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Solar Power--A Worthwhile and Practical Innovation

Updated on October 21, 2006

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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      Rob 

      10 years ago

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

    • solarshingles profile image

      solarshingles 

      10 years ago from london

      very nice and very encouraging for other comapines, too

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks. Good article.

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      sarah 

      11 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.)

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the comment and link.

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      des donnelly 

      11 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.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      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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      James Paterson 

      11 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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      Paul Edmondson 

      11 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...

    • vic profile image

      vic 

      11 years ago

      Thank you.

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