• 00:28

    Louisiana Solar Study - Is the study skewed?

    in Energy

    Jeff Cantin with Solar Alternatives join us to discuss the lastest move by the Louisiana Public Service Commission in regards to commissioning a study on the the costs and benefits of solar energy net metering.

    Solar Alternatives was founded in 2008 to provide affordable, productive, and durable clean energy solutions for the gulf south. We pride ourselves on responsible and customer-centered design, attention to detail in every installation, and excellent post-sales service. Our staff’s design and installation experience includes Grid-Tied and Off-Grid Photovoltaics, Glycol Closed-Loop Solar Thermal, Passive Batch Solar Thermal, Thermoplastic Solar Pool Systems, Commercial Scale Solar Process Heat and Auxiliary Residential Solar Equipment.

    Jeff is also an active member of Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association (GSREIA) which represents Solar and Renewable Energy firms throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in matters of policy, regulation, and public relations.

  • 00:28

    Consumers on Solar - the research is in

    in Energy

    Paula Mints is the Founder and Chief Market Research Analyst of the global solar market research firm SPV Market Research. Ms. Mints began her solar market research career in 1997 with Strategies Unlimited. In 2005 she left Strategies Unlimited for Navigant where she continued her practice until October 2012, when she founded SPV Market Research. Ms. Mints provides classic solar market research products based on primary research and focused on the supply and demand sides of the solar industry and its technologies. Recently she has begun conducting end user research to discover what PV system residential buyer/lessee/PPA customers really think about the selling/installing process.  She publishes often with Renewable Energy World and Renewable Energy Focus. Her chapter, Overview of Photovoltaic Production, Markets and Perspectives, was published in the Fraunhofer/Elsevier book Advances in Photovoltaics Volume 1, edited by Dr. Gerhard Willeke and Dr. Eicke Weber.  Ms. Mints also speaks at several high profile conferences a year, including the IEEE PVSC, the EU PVSEC, Intersolar Europe and US as well as others. All of

    Ms. Mints is on the Intersolar Europe and Intersolar US conference committees as well as the Renewable Energy World Conference committee and the SPI (Solar Power International) conference committees.  She also serves on the expert committee of the EU PV Platform. She earned her MBA at San Jose State University in 1999.

  • 00:12

    Tech Talk: Photovoltaics-Solar Energy Technology

    in Energy

    If you are wanting to learn more about solar technology, this brief broadcast will help inspire you to participate in clean green energy.

  • 00:22

    Clean Energy View: The Harvard Clean Energy Project

    in Energy

    We are living in the Age of Energy. The fossil fuel based economy of the present must give way to the renewable energy based economy of the future. Getting there is the grandest challenge humanity faces. Chemistry can help meet this challenge by discovering new materials that efficiently harvest solar radiation, store energy for later use, and reconvert the stored energy when needed.
    The Clean Energy project uses computational chemistry and the willingness of people to help look for the best molecules possible for: organic photovoltaics to provide inexpensive solar cells, polymers for the membranes used in fuel cells for electricity generation, and how best to assemble the molecules to make those devices. By helping them search combinatorially amongst thousands of potential systems, you can contribute to this effort. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Dr. Aspuru-Guzik about The Harvard Clean Energy Project. Stay tuned!

  • 00:31

    Clean Energy View: Solar Energy’s Past, Present & Future

    in Energy

    Human beings have harnessed solar energy since ancient times using a range of ever-evolving technologies. Solar energy technologies include solar heating, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electricity and solar architecture, which can make considerable contributions to solving some of the most urgent problems the world now faces. Although it is one of the cleanest methods of energy, there have been a myriad of problems with solar tech. Is solar merely a lost cause or is there a lucrative future ahead? Israeli solar expert, Arik Ring thinks so! In fact, there are some emerging solar technologies that are booming! In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to solar energy expert, Arik Ring about Solar Energy’s Past, Present & Future. Stay tuned!
    Seasoned energy expert Arik Ring M.Sc. is a solar and cleantech consultant based in Israel and is currently teaching courses on solar energy. His areas of expertise include: developing solar and clean-tech systems, creative solutions, choosing the best technologies for a site or for investment, joint ventures, feasibility studies etc. He also consults on various solar technologies CSP, PV, CPV. Arik has a wide view on a variety of energy issues and is recognized as a leading expert with exceptional contribution to developing cutting edge solar technologies and initiating solar with biofuels programs. Arik volunteers at Non Profit Organizations promoting environmental, education and wellness issues. Arik is a highly sought after speaker and chair in various conferences and has been interviewed by TV, Radio, Press and Websites, with many published scientific and popular papers.

  • 00:31

    Clean Energy View: Scott Davis Discusses Serious Microhydro

    in Energy

    Waterpower is the largest source of renewable energy in the world today, and microhydro is a mature, proven technology that can provide clean, inexpensive, renewable energy with little or no impact on the environment.
    Serious Microhydro brings you dozens of firsthand stories of energy independence covering a complete range of systems, from household pressure sites to higher pressure installations capable of powering a farm, business, or small neighborhood. Topics include: Low head and medium head sites, AC-only systems as well as ones using a battery/inverter subsystem, Stand alone power supply or grid intertie setups, and Hybrid systems (combined with photovoltaics or wind).
    With all the variables involved in microhydro, there is no “typical” system. These case studies represent the most comprehensive collection of knowledge and experience available for tailoring an installation to meet the needs of a site and its owner or operators. If you are considering building a system, you are bound to find a wealth of creative solutions appropriate to your own circumstances.
    Serious Microhydro shows how scores of people are achieving a high standard of living from local energy sources with a minimal ecological footprint. It has particular appeal to homeowners, teachers, renewable energy professionals, activists, and decision makers who want to understand the technology from a “hands-on” perspective.
    In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Scott Davis, an award-winning renewable energy project developer with decades of experience operating, installing, designing, selling, and teaching microhydro technology. He is a founder and president of Friends of Renewable Energy BC, and the author of Microhydro: Clean Power From Water.

  • 00:24

    GSEA - Georgia's Solar future gets brighter every day

    in Environment

    Doug Beebe, Board Chair of Georgia Solar Energy Association, will join us as discuss all the exciting developments in Georgia's Solar industry.
    In addition to his work at the Georgia Solar Energy Association, Doug works for Deutsche Leasing USA, the US subsidiary of a German leasing company. While growing their traditional equipment finance business in the US, Doug is also developing a solar finance business at Deutsche Leasing USA.  In the past, Doug has held leadership roles in sales, marketing, operations and management at GE Capital and Citigroup during his career in equipment finance. 
    Doug holds a B.A. degree in Economics and International Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a working knowledge of French and speaks basic Turkish. He attained NABCEP’s Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge in Solar Photovoltaics and continues his education in the solar industry.  He lives in Decatur with his wife, Tijen and daughter, Aleyna.

  • 00:46

    The Process For Transitioning To Renewable Energy

    in Current Events

    In the previous blog A Call For The Transition To Renewable Energy it was discussed that industrialized nations of the world will soon have to address that a world energy crisis driven by demand from developing countries is looming within the next 25 years. Fossil fuels alone will not be able to meet demand easier to extract surface sources rapidly become exhausted requiring more difficult and environmentally damaging drilling and mining procedures that are both more time intensive and expensive. The increased costs and potential shortages will create more geopolitical stresses between countries as they scramble to meet their energy demands. It is past time to seriously implement existing renewable energy sources (biofuels, solar thermal, photovoltaics, wind, geothermal, tidal, and biomass) to supplement fossil fuels over the next 25 years while actively searching for long term, highly efficient energy systems to transition into beyond 2035.
    The transition to increase renewable energy sources process should start in the liquid fuel sectors that utilize petroleum predominately for transportation (gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel). Increasing the additive rates of ethanol in gasoline up to E30 and providing government subsidies for fuel line conversions. Diesel can be supplemented with bio-diesel creating blends up to B30 and governments should provide the same subsides for fuel line conversions. Bio diesel can be produced from bio-algae, jatropha, and halophytes and even use of microbial organisms to increase the bio-diesel’s processing efficiencies. The other half of the fossil fuel equation is electricity production which is provided by coal and natural gas. Electricity consumption actually requires more fossil fuels than transportation needs. The transition here over the next 25 years should be over to solar thermal / photovoltaic, wind, tidal, geothermal, and biomass facilities.

  • 00:30

    Solar2: A Case Study

    in Environment

    IQPC_NYC interviews Colin Cathcart, Founding Partner of Kiss + Cathcart Architecture Firm and speaker at the Sustainable Façade Design and Engineering Summit, May 24-26 in New York City. For more info, please email sb@iqpc.com.

  • 00:30

    Solar Thermal as an Option to Fossil Fuels

    in Energy

    Solar thermal may represent a viable way to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, but what will the cost be to implement the required infrastructure for the power facilities and grid connections, some of which may be required in isolated areas? Solar thermal even when combined with photovoltaics produces less than 1/20th of one percent of U.S. electricity production.

    Solar thermal energy (STE) systems utilize high temperature collectors that reflect concentrated sunlight collected from mirrors or lenses. Parabolic trough designs are currently the most common type utilizing curved mirrors to reflect solar radiation into a pipe which contains the fluid and runs the length of the trough usually just above the collectors. Molten salt will be the storage medium that will be heated and stored for night time use; allowing the facility to continue generating power when the sun is not shining. This will also help reduce water requirements in the arid desert environment. If the United States were to be solely converted to solar thermal it would require 1383 of the 340MW plants schedule for construction in Arizona.

  • 02:00

    Nature Lady and Friends

    in Family

    Nature Lady's first show ever! Information about gardening (Worm Farming, composting, no dig garden, moon planting). Featured callers: ERIN from South Louisiana - school paper recycling program, fluorescent lightbulbs (Ikea) and MELANIE from Nashville Tennesee - Now is the Time, Epileptic support groups, natural cleaners, Norwex products, enviromentally friendly vehicles, electric vehicle, photovoltaics (solar power). For more detailed info. go to www.naturelady.net

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