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grants for solar hot water and wind power in Ohio

3.5 million dollars in grants for homeowners who install solar energy systems to heat their water or small wind power to generate clean electricity announced Lieutenant Gov. Lee Fisher of Ohio. The state energy office will administer the grants through the Advanced Energy Fund. The state of Ohio is also enticing renewable energy product manufacturers to setup operations in their state to build the what Obama says, the “new energy economy”. The recently announced grants for renewable energy in Ohio will make it more affordable for homes to produce their own clean energy combine this with the 30% federal tax credit offered, clean energy systems are going to look extremely attractive in today’s economy in which people are looking to reduce their expenses. I say extra incentives States offer are a great step towards helping renewable energy reach mainstream, by encouraging adoption. what do you think? By the way, you can learn more about the grant at Ohio Energy Office...

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Solar Panels and Pumpkins? Happy Halloween!

Boooo! Today is Halloween, millions of people across the US are going to enjoy pillow cases overflowing with candy and the ghouls n’ ghosts are going to come out at night. This year is going to be different because more people are using renewable energy to get them through the night. Trick or Treaters need flash lights to stay safe in the dark, this year more people are using solar powered flash lights, charge it up during the day and use it all night. Combining solar with LED light bulbs can be a very effective combination, since LEDs are very efficent, they only use up a couple watts, a small solar panel could power could provide enough power for a night of trick or treatin’. The solar Halloween pumpkin statue is another example of how people are using small solar panels and LED lights to power up their pumpkins this year. Its quite simple how it works, the solar powered pumpkin has a rechargeable battery enough to power the LED inside the pumpkin and will automatically turn on at sunset, glow for up to 8 hours if fully charged during the day. Generally, one of the biggest advantages of using LED light bulbs is their long life time, the LED within the pumpkin has a lifetime of 100,000 hours! Another interesting story I heard between the relationship of renewable energy and Halloween on this week’s Inside Renewable Energy Podcast by Stephen Lacey of RenewableEnergyWorld.com featured a special guest named Jake, a 9 year old who decided to dress up as “BioFuel Man” to educate others about the benefits of renewable energy on Halloween in his community. How amazing is that? The purpose of this post is to point out the little applications and grass roots promotion in the local community level of renewable energy end up making a big impact. For example, many people who don’t understand how solar power works, could have a basic understanding by just looking into a solar powered pumpkin. The end goal would be just to get them to thinking about how renewable energy can be applied to other aspects of their lives, such as using solar panels to power their homes or filling up their tanks with renewable fuels. Happy Halloween! Stay...

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Oh the Confusion! Understanding CA Ballot Initiatives…

Summer is ending, fall is approaching and that means the election season is in full swing. Chances are good that you know the Congressional and Presidential candidates you’re going to vote for. And since you’re reading this blog, chances are even better that renewable energy is a top priority for you. Well, for those voters in California who believe renewables are important, you’re in luck. This November you have the option of voting on two major ballot initiatives that address renewable electricity and next-generation vehicles. But don’t get too excited yet – there are a lot of contradictory claims about these ballot initiatives that you should sort through before casting your ballot on November 4th. Let’s take a brief look at each of the initiatives: The first – Proposition 7 – is an amendment to California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that will require utilities to procure 50% of their electricity from renewables by 2025. This sounds like a wonderful law on the surface. Who wouldn’t want to set targets like that? Theoretically, it would create a robust renewable energy market for big and small players alike. But many renewable energy trade groups and environmental advocacy organizations are saying it will do the exact opposite. There’s a big debate over how the drafters have defined eligible renewable energy systems. According to opponents, the proposed law would exclude systems under 30 MW from the RPS. Indeed, in the document, “solar and clean energy plant” is defined as “any electrical generating facility…with a generating capacity of 30 megawatts or more.” That term (solar and clean energy plant) is used throughout the entire ballot initiative, which could lead one to believe that systems under 30 MW will not qualify. Proponents say it was not their intention to disqualify any size system or any technology. In fact, they fervently deny that the law could be interpreted as such. But opponents say it’s not about intention, it’s about clarity of language. And if the language is not clear enough, it could create a complex legal environment for producers of renewable energy who want their electricity to qualify for the RPS. It’s impossible to say who’s right and who’s wrong. But one thing is for sure: There are many different – often contradictory – interpretations of the proposed law. Given that, it’s uncertain how a court would interpret the law if it passes. Industry representatives like to point out that there’s already enough uncertainty in the market to begin with…. The second ballot initiative is Proposition 10. Under this proposed law, California would issue $5 billion in bonds from its general fund to pay for incentives...

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To Our Leaders: Give Us 100% Clean Electricity in 10 Years

The oil & coal industry spent 427 billion dollars in the first half of 2008 on lobbying and advertising their products and services! Talk about some aggressive marketing…and we wonder why America is addicted to oil! Today have the technology to not power our home, business and cars off of solar panels and wind turbines but we can power our lives, every aspect through renewable energy. Wecansolveit.org is running the commercial above on TV, but they need your help by letting other people watch this video in call for action to our leaders to make a real change toward renewable energy and off of foreign oil within 10 years. Big energy can outspend us, but if we can still win by creating a strong viral message that demands the change towards clean energy and delivers the message of freedom to the footsteps of congress’ door. Please support renewable energy by passing on this...

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