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Install wind turbines in Milton, MA

They call Chicago the windy city but according to Forbes Magazine Milton, MA is America’s windiest city. This makes the perfect location to install wind turbines because the higher the average wind speeds in the area, you achieve a shorter break even point on your wind power investment. Other aspects that effect the return on investment on a wind power system include the height of the tower, how secure the base and foundation of the tower is constructed. When figuring if a wind turbine will make financial sense yo must also consider if there are any trees or buildings in the immediate area that can cause air turbulence which typically reduces the return on investment. The purpose of this post is to help you realize that renewable energy is geographical, meaning each region has their key resource which makes most financial sense. For example here in California solar power makes more sense then small scale wind turbines for most residential installations, we have a lot more sun hours out here compared to Milton. On the other hand, Milton has more wind resources in which investments in small scale wind turbines, such as the Skystream 3.7 or Proven Energy Wind Systems make more sense than solar power. Our future energy mix is going to come from a portfolio of clean energy technologies in distributed locations working together to solve our energy problems. Wouldn’t you...

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led grow lights in high demand

The people who use the most electricity are more likely to make investments in technology that reduces their consumption. Indoor growers all over the world are feeling the pinch of raising electric costs and are flocking for alternatives to lower their bills. Until recently, indoor growers had no options but to use inefficient and ancient lighting technology to grow their plants. Often not only would the cost of running the lights add up, but since these inefficient high pressure sodium lights create a lot of heat, many times the light itself has to be air cooled which adds to the electric costs of operating the lights. LED (light emitting diode) technology has recently dropped in price and advanced in terms of efficiency which has attracted many indoor growers to consider swapping out their old energy sucking gas based light bulbs for the next generation in lighting technology LEDs. The advantages of LED grow lights is not only that they cost only a couple dollars in electricity to run all year but they don’t emit much heat which allows the indoor grower to put the light source closer to the pant, increasing yields. LED Grow Lights deliver energy that plants need in the exact spectrums that are most effective to induce healthy and consistent plant growth. The GrowLED system allows you to target individual wavelengths (Blue, Red) or combine both to create the most effective growing environment for your plants, Some of the best responders to the light LED output include Tomatoes, Peppers, Basil, Lettuce, Violets, Orchids, and Roses. Food producing plants respond particularly well allowing you to have fresh produce in your house year round at a low cost. What do you think about LED lighting technology? Do you think its about time we replace incandescent and other forms of old inefficient lighting technology and convert to more efficient LED...

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solar panels at the famous Hollywood sign?

Today, on Earth Day we had the chance to talk to the Hollywood Sign Trust of putting solar panels on the Hollywood sign, In my opinion the Trust was most engaged when we showed them the 3D renderings which featured four designs of how the Hollywood Sign and solar panels could co-exist. The solar electric systems we proposed are grid connected, meaning the energy is transferred into the network, the community can benefit from the power especially when there is peak demand. Grid connected systems also help California reach it’s RPS (renewable energy portfolio standard) a requirement for CA to generate power from clean renewable resources. Hillside Ground Mounted Solar Array: The most practical concept that is very common on hillside solar panel installations through out the world. This deployment of solar panels is the most technically feasible and has the highest probability to be a safe,code compliant installation that can generate the most watts per square foot. Solar Trees: Pole mounted solar arrays are a common practice in the solar industry. These components are available in the marketplace. The advantages of a pole mounted system it’s raised above the ground to reduce accessibility to the public also the solar panels can be adjusted to the optimal orientation and pitch to maximize energy harvest. Solar “Lilly Pads” Circular solar panels that sit beneath the sign. These type of solar panels do not exist in the marketplace although they can be fabricated using UL and IEEE approved photovoltaic material. The difficult aspect of this layout would be connecting each panel together since they would be sitting far apart. Since the panels sit on the ground it would require maintenance of the vegetation growth from shading the solar panels. The national electric code is unclear of how it would apply to a solar panel that lays on the ground. This concept is more of an idea than a practical solution. The Invisible Hand: Building Integrated Photovoltaics is the art of integrating solar cells into the facade of a building. In this design the white paint of the sign actually has nano solar cells that generate clean power. This technology is still in the pipeline, although once solar nano paint technology is out of the lab, its going to change the possiblities of what we can do with solar power, any facade can be converted into an energy producing asset. It is still unclear what rules will be imposed by the national electric code governing paint with solar cells. This concept is the furthest from practicality at this point in time. I want to know what you think? Which concept do you...

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how much is spam emails costing us electrically?

Computers are one of the largest consumers of electricity in the world. In fact, Google is the largest energy consumer in the world, since to run their search engine business needs a vast empire of servers that run 24/7 to meet the demands of the information age. But how about spam? I’m talking about those junk emails we get all day. Not only do these pesky emails limit our productivity but they waste tons electricity according to a study published by McAfee. According to their study worldwide spam emails waste enough electricity to power 2.4 million homes which is equivalent to 33 billion kWh (kilowatt-hours) consumed. But how does Spam email waste electricity? You have to first understand how email works, when you send a message it has to go through the network, which is a series of wires, switches, router and servers connected together. As your message travels through the internet (the network) its requiring those components to consume electricity, follow me here? All this wasted electricity cause by spam acutally increases our carbon emissions thus having a significant negative impact on our environment. What do you think? Is spam really contributing to the energy crisis or is this just “green washing” to sell more spam filter software? You be the...

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the king of beers, the king of solar?

On a lighter note, Budweiser the king of beers announced they’re the king of solar by installing a 6 acre solar photovoltaic array at their Fairfield brewery. The 1.2 MW (megawatt) solar electric system will provide about 3% of the brewery’s electric needs. It sounds like the solar panels aren’t contributing much but you have to take into consideration these breweries consume tremendous amounts of energy. The company incurred no upfront cost for the large solar electric system since it was financed through a PPA (power purchasing agreement) by SunEdison. A PPA is a financial contract to help large organizations reduce their electric bills by letting a third party own and operate the solar electric system and purchase the electricity per kWh (kilowatt-hour) at a price competitive to utility...

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the rural energy for america program

If your a farmer, rancher or rural small businesses, you’re in luck. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will pay you to install solar panels, wind turbines or invest into energy efficiency upgrades. Recently Coble and Sons ranch took advantage of the USDA incentive program to install a SkyStream 3.7 wind power systems to power two ¾ horsepower submersible pumps for livestock water wells and a 15-hp electric turbine irrigation pump. Since installing the SkyStream 3.7 wind turbines Coble and Sons reduced their electric bill by a third. At average wind speeds of 23mph the SkyStream 3.7 is capable of producing 9kWh (depending on the tower height and other project site considerations) Through the generous Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency incentive program offered by the USDA, Coble and Sons ranch received $14,725 to offset the cost of installing the SkyStream 3.7 wind power systems. The great aspect of the Skystream 3.7 wind turbine, is it’s a complete wind power system that includes a built in grid tie inverter and starts generating electricity at wind speeds as low as 8MPH. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) admistered by the USDA will give away $55 million this year, so if your interested in taking advantage of the program take a look at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development...

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