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wind power in Antarctica

If you could go anywhere in the world, for most people Antarctica would never be mentioned, unless your a researcher. There are 600 researchers and 2,000 additional people who support life and work on the uncivilized Antarctic continent. Research facilities across Antarctica have plenty of electrical appliances, but how does the limited population get the power they need to energize their lives? Most of the research bases depend on diesel generators to create power. Although the Belgium-based International Polar Foundation research facility is the only base on Antarctica that is carbon-neutral and completely energy independent thanks to Proven Wind Energy system. Proven Energy is a UK-based manufacturer of small scale wind turbines you can put in your backyard but the wind turbine is durable enough to survive the harsh climates of Antarctica. The proven wind turbines will experience average wind speeds of 53mph and gusts of over 200mph, while providing 230V of clean electricity for the research facilities heating, computers, lights and research equipment. According to Proven Energy the electricity generated from the proven wind energy system is expected to be the highest output of any small wind power system in the market. I hope this example gives you an idea of the reliability proven wind energy systems provide, would you consider installing a wind turbine to help power your home or...

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tax refunds for solar and wind power?

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) had a conference call recently to talk about restructuring of the wind and solar tax credits to make them more favorable in today’s bear market. In October of last year, congress extended wind and solar power tax credits and removed the $2,000 cap on residential installations. Although the extension of the tax credits for wind and solar power was a positive step towards helping renewable energy become mainstream, not everyone can take a tax credit, you have to have a tax liability to take advantage of a tax credit and putting today’s economy into perspective, not many people are going to be able to take advantage of the credit. The solar and wind industry associations are encouraging Congress and the Obama administration to covert the tax credit into a tax refund. A tax refund is the mother of all financial incentives because it would mean the federal government would send you a check for installing a wind turbine or solar panels, the results of converting the tax credit into a refund are obvious. Do you think the solar and wind power can convince the federal government to pay you to install a clean energy...

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what makes solar photovoltaics so unique?

What does coal and nuclear have in common? These types of electrical generation plants boil water to create steam, which turns a turbine and generates electricity. Hydroelectric and Wind Power is similar to coal and nuclear because it generates energy by turning a turbine to generate electricity. Although since hydroelectric and wind power are renewable and clean, they are a better source of electricity for the future to reduce carbon footprints and to generate electricity safely via domestic resources. What makes solar photovoltaic so different is there are no moving parts, with photovoltaics you don’t have to turn a turbine to generate electricity. The special materials that solar panels are composed of causes the “photovoltaic reaction” when light hits a solar cell, electronics are excited and the byproduct is electric voltage and current that is transported through wire to an electrical circuit. get it? No moving parts means, highly reliable equipment that will last for a very long time. Most solar panels come with warranties that covered for at least 25 to 30 years. There are solar photovoltaic panels still in operation since the 1970s. So why do you think so many people think solar power is...

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Trends to Watch in 2009

Lot’s of people have been calling us this week and said they read about us in the December 2008 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine called Trends to Watch in 2009, I got a chance to pick up the magazine today at Borders bookstore to find out what all the buzz is about. The important aspects of the article is that it points out that renewable energy is geographical, meaning that solar is better in some areas and wind power is better in certain areas, the rate of return on your clean energy investment all depends on the resources you have available to you. Another important aspect is that systems are modular, meaning you can start small and scale the systems up to meet your energy production goals, you don’t have to necessarily start off by eliminating your entire electric bill which typically relates to a high upfront investment. The trend I see in clean energy moving forward is it’s going to get more affordable, the technology is going to be more efficient, utility electric rates are going to skyrocket and solar and wind power systems are going to get easier to install. Thus, eventually turning clean energy into an appliance that people can install in less time. We’re going to see grid parity sooner than later, don’t you...

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harness the power of the wind

Many people in urban and suburban areas want to take advantage of the wind to lower their electric bills. Although its a hassle to get wind turbines approved in these types of areas because of the required tower height to achieve a feasible return on investment to break even on a wind power system. A new small scale wind turbine for homes and businesses called the Swift, made by a Scottish company called Cascade Engineering has developed a very unique wind turbine which will enable more urban locations to harness the power of the wind. The Swift wind turbine is unique because it can bolt on right to the side of a building or on top of a roof with a very short pole thus making the installation process easier and more flexible compared to tower based wind turbines. According to the company the unit is vibration free making it safe for roof tops and one unit can produce up to 2000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) per year while keeping the noise under 35 decibels which means you can barely hear this wind turbine when its kicking out electricity. The product is backed with a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty although is designed to last at least 20 years. Multiple units can be grid tied together to create a larger output and eliminate even more of your electric bill. The company says a typical installed cost can range from $10,000 to $12,000 and will pay itself back within 3 years depending on the electric rate, average wind speeds in your area and rebates and tax credits you’ll qualify for. The claim of 3 years seems quite aggressive on a system outside of California, what do you think? would you install one of these on your home or...

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