Silicor Materials builds new silicon factory in Iceland

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

UK: Solar Panels Save £907k over 25 Years

UK: Travis Perkins’ Solar Panels Save £907k over 25 Years-VIDEO

Leading UK building and home improvement retailer Travis Perkins – based in Northampton and started in 1797 – has had solar panels installed by renewables firm Solarlec to power its new regional distribution centre near Warrington, Cheshire, according to recent news from Solarlec. Solarlec designed and installed a 157.5kW solar PV system on the new purpose-built… Continue reading UK: Solar Panels Save £907k over 25 Years

World’s Greenest Parliament Building? The Israeli Knesset!

The World’s Greenest Parliament Building is the Israeli Knesset

 

Knesset Solar Panels Make it ‘Greenest’ Parliament Anywhere

The Knesset building is now the “greenest” parliamentary building in the world. As of Sunday, the building’s roof, with near 5,000 square meters of solar panels, is set to generate enough electricity to power the building’s lights, and much of its air conditioning, heating, and computing needs. On Sunday, the plenum celebrated the completion of a… Continue reading World’s Greenest Parliament Building? The Israeli Knesset!

California Approaches 10 Gigawatts of Installed Solar Power

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

California, America’s solar leader, stands poised to become the first state in the nation to have 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity – enough to power nearly 2.5 million homes, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. FYI: In 2014, America reached a solar milestone with 20 GW of solar… Continue reading California Approaches 10 Gigawatts of Installed Solar Power

San Diego – New Homes Pre-wired for Solar Panels

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.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – The San Diego Board of Supervisors has voted to require all contractors building single family homes in the unincorporated areas around the city of San Diego to make them ready for solar panels and electric vehicles. That means the wiring to support a solar panel system and electric vehicle charger must be installed during… Continue reading San Diego – New Homes Pre-wired for Solar Panels