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A Solar Breakthrough On Price And Area

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

In The Solar Energy World, This Process Delivers More Energy Per Acre And It’s Priced Comparable To Coal Derived Energy.

A small solar company Amonix, based out of Seal Beach, California, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), combined talents to developed a solar power concentrator that generates electricity at prices competitive with natural gas. The Amonix 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Solar Power Generator, is the size of an IMAX screen but costs much less than comparable generators, partly because of the efficiency of its small solar cells. It delivers more “energy per acre” than anything yet available in the solar energy world.

NREL’s partnerships with industry, such as this one with Amonix, are key to reaching aggressive White House goals including lowering solar energy’s installed cost to $1 a watt. That would be a great step towards reducing our dependence on foreign oil and releasing Big Oil’s strangle hold on the whole wide world. (more…)

Texas Wind Farm

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

T. Boone Pickens is delaying his plans to build the world’s largest wind farm, according
to The Arizona Republic, which cited his remarks at a conference on Tuesday in Phoenix.

The Texas oilman, who has created a stir by his endorsement of wind power as part of a
national strategy to reduce dependence on foreign oil, cited the fall in natural gas
prices, a competing source of electricity generation, as a deterrent.

Pickens has leased hundreds of thousands of acres for a giant wind farm in West Texas,
where he plans to erect 2,700 turbines and produce energy for urban areas such as Dallas
and Fort Worth. (more…)

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