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the wind lotus by leviathan energy

Leviathan Energy has been field testing their wind lotus small vertical wind turbine, according to the company the results of the field test prove that the design of the wind lotus is the most aerodynamically efficient and cost effective vertical axis wind turbine on the market. Virtually any location can benefit from installing a wind lotus because the unit can start producing electricity at 2 MPH wind speeds! The wind lotus can be grid tied or charge batteries, similar to most wind turbines out on the market. The wind power systems from Leviathan energy come in a 3.5 kW and 5.0 kW versions. The product is well suited to be installed on flat roofs, urban areas, farms, small businesses, and even private residences…its a very universal wind power system. What do you think about the design of wind...

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sanyo announces record efficiency

Sanyo is known for manufacturing solar panels that generate the most watts per square foot, the most highly efficient solar panels on the market today. I like to call Sanyo solar panels the “Ferrari of solar panels” since they perform very well due the hybrid composition of their solar cells. Today, Sanyo announced they have broken a its own record for the world’s highest energy conversion efficiency in practical size crystalline solar cells, reaching a efficiency of 23.0% in a laboratory. Now the challenge is for Sanyo to take their research and turn the record breaking high efficiency solar cells into mass production while lowering costs so solar panels become for affordable as well as more efficient. Sanyo has a goal to increase solar cell conversion efficiency by significant advances in lowering the production cost of the photovoltaic system and the reduction in the use of silicon, the materials most solar panels are made out of. When do you think it’s worth paying the premium for Sanyo high efficiency solar panels? What types of projects are high efficiency solar panels a good fit...

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google powermeter is here

I blogged about Google PowerMeter a few months back while google was still beta testing their shot at a web application that helps you take control of your energy bills by giving you access to real time electric usage data. There’s a saying that goes, if you can’t measure it, how can you improve it? That’s what Google PowerMeter allows you to do, gives you a visual real time view of so you can make on the fly adjustments to your energy usage thus allowing you to save money on your monthly bills. Google has partnered up with Itron, one of the world’s largest electric meter manufacturers to install the smart meters that are compatible with Google’s PowerMeter. Now over 10 million households have access to Google PowerMeter through the following utility companies: San Diego Gas & Electric® (California) TXU Energy (Texas) JEA (Florida) Reliance Energy (India) Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (Wisconsin) White River Valley Electric Cooperative (Missouri) Toronto Hydro–Electric System Limited (Canada) Glasgow EPB (Kentucky) What do you think about the Google PowerMeter? Do you think being able to see your energy usage in real time will empower you to save on your monthly...

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BP CEO bashes solar power technology

Today Tony Hayward, BP’s (British Petroleum) chief executive officer at a conference in California said, “Solar power will not be able to compete with conventional energy until there is a breakthrough in the technology.” He added “It is not going to make the transition to be competitive with more conventional power, the gap is too big.” Over the last 6 months BP Solar division has been scaling down, closing solar panel factories all over the world, an indicator that the company is moving away from solar energy towards oil and gas. In my opinion, BP’s CEO is selling solar power technology short because of the following reasons: electric rates are’nt going to get cheaper in the future Investment is flowing in the solar industry, technology is improving faster than ever Cost per watt of solar panels are dropping like a rock due to the over supply of solar panels Financial innovations that remove the upfront of going solar, for example paying for solar through property taxes. increased government support carbon cap and trade regulations The green revolution is taking place today which is the major factor that BP’s CEO is overlooking which is driving the solar power and energy efficiency industry through a rapid evolution. So I think renewable energy will compete head on with fossil fuels sooner than Tony thinks. Maybe I’m being too optimistic, what do you...

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green mountain energy paying retail rates

Net Metering is the term which describes your utility giving you a credit when you send extra electricity generated back into the grid. Green Mountain Energy based out of Austin, Texas is an environmentally friendly electric utility that focuses on generating electricity through renewable energy such as solar and wind power. Today the company announced they will be buying electricity generated from a customer’s solar panel rooftop at retail rates. This means customers receive a credit equal to the amount they buy electricity for per kWh (kilowatt-hour) up to 500 kWh. A customer will receive half the retail rate on any electricity contributed into the grid over 500 kWh. New electric meters that have increased functionality can measure both inflow and outflow at any give time of a building which allows electric utilities to pay solar customers a rate closer to the wholesale price of electricity. A couple customers have already signed up for the pilot program, do you think programs like this will encourage more people to install solar...

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