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Solar Power International News

Solar Power International News

Solar Power International 2010 was a big hit according to the latest stats. There were 1,122 companies attending this year compared to 929 in ’09. 2010 conference attendees totaled 23,300 and the entire trade show took up over 1 million square feet of space at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

International solar industry companies made up 32% of exhibitors and were from 111 countries.

Industry Announcements from the Conference:

SEIA and GTM Research’s U.S. Solar Market Insight midyear report showed growth of the U.S. solar market for the first half of 2010 and forecasted growth for 2010 and for the next 5 years.

SEIA and SCHOTT Solar’s Barometer annual public opinion poll found that 94 percent of Americans think it is important for the US to develop and use solar energy and 80 percent thought Congress should consider shifting subsidies for fossil fuels to solar.

The Solar Foundation’s first census of the U.S. solar workforce in the United States, showed that hiring in the solar workforce, currently 93,000, is expected to grow 26 percent over the next year.

“While oil and gas remain a necessity, our nation’s future depends on our ability to capture the power of renewable energy,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who spoke at the Solar Power International 2010 Conference and also signed a Record of Decision approving the construction of Nevada’s first large-scale solar project on public lands.

“Solar energy is the fastest-growing new energy source in the United States and is driving job creation and investment in all 50 states,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. “But to reach a goal of installing 10 gigawatts of solar capacity every year by 2015, the solar industry needs to unite as a team, fight for policies to create a level playing field and remind our lawmakers that solar is an industry, not an issue. We hope people left Solar Power International excited about the future of our industry and energized to ignite change.”

“We strive to make this show relevant to solar veterans and newcomers alike, and relish the annual opportunity to bring together people with diverse business perspectives who share a common interest in solar energy,” said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. “We’re proud that Solar Power International, a bellwether for the growth of the solar market overall, continues to grow in size and diversity, and that it was recognized as the fastest growing show across all industries that exhibitors are flocking to by Trade Show Executive magazine.”

Solar Power International 2011 will take place October 18 – 20th in Dallas Texas.

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Solar Power International News

Solar Power International News

Solar Power International 2010 was a big hit according to the latest stats. There were 1,122 companies attending this year compared to 929 in ’09. 2010 conference attendees totaled 23,300 and the entire trade show took up over 1 million square feet of space at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

International solar industry companies made up 32% of exhibitors and were from 111 countries.

Industry Announcements from the Conference:

SEIA and GTM Research’s U.S. Solar Market Insight midyear report showed growth of the U.S. solar market for the first half of 2010 and forecasted growth for 2010 and for the next 5 years.

SEIA and SCHOTT Solar’s Barometer annual public opinion poll found that 94 percent of Americans think it is important for the US to develop and use solar energy and 80 percent thought Congress should consider shifting subsidies for fossil fuels to solar.

The Solar Foundation’s first census of the U.S. solar workforce in the United States, showed that hiring in the solar workforce, currently 93,000, is expected to grow 26 percent over the next year.

“While oil and gas remain a necessity, our nation’s future depends on our ability to capture the power of renewable energy,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who spoke at the Solar Power International 2010 Conference and also signed a Record of Decision approving the construction of Nevada’s first large-scale solar project on public lands.

“Solar energy is the fastest-growing new energy source in the United States and is driving job creation and investment in all 50 states,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. “But to reach a goal of installing 10 gigawatts of solar capacity every year by 2015, the solar industry needs to unite as a team, fight for policies to create a level playing field and remind our lawmakers that solar is an industry, not an issue. We hope people left Solar Power International excited about the future of our industry and energized to ignite change.”

“We strive to make this show relevant to solar veterans and newcomers alike, and relish the annual opportunity to bring together people with diverse business perspectives who share a common interest in solar energy,” said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. “We’re proud that Solar Power International, a bellwether for the growth of the solar market overall, continues to grow in size and diversity, and that it was recognized as the fastest growing show across all industries that exhibitors are flocking to by Trade Show Executive magazine.”

Solar Power International 2011 will take place October 18 – 20th in Dallas Texas.

Visit Solar Energy Industries Association or SEIA.


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New Solar Powered Air Conditioning System Cools Beverage Trucks

Coca-Cola beverage trucks may get solar air conditioningThe Coca-Cola company has been introducing more electric vehicles and other low-emissions trucks into its massive fleet, and now researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University are developing yet another alternative energy option. The team has been working on a solar powered air conditioning system that would significantly reduce or eliminate beverage delivery truck emissions related to cooling.

Solar Powered Air Conditioning for Beverage Trucks

Polytechnic has been collaborating on the Solar Energy System project with Green Power Industrial Ltd. and Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong, and a prototype truck is in operation on campus. It consists of a rooftop system that collects solar energy and stores it in a battery, so the use of alternative energy can continue during inclement weather. The battery storage system is also almost a necessity for using solar energy in high density urban delivery driving, when you consider that a delivery truck may frequent roads that are shaded by tall buildings, to say nothing of getting stuck in traffic, especially in a tunnel.

Solar Power and Air Conditioning

Solar air conditioning almost sounds like an oxymoron, but not when you consider that it simply refers to an air conditioning system that runs on electricity harvested from solar energy. The U.S. Navy caught on to the solar air conditioning concept several years ago, and commissioned some test models from a company called GreenCore.  Like other branches of the armed forces, the Navy has also been installing solar power parking lots, which conceivably could be used to power up electric vehicles and provide solar energy for on board air conditioning.

Image: Coca-Cola truck by thomaswanhoff on flickr.com.


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New Micro-Wind Turbine Company Makes Owning Wind Power a Breeze

Totempower Energy Systems markets new micro-wind turbines with City University of LondonA new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. The company is developing new micro-wind turbines that are designed for close quarters and non-disruptive installation, but the real key to getting more micro-wind turbines into consumers’ hands is the company’s “ease of ownership” plan which provides a soup-to-nuts service including site selection and connecting the turbine to the home electrical system.

Taking the Work out of Wind Power

Totempower’s approach is similar to that of CleanTechnica’s former host, One Block Off the Grid (1bog.org), which arranges group discounts for solar energy installations, performed by pre-vetted solar companies. It relieves homeowners a considerable amount of time that would otherwise be spent in educating oneself about wind power, figuring out if one’s property includes an appropriate location (which includes any local regulations or permitting processes), shopping for a suitable system, and finding a  reputable company to install it. Totempower’s system is designed for easy no-excavation installation, and easy maintenance.

Totempower’s New Micro-Wind Turbine

The new wind turbine was developed under a partnership with the City University London, based on a patented, low cost technology developed by the University called the Passive Air-jet Vortex Generator. The high-efficiency aerodynamics enable the turbine to operate at lower speeds, which presumably would help mute the any noise. More to the point, Totempower’s goal is to make wind turbine ownership as simple as owning any other standard home energy device such as a furnace or hot water heater. Testing at the University is under way and the company hopes to secure financing to bring two models into production by 2012 – a smaller model for individual homes and a larger one for commercial facilities or community power generation.

Image: Kites in the wind by ronnie44052 on flickr.com.


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New Micro-Wind Turbine Company Makes Owning Wind Power a Breeze

Totempower Energy Systems markets new micro-wind turbines with City University of LondonA new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. The company is developing new micro-wind turbines that are designed for close quarters and non-disruptive installation, but the real key to getting more micro-wind turbines into consumers’ hands is the company’s “ease of ownership” plan which provides a soup-to-nuts service including site selection and connecting the turbine to the home electrical system.

Taking the Work out of Wind Power

Totempower’s approach is similar to that of CleanTechnica’s former host, One Block Off the Grid (1bog.org), which arranges group discounts for solar energy installations, performed by pre-vetted solar companies. It relieves homeowners a considerable amount of time that would otherwise be spent in educating oneself about wind power, figuring out if one’s property includes an appropriate location (which includes any local regulations or permitting processes), shopping for a suitable system, and finding a  reputable company to install it. Totempower’s system is designed for easy no-excavation installation, and easy maintenance.

Totempower’s New Micro-Wind Turbine

The new wind turbine was developed under a partnership with the City University London, based on a patented, low cost technology developed by the University called the Passive Air-jet Vortex Generator. The high-efficiency aerodynamics enable the turbine to operate at lower speeds, which presumably would help mute the any noise. More to the point, Totempower’s goal is to make wind turbine ownership as simple as owning any other standard home energy device such as a furnace or hot water heater. Testing at the University is under way and the company hopes to secure financing to bring two models into production by 2012 – a smaller model for individual homes and a larger one for commercial facilities or community power generation.

Image: Kites in the wind by ronnie44052 on flickr.com.


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New Micro-Wind Turbine Company Makes Owning Wind Power a Breeze

Totempower Energy Systems markets new micro-wind turbines with City University of LondonA new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. The company is developing new micro-wind turbines that are designed for close quarters and non-disruptive installation, but the real key to getting more micro-wind turbines into consumers’ hands is the company’s “ease of ownership” plan which provides a soup-to-nuts service including site selection and connecting the turbine to the home electrical system.

Taking the Work out of Wind Power

Totempower’s approach is similar to that of CleanTechnica’s former host, One Block Off the Grid (1bog.org), which arranges group discounts for solar energy installations, performed by pre-vetted solar companies. It relieves homeowners a considerable amount of time that would otherwise be spent in educating oneself about wind power, figuring out if one’s property includes an appropriate location (which includes any local regulations or permitting processes), shopping for a suitable system, and finding a  reputable company to install it. Totempower’s system is designed for easy no-excavation installation, and easy maintenance.

Totempower’s New Micro-Wind Turbine

The new wind turbine was developed under a partnership with the City University London, based on a patented, low cost technology developed by the University called the Passive Air-jet Vortex Generator. The high-efficiency aerodynamics enable the turbine to operate at lower speeds, which presumably would help mute the any noise. More to the point, Totempower’s goal is to make wind turbine ownership as simple as owning any other standard home energy device such as a furnace or hot water heater. Testing at the University is under way and the company hopes to secure financing to bring two models into production by 2012 – a smaller model for individual homes and a larger one for commercial facilities or community power generation.

Image: Kites in the wind by ronnie44052 on flickr.com.


Visit the original post at: Energy News

New Micro-Wind Turbine Company Makes Owning Wind Power a Breeze

Totempower Energy Systems markets new micro-wind turbines with City University of LondonA new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. The company is developing new micro-wind turbines that are designed for close quarters and non-disruptive installation, but the real key to getting more micro-wind turbines into consumers’ hands is the company’s “ease of ownership” plan which provides a soup-to-nuts service including site selection and connecting the turbine to the home electrical system.

Taking the Work out of Wind Power

Totempower’s approach is similar to that of CleanTechnica’s former host, One Block Off the Grid (1bog.org), which arranges group discounts for solar energy installations, performed by pre-vetted solar companies. It relieves homeowners a considerable amount of time that would otherwise be spent in educating oneself about wind power, figuring out if one’s property includes an appropriate location (which includes any local regulations or permitting processes), shopping for a suitable system, and finding a  reputable company to install it. Totempower’s system is designed for easy no-excavation installation, and easy maintenance.

Totempower’s New Micro-Wind Turbine

The new wind turbine was developed under a partnership with the City University London, based on a patented, low cost technology developed by the University called the Passive Air-jet Vortex Generator. The high-efficiency aerodynamics enable the turbine to operate at lower speeds, which presumably would help mute the any noise. More to the point, Totempower’s goal is to make wind turbine ownership as simple as owning any other standard home energy device such as a furnace or hot water heater. Testing at the University is under way and the company hopes to secure financing to bring two models into production by 2012 – a smaller model for individual homes and a larger one for commercial facilities or community power generation.

Image: Kites in the wind by ronnie44052 on flickr.com.


Visit the original post at: Energy News

New Micro-Wind Turbine Company Makes Owning Wind Power a Breeze

Totempower Energy Systems markets new micro-wind turbines with City University of LondonA new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. The company is developing new micro-wind turbines that are designed for close quarters and non-disruptive installation, but the real key to getting more micro-wind turbines into consumers’ hands is the company’s “ease of ownership” plan which provides a soup-to-nuts service including site selection and connecting the turbine to the home electrical system.

Taking the Work out of Wind Power

Totempower’s approach is similar to that of CleanTechnica’s former host, One Block Off the Grid (1bog.org), which arranges group discounts for solar energy installations, performed by pre-vetted solar companies. It relieves homeowners a considerable amount of time that would otherwise be spent in educating oneself about wind power, figuring out if one’s property includes an appropriate location (which includes any local regulations or permitting processes), shopping for a suitable system, and finding a  reputable company to install it. Totempower’s system is designed for easy no-excavation installation, and easy maintenance.

Totempower’s New Micro-Wind Turbine

The new wind turbine was developed under a partnership with the City University London, based on a patented, low cost technology developed by the University called the Passive Air-jet Vortex Generator. The high-efficiency aerodynamics enable the turbine to operate at lower speeds, which presumably would help mute the any noise. More to the point, Totempower’s goal is to make wind turbine ownership as simple as owning any other standard home energy device such as a furnace or hot water heater. Testing at the University is under way and the company hopes to secure financing to bring two models into production by 2012 – a smaller model for individual homes and a larger one for commercial facilities or community power generation.

Image: Kites in the wind by ronnie44052 on flickr.com.


Visit the original post at: Energy News

New Micro-Wind Turbine Company Makes Owning Wind Power a Breeze

Totempower Energy Systems markets new micro-wind turbines with City University of LondonA new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. The company is developing new micro-wind turbines that are designed for close quarters and non-disruptive installation, but the real key to getting more micro-wind turbines into consumers’ hands is the company’s “ease of ownership” plan which provides a soup-to-nuts service including site selection and connecting the turbine to the home electrical system.

Taking the Work out of Wind Power

Totempower’s approach is similar to that of CleanTechnica’s former host, One Block Off the Grid (1bog.org), which arranges group discounts for solar energy installations, performed by pre-vetted solar companies. It relieves homeowners a considerable amount of time that would otherwise be spent in educating oneself about wind power, figuring out if one’s property includes an appropriate location (which includes any local regulations or permitting processes), shopping for a suitable system, and finding a  reputable company to install it. Totempower’s system is designed for easy no-excavation installation, and easy maintenance.

Totempower’s New Micro-Wind Turbine

The new wind turbine was developed under a partnership with the City University London, based on a patented, low cost technology developed by the University called the Passive Air-jet Vortex Generator. The high-efficiency aerodynamics enable the turbine to operate at lower speeds, which presumably would help mute the any noise. More to the point, Totempower’s goal is to make wind turbine ownership as simple as owning any other standard home energy device such as a furnace or hot water heater. Testing at the University is under way and the company hopes to secure financing to bring two models into production by 2012 – a smaller model for individual homes and a larger one for commercial facilities or community power generation.

Image: Kites in the wind by ronnie44052 on flickr.com.


Visit the original post at: Energy News

New Micro-Wind Turbine Company Makes Owning Wind Power a Breeze

Totempower Energy Systems markets new micro-wind turbines with City University of LondonA new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. The company is developing new micro-wind turbines that are designed for close quarters and non-disruptive installation, but the real key to getting more micro-wind turbines into consumers’ hands is the company’s “ease of ownership” plan which provides a soup-to-nuts service including site selection and connecting the turbine to the home electrical system.

Taking the Work out of Wind Power

Totempower’s approach is similar to that of CleanTechnica’s former host, One Block Off the Grid (1bog.org), which arranges group discounts for solar energy installations, performed by pre-vetted solar companies. It relieves homeowners a considerable amount of time that would otherwise be spent in educating oneself about wind power, figuring out if one’s property includes an appropriate location (which includes any local regulations or permitting processes), shopping for a suitable system, and finding a  reputable company to install it. Totempower’s system is designed for easy no-excavation installation, and easy maintenance.

Totempower’s New Micro-Wind Turbine

The new wind turbine was developed under a partnership with the City University London, based on a patented, low cost technology developed by the University called the Passive Air-jet Vortex Generator. The high-efficiency aerodynamics enable the turbine to operate at lower speeds, which presumably would help mute the any noise. More to the point, Totempower’s goal is to make wind turbine ownership as simple as owning any other standard home energy device such as a furnace or hot water heater. Testing at the University is under way and the company hopes to secure financing to bring two models into production by 2012 – a smaller model for individual homes and a larger one for commercial facilities or community power generation.

Image: Kites in the wind by ronnie44052 on flickr.com.


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BrightSource Energy is First to Qualify for 30% Recovery Act Federal Funding


This week BrightSource Energy was the first of the California utility-scale solar projects to make it over the finish line by the deadline of December 31st, 2010. Their 392 MW solar thermal project at Ivanpah has broken ground on time.

Now it qualifies for renewable energy funding under the Recovery Act – the stimulus bill that California’s Senator Boxer was instrumental in getting written into the legislation.

“At Ivanpah, we’re demonstrating that the U.S. can lead in the clean energy race by building the largest solar plant in the world.” said John Woolard, President and CEO of BrightSource Energy at the ground breaking ceremony.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, another booster for renewable energy, opined that “Projects like this one are helping us meet our long-term energy and environmental goals, while creating jobs and moving us toward a cleaner, more sustainable future – a future where California leads the nation and the world in a clean energy revolution.”

Of the 16 gigawatts of new renewable power being put on the grid with support from the Recovery Act, 11 gigawatts is in the West, and most of that is solar on California’s deserts. If all 16 gigawatts make it in time, by the end of December, thus qualifying for the 30% subsidy, it will double the US renewable energy supply, getting more renewable energy on the US grid than in the last thirty years combined.

That sounds sensible.  But there’s a catch, as there always is in any clean energy legislation that has to get through our plutocratic Senate.

The 30% cash grant funding under the Recovery Act for this sea change in US energy is like Cinderella’s coach, that is held together as if by magic, and turns back into a humble pumpkin at the stroke of midnight.

To get funded, projects have to break ground by midnight on December 31st, 2010. Since it easily takes 18 months for solar projects to get through environmental reviews, the proviso is a killer.

So, despite truly heroic efforts from each of the bureaucracies that permit energy -  the CPUC, CEC and BLM – that have had to race to get these approved since the Recovery Act passed in March last year – their approvals are not enough. Even the contracts with the utilities (PG&E, SDG&E and SCE) are not enough. Actually sticking a shovel in the dirt by the end of 2010 is what counts.

It is fitting that BrightSource Energy be the one that makes it through. BrightSource is the heir to Luz, California’s first solar thermal energy company, that was bankrupted by 1992 by low fossil energy prices and poor legislative support for clean energy at both the Federal and state level back then.

Luz built California’s pioneering solar thermal project, back in the ’80s. It is still going strong thirty years later, having pumped out 14,000 gigawatt-hours of clean solar energy – so far – from the California desert.

This year, the Federal government provided a $1.37 billion loan guarantee to its successor, BrightSource Energy.

Image: Senator Boxer of California meets with BrightSource
Susan Kraemer@Twitter


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BrightSource Energy is First to Qualify for 30% Recovery Act Federal Funding


This week BrightSource Energy was the first of the California utility-scale solar projects to make it over the finish line by the deadline of December 31st, 2010. Their 392 MW solar thermal project at Ivanpah has broken ground on time.

Now it qualifies for renewable energy funding under the Recovery Act – the stimulus bill that California’s Senator Boxer was instrumental in getting written into the legislation.

“At Ivanpah, we’re demonstrating that the U.S. can lead in the clean energy race by building the largest solar plant in the world.” said John Woolard, President and CEO of BrightSource Energy at the ground breaking ceremony.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, another booster for renewable energy, opined that “Projects like this one are helping us meet our long-term energy and environmental goals, while creating jobs and moving us toward a cleaner, more sustainable future – a future where California leads the nation and the world in a clean energy revolution.”

Of the 16 gigawatts of new renewable power being put on the grid with support from the Recovery Act, 11 gigawatts is in the West, and most of that is solar on California’s deserts. If all 16 gigawatts make it in time, by the end of December, thus qualifying for the 30% subsidy, it will double the US renewable energy supply, getting more renewable energy on the US grid than in the last thirty years combined.

That sounds sensible.  But there’s a catch, as there always is in any clean energy legislation that has to get through our plutocratic Senate.

The 30% cash grant funding under the Recovery Act for this sea change in US energy is like Cinderella’s coach, that is held together as if by magic, and turns back into a humble pumpkin at the stroke of midnight.

To get funded, projects have to break ground by midnight on December 31st, 2010. Since it easily takes 18 months for solar projects to get through environmental reviews, the proviso is a killer.

So, despite truly heroic efforts from each of the bureaucracies that permit energy -  the CPUC, CEC and BLM – that have had to race to get these approved since the Recovery Act passed in March last year – their approvals are not enough. Even the contracts with the utilities (PG&E, SDG&E and SCE) are not enough. Actually sticking a shovel in the dirt by the end of 2010 is what counts.

It is fitting that BrightSource Energy be the one that makes it through. BrightSource is the heir to Luz, California’s first solar thermal energy company, that was bankrupted by 1992 by low fossil energy prices and poor legislative support for clean energy at both the Federal and state level back then.

Luz built California’s pioneering solar thermal project, back in the ’80s. It is still going strong thirty years later, having pumped out 14,000 gigawatt-hours of clean solar energy – so far – from the California desert.

This year, the Federal government provided a $1.37 billion loan guarantee to its successor, BrightSource Energy.

Image: Senator Boxer of California meets with BrightSource
Susan Kraemer@Twitter


Visit the original post at: Energy News

BrightSource Energy is First to Qualify for 30% Recovery Act Federal Funding


This week BrightSource Energy was the first of the California utility-scale solar projects to make it over the finish line by the deadline of December 31st, 2010. Their 392 MW solar thermal project at Ivanpah has broken ground on time.

Now it qualifies for renewable energy funding under the Recovery Act – the stimulus bill that California’s Senator Boxer was instrumental in getting written into the legislation.

“At Ivanpah, we’re demonstrating that the U.S. can lead in the clean energy race by building the largest solar plant in the world.” said John Woolard, President and CEO of BrightSource Energy at the ground breaking ceremony.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, another booster for renewable energy, opined that “Projects like this one are helping us meet our long-term energy and environmental goals, while creating jobs and moving us toward a cleaner, more sustainable future – a future where California leads the nation and the world in a clean energy revolution.”

Of the 16 gigawatts of new renewable power being put on the grid with support from the Recovery Act, 11 gigawatts is in the West, and most of that is solar on California’s deserts. If all 16 gigawatts make it in time, by the end of December, thus qualifying for the 30% subsidy, it will double the US renewable energy supply, getting more renewable energy on the US grid than in the last thirty years combined.

That sounds sensible.  But there’s a catch, as there always is in any clean energy legislation that has to get through our plutocratic Senate.

The 30% cash grant funding under the Recovery Act for this sea change in US energy is like Cinderella’s coach, that is held together as if by magic, and turns back into a humble pumpkin at the stroke of midnight.

To get funded, projects have to break ground by midnight on December 31st, 2010. Since it easily takes 18 months for solar projects to get through environmental reviews, the proviso is a killer.

So, despite truly heroic efforts from each of the bureaucracies that permit energy -  the CPUC, CEC and BLM – that have had to race to get these approved since the Recovery Act passed in March last year – their approvals are not enough. Even the contracts with the utilities (PG&E, SDG&E and SCE) are not enough. Actually sticking a shovel in the dirt by the end of 2010 is what counts.

It is fitting that BrightSource Energy be the one that makes it through. BrightSource is the heir to Luz, California’s first solar thermal energy company, that was bankrupted by 1992 by low fossil energy prices and poor legislative support for clean energy at both the Federal and state level back then.

Luz built California’s pioneering solar thermal project, back in the ’80s. It is still going strong thirty years later, having pumped out 14,000 gigawatt-hours of clean solar energy – so far – from the California desert.

This year, the Federal government provided a $1.37 billion loan guarantee to its successor, BrightSource Energy.

Image: Senator Boxer of California meets with BrightSource
Susan Kraemer@Twitter


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Chic Cosmetic Organizer Shortens Beauty Routine
cosmetic organizer photo
Photo: Less and More

Is your unorganized cosmetic case slowing down you daily beauty routine? From a single piece of solid poplar–made entirely without glue–comes a simple way to organize your cosmetic case: Etsy’s Less & More offers the Scarlet Makeup Holder which holds lipsticks, mascaras, makeup brushes, and other makeup items–meaning your morning routine can be free of rummaging through rose-, carmine- an… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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