Solar power is big business!
In an article from PV TECH, I read that “The route to decarbonisation in the energy sector will create benefits of US$10 trillion every year by 2050, while requiring only US$1.8 trillion to implement, according to a new joint report from the International Energy Agency (IAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
In their first ever collaboration, IEA and IRENA found that a total of 6 million jobs would be created, even when accounting for jobs lost in other industries.
Further jobs will also be created in the energy efficiency sector. The report stressed that efforts on the transition need to be stepped up urgently to stay in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.
IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin, said: “Critically, the economic case for the energy transition has never been stronger. Today around the world, new renewable power plants are being built that will generate electricity for less cost than fossil-fuel power plants. And through 2050, the decarbonisation can fuel sustainable economic growth and create more new jobs in renewables.”
Diversifying our power supply is key
Renewable Energy Analyst and Research Projects Manager of the Geothermal Energy Association, Benjamin Matek, reports that “Last fall, the California legislature passed SB 350, a bill that will increase the state’s renewable energy generation to 50 percent by 2030 utilizing resources like wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy. This goal will be a first. No large-scale economy like California has ever attempted to transition to a grid powered in majority by renewables.
Study after study on the California energy landscape point toward the same answer: make the grid diverse. California’s grid will require a mix of renewable resources like solar, hydropower, storage, wind, and geothermal. For example, a study commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation on a 50 percent renewable grid found that “replacing 10 TWh of solar PV with geothermal . . . reduces CO2 emissions by 4.2 million metric tons per year in California and 2.4 MMT/yr in the rest of the West.”
For more information on geothermal energy usage, go to: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/04/studies-show-geothermal-and-grid-diversity-benefit-the-environment-and-consumers.html?cmpid=renewablegeothermal0552016&eid=326825548&bid=1395781
Here are a few easy ways to cut down on your water bill:
1. Check for possible water leaks by looking at your water meter. If it’s spinning, but you don’t have the water turned on, you may have an undetected leak.
2. If your water pressure is over 80 psi (pounds per square inch), you may be using more water than you need. Ask your plumber to check your water pressure and install a pressure regulator outside the house.
3. Don’t waste the cold water you run in the shower while waiting for it to warm up. You can use a bucket to catch the cold water and use it to water indoor or outdoor plants.
4. Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
5. If you wash dishes by hand, use the smallest amount of dish detergent possible, cutting down on the amount of water you need to rinse your dishes.
According to our friends at Renewable Energy Magazine, “Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Mayor New York City, has announced the launch of the NYC Clean Fleet – a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet of any US city.
The Clean Fleet plan will cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 – and 80 percent by 2035 – and serve as a model for the private sector and other 21st century cities in fighting climate change.
The project is the latest in a series of ambitious but necessary climate initiatives outlined in the Mayor’s OneNYC plan which sets a long-term goal of reducing all greenhouse gas emissions across New York City by 80 percent by 2050. Currently, the transport sector accounts for nearly one-quarter of citywide greenhouse gas emissions.”
From Renewable Energy Magazine’s 12/02/2015 issue: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/new-york-city-mayor-launches-the-largest-20151202
Spring Forward into the Audubon at Debs Park solar training class on Saturday, March 19th!
This month we’ll concentrate on Phase II LEED Building Design and Energy Efficiency. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, built, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.
The Audubon Center was the first Platinum LEED building in the United States. The Audubon’s address is: 4700 N. Griffin Ave. Los Angeles CA 90031.
Class is from 9am- 3pm. Class fee: $20.00
To consider installing solar power on a home or business, you should first consider how energy efficient the building is and what it will take to make the building more efficient. This month’s solar class looks at energy efficiency and energy calculators to make the building more efficient.
“Every dollar you save on energy efficiency will save you $3.00 on solar power”.
According to Renewable Energy News online magazine: “EV charging product company Envision Solar International, Inc., , has announced it has completed deliveries of its mobile EV ARC charging station to a major Silicon Valley technology company.
Envision Solar completed the deliveries using its ARC Mobility transportation system which was successfully tested and deployed earlier this year. The EV ARC charging station was manufactured in the company’s San Diego fabrication facility.
“We continue to improve our efficiencies and our ability to deliver our products” said Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar. “I believe that this latest wave of deliveries, using the new ARC Mobility system, proves again that we can deploy EV charging infrastructure faster than anyone in the industry and in an economical and zero environmental impact manner.”
Did you ever think about where islands get their electricity?
If they have to use gas or oil to run engines that create electricity, it’s costly, inefficient and pollutes the air. Other resources are solar power, tidal turbines off the coast, or WEC (wave energy conversion).
The June 25th edition of Renewable Energy Magazine just ran in interesting article on Indonesia’s move to use wave energy conversion.
“The Indonesian archipelago is facing extensive challenges with its complex power network and the deployment of Bombora Wave Power’s WEC would greatly improve access to electrical power for Indonesian citizens. The country’s present wave energy resource level is somewhat less than that currently available to other countries and the WEC is very attractive to the Indonesian market, on account of its ability to collect wave energy from a wide wave front.
The WEC’s flexible membrane and simple valving, squeezes air through a closed circuit and extracts energy with an air turbine to generate electricity.”
For more on this fascinating renewable energy resource, see: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/bombora-wave-power-to-supply-wave-power-20150622