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Post State of the Union Address - Waste-to-Energy addresses all of the President's Issues on EnvironmentIn his State of the Union address this month, President Obama pointed to his administration's 'all-of-the-above' energy policy as key to reducing US reliance on foreign oil while simultaneously cutting the country's carbon emissions.
The conversation surrounding how solar energy can benefit the environment has been a transformational one over the last 10 years. One of the focal points of that discussion centers on solar energy reliability and cost efficiency to promote widespread adoption.
According to new analysis released in January by Frost & Sullivan, the global waste to energy (WTE) market earned revenues of $17.98 billion in 2012 and will rocket up to $28.57 billion in 2016. More waste-to-energy plants are likely to be created in China, the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe (especially Poland), and India, due in part to higher population densities.
Alright, you probably won't save the world, but with these ten tips, you'll at least be able to do your part in protecting our planet. If you're new to the whole "going green" thing, I suggest taking on one of these challenges each day for the next ten days. By the end, you'll be a green connoisseur!
I admire the energy of solar enthusiasts, much more than the Sun's light energy converted into electricity by solar panels. Journalists write on solar industries, some of them on some recent claims by PV scientists and technologists, and most importantly academicians, who claim to change the world of solar industry by their recent laboratory results.
In previous postings I have expressed my concerns about the relative return on investment and the economic fairness of roof-top solar panels. But I am also a big fan of solar power which is, after all, the most abundant and the most reliable energy source that we have at our disposal.
The world first single largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Project is now a reality, the multi-million dollar solar project by the government of Abu-Dhabi, the first of its kind has been completed and successfully commissioned.
In this situation demand rose throughout the week as a strong high pressure system spread across the state bringing with it colder temperatures while at the same time shorter days required more lighting. One of the more troublesome realities of meteorology is that large, stable high pressure systems are often responsible for peak electrical demand in both winter and summer because they are associated with clear skies and temperature extremes.
Traditionally, solar power has not received much attention in the Lone Star state. Renewable energy in Texas, for the most part, means wind. No other state comes close to matching the output of West Texas' wind farms. But a heavy reliance on wind has its drawbacks. Wind has a tendency to disappear when you need it most. When the state is baking in typical 100 degree August high temperatures the wind tends not to blow.
In many parts of the world there are significant financial incentives for homeowners to install roof-top solar panels. This can include capital grants for the equipment, tax write-offs and/or Feed-In-Tariffs that guarantee that electricity produced by the solar panel will be purchased by the local utility at above-market prices. In Hawaii the annual cost of these incentives is at least $200 million. In Germany it is now in the $billions.