Posted on November 6th, 2009 No comments
Hi Home Owners,
I am sure that you have recognized solar energy is a great resource to our planet. But do you know that having solar power for homes is also beneficial to you and your family? Nowadays more and more people have realized that and they are looking for ways to install residential solar power systems.
5 Reasons Why Home Owners Love Solar Power for Homes
No. 1 – Thanks to the solar technology development, solar conversion efficiency is increasing and the cost is decreasing. It means that you are going to pay less money but generate more clean power for homes.
No. 2 - US is not the top 5 countries in the world adopting solar power for homes. Only 20,000 households are now using solar energy. (Reuters, 2009) You will become the leader of using renewable energy among your friends. They will appreciate your initiative to protect our world.
No. 3 - The US government has decided to offer Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency* in 2009. Home owners who install solar power systems will receive a tax credit for 30% of the cost, with no upper limit through 2016 (for existing homes & new construction), so the cost of building the solar power system is even lower.
No. 4 – Learning how to install a solar power system for homes is very easy nowadays. Apart from hiring solar energy companies to do the job, you can even purchase solar energy kits to build the systems on your own in just a few days but at a lower cost.
No. 5 – People are now aware of the serious pollution and other environmental problems brought by using oil and coal as the primary sources of energy. They, including you, are looking for alternative energy to save the Earth.
Solar power for homes has become a hot issue and you, as a citizen on the Earth should start thinking about implementing solar power for your houses. You can get more understanding on how solar power works for homes in below video.
Posted on November 4th, 2009 No comments$4 million agreement over the next five years is expected to add to Paris-based oil company’s solar R&D.
The agreement, valued at $4 million over five years, falls under the MIT Energy Initiative, which Total joined as a member in November 2008. The initiative is designed to help improve energy systems, with collaboration between MIT researchers and a broad range of companies focused on innovation.
The new Total and MIT research project is looking to develop a low-cost, long-life battery that can store power generated by solar panels. It also continues Total’s research and development of alternative energies, which has a focus on developing and deploying solar power.
“Total’s support for research in the storage of solar energy has the potential to be a game-changer,” said Ernest Moniz, director of the MIT Energy Initiative and former undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, in a news release.
Total (NYSE:TOT) is already active in the solar industry, through its interest in two companies, Tenesol and Photovoltech (see Photovoltech to boost capacity to 260MW). Photovoltech makes photovoltaic cells based on a crystalline silicon technology, while Tenesol designs, manufactures, and operates photovoltaic energy systems.
In 2008, Total invested $45 million in Lowell, Mass.-based solar company Konarka Technologies as part of a R&D partnership, bringing its stake to nearly 20 percent. Konarka develops a flexible, thin-film plastic that converts light to energy (see Total grows solar push with $45M funding to Konarka).