Solar Power--A Worthwhile and Practical Innovation

Solar Power--A Worthwhile and Practical Innovation

General Motors liked the idea of using the sun to power its buildings. But until recently, one immutable economic fact held GM back: The upfront costs were simply too high to justify the ultimate payoff.

GM is not alone. Even solar energy's biggest fans concede that the high investment costs have kept companies from pursuing what is arguably the cleanest, most renewable and least politically sensitive energy source around.

But now, GM and a small but growing number of other companies and municipalities are getting solar energy from systems installed by others. Even though the installations are right on their own roofs, they buy the electricity much as they would from a utility's grid. And because the companies that paid for the systems will get a steady income, the can provide power from the sun at competitive electricity rates.

Full NY Times artilce by Claudia H. Deutsch here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/21/business/21solar.html?_r=1&ref=business&oref=slogin

Solar panels on roof of GM warehouse in Cucamonga, California have the capacity to generate 1.5 million KWH/Year.

E.I. Solutions, an Idealab company and Google implement solar power

Joe Nocera's regular Saturday NYTimes column this week is on Google's partnership with EISolutions, a Bill Gross Idealab company in a new technique to produce solar power at Google's headquarters.

http://select.nytimes.com/2006/10/28/business/28nocera.html"

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vic 10 years ago

Thank you.


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Paul Edmondson 10 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Google is planning to build the largest solar powered office complex. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2032360,00.as...


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jimmythejock 10 years ago from Scotland

The world is under pressure to act on global warming, Your Goverment should offer a grant to companies who wish to install solar power.....jimmy


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Ralph Deeds 10 years ago Author

Thanks for the comments. I believe there are some subsidies available for certain energy conservation expenditures. Thanks for the comments and the info on Google.


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Drax 10 years ago from NYC....

This is interesting Ralph, thanks. Here is a link to http://www.dsireusa.org/ - NC State University, they produce this database of state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy.


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Ralph Deeds 10 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment and link.


sarah 10 years ago

here is an interesting article and thread about breakthroughs in thin film solar electric collectors:

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/02/south_afri...

interesting recent commnets at bottom (scroll WAY down.)


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Ralph Deeds 10 years ago Author

Thanks. Good article.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

very nice and very encouraging for other comapines, too


Rob 8 years ago

Here is very nice info about Alternative energy incentives from various countries. Very good info.

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