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Builders Offering Solar as a Standard Option

September 17, 2013

Are Solar Panels the Next Granite Countertop for Builders?

Justin Doom, Bloomberg

September 12, 2013

NEW YORK CITY — Solar panels are the next granite countertops: an amenity for new homes that’s becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets.

At least six of 10 largest U.S. homebuilders led by KB Home include the photovoltaic devices in new construction, according to supplier SunPower Corp. Two California towns are mandating installations, and demand for the systems that generate electricity at home will jump 56 percent nationwide this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.“In the next six months, homebuilders in California and the expensive-energy states will be going solar as a standard, and just incorporating it into the cost of the house like any other feature,” Jim Petersen, chief executive officer of the PetersenDean Inc., the largest closely held U.S. roofing and solar contractor, said in an interview.

See below for full article at:  RenewableEnergyWorld.com

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/09/are-solar-panels-the-next-granite-countertop-for-homebuilders

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Solar Energy – The Best Choice for Our Future!

March 30, 2011

The earth’s natural resources are getting scarcer everyday and we need to look for environmentally safe alternatives that are plentiful and cheap. I can think of no other than Solar Energy. Solar energy produces no negative by-products that effect the environment like coal or nuclear and is not in short supply.

Best of all it’s free to everyone. For example home owners can harness the abundant energy from the sun by installing solar panels on their roof or an open space that is exposed to the rays of the sun. Solar panels easily capture the sun’s energy and coverts it to electricity to be used to run everything from your hot water heater to your TV. Even in areas of the world where the sun’s rays are unavailable or insufficient everyday, powerful battery technology can store the surplus when the sun is shining and use it when needed.

With the demand increasing expect to see many breakthroughs in solar energy technology over the next few years. This will no doubt create a huge demand for certified solar trained professionals in many different positions around the world. When considering solar training look first to eRenewable Resource Institute Providing ISPQ Accredited* Hands-On Solar Installation Training located in sunny Phoenix Arizona. All eRenewable students qualify for ARG STAFFING’s free “green staffing machine,” services that include assistance with job placement and career enhancement. Classes are limited so call today, visit the website, http://www.eRenewableResouce.com, for a complete list of available classes and dates. *ISPQ accreditation, issued by The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, is not a recognized accrediting body by the US Department of Education

The Future of Solar Energy

March 21, 2011

All of us have felt the blistering heat of the summer sun. We run from one air-conditioned building to another trying to avoid the heat. We lather our bodies with sunscreen and avoid the harmful rays of solar radiation.

But have we really thought about what it would mean if we could harness the power of the sun? Just think, no more costly summer electric bills, no more vehicle pollutants, no more fear of the threat of nuclear disaster.

From the dawn of civilization, humans have used the sun’s energy for light, heat and a wide range of ever-evolving technologies. Now more than ever are we all as a planet pulling together to solve the worlds energy needs.

The U.S. is in the forefront of solar energy technology and plans are underway to develop technology that can harness solar energy from space.

Space-based solar power (SBSP) is a system for the collection of solar power in space, for use on Earth. SBSP differs from the usual method of solar power collection in that the solar panels used to collect energy would reside on a satellite in orbit, often referred to as a solar power satellite (SPS), rather than on Earth’s surface. In space, collection of the Sun’s energy is unaffected by the various obstructions which reduce efficiency or capacities of Earth surface solar power collection.

Solar energy reaching Earth’s orbit is 144% of the maximum found on the surface of Earth, and includes wavelengths that don’t even reach the surface due to the atmosphere. The length of time the solar collection panels can be exposed to a consistently high amount of solar radiation is also much longer in orbit: For most of the year, a satellite-based solar panel can collect power 24 hours per day, whereas a terrestrial station can collect for, at most, 12 hours per day. Collection at Earth’s poles can take place for 24 hours per day, but not consistently, and only for 6 months 

Space-based solar power (SBSP) is a system for the collection of solar power in space, for use on Earth. SBSP differs from the usual method of solar power collection in that the solar panels used to collect energy would reside on a satellite in orbit, often referred to as a solar power satellite (SPS), rather than on Earth’s surface. In space, collection of the Sun’s energy is unaffected by the various obstructions which reduce efficiency or capacities of Earth surface solar power collection.

Solar energy reaching Earth’s orbit is 144% of the maximum found on the surface of Earth, and includes wavelengths that don’t even reach the surface due to the atmosphere. The length of time the solar collection panels can be exposed to a consistently high amount of solar radiation is also much longer in orbit: For most of the year, a satellite-based solar panel can collect power 24 hours per day, whereas a terrestrial station can collect for, at most, 12 hours per day. Collection at Earth’s poles can take place for 24 hours per day, but not consistently, and only for 6 months


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