Monday, November 17, 2008

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November 2008

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When many people think of energy projects for their homes, they thST ND08 coverink of installing photovoltaic solar panels on the roof. That's a powerful step forward, but there are many more options to consider. The SOLAR TODAY feature article from the November/December 2008 issue is a case history full of great ideas you could use in your next project.
This is our future. Enjoy.


Carolyn Beach,
American Solar Energy Society
303.443.3130 x107

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by Suzanne Johnson
SOLAR TODAY, November/December 2008 Suzanne Johnson home
 "In the summer of 2000 I was working from my 1950s ranch home in Silicon Valley and talking to Arkin Tilt Architects about remodeling the house. Over the years I'd added a lot of upgrades, culminating with a 2.5-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system in 1997".
Take a video tour of Suzanne's house 
Sustainable construction techniques used in Suzanne's home were many and varied. Below are links to sites highlighting just a few of them.
USDOE, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program
Radiant Heating
USDOE, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program
About Green Roofs
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities - About Green Roofs
USDOE, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program
A Better Way to Build a Better Home
Portland Cement Association, Concrete Homes
Green Design: Metal Roofs and Walls Provide Building Owners and Architects with Plenty of "Green" Options
The Metal Initiative
Grey Water Central
Straw Bale Construction Basics by Randy Jenkins
There are many video clips on building with straw bales on YouTube. Below is a link to just one.
Straw Bale House Made By Single Mom for $50,000
Questions about Renewable Energy Credits and Carbon Offsets
Native Energy
Comment and Commentary
The Lesser Known Solar Sister by Richard Carter, Green Energy Café, November 3, 2008
Operation Energy Transition by Barry Krusch, October 30,2008
Climate Change
Paradise Almost Lost: Maldives Seek To Buy A New Homeland, by Randeep Ramesh
Guardian, November 10, 2008
"The Maldives will begin to divert a portion of the country's billion-dollar annual tourist revenue into buying a new homeland - as an insurance policy against climate change that threatens to turn the 300,000 islanders into environmental refugees, the country's first democratically elected president has told the Guardian".
EU Global Warming Limit May Not be Possible: IEA
Reuters, November 6, 2008
The Rate of Warming is "Unprecedented", November 7, 2008

Drought Land "Will Be Abandonded" by Juliette Jowit
The Observer, November 2, 2008
Global Business Backs UN Efforts To Clinch Climate Change Deal, by Mary Sibierski
Yahoo!News, October 29, 2008
EE/RE Business News
Congress Passes the Most Powerful Solar Legislation in History by Neal Lurie
American Solar Energy Society, October 2008
"Homeowners battling against soaring energy prices and a struggling economy just gained a powerful new tool to help harness free, renewable energy from the sun, the wind and other sustainable resources".
GM Presses Ahead With Plug-Ins Beyond Volt: Sources by Soyoung Kim
Reuters, November 6, 2008
Economy Shifts, and the Ethanol Industry Reels, by Kate Galbraith
The New York Times, November 4, 2008
Interior Department To Open 190 Million Acres to Geothermal Power, October 31, 2008
A Splash of Green For the Rust Belt by Peter S. Goodman
The New York Times, November 1, 2008
WalMart Issues RFP for Thin-Film and Next Generation Photovoltaic Applications
SolarBuzz, November 7, 2008
New Approaches
Bioheat Fires Up Homes in New England by Erika Celeste, Voice of America, November 6, 2008
Tiny Solar Cells Built to Power Microscopic Machines - Press
American Institute of Physics - Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Rainforest Fungus Makes Diesel Compounds From Cellulose
Environment News Service, November 4, 2008
Researchers Explore Hybrid Concentrated Solar Energy System by Jennifer Runyon, November 3, 2008
Solar Bubbles by Kerry A Dolan
Forbes,  October 29, 2008
Turning Waste Olive Stones Into Bioethanol, October 30, 2008
Too good to be true? Don't know but we can dream.
Air Cars: A New Wind for America's Roads? By Jim Ostroff
Yahoo!Finance, October 30, 2009
Solar Accomplishments
SolFocus turns On First U.S. Commercial Installation, Press
Greentech Media, October 31, 2008
Ocean City Unveils First Batch of Solar Power Panels by William H. Sokolic
Courier-Post, October 31, 2008
Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc. Unveils 1.9 Megawatt Solar Power System - Press
Mitsubishi Electric, October 30, 2008
International News
Dutch Farmers Ready For Wind EnergyRenewable Energy World, October 31, 2008
CanWEA Releases Wind vision 2025 Plus Results of Important Wind Power Survey by Jennifer Runyon, October 30, 2008
Samsung Everland To Install 4.8-MW Fuel Cell System, October 30, 2008
State and Local News 
Nevadans Apply for 9.3MW of solar Electricity
Solarbuzz, November 7, 2008
Colorado Renewable Energy Profile Part Two, by Andrew Burger, November 4, 2008
read part one here 
On Tuesday, Missourians Passed Proposition C, the Missouri Clean Energy Initiative, With 66% of the vote!
Press from  Missourians for Cleaner Cheaper Energy, November 6, 2008
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