Solar Power Update for January 6, 2009
Unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot of good solar news to start off the new year. However there are still some interesting stories.
The current “largest” story is about China where they plan to build the biggest solar power plant. I have couple of links to the story, the first is on Environmental Leader (http://www.environmentalleader.com/2009/01/06/analyst-china-may-soon-have-worlds-biggest-solar-farm/) which is mostly analysis. The second is on Inhabitat ( http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/06/china-announces-worlds-largest-solar-plant/) where they have better pictures. Lastly the original story is found on Forbes.com (http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/01/02/ap5874761.html)
Excerpt:(from Forbes.com) “ China Technology Development Group Corp. on Friday said it, along with Qinghai New Energy Group, plans to build a 30-megawatt on-grid solar power station with a long-term target of 1 gigawatt of capacity, which could make it the biggest photovoltaic project in the world, one analyst said.“
From the section of your government dollars at work come the story where the Grand Canyon visitor’s Center is going to be partially powered through an 18 kilowatt system that will provide a third of the center’s power needs. The story is on Environmental Leader (http://www.environmentalleader.com/2009/01/06/grand-canyon-visitors-center-taps-sun-for-power/).
Next we have an update on Duke Energy’s solar power generation plan. Apparently they have gotten approval to place the panels on various roofs but have been told no to a rate increase that was supposed to finance the plan. The story on Earth2Tech.com (http://earth2tech.com/2009/01/06/regulators-slam-dukes-solar-funding-plan/) goes into some detail, however it isn’t looking anything but embarrassing at this point.
Lastly we have a very well written and thought out discussion about how the potential for solar panel manufacturing could well save quite a few computer chip makers. It is a product that they already have expertise in and they are embracing the market with a lot of resources. The story is on Earth2Tech.com (http://earth2tech.com/2009/01/06/will-solar-save-chip-companies/)
Excerpt: ” Over the last year, semiconductor companies have seen the opportunity and rushed into the brighter industry. The overlap between the two industries is clear: chip companies have long histories of building low-cost manufacturing processes to shape and slice silicon, the key ingredient in traditional solar modules.“
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