solar power

Asia’s Largest Railway Station is Powered by 3,246 Solar Panels

December 19, 2008 / No Comments

We hear that China is not very eco-friendly. That may be true in many regards, but not so when it comes to the builders of Asia's largest railway station - Beijing South. The station is large enought to hold a 747, has a roof area the size of 24 football pitches, can send 30,000 passengers on their way each hour ...

Europe Increases Demand for Solar Cells in 3Q

December 5, 2008 / No Comments

Business is bad? Where is business bad? Not in the solar cell industry is business bad. During the 3Q of this year, Japan's fiscal 2Q shipments of solar cells to the European Union grew 44% on the year in power capacity terms. It now reaches 304,500kW says the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association. Europe accounted for 60% of all shipments. Exports to the ...

Solar powered submarine by BKW

November 25, 2008 / No Comments

Solar energy is making such giant strides forward that it would be no surprise if in the next decade or so we all completely convert to solar power. For now though, each day is proving to be a new adventure for those working with and following the power of the sun. The new arena that is being touched by solar power ...

Japan’s Solar City

November 13, 2008 / 2 Comments

Ota City is Japan's Solar City. Three-quarters of the town's homes are covered by solar panels. The panels are distributed for free. They are also a draw for new residents keen to minimize their power bills. "We moved here because of the panels -- it was something we wanted, but not something we could afford on our own," said a resident. Ota ...

Green Prison Farms, or Learning Behind Bars

November 4, 2008 / No Comments

There's a green prison farm, the Cedar Creek Corrections Center, about 25 miles outside Olympia, the capital of Washington state, where inmates, murderers and elsewise, are being used to cultivate the green prison farms. [caption id="attachment_2425" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="A medium-security inmate at the Cedar Creek Corrections Center, uses a botanical keybook to identify moss as part of a forest conservation ...

Photovoltaic Solar Panels on Vatican’s Roof

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

Pope Benedict has become the first ever Pontiff to be using solar power as an energy source for the Vatican. The Pope VI auditorium, which is used by the Pope to meet the pilgrims in bad weather conditions, will have 2,700 solar panels replacing the original roofs. The $1.5 million panels were gifted to the Pope by a Bonn-based company called ...

US Army to Build a 500MW solar thermal plant

October 9, 2008 / No Comments

When the US Army takes a small break from those unnecessary and probably unnecessary wars, or don't plan new ones, they manage to amaze us. I'm talking about the latest initiative to build a 500MW solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert near Fort Irwin, CA, that will help them cut down $21 million a year from their $3 billion ...

6 Things Roof Ray Will Teach You about Solar Power

October 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

Roof Ray is a great tool for solar fans. That's us here at GP! Trying to determine whether or not solar power is a viable option for you in your area, you can know by going to Roof Ray. Roof Ray will tell a potential solar power user - 1. how a solar array will be set up on their roof. 2. the ...

World’s Largest Solar-Powered Tea Factory is in California

October 1, 2008 / No Comments

The largest solar-powered tea factory will be built by Traditional Medicinals at their headquarters in Sonoma County, California. The whole project was supervised by Akeena Solar and includes some 1,450 solar panels that will generate an approximately 430,000 KWh per year which is some 75% from what the factory needs while the rest will be offset using wind energy credits. “Since ...

Sanyo Sees 2GW Solar Module Plant

August 6, 2008 / No Comments

Sanyo Electric is, no doubt, a leader in the solar cell industry. The company just opened a new production base in Shiga, Japan. Annual capacity is expected to reach 40MW by March of 2009. Adding in its Tokyo plant, Nishikinohama plant, Hungary plant and Mexico plant, total production will reach 340MW. It's not enough. Sanyo wants production to reach 600MW by ...