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In 2008, Earth's commercial power systems provided ~225 watts of thermal power per person (225 Wt/person) to its 6.67 billon people. This totals to ~15 terawatts of thermal power (15 TWt = 15x1012 Wt = 225 Wt/person x 6.67•1010 people). However, they need the equivalent of 6,000 to 7,500 Wt/person of sustainable power for sustainable prosperity. So, by 2050 ten billion people will need ~75 terawatts of thermal power.
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Dr. Conca reports that consumers, State Attorney Generals and members of Congress have raised concerns that rooftop solar-leasing companies are using deceptive marketing practices that overstate cost savings in order to get homeowners to buy their products.

Despite the recent Google rejection of solar and wind as the saviors of the planet, solar rooftop arrays remain a great option for the consumer, especially in many areas that have both federal and state rebates and tax credits - in Washington. Since 2010 solar rooftop installations have increased six-fold in the United States, fr... More →
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Solar Roadways proposes to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on - an intelligent pavement that generates power and pays for itself, as indicated by the inventors.

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This paper examines the current nature of solar energy developments on closed landfills using the following focal areas: (1) solar power system considerations with respect to landfill applications, (2) landfill technical and engineering considerations, and (3) regulatory considerations. Research results indicate that numerous engineering techniques and solar technologies are available to facilitate the placement of solar energy systems on closed landfills. Results also indicate that the permitting and regulatory process is complicated by disparate but specific state and local government requir... More →
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An Ars Technica web article on current plans to implement space-based solar power systems. The article features comments on the technical hurdles to be overcome before space-based solar power becomes economical.
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Benjamin Hulac reports that from a man who made his name and charted his career with lofty goals and often unexpected financial decisions, the news came with little surprise that Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., unveiled a product line of electric batteries late last night in Los Angeles. Musk introduced the Tesla Powerwall, a wall-mounted lithium-ion electric battery for homes and small businesses, and the Tesla Powerpack, a heftier version of the same core product designed for utility-scale use.

He also announced a new wing of the company, Tesla Energy, which will begin sh... More →
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