Silicor Materials Builds New Silicon Factory In Iceland
Silicor Materials is a 9-year-old California company that makes the silicon used to produce solar panels. Silicon requires a lot of power to manufacture, so the cost of energy is an important factor in producing silicon profitably. Iceland has an abundance of cheap electrical power, thanks to abundant hydroelectric and geothermal resources. That has led Silicor… Continue reading Silicor Materials builds new silicon factory in Iceland
To put this number in context, California’s 10 GigaWatts of installed solar power provides electricity to 2.5 million homes — while the entire United States of America has 20 GW of installed solar power.
In addition to lowering airborne emissions, California’s renewable energy policies have added 15,000 renewable energy jobs to the state economy. — Editor’s note.
“From an environmental perspective, solar power in California is helping to offset more than 11.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions, which is the equivalent of removing 2.5 million cars off California roads and highways.” — Rhone Resch, President and CEO of SEIA
New homes in San Diego County must now be pre-wired to accept rooftop solar panels and electric vehicle charger
Pre-wiring new homes to support solar panels and an electric vehicle charger — costs less than adding residential solar panels and residential electric vehicle charger wiring after the home is built.
Palo Alto, California was the first jurisdiction in the state to require solar panels and electric vehicle charger pre-wiring for new homes.
Other communities in the United States will soon follow and there is every opportunity that other jurisdictions around the world will follow California’s example.