The class will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8:30 PM from September 11 through November 13, 2012. There are still spots available for students who are interested in a career in solar energy or simply interested in how solar works.
For more information, email John@mtvsolar.com or to register contact Blue Ridge College at 304.260.4380 ext. 2411
- SolarWorld solar panels power largest solar installation in West Virginia (solarworld-usa.com)
- Riverside passes 5-megawatt mark in solar power generation (swrnn.com)
- Solar Delivers When Grid Needs It Most (cleantechies.com)
- Federal Tax Credit for Solar Energy (turbotax.intuit.com)
Sustainable Shepherdstown had David Brosch of University Park Solar LLC from Maryland to discuss how that organization created an investor solar project, got some state laws changed, and got small investors involved in solar energy.
This is the project that Than Hitt spoke about on my radio show last Saturday, and the show and a Sustainable Shepherdstown mailing brought in about 30 people (would have been more if the Chronicle had run the release, but it didn’t.)
The concept of setting up a (small) profit-making LLC to get groups of people involved with solar power for multiple locations with a 20 year profit of about 7% (money deducted from the electric bill). It has been successfully started in Maryland and could be done in West Virginia.
This was a good start and everyone left Town Hall interested to take it further.
- Educating Texas – Solar Power Projects For Parents & Kids (txu.com)
- Payback From Federal Center Solar Project To Take Decades (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Bright Days: How India Is Reinventing Solar (thesolarity.wordpress.com)
- You: German cos interested in solar energy production systems (nation.com.pk)
- Community Solar – Trending in 2012 (cleantechies.com)
When we talk about getting away from oil, coal and other carbon power sources and toward wind and solar, very few ideas seem to be massive enough to solve the problem. Lately we are seeing proposals for massive off-continent wind farms (Massachusetts and Maryland are currently pushing these) and other projects. But the idea of the Solar Roadway is not one we hear a lot of.
Take a look at this:
Here’s where to go to explore the project: http://solarroadways.com. It’s full of information to get your interest up… you can even see their TED presentation where Scott Brusaw was given 18 minutes to present it. It’s a really successful 18 minutes and worth your time.
A statement like this makes me wonder why the government isn’t getting involved here:
Everyone has power. No more power shortages, no more roaming power outages, no more need to burn coal (50% of greenhouse gases). Less need for fossil fuels and less dependency upon foreign oil. Much less pollution. How about this for a long term advantage: an electric road allows all-electric vehicles to recharge anywhere: rest stops, parking lots, etc. They would then have the same range as a gasoline-powered vehicle. Internal combustion engines would become obsolete. Our dependency on oil would come to an abrupt end.
If you are really interested in alternative power, go have a look at the Solar Roadways web site.
- Solar Roadways Fix The Grid And Crumbling Pavement (wired.com)
- Solar Roadways Leads GE’s Ecomagination Challenge With 2 Days to Go (solarfeeds.com)
- The Potential of Solar Roads (solarfeeds.com)
- Environmental Visionaries: The Solar Roadrunner (popsci.com)
- GE challenge brings out radical ideas to clean grid (news.cnet.com)
- Solar Roadway Prototype (geeksaresexy.net)