Solar Park’s power project due to be fully operational by year-end

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LAHORE: A provincial minister said on Friday power project at the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, considered as one of the world’s largest solar project, would hopefully be fully commissioned by end of the current calendar year.

Sher Ali Khan, minister for Mines and Minerals in Punjab said the government is trying its best to fulfill energy needs of the country. “We have launched the world largest solar power project of one thousand mega watts in Bhawalpur and hopefully it will be commissioned by the end of this year,” Khan said at an international conference on “Energy for Environmental and Economic Sustainability, organized by the Management and Technology in collaboration with Texas Tech University, National Science Foundation of USA and International Association for Hydrogen Energy, USA.

“Out of that project the first 100MW facilities were already commissioned in May, last year,” Khan said. He said all developing countries are suffering of the power crisis and Pakistan is no exception to this situation.  The speakers at the conference noted that dire need for energy is being felt globally all due to emerging technology, industrialization of developing countries, social development and population growth. Both developed and developing countries are now in search of alternative sources of energy.

“By 2030, the world will need to produce more than 21 percent energy,” said Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector of University of Management and Technology, Lahore.  “All energy resources could stop functioning but the sun as never-ending and great source of energy would always be there to cater human beings’ needs.”

Murad emphasized on adopting maximum sources of energies like hydro, thermal and nuclear power plants was not sufficient rather many other sources such as solar, wind and ocean energy need to be considered.

Speakers said the solution for agricultural revival lies in alternative sources of energy especially in solar energy, which is purely renewable energy source.  It is because Pakistan lies in a hot zone with average solar irradiance of 5.3 kwh/m2/day and because solar energy is available in abundance quantity.

Apart from solar energy, other sources of energy such as ocean energy and wind power were also discussed and researchers presented their models in the conference. Speakers said oceans are a great source of energy as they cover 70 percent of the earth. They said Pakistan has potential to produce ocean thermal energy from offshore areas.

On the other hand, global installed wind power capacity has risen nearly 50 times in the last two decades. It currently fulfils 3.7 percent of global electricity generation and by the year 2050, wind power will contribute up to 18 percent of world’s electricity supply.       

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Solar panels to save $400 annually at Wisconsin Rapids middle school

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW)– Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School is more energy efficient following installation of solar panels.

More than a dozen students from the renewable energy specialist program at Mid-State spent Friday morning mentoring youngsters in field of solar panel installation.

Thanks to a $45,000 grant from Constellation Energy, Mid-State students were able to design three sets of solar panels for the middle school.

Mid-State instructor, Benjamin Nusz said, “Our program, we’re training technicians but we’re also training the designing aspect as well. So for us they become project managers and leader and they get to coach some of the younger students.”

Seventh and eighth-grade students got hands-on experience installing the electric system with help from experienced instructors.

Danielle Alinea is in her third semester of her associate’s degree at Mid-State and said the kids often help her be a better student. “Having the kids here it really adds another element. It really helps us understand what we are learning by teaching it to others.”

For seventh grader Jackson Kohnen, renewable energy is a no brainer.

“If it’s a renewable energy, why not use it for our own advantages? And the best part is the school gets renewable energy every day and the hardest part is the digging.”

According to Nusz, the solar panels will save the school about $400 a year and could be self-sustaining for up to 30 years.

Wisconsin Rapids Middle School is the seventh school to receive a solar electric system from Mid-State.

Three grants have funded a nine renewable energy projects in central Wisconsin in partnership with Mid-State.

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Five sites eyed for more solar panels

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The mountain of buried construction debris along Woodlawn Road might one day be topped with solar panels.

The Atlas landfill site is one of five new locations identified as potential sites for solar energy generation projects, in a joint venture between the city and Welland Hydro.


This week, Welland city councillors approved Feed-in-Tariff program application for the five sites, which also include city-owned property west of the Welland International Flatwater Centre, two sites at the Young’s Sportsplex, and on land north of Downs Drive.


The projects would each produce 500 kilowatts of power, with the exception of rooftop panels planned for the Young’s Sportsplex building.


Those panels, to be added to the 1,160 already installed on the roof, will produce 180 to 200 kilowatts of power.


The city has previously been approved for solar panel projects on Thorold Road near the recreational canal, and at the Welland Hydro property at 950 East Main St.


Ward 5 Coun. Mike Petrachenko called it “an intelligent use of land that isn’t being utilized.”


But several councillors expressed concern that some of the solar projects could interfere with other future uses of the property.


“Is this the best use of city land?” asked Ward 2 Coun. David McLeod.


He was concerned the solar panels planned for the property beside the flatwater centre, for instance, could get in the way of future development of the sports facility.


Ward 6 Coun. Jim Larouche shared those concerns.


“We’re looking to build on the flatwater centre with facilities like hotels, meeting rooms. … That’s the gateway to the southern part of our city,” he said.


“We’re going to consider ground-mounted solar panels right beside our international flatwater centre, which may take away from future development for ancillary business that will complement the flatwater centre.”


City planner Grant Munday said the sites being considered are “underutilized” land.


He said the Atlas landfill site “will have limit use in the future for development, aside from open space.”


And even open space uses for the property are limited.


For instance, he said, BMX races would not be permitted because the bikes might “eat into the cap of the landfill.”


Munday said the solar panels would be located on property west of the parking lot at the flatwater centre and on unused land at the south end of Young’s Sportsplex, leaving room for the expansion of recreational facilities at those sites.


And use of the property on Downs Drive is severely restricted by major underground sewer and water lines.


Meanwhile, he said, the projects are set up for a 20-year time frame, and “we don’t foresee in the next 20 years that there would be any significant development in these areas.”


Despite the concerns, city treasurer Steve Zorbas said there is a lot of work to do before any of the proposals are realized.


“This is Step 1 in the process,” he said. “We are eager to identify these sites as potential candidates, and we will be coming back with a more detailed financial analysis prior to finalizing any contracts.”


As the process progresses, Zorbas said, council can still call for a cease and desist for projects at any of the sites.


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NEW! No Debate Over The Need For Solar Energy

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Beamer Solar went to the Republican National Convention and gave Trump supporters free shirts that read: “Build A Wall.” Not surprisingly, the shirts were a hit, with many Trump fans donning the tees in the spot.

The shirts had a secondary message hidden in the tees that only appeared when sunlight hit them. Each shirt wound up reading: “Build A Wall of Solar Panels on Your Roof,” something Beamer Solar assumed Trump and fossil fuel supporters would be against. To the brand’s surprise, the Trump fans were supportive of the cause.

“Let’s build a sustainable future. It’s something we can all agree on,” closes the video, created by Arnold Worldwide.

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Solar boat showcased during anti-Amendment 1 event

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MELBOURNE — Banks of solar panels aboard the Archimedes tilted towards the noonday sun Friday at a Front Street Park dock, serving as a clean-energy backdrop while a series of speakers denounced Amendment 1 on the upcoming general-election ballot.

“Vote no on 1. Don’t block the sun,” said Lorraine Koss, a League of Women Voters of the Space Coast board director.

“The monopoly power companies have put together a grassroots group that they call Consumers for Smart Solar. It is anything but smart. All it does it affirm the rights we already have — but it introduces language that assumes that those that don’t have solar are subsidizing those that do,” Koss said.

“And nothing could be further from the truth,” she said.

The band of Amendment 1 opponents gathered alongside the Archimedes for a dockside press conference. The group included representatives from the Turtle Coast Group of the Sierra Club and two private companies, American Solar Energy Systems of Satellite Beach and Brevard Solar of Titusville.

The 50-foot vessel — billed as the world’s largest solar-powered concrete boat — is touring Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway on a pre-election “Solar Truth Voyage” promotional campaign. The voyage is organized by Floridians for Solar Choice, which warns that Amendment 1’s language paves the way for barriers that would penalize solar customers.

Capt. Carter Quillen later motored the “Arc” to Captain Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian, and he has a weekend appearance scheduled in Vero Beach before reaching West Palm Beach on Monday. He plans to continue southward to Miami and, possibly, up the Gulf Coast to Tampa by the Nov. 8 election.

The boat’s home port is Banana River Marina on Merritt Island. Quillen and first mate Diane Eggers have toured the Sunshine State coastline the past three years with furry “second mate” Radar, a 7-year-old Portuguese Podengo who was rescued by Friends for Animals Sanctuary of Melbourne.

The Archimedes was constructed in Apollo Beach and took to the seas in 1981. Quillen, an engineer, bought the boat years later and installed a solar-diesel hybrid propulsion system. He said the boat has traveled about 2,300 miles under solar power, and cruising speed under solar power or diesel backup is about 5 mph.

“Unfortunately, $21 million buys a lot of misinformation. That’s what the utility industry has spent trying to dupe Floridians into passing this awful amendment to our constitution,” Quillen said.

J. Brewer is vice president of sales with American Solar Energy Systems, which sells, installs and services home solar energy systems. He encouraged voters to cast no votes on Amendment 1.

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Captain Carter Quillen made a stop at Front Street Park on the Florida east coast Solar Truth Voyage, promoting “Vote No” on Amendment 1. His boat is a 50 foot diesel-solar hybrid. Devonne Burow of Melbourne picked up a couple of Vote No signs from the event.  (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

“We feel that the language leaves open the opportunity for onerous and punitive situations to occur for solar owners down the road. It simply opens the door, creates a pathway,” Brewer said.

Radar’s barks from the boat deck interrupted Quillen’s press-conference comments — “he’s crashing the show,” Quillen remarked.

Contact Neale at 321-242-3638, or follow @RickNeale1 on Twitter

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Batteries, metres, cutting back: How Australians plan to beat solar tariff bill shock

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Households signed up to the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme stand to pay an average $1,600 extra for their electricity when the program winds up at the end of 2016.

The scheme was introduced to encourage households to install solar panels, by providing them with a generous tariff when the energy they produced was fed back into the grid.

Some of the generous solar energy rebate schemes in South Australia and Victoria also end later this year, and consumers are advised to check which scheme they belong to.

In NSW, 146,000 households will be affected.

So how are consumers planning to cope when the generous tariff of 60 cents per kilowatt hour ends on December 31? We spoke to a few to find out.

Meet the Australians trying to avoid bill shock

The Craig Family

Trudie Craig lives with her family of six in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria. They had a 3kW solar system installed in 2010 and describe themselves as “low-energy consumers”.

Ms Craig said she was nervous about receiving her first bill after the feed-in tariff.

“We haven’t had power bills, we’ve been getting credits for our consumption,” she said.

Despite the nerves, the Craigs see the positive side in losing the solar credits.

“We are already energy conscious but we are going to focus a lot more on how we use our energy and the appliances we have,” he said.

“We’re looking at getting a more effective heater so we’re not churning through the energy so much.”

The Craigs said getting the kids to switch off lights around the home would be a key challenge.

Gary Speechley, retired scientist

Gary Speechley lives with his wife Vanessa Knight in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria.

They have two solar systems installed in their home, as well as a 6.4kWh Tesla battery.

“My solar system comprises two distinct solar arrays, an original array of seven 220 watt panels with a 1,600-watt inverter installed in 2010, that benefits from the solar rebate of 60 cents per kilowatt hour.”

Mr Speechley’s second solar system was installed separately and has 11, 250 watt panels.

“We have a new meter, so we have the original gross meter that we use and we have another meter that allows us to not only be charged for the electricity we use, but now records the amount of energy we export to the grid,” he said.

“So we will connect the inverter output from the gross feed-in meter, and we will simply re-route those cables directly to the back of our switchboard, so any solar that we’re generating, we’ll now see that electricity go into the house and provide us with some baseload energy.”

Mr Speechley said while the Tesla battery may not be for everyone, he is fascinated by the technology’s potential.

“I guess it is a bit of an indulgence but I also see this is the future for energy management, where control goes back to individual households and the energy grid becomes much more efficient because there is less energy lost through transmission lines and burning coal and sending the energy hundreds of kilometres.”

Renate Egan

Renate Egan’s family of four includes two teenage children. They live in Annandale and have a 1kW solar system.

“We bought our panels very early in 2006, even before the feed in tariff scheme came in place, at the time it was really expensive and we only put one kilowatt on,” she said.

“Over summer our power bill is typically around $20-a=quarter, and our winter power bills for electricity only get up to around $200.

“I know that our summer bills will escalate again because that’s where we get all the benefit of our feed in tariffs, we will need to switch to a net tariff.

“We are on a time of use meter so we will shift to use most of our electricity during the day rather than what we do at the moment which is to use it out of peak hour.

“Right now we consciously don’t run things like our discretionary dishwasher or washing machine type cycles during the peak times, but we will now make the decision to run them when the sun’s up, where that’s possible.”

Agner Sorensen

Agner Sorensen is retired electrician and fitter who lives with his wife in Teralba, New South Wales.

In 2010, they installed a 3.25kW solar system with a gross meter under the NSW scheme with 60 cent feed in rate.

In 2013, they installed the first of two more systems with net meters. All up, they have 8.13kW of solar.

“We would have got back the money we paid for the [first] system,” Mr Sorensen said.

“We expect to lose some $2,300 with the 60 cent scheme coming to an end and taking up net metering.

“Now we have to be more careful how we spend our money.

“I am hoping the 3.25 kilowatt solar system changing over to net metering will keep our electricity costs low.

“The plan was to be able to keep heating the house in winter and have this affordable as we age.

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