May 31, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Solar Blog | No comment
I’m a big fan of social media, especially as a business-to-business publication editor. Through RenewableEnergyWorld.com, our Facebook page, my Twitter account, the REWorld Twitter account, my LinkedIn Profile and the renewable energy-focused LinkedIn groups of which I am a member, I am connected to a huge community of people who have the same passion that I do for renewable energy.
The benefits of social media for those of us who write or edit for a living are unprecedented. There has never been a time in history when writers could put their words out into the world and get immediate feedback on them. And for business networking, social media can’t be beat. I recently learned that two readers who had commented on one of my pieces connected with each other and were at work on a deal. Those types of results are music to a business editor’s ears.
But on the other hand, who the heck are all of you? While we all share this social media connection, do we really know each other? Most interpersonal experts agree that we need to interface in order to really understand and learn from each other. What’s more, I heard today about a study that claims social networking is making us lonely despite the fact that we are more connected than ever. I would agree that while I am happy to share and connect with the people in my network, I gain exponentially more knowledge about the renewable energy industry from meeting them in person.
So with this in mind, if you are in the solar industry, I am urging you to submit an abstract to speak at Solar POWER-GEN. You are an expert in your field and this is where you can get in front of actual people and show it off. We’ll be talking about the large-scale solar market, how to get financing, transmission headaches and cures, permitting, policy and how the large-scale solar power market is developing globally among many other topics. The show takes place next February in San Diego, Calif.
I can’t even begin to name all of the experts who sit on the conference program committee with me, but I assure you that they represent all facets of the solar industry and they know it very well. These people review all the abstracts submitted and select those that will make compelling sessions. Having your abstract selected is an honor by itself but it also guarantees you a full conference pass and ensures that you won’t have any excuse not to come to Solar POWER-GEN and start socializing and networking in person.
The abstract submission deadline is only 20 days away! Submit your abstract today.
Lead image: social media isolation via shutterstock.
Article source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/05/social-networking-is-great-but-it-doesnt-beat-socializingand-networking?cmpid=rss
May 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Solar Blog | No comment
Date: 2012-05-30, 4:16PM MST
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• Analysis of customer’s current and projected electrical usage and financial return on investment.
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Article source: http://www.solarpowerbuzzmedia.com/2012/05/jobs-in-solar-field-energy-efficiency.html
May 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Solar Blog | No comment
This is a question that many of us who follow the clean energy industry may have asked ourselves: which one represents more value for money, wind or solar power? Surely they are both alternative energy types that we should embrace in order to break ourselves from our oil addiction.
But are they exactly the same in terms of efficiency, that is, how much electricity they can produce? They capture energy in very different ways, but one experiment carried out by Inland Power and Light arrived at the conclusion that solar is more efficient.
They compared a 35-foot wind turbine with a solar panel array, making sure that both could generate the same amount of electricity under optimal conditions. Both cost $22,000 as well.
Apparently the solar array generated five times more power than the wind turbine mainly because of the varying wind speeds that stops the turbine from generating power. Solar, it seems, is less intermittent than wind.
Another advantage of solar panels is that they are easier to integrate architecturally. But considering how much energy we need to run this planet, it’s good to have a choice. Surely under some conditions, wind will do a better job than solar and vice-versa. The point is to continue developing both technologies so they become increasingly efficient.
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.
Article source: http://blog.cleantechies.com/2012/05/31/solar-or-wind-power-which-is-more-efficient/
May 31, 2012 at 9:45 am | Solar Blog | No comment
The commotion that has surrounded the government funded feed-in-tariffs (FITs) since they launched in April 2011, has caused many homeowners to be aware. This fuss would have undoubtedly put most consumers confidence at a low, however in an announcement made yesterday by the Department of Climate Change (DECC), stability for solar is on the horizon. We can now reveal that the subsidy is set to receive a beam of security which will at least last for the next three years.
From August 1 2012, the subsidy which currently stands at 21p kWh for 4kW systems introduced into domestic properties will drop to 16p kWh. As the FITs were never set to be an everlasting subsidy, this new inevitable decrease has also been introduced with a range of new modifications set to help rebuild consumer confidence by bringing stability into the market. These modifications include;
-A multi-installation tariff for organizations with over 25 installations. They will receive 90 % of the standard applicable tariff, which is up from 80%.
-Export tariff will be increased from 3.2p to 4.5p/kWh for those installations with an eligibility date on or after August 1.
-The FIT lifetime will be reduced from 25 to 20 years for those installations with an eligibility date on or after August 1.
-Tariffs for installations that do not meet the energy efficiency requirements will mirror the tariffs for standalone installations.
This revision combined with the new rate has now outlined the FITs plans for the next 3 years, unless there is significant uptake. The DECC have announced the new tariff of 16p kWh and have outlined the process in which the tariff will decrease over the next three years. The announcement detailed that the FIT will steadily decrease at a rate of 3.5% every 3 months, beginning October 1st 2012. This means that over the course of a year the subsidy will reduce by around 2.24p which is a welcome and slow decline considering it has dropped a staggering 27.3p since December 2011. This new rate is set to introduce and reaffirm consumer confidence and put back some confidence in the installer that has invested their time and money into solar too.
As the new tariff is set for August 1 2012, consumers still have a 9 week window in which to gain the current higher rate of 21p kWh so as always time is of the essence for those wishing to obtain the higher rate which will be guaranteed for 25 years.
Carl Bennett, Managing Director of Trade Skills 4U, Britain’s premier electrical renewable energy training company reveals his thoughts on recent announcement. “There have been a lot of gloomy headlines about solar power but the fact is the returns on offer are far better than anything you can get in the bank. The smart money is on solar PV. And by investing in
solar power not only do householders protect themselves from rocketing electricity bills; they help local businesses and employment. Our business has enjoyed growth as result of our investment in solar. Last year we built a first storey training roof, which is the only one of its kind in the UK, in order to train solar installers and in the environment they will be
working in when they qualify. Our dedication to ‘real life’ scenario training as seen a steady rise in business and helped to drive us forward in the recession when many have cut back. Now that government have announced future stability for the Feed-in-Tariff, we can only predict a steady and stable future for solar which is of course great news for everyone.”
Martin Gebbett, Director of DPS Renewable Technologies says: ‘The announcement by the DECC signals an end to the uncertainty that has prevailed in the PV solar industry since September 2011. We believe the new set guidelines allow us to plan move clearly for the future and drive our business forward. We have seen a noticeable increase in enquiries over the last few weeks and see a positive outlook’.
The environmental campaign group Greenpeace is keen to encourage people to invest in solar. Dr Doug Parr, Policy Director at Greenpeace UK explains why: “Local renewable energy remains a valuable contributor to a sustainable economy. We welcome further solar PV systems, taking advantage of genuinely sustainable energy in the drive to protect the planet from climate change.”
Virginia Graham, Chief Executive of the REAL Consumer Code said; “It is true that solar power can still offer attractive returns to householders in the right circumstances. We recommend anyone interested in installing solar power to ensure the supplier is listed on the REAL and MCS websites and to read our guidance for consumers carefully before going
There has been over a quarter of a million installations across the UK since the launch of the FIT in April 2010. The industry has blossomed to employ around 25,000 people and it is set to grow rapidly, despite the recession. Thanks to campaigning by the Solar Trade Association the role of solar power is now recognised by Government and the Prime Minister with 22GW anticipated by 2020.
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