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Vampire Drain

Residential Solar, Blog, October 2014, Solar Electric - Tags: san luis obispo solar - solaruser Friday, 10 October 2014

Energy Sucking Electronics Feed When Turned Off

Vampire Drain:

 Energy Sucking Electronics Feed Even When Turned Off.

There's a vampire on the loose. Whether you're at work, at home or out on the town, this vampire is taking a bite out of your wallet and harming the environment.

The villain in question is vampire power, also known as standby power and phantom load. You can also find it referred to as vampire energy, leaking energy, wall warts, standby loss, idle current, phantom power, ghost load and vampire load. 

The term refers to the electricity many gadgets and appliances waste just by being plugged in (even if they're switched off). After all, what do you think your cell-phone charger does all day while it's plugged into the wall? If it's warm when you get home from work, then 

it's been using electricity -- even if it had nothing to charge.

1. The T.V. Plasma TVs can suck up over 1,400 kilowatt hours annually, which can cost over $150 bucks. Not only do energy vampires waste electricity, but they end up wasting your money too. The simplest way to save energy with your TV is to unplug it when you leave the house. You may only watch 3 or 4 hours of TV a day, but it keeps sucking away like a hungry animal for the other 20 hours. LCD screens still waste energy too, though substantially less.

Batteries Included

October 2014, Blog, Commercial Solar, Solar Electric - Tags: atascadero solar, san luis obispo solar, Solar Electric, solar energy, solar energy system, solar financing, Solar rebates - solaruser Monday, 06 October 2014

A Solar Cell That Stores Its Own Power

World’s first “solar battery” runs on light and air

By: Pam Frost Gorder Published on October 03, 2014  COLUMBUS, Ohio—

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeablebattery?

Actually, the patent-pending device invented atThe Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery.

In the October 3, 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report that they’ve succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device.

What Does Warren Buffett See In Solar?

Residential Solar, Blog, Commercial Solar, Solar Electric - Tags: san luis obispo solar, Solar Electric, solar energy, solar energy system - solaruser Thursday, 25 September 2014

 

Renewable Energy World.com

Elisa Wood, Contributor 
April 24, 2013

Everyone wants to see inside Warren Buffett's head. One of the world's most successful investors, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is a rock star among those who check the markets before their breakfast. His annual shareholder letters are famous, generating the kind of hoopla among his followers as a just-released Harry Potter novel does among children. Even U.S. President Barack Obama listens to Buffett, or at least he quotes him often. In fact, headline writers have come to call Buffett the 'Oracle of Obama', a play on the Nebraska native's nickname of the 'Oracle of Omaha'.

What's the best way to gain insight into Buffett's thinking? Probably by watching his companies. And now, among his big insurance, chemical and utility holdings is a renewable energy company that is making some eye-catching moves. In its first 12 months in business, MidAmerican Renewables has acquired some of the largest solar projects in the world.

What do these aggressive moves by a Buffett-backed business say about the solar market? Will others follow? And why did MidAmerican Renewables choose these particular projects?

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California Assembly Bill 2188- Solar Energy Permits

Blog, Solar Electric - solaruser Thursday, 25 September 2014

California Assembly Bill 2188    

Approved by Governor Brown

September 21, 2014

Filed with Secretary of State

September 21, 2014

  

AB 2188, Muratsuchi. Solar energy: permits.

(1) Existing law provides that it is the policy of the state to promote and encourage the use of solar energy systems, as defined, and to limit obstacles to their use. Existing law states that the implementation of consistent statewide standards to achieve timely and cost-effective installation of solar energy systems is not a municipal affair, but is instead a matter of statewide concern. Existing law requires a city or county to administratively approve applications to install solar energy systems through the issuance of a building permit or similar nondiscretionary permit. Existing law requires a solar energy system for heating water to be certified by the Solar Rating Certification Corporation or another nationally recognized certification agency.

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Solar Enervy Day for San Luis Obispo County

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