February 13, 2014 |
Scientists have a new map -- the best created so far -- of the largest moon in our solar system, Ganymede, and it is both beautiful and revealing. Ganymede is technically a satellite of Jupiter, but it is really a world unto itself. It is bigger than both Mercury and Pluto. If it orbited the sun rather than Jupiter, we would likely consider it a planet. If we could peer deep beneath its icy surface, we might find a liquid ocean. And deep beneath that, at the center of the moon, there may be a different type of ice that forms under extreme pressure, scientists said.
February 12, 2014 |
Asa Lantz never thought going green would involve so much red tape. The 48-year-old wanted to slash her utility bill and help the environment by putting solar panels on the roof of her one-story Van Nuys home. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power promised her system would be hooked up within three months after it was approved in September. She's still waiting. Lantz is one of many Angelenos who complain of excessive delays and bureaucratic run-arounds when trying to get solar panels hooked to the electric grid.
February 4, 2014 |
Solar financing company Sunrun acquired a residential solar business that will expand its reach in the booming California solar market. The San Francisco company is purchasing three subsidiaries of Mainstream Energy Corp.: solar product distributor AEE Solar, equipment manufacturer SnapNrack and the residential solar division of REC Solar. Sunrun in a statement said the acquisitions would enable the company to lower costs for consumers and improve access to solar panels. Terms of the deal were not released.
February 1, 2014 |
FREDERICK, Md. - Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such things, considering what he is sure is coming. "Storing enough calories isn't really a challenge," said the rugged 87-year-old Republican, who served 10 terms on Capitol Hill. "The real challenge is vitamins and stuff. " Bartlett is preparing for an epic power outage.
January 27, 2014 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. Solar jobs in the U.S. climbed nearly 20% in the 14 months through November as cheaper panels and rising electricity rates spurred people to turn to solar. As of November, solar companies had almost 143,000 solar workers on their payrolls , up more than 23,000 from September 2012 , according to a report from the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit research group. That job growth is 10 time faster than the national average for job gains.
January 17, 2014
Re “Solar power's outlook not as sunny,” Jan. 12 The article shows that the desert may not be the best place after all to generate solar power. As The Times points out, the move is away from large, industrial-scale desert plants and toward urban-based, mid-sized ones and rooftop solar: so-called distributed generation. Urban solar built over parking lots and on rooftops eliminates the environmental damage of desert solar - along with the need for environment impact statements, new transmission lines to bring the power to the cities and the costly lawsuits brought against desert plants.