Tesla is now taking orders and next month will begin installation of their solar roof tile systems, transforming homes first in California and then across the country into energy-producing, money-saving stylish homes that give no outward appearance of traditional solar panels. Instead, Tesla has created standard and upscale-looking roof tiles in a variety of styles and colors that look just like the roof tiles on the traditional house next door.
Their solar roof tile system includes Tesla’s Powerwall home battery that stores solar energy allowing the home’s residents to use solar energy whenever they choose, yes including at night, and providing uninterrupted electricity during grid outages.
The system is designed to include both solar tiles and non-solar tiles, which are indistinguishable when seen from the street after installation. Customized power needs for residents is easily created Continue reading
I first read about and began writing about Solar Roadways almost two years ago, and I had the opportunity of bringing this new technology to the attention of some of the consultants working on the new General Plan for the future of my city of residence, West Covina, Ca. While little has been heard regarding advances in the development of Solar Roadways recently, at least in the United States, this week a significant new development has occurred, with the state of Missouri now involved in a plan to redevelop an existing and popular roadway with this new technology. This would be a significant advance in Green Living and pro-environment benefits for all of
|today’s society, as a single popular road rebuilt in this fashion could spur the widespread utilization of Solar Roadway panels and the further reduction of the demand for fossil fuels.
The Missouri project, a test that is very limited in scope, will involve the rebuilding of a portion of historic Route 66 near Conway, MO, with the solar panels, with the promise of producing
enough energy to power a nearby rest stop. Continue reading
Recent news reports have uncovered the massive campaign financed by the Koch Brothers to stop the progression away from their cash cow of oil and gas energy and towards the cheapest and most abundant source of renewable energy, the sun. As state after state has made it possible, and profitable, for consumers to convert to solar power, reducing their power bills and selling excess energy back to utilities, the campaign has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to stop this.
In Oklahoma, for example, their efforts have resulted in the passage into law of SB 1456, creating a “Sun Tax”, new fees to be imposed on residents who install and obtain their household energy from solar panels. In Arizona, regulators last year gave the state’s largest utility authorization to Continue reading