Mohawk Valley School has an abundance of sunshine … and now, the school is putting the sun to work.

The school recently received a grant from the state of Arizona to build shade structures with solar panels that will not only allow the school to have long-term energy savings but will also allow it to spend money on other school programs.

“We feel honored and excited to have been selected,” said Doug Rutan, Mohawk Valley Elementary School District superintendent. “With our drop in enrollment in recent years and the reduced education funding, we are down to the bare bones in what we provide. These electric cost savings will be a huge help as we try to maintain our minimum educational services.” (more…)

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The technology behind solar panels continues to improve but it will be five to ten years before solar can compete with fossil fuels.

Some 30 years ago, forecasters predicted solar would take off as a viable solution to the global energy crisis. If recent projections feel like déjà vu, you’ll realize how much work is still cut out for the très chic solar industry.
Research labs across the globe, many funded by government agencies, are making headway in the race to improve solar panels efficiency. But the ultimate goal of decreasing the global demand for fossil fuels through widespread use of solar energy is still five years off, if you ask some optimistic solar industry experts. The U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations worldwide give a more conservative projection of at least 10 years.
The solar industry’s challenge is to develop the smallest, most efficient and least expensive device possible. It’s the same concept employed successfully by the computer industry. So far, there’s nothing on the market that meets all three criteria and can compete effectively with traditional energy sources. (more…)

Eaga has announced plans to install solar panels in thousands of British homes, which could create new jobs in construction.

The energy efficiency specialist has managed to secure £300 million of funding in order to install photovoltaic systems in more than 30,000 homes across the country, as well as to provide them with aftercare maintenance services.

It is likely that Eaga, which has already undertaken construction work on solar power systems for around 1,000 homes, will install photovoltaic panels in social homes for free, before recouping payments through the government’s feed-in-tariffs incentives scheme. (more…)

The March issue of Energy Digital is available to read exclusively online to all energy industry leaders from around the globe. This month’s cover story explores the various types of solar power plants harnessing the power of the sun, beyond the photovoltaic panel.

Industry leaders turn to Energy Digital for the latest news about cutting edge energy technologies, global energy infrastructure, developments in green and sustainable energy and the corporate activity in the sector. (more…)

Hog farms, gravel pits or noisy neighbors have always stirred up the emotions of residents who turn to the chant, “Not in my backyard.”

But, solar panels?

A Warren County couple has caused a stir in their wealthy neighborhood with the placement of two large solar panel arrays in their yard. (more…)

Research to be released today by the Australian Industry Group finds that a "well-designed" carbon price would ease some of the pressure on energy prices, which are forecast to rise over the next decade.

However, a carbon price of $26 a tonne is still estimated to increase electricity costs for households by 17.6 per cent in 2012-13, taking an annual bill for a Sydney home to $2000 from $1700.

But the report warns that a failure to implement a well-designed climate change policy could entrench higher power prices.

"Without decisions in this area over the next couple of years, damaging uncertainty is likely to lead to sub-optimal investments that leave both prices and emissions higher than they need be – with serious and uncompensated impacts on trade-exposed firms," the report says.

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This environmentally-based initiative consists of 1,889 solar panels installed on the roof and 2,396 solar panels installed on the ground at the South Plainfield facility. The completed system will produce approximately 1.3 megawatt hours of energy, which will provide approximately 50% of the electrical needs of the facility. The new solar power panel system is also expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 1,800,000 pounds per year which is equivalent to planting 4,500 trees every year the system is in service.

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