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The Biggest Misconceptions People Have About Renewable Energy - Wall Street Journal

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The Biggest Misconceptions People Have About Renewable Energy
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CHRISTINE WHITMAN: The biggest misconception is that renewable energy sources are always working.
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Welcome To The Residential Solar Revolution

Welcome To The Residential Solar Revolution | Solar+LED | Scoop.it
Solar upstarts like Sunnova will lease you a roof-full of panels for about the same price you pay your old-fashioned electric utility. This has the makings of a solar boom.
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The Solar Roadway - A Series of Structurally-Engineered Solar Panels that are Driven Upon

The Solar Roadway - A Series of Structurally-Engineered Solar Panels that are Driven Upon | Solar+LED | Scoop.it

Years ago, when the phrase "Global Warming" began gaining popularity, we started batting around the idea of replacing asphalt and concrete surfaces with solar panels that could be driven upon. We thought of the "black box" on airplanes: We didn't know what material that black box was made of, but it seemed to be able to protect sensitive electronics from the worst of airline crashes.

 

Suppose we made a section of road out of this material and housed solar cells to collect energy, which could pay for the cost of the panel, thereby creating a road that would pay for itself over time. What if we added LEDs to "paint" the road lines from beneath, lighting up the road for safer night time driving? What if we added a heating element in the surface (like the defrosting wire in the rear window of our cars) to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates? The ideas and possibilities just continued to roll in and the Solar Roadway project was born.

 

Road Surface Layer - translucent and high-strength, it is rough enough to provide great traction, yet still passes sunlight through to the solar collector cells embedded within, along with LEDs and a heating element. It is capable of handling today's heaviest loads under the worst of conditions. Weatherproof, it protects the electronics layer beneath it.

 

Electronics Layer Contains a microprocessor board with support circuitry for sensing loads on the surface and controlling a heating element. No more snow/ice removal and no more school/business closings due to inclement weather. The on-board microprocessor controls lighting, communications, monitoring, etc. With a communications device every 12 feet, the Solar Roadway is an intelligent highway system.

 

Base Plate LayerLayer - While the electronics layer collects energy from the sun, it is the base plate layer that distributes power (collected from the electronics layer) and data signals (phone, TV, internet, etc.) "downline" to all homes and businesses connected to the Solar Roadway. Weatherproof, it protects the electronics layer above it.

 

Imagine a world-wide system where the "lit" half of the world is always powering the "dark" half of the world! Everyone has power. No more power shortages, no more roaming power outages, no more need to burn coal (50% of greenhouse gases). Less need for fossil fuels and less dependency upon foreign oil. Much less pollution. How about this for a long term advantage: an electric road allows all-electric vehicles to recharge anywhere: rest stops, parking lots, etc. They would then have the same range as a gasoline-powered vehicle. Internal combustion engines would become obsolete. Our dependency on oil would come to an abrupt end. 


It's time to upgrade our infrastructure - roads and power grid - to the 21st century.


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Social Enterprise Mera Gao Power Connecting Those Without Power in India - Justmeans

Social Enterprise Mera Gao Power Connecting Those Without Power in India - Justmeans | Solar+LED | Scoop.it
Social Enterprise Mera Gao Power Connecting Those Without Power in IndiaJustmeansA social enterprise electricity and mobile charging service is giving poor farming families living in one of the poorest states, Utter Pradesh, in India, a chance to...

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Solar Power Growing Faster Than Usain Bolt Can Run | PlanetSave

Solar Power Growing Faster Than Usain Bolt Can Run | PlanetSave | Solar+LED | Scoop.it
There's a solar panel installation boom going on. In the EU. In the US. In Asia. In South America. Globally. Solar panel installation volumes have skyrocketed due to falling solar power prices and decent solar power incentives ...
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The politicians are wrong - 100% renewable energy is possible - The Guardian

The politicians are wrong - 100% renewable energy is possible - The Guardian | Solar+LED | Scoop.it
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The politicians are wrong - 100% renewable energy is possible
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it is unrealistic to suggest renewable energy alone can deliver all of our energy needs in the medium term.
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Power for India’s Rural Women

Power for India’s Rural Women | Solar+LED | Scoop.it
A program in India is training women from impoverished areas to become solar power engineers and bring light to their villages. (@thekiranbedi Ms. Surin learn how to build and install solar panels.
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Solar Microgrids & the Developing World

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Almost 400 million Indians, do not have access to a power grid. Nikhil Jaisinghani and Brian Shaad, cofounders of Mera Gao Power (MGP), want to change that.


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Solar-Powered Micro Grids Change Lives of Indian Villagers

Solar-Powered Micro Grids Change Lives of Indian Villagers | Solar+LED | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs build solar micro grids in India to power lights and charge mobile phones, changing the face of energy in rural areas.

 

In Uttar Pradesh, one of India's poorest states, a pair of US-born entrepreneurs is creating a new model for energy delivery to villages far from the grid. The founders of Mera Gao Power build and operate solar-powered micro grids to provide low-cost lighting and mobile phone charging to village houses, giving many rural people access to both light and power for the first time in their lives.


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Solar Panels Becoming Standard for New Homes | Realtor Magazine

Solar Panels Becoming Standard for New Homes via Realtor Magazine http://t.co/AnJ4WpFmUc #green #energy #solar
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