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made in USA wind turbines in demand overseas

This week The SBA (Small Business Administration) honored Soutwest Windpower, the company that manufacturers the Air Breeze and Skystream 3.7 small scale wind turbines. The SBA named Southwest Windpower as the 2009 National Exporter of the Year. We can all agree that America’s manufacturing base is being eroded by products made overseas. Although people from all over the world are demanding wind energy systems made in the USA by Southwest Windpower. It’s great to hear about a U.S. based manfacturer doing well exporing products to other countries around the world. I can tell you by first hand experience that many people around the world are buying the Air Breeze, in fact we have customers in France and Germany who have purchased and installed the Air Breeze and are using an American made product to generate clean energy. I’m glad to hear that the SBA is recognizing businesses that are still exporting in this competitive global environment. What do you think about the award Southwest Windpower...

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solar panel installs on the raise as prices decrease

We’ve all been bombarded with news about doom and gloom in our economy. Although it seems like people now more than ever have a interest in installing solar panels. There has been a lot of buzz in the marketplace that solar panel installations are still increasing amongst homeowners. I think the combination of the 30% federal tax credit, the dropping cost per watt for solar panels, and many more states across the U.S. providing incentives for solar panels is creating a new demand for solar panels even though some other parts of the economy are hurting. The reason for the cost of solar panels being reduced is that there are many more manufacturing offering solar panels today, more than ever, that is creating downward pressure in the price of solar panels. Also due to the credit crisis, many very large solar panel farms projects are sidelined, therefore it caused an oversupply of solar panels in the market which is why we are experience record low prices for solar panels. In times like these, its a buyers market for people looking to buy solar panels. What do you...

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Ohio Highway Patrol turns to the sun

The Ohio Highway Patrol are equipping 1,200 enforcement vehicles with 5-watt solar panels that trickle charge the vehicles battery system. The problem the solar trickle chargers solves for the Ohio Highway Patrol is when the enforcement vehicle’s engines are turned off, laptops and radios draw power from the battery which ends up deeply discharging and shortening the lifetime. Solar trickle chargers are installed on the back deck of each vehicle and is directly wired to the battery to provide an extra charge that not only increases the battery life but helps the vehicles conserve fuel. This is a great example of how even small solar panels can solve real world problems. What do you...

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around the world with solar energy

Magellan was the first person who attempted to circumnavigate the Earth back in the 1500s. Back then ships were powered by the wind by using large sails to catch prevailing winds to propel the vessel forward. Magellan and other sailors of their era depended on renewable energy to help them achieve their goals. PlanetSolar, is an organization that is planning to circumnavigate the Earth in 2010 using a ship powered entirely by the sun. The surface of the ship will be composed with solar cells basically turning it into a giant sunlight collecting power generator to propel the ship on it’s voyage. The solar panels will power an electric engine that allow the ship to achieve speeds of up to 10 knots. The plans are for two people to sail on a 120 day trip following the equator and stopping at various ports along the way to promote solar energy, how cool is that? I think this is a great project to help people realize the true power of solar panels and how they can be applied in many ways to energize our lives. What do you think about PlanetSolar’s...

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top 10 solar friendly utilities of 2008

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has an annual tradition of recognizing the most solar friendly utility companies in the USA. SPEA recently announced the the top 10 utilities based on how many grid tie solar electric systems (photovoltaics and concentrated solar power) were interconnected in calendar year 2008 . According to the report the following ten utilities are leading the nation in solar power: #1 – Pacific Gas & Electric#2 – Southern California Edison#3 – San Diego Gas & Electric#4 – Public Service Company of Colorado#5 – Public Service Electric & Gas Company#6 – Arizona Public Service Company#7 – Hawaiian Electric Company#8 – Portland General Electric#9 – Sacramento Municipal Utility District#10 – Long Island Power Authority The top 10 represent 93% of the nation’s total capacity of installed solar electric systems. Utilities in seven different states placed in the top 10, although Californian utilities had the largest representation with the most megawatts of capacity installed. Do you think more utilities across the nation will encourage solar power? Will new faces emerge on next year’s coveted top 10 solar friendly utilities list? What do you...

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