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October 21, 2013
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IKEA: Residential Solar Panels To Go On Sale At Stores In Britain

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.
The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.
A standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost 5,700 British pounds ($9,200) and will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service.
"In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it’s a really good price now," IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard told The Associated Press. "It’s the right time to go for the consumers."
The solar panel investment will be paid off in about seven years for an average home owner in Britain, Howard said.
"If you are going to be in your house that long, your energy will be free after seven years," he said.
Some retailers in the U.S., including the Home Depot and Lowe’s, already sell solar panels. But in other parts of the world, consumers often have to research a myriad specialist firms before making a purchase. [x]


Pretty neat, but still expensive for the largest of populations, the world’s middle class.

positive-press-daily:

IKEA: Residential Solar Panels To Go On Sale At Stores In Britain

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.

The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.

A standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost 5,700 British pounds ($9,200) and will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service.

"In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it’s a really good price now," IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard told The Associated Press. "It’s the right time to go for the consumers."

The solar panel investment will be paid off in about seven years for an average home owner in Britain, Howard said.

"If you are going to be in your house that long, your energy will be free after seven years," he said.

Some retailers in the U.S., including the Home Depot and Lowe’s, already sell solar panels. But in other parts of the world, consumers often have to research a myriad specialist firms before making a purchase. [x]

Pretty neat, but still expensive for the largest of populations, the world’s middle class.

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11:30 // 5 months ago
April 27, 2013
nasdaq:

Apple’s data centers now use 100% renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal energy — the company no longer powers any of its operations with coal or other fossil fuels. In fact, last December, Apple powered up a 100-acre solar farm adjacent to a North Carolina data center. Using fuel cells made by Bloom Energy Corp., which generates energy from biogases, Apple is able to generate 60% of all the energy it needs to run the data center onsite. Read more about it from Bloomberg, here. 

The news can be harrowing these days for environmental advocates working on climate change issues, of which this is obviously a thoroughly tiny aspect. This stuff is important enough, though, that even modest good news and developments should keep making the rounds.

nasdaq:

Apple’s data centers now use 100% renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal energy — the company no longer powers any of its operations with coal or other fossil fuels. In fact, last December, Apple powered up a 100-acre solar farm adjacent to a North Carolina data center. Using fuel cells made by Bloom Energy Corp., which generates energy from biogases, Apple is able to generate 60% of all the energy it needs to run the data center onsite. Read more about it from Bloomberg, here

The news can be harrowing these days for environmental advocates working on climate change issues, of which this is obviously a thoroughly tiny aspect. This stuff is important enough, though, that even modest good news and developments should keep making the rounds.

16:16 // 11 months ago
October 16, 2012
This has not been Mr. Gas, Mr. Oil, or Mr. Coal. Just ask the people working in those industries.
Mitt Romney, tearing into President Obama on his energy policies, restraint in issuing drilling permits, and the price of gas nationally. 
21:18 // 1 year ago
August 1, 2012

Three reasons why India’s power supply is so susceptible to failure

  • 27% of the power distributed on the network is lost through wire dissipation or theft
  • 1951 the year India started tracking capacity addition targets; they haven’t hit a single one
  • 1 in 4 the number of people in India — about 300 million — who aren’t on the power grid at all source

» A big country that’s hard to keep wired: Even before the power outage that turned off the lights off in half of India, the country had power and capacity problems, leading Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to push for $400 billion in capacity improvements over the next five years. Another issue at play? High demand. The way that states pay for electricity in India is that they buy energy a day before, and are penalized if they use more than allotted — and some of the states affected by the power outages had excessive draw downs, which led to the power outages.

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7:51 // 1 year ago
July 31, 2012

Another day, another outage: India befallen again by shaky power grid

  • 370 million the number of people who lost power in Monday’s outage in India
  • 670 million the number of people who lost power in Tuesday’s outage source

» That’s half the country: Another huge chunk of India’s 1.2 billion people are working without power today after grids in more than a dozen states broke down. ”This is the second day that something like this has happened. I’ve given instructions that whoever overdraws power will be punished,” said Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is trying to restore essential services such as mass transit.

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7:13 // 1 year ago
July 30, 2012

Massive Northern India power outage: Hundreds of millions fall off the grid

  • 370 million people without power in India in a blackout source

» Bigger than the entire U.S. and Canada population, combined: Northern India’s power grid apparently couldn’t handle all the people on it, so down it went early Monday morning. While roughly 60 percent of power has been restored, fans and air conditioners stopped working in 90-degree heat, and the city of New Delhi basically went dark. On the other hand, the annoyance wasn’t one that Indian residents had never experienced before — the country has fairly regular power outages, and backup generators are a way of life for hospitals and businesses.

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7:04 // 1 year ago
May 28, 2012
Indian farmers’ new cash crop: “Guar has changed my life.”: Guar, a bean, is commonly used (in guar gum form) as an additive to foods such as ice cream, but that’s not what’s driven up its value tenfold in the past year — rather, guar gum is a necessary part of fracking. Really. source Find us on Twitter! • Stalk us on Facebook!

Indian farmers’ new cash crop: “Guar has changed my life.”: Guar, a bean, is commonly used (in guar gum form) as an additive to foods such as ice cream, but that’s not what’s driven up its value tenfold in the past year — rather, guar gum is a necessary part of fracking. Really. source

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10:38 // 1 year ago
March 6, 2012
But the president had an alternative to drilling - and this is why debating him would be just one of those moments where you could almost sell tickets for charity. The president said we have to be practical, drilling won’t solve it. And then he offered his practical solution. Anyone here remember what it was? Algae.

Newt Gingrich, in his speech after winning his native state of Georgia, attacking President Obama’s energy policies - and arguing once again that he would be the best candidate to go up against Obama in a debate. (via dcdecoder)

One point CNN has made about Gingrich’s Georgia victory speech is that he appeared not to really give heavy shrift to Georgia, and instead focused his energy on broader political issues. What did you think?

21:08 // 2 years ago
December 15, 2011
I want to make sure that as President, I can disrupt the oil monopoly… we need to use a diversity of products, like natural gas.
Jon Huntsman, who also stated support for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as a means of American energy independence. Natural gas mining has become controversial in recent years, over health and environmental concerns posed by “fracking,” the explosive means by which natural gas is harvested from the earth.
22:27 // 2 years ago
June 28, 2011
2:20 // 2 years ago