As reported in Huffington Post
The name says it all. Carbon County, Pennsylvania is a county of 58,000 located in the heart of the Keystone State’s famed anthracite coalfields. The county was famous not just for its coal, but also the notorious Molly Maguires that exemplified the kind of organized violence between workers and bosses that marked 19th century American industrialism. Pennsylvania is also the state that launched the petroleum industry, with the sinking of the Drake Well in Titusville (on the opposite end of the state from Carbon County) in 1859. But times, they are a changin’.
Carbon County, in a poetic turn, is now set to host the second largest solar facility in the nation. State Rep. Keith McCall (D-Carbon) is working with Green Energy Capital Partners to bring the Pennsylvania Solar Park to the area. At 10.6 megawatts, it will avoid some 320,000 tons of carbon emissions over its lifetime. It will be the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania and the second largest in the country.
Other changes are also afoot in the region. Weatherly (one of the boroughs in Carbon County) recently applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a permit to install a turbine at an existing dam on the Lehigh River. It would be enough to meet all of the borough’s electricity needs. The New York Times reported in June that neighboring Schuylkill County was considering switching from sacrosanct anthracite to cleaner-burning natural gas–another energy source on the rise in the state and across the country thanks to new discoveries and new methods of extracting it from shale formations–to fuel the county’s boilers.
Though coal may putatively (and politically) remain king in many areas of the country–particularly in Appalachia, the number of people employed in coal mining has plunged. Coal employment in Pennsylvania, for example, peaked at 121,000 in 1942 and hovers at just 8,000 today. The tenacious and powerful United Mine Workers had half a million members in the 1950s, today it is left with just 86,600 members and now represents just 42 percent of the workers in the industry. The loss of jobs in the coal industry has not only brought deepening economic hardship to Appalachia, but since it has come in no small measure as result of mountaintop removal mining it has also wrought environmental disaster. Here’s what the Gore-acle himself had to say about this “atrocity” at Netroots Nation:
 
By contrast, renewable energy is bringing new opportunities to economically depressed communities, including parts of Pennsylvania that were decimated by the collapse of the steel industry. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Gov. Ed Rendell (and smart policies like a state Renewable Electricity Standard and other incentives), Gamesa, the Spanish wind company, has located four factories and its North American headquarters in Pennsylvania–creating over 1,000 new, union-represented jobs and over $1 billion in US sales in under 4 years. Smart policy played a pivotal role in luring the company, as wind-rich Minnesota lost out to wind-mediocre Pennsylvania in the competition for the company’s HQ and first factory in part because Minnesota had no state RES at the time. Rendell’s efforts have lured numerous other renewable energy projects–with some 10,000 new jobs–to the state.
If Carbon County can kick the habit, then who can’t?
Our Perspective:
I love to see these types of stories. So many time we get mired in the past and are unwilling to move forward. This is a story of hope, vision and success.
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Saw an intersting article in Huffington Post green section. Thought I would share it with you.

July 10, 2008

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A “solar concentrator” might sound like something an evil genius comes up with to destroy the Big City in a comic book, but it’s actually a way to make solar power more accessible. Engineers at in MIT’s electrical engineering and computer science department recently made it possible for regular old windows to harness solar energy and power a building with it.

Marc Baldo, associate professor of electrical engineering at MIT, led a team of scientists that used special dyes to coat the windows, which helps them effectively absorb the light. The light is then successfully collected around the window edges by solar cells (see the rad photo). Baldo and his team knew solar collectors had been used in large, pricey mirror setups, and thought they could work on a smaller scale.

In an article set to be published in tomorrow’s issue of Science, Baldo reports that solar collectors increase the amount of electricity a solar cell can harness by a factor of over 40, and they can make existing solar panel systems 50 percent more efficient. Those are some sunny numbers. That efficiency could make solar power cheaper. In addition, three grad students from the research team are starting their own company, called Covalent Solar–gotta love that name–to bring this technology to a store near you. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for it…after I figure out how to get my windows to close completely.

To learn more about the growing solar opportunities email george@hbsadvantage.com

New exciting energy saving opportunity for New Jersey!

As electric cost continueto rise, you will find that New jersey has taken a very aggressive step in promoting clean solutions to reduce electric demand.

Federal aand State credits and incentives provide a perfect opportunity and takes a significant step in controlling future electric costs as well as providing a ROI that finally makes sense.

Currently New jersey recieves 1.6% of their energy from clean energy sources. With the demand for electric increasing at a rate of 1.5% a year, New Jersey has committed to increasing renewable energy sources to 22.5% by the year 2020.

Why, you may ask?

With the growing demand for electric, New Jersey faces the issue of brown outs in their future.

How do you think the public would react to that?

The Solution……

Harness the Sun’s Energy….

Going Solar!

. Below is an outline of the steps recently taken that makes this investment desirable.

  • Federal Government provides 30% tax credit.
  • PSEG will be paying SREC’s (Solar Renewable Energy Certificate) each time a solar electric system generates 1000kwh of electricity. 
  • Your electric bill will be decreased by the value of the electric you are generating.
  • Full 7% State Sales Tax Exemption
  • Federal Guidelines allow for 5 year accelerated Depreciation of basis.
  • Low interest loans available thru PSEG

Hutchinson Business Solutions has formed a strategic partnership with BP Solar, a world leader in providing solar solutions. They are the only company that has been making solar panels longer than their warranty (30 years).

 

They offer a full 25-year warranty on the equipment and a full 10-year warranty on the installation.

 

Solar …..The New Sexy

 

To learn more about the new solar incentives in New Jersey contact george@hbsadvantage.com

 

The Future of Energy is Now!