, the RAB LStealth’s sensor also picks up any motion underneath it in 360 degrees.  There is no sneaking past the RAB LStealth!  Upon activation of this high-powered sensor, the RAB Stealth’s LED light extends a brilliant fan of over 1600 Lumens, covering an area that would normally require two standard floodlights to produce.  This LED light comes in color temperatures of 3000k, 4000k, or 5000k to match your personal taste.  By using this LED technology, you will also be conserving energy.  This highly efficacious security light consumes only 18 Watts, helping you chip away at the cost of your monthly electric bill. To save even more energy, the RAB LStealth also comes with an evening timer mode. This allows you to set your RAB LStealth to work for a designated amount of time in the evening.  Forgotten are the days of constantly replacing incandescent lamps for your security lights.  This LED is packed with an impressive lifespan of 50,000 hours.  The RAB LStealth is sturdy and built to withstand intense weather conditions; its minimum working temperature is -40 degrees Celsius! The manufacturers of this dependable product stand behind the RAB LStealthwith a ten-year warranty. The RAB LStealthprovides exceptional performance for commercial or residential use. Where can you use the RAB LED LFLOOD 18W with STL360?...

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Fresh-Squeezed Solar Energy: JOOS Orange
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Fresh-Squeezed Solar Energy: JOOS Orange

Introducing the JOOS Orange, the best portable solar charger on the market today.     The JOOS Orange allows you to get out and experience all that the world has to offer without worrying about the low battery warning on your phone.  Utilize the power of the sun to stay connected to the people you love. Explore the world you live in without worrying about where you’ll find an outlet to charge your iPhone. After it’s had a chance to soak up an hour’s worth of rays through it’s solar voltaic cell, the JOOS Orange’s 20-watt hour lithium-ion polymer battery has enough charge for you to talk on your iPhone for two hours.  You can also charge the JOOS Orange by connecting it to the USB port on your laptop.  A fully charged JOOS Orange stores enough power to completely charge an iPhone four times! Not only can the JOOS Orange charge your mobile phone, but it can also charge an iPad, GPS system, video camera, Kindle, iPod and more.  It’s convenient for traveling, camping, and emergency situations like power outages or natural disasters. One of the main benefits of the JOOS Orangeis its virtually indestructible construction.  Given that your new JOOS Orange will spend a significant amount of time under the open sky, it has to be prepared for any weather.   The JOOS Orange’s dense exterior is entirely waterproof and resistant to heavy abuse.  It’s powerful enough to charge even when the sky is cloudy and overcast.  To prevent theft, the JOOS Orange is designed with a hole for a security cable to fit through.  A pair of sturdy retractable legs can be adjusted to position the angle of the JOOS Orange for maximum exposure to the sun. The JOOS Orange is easy to use.  All you have to do is connect the item you want to charge and let it go to work.  Two LED lights blink, showing you when your JOOS Orange is getting enough sun and how much power it’s currently holding.   JOOS users can also download myJOOS, a free application that allows you to monitor the power of your JOOS Orange in real time. The JOOS Orange gives you incredible mobility for less than two hundred bucks.  The JOOS Orange is getting the attention of traveling business people, campers, and technophiles everywhere.   Where would you take the JOOS?  ...

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Open Energy Pushing Forward Despite Housing Downturn

The housing market may be tanking in the U.S., but Open Energy, a manufacturer of building integrated PV (BIPV) products is preparing for the BIPV market to take off in a big way in the coming years. New residential construction is down almost a third since this time last year. While Open Energy has seen a drop in business recently that has coincided with this downturn, the company is also seeing more contractors think about integrating solar into their business practices. The number of traditional builders and roofers approaching the business leads CEO David Field to believe that companies like Open Energy are starting to take market share from the existing construction industry, rather than creating new, separate business. The housing market got us into the financial crisis that we’re experiencing today – but will it get play a role in getting the solar industry moving in a big way? Check out an interview with Open Energy’s David Field and a few other interviews on this week’s Inside Renewable Renewable Energy podcast for more on the...

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Oh the Confusion! Understanding CA Ballot Initiatives…

Summer is ending, fall is approaching and that means the election season is in full swing. Chances are good that you know the Congressional and Presidential candidates you’re going to vote for. And since you’re reading this blog, chances are even better that renewable energy is a top priority for you. Well, for those voters in California who believe renewables are important, you’re in luck. This November you have the option of voting on two major ballot initiatives that address renewable electricity and next-generation vehicles. But don’t get too excited yet – there are a lot of contradictory claims about these ballot initiatives that you should sort through before casting your ballot on November 4th. Let’s take a brief look at each of the initiatives: The first – Proposition 7 – is an amendment to California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that will require utilities to procure 50% of their electricity from renewables by 2025. This sounds like a wonderful law on the surface. Who wouldn’t want to set targets like that? Theoretically, it would create a robust renewable energy market for big and small players alike. But many renewable energy trade groups and environmental advocacy organizations are saying it will do the exact opposite. There’s a big debate over how the drafters have defined eligible renewable energy systems. According to opponents, the proposed law would exclude systems under 30 MW from the RPS. Indeed, in the document, “solar and clean energy plant” is defined as “any electrical generating facility…with a generating capacity of 30 megawatts or more.” That term (solar and clean energy plant) is used throughout the entire ballot initiative, which could lead one to believe that systems under 30 MW will not qualify. Proponents say it was not their intention to disqualify any size system or any technology. In fact, they fervently deny that the law could be interpreted as such. But opponents say it’s not about intention, it’s about clarity of language. And if the language is not clear enough, it could create a complex legal environment for producers of renewable energy who want their electricity to qualify for the RPS. It’s impossible to say who’s right and who’s wrong. But one thing is for sure: There are many different – often contradictory – interpretations of the proposed law. Given that, it’s uncertain how a court would interpret the law if it passes. Industry representatives like to point out that there’s already enough uncertainty in the market to begin with…. The second ballot initiative is Proposition 10. Under this proposed law, California would issue $5 billion in bonds from its general fund to pay for incentives...

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