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Solar Power International 2011 Highlights
This years largest solar convention took place in Dallas, TX during the week of October 17-Oct 21. Since the Solar Power International conference was created in 2004, it had always been held in California, the number one state for solar. This was the first year to hold it in another state. Texas was chosen, partly as a way to educate Texans about their costly and foolish addiction to oil. It was noted that Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) chose Texas for this year’s SPI convention site as it has the potential to be a MASSIVE solar market. “To put it into perspective, the sunshine that falls on Texas each month has more energy than all of the oil that has ever been pumped out of this state. If you think oil made Texas great, just wait till you see what they do with solar,” urged Rhone Resh, president of SEIA.
“Making the Financial Case for Residential Solar”
The SPI 2011 began for me with a pre-conference workshop on “Making the Financial Case for Residential Solar” taught by Andrew Black, president of OnGrid Solar, and a 10–year veteran of the solar industry. He went into detailed information on state and federal incentives, and electric bill savings, shade issues, and financial analysis using simple payback, total lifecycle payback, return on investment and more. It all led to the main reason people make a buying decision: it makes sense.
Solar Canopy Tour Later that afternoon,
I went on the solar canopy tour of the new 300 kilowatt solar carport in the parking lot of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. It was impressive, and its final assembly onsite in the heat of the Dallas summer sun took only 12 weeks.
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Radiation Experts Point Out Critical Flaws
In Our Nuclear Plants
At a meeting held June 20th in Toms River, NJ, Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear , spoke about tritium problems and the “Leak First, Fix Later” plan that goes on at our nation’s nuclear plants, including Oyster Creek. Kamps specializes in high-level waste management and decommissioning. “We have been playing ‘radioactive Russian rulette,” Kamps pointed out, with all of nuclear reactors world-wide.
Kamps cited the article by Jeff Donn that was just published by Associated Press the day of the meeting, June 20th revealing the lack of safety being allowed by the
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The article stated that “when valves leaked, more leakage was allowed _ up to 20 times the original limit. When rampant cracking caused radioactive leaks . . .an easier test of the tubes was devised, so plants could meet standards. . .all of these and thousands of other problems linked to aging were uncovered in the AP's yearlong investigation.
And all of them could escalate dangers in the event of an accident.”
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What it means to go green, by Leia Sims
Everyone is talking about "going green" but what are they doing? Green is a term that typically implies environmental impact is reduced! With so many different claims and products and options, what is the best method for achieving “greenness”? (click to continue)
New Study on Nuclear Effects
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