With the recent hype surrounding different ways to make your home as green as possible, it appears most people have managed to forget the massive amounts of potential your backyard holds in making your home energy efficient. Check out this article to discover three easy ways to go green in your backyard by following the “reduce, reuse, recycle” motto. I’ll give you a hint - one of the suggestions is to go solar!
According to this article, a recent survey found that 49% of respondents would be motivated to purchase a residential solar system if they had more information about how solar technology would benefit them. If you are hesitant to go solar for this reason, read the article below to see how solar power will change your life.
Phone Losing Charge? New Photovoltaic Technology Could Help Solve The Problem
Researchers at UCLA have created a novel concept for harvesting and recycling energy for electronic devices - one that involves equipping these devices’ LCD screens with built-in photovoltaic polarizers, allowing them to convert ambient light, sunlight, and their own backlight into electricity!
Check out ScienceDaily’s interesting article for more information:
At Joule, we’re proud of our ability to bring solid, green jobs to the New Orleans area. During this period of economic hardship, bringing more jobs to our nation, and specifically to New Orleans, is more important than ever. As such, we applaud Cafe Reconcile for their impressive efforts in employing local New Orleans youth - you will certainly be seeing the Joule team come in for lunch sometime soon!
CNN covers the inspirational story of Cafe Reconcile here:
290-Megawatt Solar Power Behemoth Brings 400 New Green Jobs to Arizona
The solar industry continues to shine as a beacon of hope in our struggling economy, as the massive 290-MW Agua Caliente Solar Power Project is expected to bring 400 new jobs to Arizona. The project is sponsored by NRG, who recently cancelled their plans to build two nuclear power plants following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. NRG’s decision to support solar energy sends a clear message: the U.S. energy industry is making the transition towards cleaner and more reliable means of powering the U.S. Bravo, NRG!
The solar industry remains resilient despite recent economic woes, with predictions that the US solar PV market will double in 2011. With more and more people deciding to go solar, the U.S. solar industry continues to be one of the fastest growth sectors in the economy. Go to www.joule-energy.com to get your free solar estimate and start saving money today!
Are your energy bills rising just as quickly as the thermostat? Save money with #solar! But don’t just take our word for it, check out WWLTV’s article (and great video) about a New Orleans resident who’s saving hundreds on his energy bill with solar hot water and solar panels.
This morning, NASA’s solar-powered spacecraft began its journey to Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Juno is the first solar-powered probe designed to operate at Jupiter’s distance from the sun - nearly 500 million miles - where sunlight is 25 times weaker than that at Earth. As a result, Juno is equipped with three massive solar arrays that will power the journey. At Earth’s distance from the sun, the arrays would generate 14 kilowatts of power. At Jupiter’s distance, they will provide just 400 watts to power Juno’s science instruments and subsystems.
NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter Set To Launch Tomorrow
NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to begin its solar-powered journey to Jupiter tomorrow, August 5th. The spacecraft is equipped with three 34-foot-long solar arrays and more than 18,000 solar cells, which will be the sole source of energy for Juno’s five-year trip to Jupiter. Juno is set to become the most distant probe ever powered by the sun, as no spacecraft has ever ventured so far using only solar energy. Solar technology was ultimately the best option for Juno’s scientific needs, but it helps that the choice is environmentally friendly. “We’re happy to be green,” said Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Tex. “Of course, we were green before it was in to be green.” Congratulations, NASA!
We will continue to keep everyone updated with Juno’s progress. Check out this link for more information:
Solar energy is gaining fans in homeowners who aren’t just tree huggers - they’re penny pinchers. With tax incentives and decreased prices for solar systems, more and more people around the country are making the economical decision to go solar. The United States is now poised to lead the world in solar energy installations within just a few years, as lower costs for the technology and zero-down financing plans and subsidies lure people across the nation to cleaner forms of power that save money and energy. According to the experts at SEIA, the U.S. will become the largest solar market in the world by 2014!
Bank of America rooftop solar project is world's biggest
Bank of America has secured a federal loan guarantee that will allow it to finance the world’s largest single effort to put solar panels on rooftops. Bank of America estimates the solar installations will result in 733 megawatts of solar energy production - or enough energy to power around 100,000 homes!
These solar light trees from Milan designer Omar Huerta are not just a unique installation of solar-powered street lights. They grow actual plants on their branches, using a hydroponic system that pulls water up the trunk just like a real tree. Check out the link above for pictures!
CLEAN LA Solar Plan Supports Governor's Vision for Local, Renewable Power
On Monday, the Los Angeles Business Council called on the LADWP to implement the CLEAN LA Solar Plan, which would produce 600 MW of locally generated rooftop solar power, create thousands of local jobs, and spur as much as $2 billion of private investment. The CLEAN LA project meets important city needs at a reasonable cost, especially when considering federal tax credits available to offset the costs for business owners, the lack of meaningful solar production in the city to date, and the looming state requirements for clean energy. The plan enjoys huge support among the public, with an opinion survey showing that more than 8 in 10 local voters are in favor. Nice work, Los Angeles!
A team of researchers recently published measurements of the cooling benefits provided by solar photovoltaic panels, and found that during the day, a building’s ceiling was 5 degrees cooler under solar panels than under an exposed roof. The panels essentially act as roof shades: rather than the sun beating down onto the roof, which causes heat to be pushed through the roof and inside the ceiling of the building, photovoltaic panels take the solar beatings. “There are more efficient ways to passively cool buildings,” said Kleissl, a professor of environmental engineering at UC San Diego. “But, if you are considering installing solar photovoltaic… you can expect a large reduction in the amount of energy you use to cool your residence or business.”
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced the approval of four new projects, including two utility-scale solar developments in California, a wind energy project in Oregon, and a transmission line in Southern California. Together, they will create more than 1,300 construction jobs and provide a combined 550 megawatts of electricity!
Are you, or someone you know, a licensed electrician looking for work? Joule is about to start an ambitious project and we're looking to bring on experienced electricians. Give us a call at (504) 586-0625 if you're interested in being a part of the Joule team!
Redskins to Install 2 MW of Solar and Electric Car Charging at FedEx Field
The Washington Redskins have announced their plans to install a 2MW solar array over the parking lot at FedEx Field - an ambitious project that will power 100% of the stadium’s day-to-day needs, 15% of game day demand, and even provide charging stations for electric vehicles. The recent increase in clean energy use among sports teams and organizations is a brilliant and effective way to spread awareness about renewable energy to the general public. Covering over 850 parking spaces and offering ten electric car charging stations, this project will serve as a visible reminder of the power of clean energy. According to Fred Smith, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation and part owner of the Washington Redskins, “Solar can be a very smart investment. I am pleased to see FedEx Field moving in this direction and increasing its own energy independence.”
Investment in Green Energy Technology Reaches Global Record
Global investment in green energy sources have increased by 32 percent during 2010, hitting a record high of $211 billion. “The continuing growth in this core segment of the green economy is not happening by chance,” said Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment Program. “The combination of government target-setting, policy support and stimulus funding is underpinning the renewable industry’s rise and bringing the much needed transformation of our global energy system within reach.”
Mitsubishi Launches Solar-Powered EV Charging Station in U.S.
Mitsubishi has unveiled the first solar-powered charging station for electric cars in the U.S. - a reflection of the worldwide effort to utilize renewable energy possibilities. The EV charging station is capable of charging up to four cars at once, and will certainly help to build awareness of solar power’s versatility and efficiency. As MMNA President Yoichi Yokozawa explained, “We hope that our dealers, learning institutions, and municipalities will look to this technology with a keen eye towards the future, and bear in mind that the gradual acceptance of the pure-EV transportation will be aided by increasing the number of facilities like this one.” Bravo, Mitsubishi!
Read more here: http://www.renewable-energy-news.info/mitsubishi-solar-powered-ev-charging-station/
As fireworks light up the sky in celebration of our nation’s independence from Britain, take a moment to consider a different cause for celebration: the growing movement towards American independence from foreign oil. The solar industry continues to grow at unprecedented rates, stimulating the economy by creating real American jobs across the country. More and more people are beginning to realize that energy independence is a viable option for every homeowner in America. In light of the disastrous BP oil spill and the ongoing conflict over foreign oil in the Middle East and elsewhere, it is clear that the time has come for our nation to recover from our fossil fuel addiction. As we reflect on this historical day in which our Founding Fathers courageously declared independence, we invite you to join us in the movement towards an energy-independent future for America.
College in California becomes first to produce more energy than it uses
This week, Butte College in Northern California makes history by becoming the first college to become ‘grid positive’ thanks to its sustainable energy infrastructure of solar arrays. Check out this article for more information:
Before you hop into cars, planes, boats & trains for Independence Day weekend...
check out what’s being done to reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil. Click on the link to watch Thursday’s live chat with Dr. Arun Majundar, where he discussed the progression towards building the clean energy infrastructure of the future.
Thinking about going solar? Join us for a free Solar 101 Workshop today!
Today, from 6 PM to 8 PM, Global Green USA is hosting a free Solar 101 Workshop. Joule Energy, along with several local solar companies, will be presenting information as well as providing the answers to all of your solar-related questions. We hope to see you there!
Solar 101 Workshop Tuesday, June 28th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Green Building Resource Center 841 Carondelet Street New Orleans, LA 70130
Join us for Global Green's Solar 101 Workshop today at 6PM
Thinking about going solar? Join us today from 6 PM to 8 PM for a free solar workshop hosted by Global Green USA. Joule Energy, along with several local solar companies, will be presenting about various aspects of solar energy, as well as answering all of your solar-related questions. Come learn how to take advantage of the best solar tax incentives in the country, and help power the city toward a safer, more sustainable future.
The workshop will take place at 841 Carondelet Street New Orleans, LA from 6 PM to 8 PM. We hope to see you there!
Our beloved New Orleans has recently been named America’s Dirtiest City in Travel & Leisure Magazine, according to 2010 data. Join Joule in our efforts to clean up the Crescent City by making the transition from dirty and dangerous coal to clean and sustainable energy!