Posts Tagged ‘solar panels’

German town goes solar, buys local energy plant

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

After Chernobyl, the German town of Schönau didn’t want to get its energy from nuclear power. So its citizens turned the town into an energy producer via solar panels and other green carbon neutral sources. Watch the short film by Journeyman Films. Sadly the German government has cut subsidies to the renewable energy industry, saying it’s not sustainable economically. Hugely unfortunate and I think premature—and likely due to lobbying from the …read more

Let’s all get solar panels! Loan me some, and I’ll promote your solar company.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Above, solar panel construction in Wayne National Forest, Ohio. I know this is a ridiculous proposition, but if you never try, you never… experience rejection. I want solar panels for my abnormally long roof, but I can’t afford them yet. I propose a trade – in return for promotion, maybe a local or Canadian green energy company would like to  lend or donate to me some solar panels? I would …read more

Solar house competition – Solar Decathlon, Washington DC

Friday, October 16th, 2009

It’s pouring rain and cold in Washington so it doesn’t seem very solar. But it was fun to see all the solar, off-the-power-grid houses in the Solar Decathlon competition sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Energy. All my photos of the houses are here; more information is on the website here. Germany won, Illinois second, California third. There were two submissions from Canada, one each from Cuba, Spain and other …read more