Category — SOLAR

London party for Finding Infinity
by SPY_VONDEGA on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 - 0 Comments in EVENTS, SOLAR

Vivienne-Westwood-UK-in-France-via-Flickr-260x173London, 4 September 2014 – Fashion Designer Vivienne Westwood held the first of a series of solar-powered parties to promote the use of renewable energy.

The designer teamed with Ross Harding of a social enterprise that promotes renewable energy, Finding Infinity, and a U.K. crowdfunding platform, Trillion Fund, for a party called Off the Grid, which took place in east London at Snap Studios. (more…)

French company joins solar industry march to west Texas
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 27, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, ENERGY, EVENTS, SOLAR, WRETHA

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Yet another solar company is looking cash in on the wide-open skies of West Texas.

Paris-based Solairedirect has announced plans for a two-phase, 100-megawatt solar farm on a ranch about 14 miles east of Alpine in rural Brewster County. By the company’s estimates, the plant could bring power to about 25,000 homes.

It would rival California competitor Recurrent Energy’s plans to build its own 150-megawatt plant in West Texas. Recurrent hasn’t yet said where exactly in the region it will build what would be the state’s largest single solar facility.

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Solar farm in western Texas
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MAY 21, 2014 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, SOLAR, WRETHA

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A California company has won a contract to build a 150-megawatt solar plant in West Texas. It would be the largest single plant built in the state so far, second only to the 400 mw system of plants planned for San Antonio.

San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy isn’t saying where exactly it will build the plant. CEO Arno Harris says they’re keeping that information private for now to keep the project competitive as other companies look to the West Texas skies for profits.

Harris tells KRTS that rising natural gas prices and dropping costs are making it easier for the solar industry to move to Texas – utility companies are buying more solar, seeing it as an increasingly competitive energy source.

Recurrent Energy has secured a 20-year contract with Austin Energy to bring power to an estimated 15,000 homes in the capital city. The utility estimates 1 mw of solar power can power about 100 Texas homes during peak hours on summer days. (more…)

US Army huge solar farm
by SUPERJOE on APRIL 26, 2014 - 0 Comments in SOLAR

After a power outage on the base, Spc. Elizabeth Gruden from the 18th Military Police Detachment on Fort Huachuca directs traffic at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and Fry Boulevard on Saturday morning. Power was knocked out in that area of the city for about 45 minutes.

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Normally we do not like solar farms – they are usually built to feedinto the Grid – but not this one.

The army just kicked off a solar farm in Arizona that will be the Department of Defense’s largest solar installation. And the entire energy output will be used at the base.

The 155-acre project announced at Fort Huachuca, leverages private financing and is expected to exceed 18-megawatts of clean power and provide 25 percent of the military base’s power. Officials kicked off the project with a groundbreaking ceremony at the base where construction is set to begin in the next few days. (more…)

Oklahoma Senate passes solar panel surcharge
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 22, 2014 - 1 Comment in ENERGY, SOLAR, WRETHA

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I think this falls under the “What are they thinking????” category. I am amazed, they SAY it’s not against the solar or wind power users, yet the power companies are wanting to charge an extra fee on those who generate enough power to sell it back to the power companies…

Right now, it’s apparently awaiting the governor’s signature, I would hope that the governor is smart enough NOT to sign this into law.

Oklahoma City, OK, April 22, 2014- Some Oklahoma residents who install solar panels or wind turbines on their property in the future are likely to get hit with a surcharge on their utility bill. Senate Bill 1456 passed 83-5 on Monday, and awaits a signature from Governor Mary Fallon. (more…)

New golf cart batteries
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 20, 2014 - 2 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SHOP, SOLAR, WRETHA

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Today was the first full day on the new batteries, we had everything hooked up to them, including the new chest freezer to refrigerator conversion, about a month (or so) ago our old one smoked on us, fortunately it happened during the day and I was there to catch it, it might not have gone any further, but as far as I’m concerned, when you see smoke, fire usually comes next. I’ll do another writeup on the new fridge very soon, until then you can read about how I DIY’d the conversion here and here.

Our previous batteries were marine type deep cycle batteries, I’ve been told on more than one occasion that those types of batteries aren’t true deep cycle batteries, in fact the newer ones being sold have cold cranking ratings on them instead of amp hours, and that has little (or nothing) to do with being deep cycle, that has to do with starting motors and such. Those are a hybrid of regular and deep cycle batteries, more robust than a standard car or truck battery but not as heavy duty as a true deep cycle battery. (more…)

Off grid hiccups
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 13, 2014 - 7 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SOLAR, WRETHA

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A while back my current deep cycle batteries began to get weak, they would charge up quickly and not hold much of a charge, unfortunately the batteries are the part of the off grid system that need to be replaced on a semi-regular basis. I am hard on my batteries, that has never been a secret. This next week I plan on buying four 6-volt deep cycle golf cart batteries. In the past I have used marine type deep cycle batteries, they are more heavy duty than regular automotive batteries, but aren’t near as hearty as golf cart batteries.

As my current batteries began getting weaker and weaker, it began creating problems with my inverter, causing it to go into fault mode for a few seconds, meaning it would cut off the power during that time, it only did it during the day when the batteries were charging or fully charged, never at night, it took me a while to figure out where the problem was. (more…)

Chinese solar farm $2m crowd-funding
by TECHSTAR on FEBRUARY 20, 2014 - 2 Comments in SOLAR

A state-backed firm teamed up with Chinese online financiers to fund off-grid solar facility in Qianhai, near Shenzen, southern China.

United Photovoltaics Group, controlled by state-backed finance-to-logistics conglomerate China Merchants Group, aims to raise 10 million yuan through what it claims to be the world’s first megawatt-scale, off-power-grid solar farm project funded by an internet “crowd fundraising” platform. (more…)

SunPower to compete with Marfa lights
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 9, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, ENERGY, SOLAR, WRETHA

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Marfa Texas is more known for eccentric-quirky artists and the Marfa Lights, an unexplained phenomena that happens on some nights, I have seen these lights and found them to be interesting and hard to explain, I thought I was seeing car lights, until I watched one go across the desert floor then shoot straight up into the air…. Now the company SunPower wants to build a power plant in Marfa, and the residents of Marfa have questions for SunPower.

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MARFA – SunPower will host an open house Thursday, January 30, from 5pm to 7pm at the Marfa School Cafeteria. SunPower, based in San Francisco, California, is one of four companies interested in potentially setting up solar power plants in Presidio County.

The open house will allow residents to learn about the proposed 50-megawatt project called Texas Solar Star that would produce enough energy for around 40,000 homes. It was previously reported that SunPower is looking to locate their project in the Antelope Hills area east of Marfa. (more…)


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