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Luke AFB Leases Land for New Solar Power Plant

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 No Comments

The government, recognizing the near unlimited source of power they could harness from the sun, has been utilizingrenewable energy, such as solar power, from the start of the industry.

In 1956, the first solar cells were available commercially, but the cost was far too high for  everyday people.

At $300 for a 1 watt solar cell, the cost to generate solar energy was far beyond anyone’s means. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s satellites in the USA’s space program were powered by solar cells and in the late 1960’s solar power was basically the standard for powering space bound satellites.

Recently, the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona partnered with Arizona Public Service (APS) on a new solar power plant to be built on 100 acres of land located on the Base. The facility will begin construction at the end of this year, and is expected to produce 10-megawatts of power.

Luke Air Force Base Adding Solar

This partnership will help the Air Force save money and also meet their goals to continue investing in solar renewable energy. APS will lease the land for 30 years from Luke AFB for $6 million.

The project at Luke AFB will join 8 other Arizona sun projects that are already online or in some stage of development, totaling 170 megawatts of solar energy for the state. That amount of megawatts is enough to power more than 42,000 APS customers.

The solar plant will be highly visible and set a great example for other states to incorporate solar energy as a means for power production.

The solar plant will generate enough energy to power 2,500 Arizona homes, and will prevent the emission of 12,000-15,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year, according to Robert Worley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron installation management flight chief.

More than 200 local jobs will be created during the construction of the plant. The facility will be operational, serving APS customers by summer 2015.

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What We Learned From New Solar Power Report

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 No Comments

The first quarter of 2014 proved to be a great start for the solar industry. More homes, businesses, nonprofits, and academic institutions are turning to solar power to generate energy for their facilities.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released their 2014 Q1 report (see here) which showed majoy trends in the U.S. solar industry.

New US Electric Generation Capacity Details

Key marketing figures showed increase usage of solar power:

The last figure means that in the first quarter of 2014, nearly ¾ of all new power installations were solar powered. Even more noteworthy, residential installations exceeded non-residential installations, meaning homeowners are understanding the benefits of zeroing out their energy bill by using the power of the sun.

There are some states that offer incentives for residential solar installations, but this first quarter of 2014 showed that homeowners are installing solar whether there are incentives available or not.

By the end of this first quarter alone, there have been almost half a million individual solar power systems installed.

They are now up and running, and generating clean energy for residential and commercial usage.

The future for solar in the U.S. is looking bright, and our team at Independent Green Technologies is committed to providing homes, businesses, and government buildings with clean renewable energy. We have partnered with banks to provide financing opportunities, and have a great team that will understand your current energy usage and provide the best options to zero out your utility bill.

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First Solar Powered World Cup

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 No Comments

FIFA World Cup grows in popularity with Americans due to recent success by the USA team. Solar power also grows in popularity within the FIFA community in Brazil.

There are 12 stadium venues in the tournament, three are currently equipped with solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, and more are currently in the works. The Martifer stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will be the first solar powered World Cup finals match. The stadium currently supplies a 1.4 MW from its rooftop installation.

Martifer Stadium by pv-magazine.com

Once the 2014 games have concluded, 3 of the existing stadiums will commence building PV systems. The additional PV panels will supply excess energy to power an estimated 2,000 Brazilian households per day. Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited,the carbon neutral sponsor for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, will supply 400 to 600 kilowatt (KW) of solar power to a project that is slated to be among the largest solar energy installation system in Brazil.

The World Cup brings together athletes from around the globe to be their best and show it. Companies from China, Portugal and other countries have collaborated in Brazil to show that clean sustainable energy can power and improve the quality of life though sun, sports, and passion.

Source:
Yingli Green Deepens Solar Imprint with FIFA: www.Nasdaq.com
Solar Powers Brazil’s World Cup: www.pv-magazine.com

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