Dilemma for American Free-Traders: Cheap Solar Panels vs. Domestic Manufacturing

Interesting article here. A couple US Solar manufacturers are asking for a tariff of 25 cents per WATT on imported Solar Cells and 32 cents per Watt on PV panels with a minimum price on panels of 74 cents per Watt. At issue, of course, is that the pro-solar advocates have been saying for years … Read moreDilemma for American Free-Traders: Cheap Solar Panels vs. Domestic Manufacturing

Very Good Lanterns for an Emergency Light Source

Amazon is selling these “on sale” today for $22 bucks with free shipping.  That’s not a smoking deal, as last February I got them for $19. However, it’s a good deal nonetheless and the lights are well worth the $20 or so bucks you’ll spend. On top of our solar, inflatable lights, we have these … Read moreVery Good Lanterns for an Emergency Light Source

More Renewable Energy Shenanigans???

I’ve been doing some research on the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS) in California.  In 2014, it was “the world’s largest concentrating solar thermal power plant in operation.”   This solar farm is not a PV, i.e., Photovoltaic, solar plant. It is solar thermal.  There is a difference.  But it’s solar nonetheless. My problem is … Read moreMore Renewable Energy Shenanigans???

Portland, Oregon…”The Whitest City in America”

I had to chuckle reading this article on the Powerline Blog in context of something that happened to me a few days ago. I’m part of a Facebook group that is very desirous to bring more minorities into my profession.  The founder of the group even has a wonderful podcast which I listen to religiously.  But … Read morePortland, Oregon…”The Whitest City in America”

Brazil’s Solar Farm = 40 Watts per Sq. Meter (at Peak Capacity!)

There is a rule in sales that says “don’t overpromise and underdeliver, strive to underpromise and overdeliver.” I’m afraid the solar industry is so far gone into the former that it will never be rescued, unless they suddenly realize that at some point people do wake up. Here is yet ANOTHER article on the bounty … Read moreBrazil’s Solar Farm = 40 Watts per Sq. Meter (at Peak Capacity!)