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The war on renewable energy, brought to your state by big oil interests. It is a time of growth and innovation for renewable energy across the U.S.  This is scares big oil companies.  There are special interest groups that are making it a priority to repeal the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) that have put renewable energy targets into action, promoting domestic energy production, national security, and U.S. job growth. There are currently 29 states that have made the decision to require their utilities get a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources, including wind and solar energy. The two of the groups behind these efforts are the Heartland Institute, a think tank dedicated to climate change skepticism, and the American Legislative Exchange (ALEC), a group funded by the big oil Koch brothers that drafts model legislation for state legislatures.  ALEC’s “task force” is a counsel that includes BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Shell.   Under the clever guise of “Electricity Freedom Act,” ALEC drafts model legislation for state legislatures that will repeal state-required renewable energy. According to a report by the Washington Post, the economic analyses ALEC cites to push this model legislation were published by Koch-funded research. “You push the legislation to state legislators and then you fund reports to support the argument and convince state lawmakers,” says Gabe Elsner of the watchdog group called the Checks and Balances Project. The Koch-funded think tanks have a strong history of peddling the false dichotomy that if it’s green, it can’t ever be economically feasible.     The installation of new wind energy capacity outpaced coal and natural gas last year, which was partially made possible by these state standards.  Last year, the U.S. solar employment grew at a rate of 13.2%.   Clean energy is getting cheaper with every year and now is not the time to strip away the renewable energy policies that we chose to implement in our states.  Stop these special interest groups from imposing their fossil fuel agenda on our states.   What can you do?   Take action today!    Tell lawmakers in your state we should not repeal Renewable Portfolio Standards....

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Solar-Powered Aircraft to Fly Around the World?

The world’s first solar-powered flight around the world is not too far into the future. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, a lightweight airplane powered entirely by solar, is planning its first cross-country voyage for this year with no fuel- that’s only if you don’t count photons from the sun. The Solar Impulse was an idea that became a working prototype through ambition, years of planning, and hard work.  An airplane that can fly during both day and night exclusively from solar energy was the kind of aspiration most would disregarded as unfeasible, simply because it hadn’t been done yet. “If an aircraft is able to fly day and night without fuel, propelled only by solar energy, let no one claim that it is impossible to do the same thing for motor vehicles, heating and air conditioning systems and computers. This project voices our conviction that a pioneering spirit with political vision can together change society and bring about an end to fossil fuel dependency.”  – Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse. Solar Impulse HB-SIA is the prototype that’s proving to the world that can be accomplished with renewable energy. With a wingspan exceeding 200 feet, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA has a width comparable to that of an Airbus A340.   The plane has a skeleton of carbon fiber-honeycomb composites and only weighs about 1.8 tons- about that of an average vehicle. The entire plane is designed to conserve energy.   In June of 2012, this pilot project successfully completed a 19-hour trip from Spain to Morocco. In 2013, Solar Impulse HB-SIA plans to fly the plane from California to Virginia, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on this plane. The Solar Impulse HB-SIB, the next generation model that’s been under construction since 2011, has a wing-span loaded with 15000 monocrystalline solar cells to keep the plane powered for its trip around the world in the next couple of years. The Solar Impulse HB-SIB will attempt to circumnavigate planet Earth, flying both day and night. It’s even equipted with a cockpick that’s large enough for the pilots to recline and take a snooze. There will be 5 stops along the way to switch pilots every few days. Testing of the Solar Impulse HB-SIB is scheduled for 2014 and the plane’s round-the-world flight is planned to take place between April and July of 2015.   Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, the project’s leaders, feel confident that they will fly a solar-powered airplane across the globe in 2015. According to www.SolarImpulse.com, the aim of the Solar Impulse project is “to use the power of this airborne symbol to help change people’s minds about renewable...

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PV Magazine Quotes Deep Patel, GoGreenSolar.com CEO

Deep Patel, CEO of GoGreenSolar.com, was quoted in PV Magazine’s year-end article along with several top industry executives.  PV Magazine is an independent trade publication that focuses on trends in technology, market developments across the globe, and news related to photovoltaics.  PV Magazine’s article, The 2012 Solar Year in Review and What Lies Ahead in 2013, identified many of the challenges facing the industry, including U.S. photovoltaic manufacturers’ ongoing conflict with China and the resulting plunge of prices for solar panels.  In the article, GoGreenSolar.com CEO, Deep Patel, comments on how some of these challenges could be opening doors: ‘It’s accurate to say that 2012 was rough for solar manufacturers, but business wasn’t as dismal for everyone else,” commented Deep Patel, founder and CEO of GoGreenSolar.com, a West Covina, California-based manufacturer and installer green power systems for both ratepayers and public utilities. He told pv magazine, “The falling price of PV enabled more consumers to go solar, which meant more business for [installers and balance of system producers]. This year also saw both Enphase and SolarCity go public [in the United States]. Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to be in solar and we’re looking forward to another great year!’ See the original article...

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Warren Buffett Invests in Solar?
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Warren Buffett Invests in Solar?

Last week, Warren Buffett purchased the largest photovoltaic project to date.  Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy Holding Co. acquired the Antelope Valley Solar Projects from SunPower Corporation for $2 billion- $2.5 billion.  Warren Buffett is one of the wealthiest people on the planet. Located in Los Angeles County and Kern County, the two plants of the Antelope Valley Solar Projects amount to the largest photovoltaic project worldwide:  579 Megawatts.  To give you an idea of how massive this project is, a solar panel used in residential applications might be around 230 Watts. That would mean more than 2,500,000 230 Watt solar panels.  SunPower Corporation, which has been planning the Antelope Valley Solar Projects for the last four years, will develop and operate the plants with MidAmerican.  Construction for the project begins this quarter and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.  During construction, the Antelope Valley Solar Projects are expected to create more than 650 jobs. The low-cost renewable energy will be supplied to Southern California Edison through power purchase agreements, which will help California work towards its energy goals.  “The Antelope Valley Solar Projects mark a historic milestone for the energy industry,” says Howard Wenger of SunPower Corporation. “We are delivering highly reliable low-cost renewable energy at a very large scale. SunPower is proud to partner with MidAmerican Solar and SCE, recognized leaders in clean energy development, bringing critically needed jobs and economic opportunity to California and helping the state achieve its renewable portfolio requirement.”  The subsidiary of Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, MidAmerican Renewables, now holds over 1,830 megawatts of solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro assets.  The Antelope Valley Solar Projects is not only the largest photovoltaic project to date, but it underscores the viability of solar as a practical investment. Having Warren Buffett behind a project like this is definitely a step forward for solar....

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Looking Back on Solar in 2012

Looking back on the solar in 2012, U.S. manufacturers have struggled to stay afloat amidst the solar trade issues with China, but it wasn’t as bad for the rest of the industry.  Despite the attempt to promote U.S. manufacturing of PV by cracking down on Chinese dumping of solar products below fair market value, Chinese manufacturers found loopholes in the legislation to circumnavigate the tariffs imposed on US imports.  It’s tariffs were put on the cells manufactured in China. Solar cells are manufactured outside of the country, and then assembled into solar panels in China before shipping to the U.S.  This has created all sorts of turmoil for U.S. manufactures and we’re seeing some players start to slip away.    Yet the ongoing drop of prices meant that more people were able to go solar.  Overall, 2012 has been a record year for photovoltaic installations. The third quarter of 2012 saw the installation of 684 megawatts of solar- a 44% growth over last year’s Q3, making it the third largest on record for the United States PV industry.  For more information from SEIA, check this out: U.S. Solar Market Insight: Third Quarter 2012. From the beginning of 2010 to now, the cost of residential solar installations fell 21.8% to around $5.46 per watt, according to GTM Research. The same plummeting prices that have hurt U.S. manufacturers have meant more work for U.S. retailers, third-party financing, inverter manufacturers, and installers. This year, we also witnessed two solar companies go public.  In late March of this year, Enphase Energy went public.  This past month, Elon Musk’s SolarCity also announced the pricing for their initial public offering.   Moving forward into 2013, GoGreenSolar.com is optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead for customers and the industry at large.  Solar panel prices are low, competition is high, customers are buying, and the technology continues to improve.  Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to be in the solar business.  Thanks for being a part of our story! What do you think 2013 has in store for solar?...

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