“MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 14 (UPI) — Oversupply and low demand have made solar panels cheaper for U.S. homeowners.
Prices for rooftop solar systems, including installation, have fallen by 8 percent to 10 percent since October and are expected to drop an additional 15 percent to 20 percent in 2009.”
via Oversupply pushes solar panel prices down – UPI.com.
Strange math in this article. 15 – 20% panel price drop and the whole system goes down over 50%. Must be incorrect or missing logic somewhere, maybe the expected government subsidies are huge:
“In California a typical 4 kilowatt, $32,000 solar energy system cost a homeowner about $23,000 last year after state and federal incentives. This year, if the price predictions come true, the price for the same system would be between $10,000 and $12,000.“
“BEIJING, Jan. 19 (UPI) — China has completed projects totaling more than 10,000 megawatts of wind power.
The country now ranks fifth in the world for installed wind power capacity, said Zhang Guobao, director for the National Development and Reform Commission.”
via China increases its wind power – UPI.com.
“Sea level rise fueled by global warming threatens the barrier islands and coastal wetlands of the Middle Atlantic States, a federal report warned on Friday.”
via Study Warns of Threat to Coasts From Rising Sea Levels – NYTimes.com.
List of well presented scientific sources:
The Science is Clear.
Could the idea of a ‘Global Warming hoax’ itself be a hoax or political ploy?
“Outside of a small band of ideologically motivated outlets, the majority of the mainstream media is unwilling to cover the nonsensical junk science of the right-wing think tanks and their cadre of scientists for hire. With this the case, the Internet is exploding with such information. And at the same time that we’re seeing significantly more of this misinformation being spread about global warming online, we’re also seeing more people than ever using the Internet as their main source of news and information.”
Short and simple solar power slide show explores myths vs. realities of solar.
“Solar energy is the most promising source of clean, renewable energy. It is also one of the most misunderstood”
via Solar Energy Reality Check.
Copenhagen climate change activities in 2009:
“The next UN Climate Conference (COP15) will take place in November-December 2009 in Copenhagen. The University of Copenhagen will launch a series of climate activities in the run-up to the UN Conference. One of the main activities is an international research congress, which the University of Copenhagen, together with the partner universities in the IARU star alliance, will hold on 10-12 March 2009. Here the world’s top researchers will try and capture some of the enormous research energy currently being devoted to the elucidation, mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Information about all the climate activities taking place at the University of Copenhagen will be updated on this website.”
via Climate – University of Copenhagen.
Both Mr. Obama and leaders in Beijing have said a top priority is using energy more efficiently and advancing non-polluting technologies. China also released several recent reports laying out financial and technical means for allowing industrialized countries to help cut the climate impact from its energy use.
via Can U.S., China Team Up on Climate, Energy? – Dot Earth Blog – NYTimes.com.
Shenhua Group, the country’s biggest coal producer, said on Jan 5 that its first direct coal-to-liquids (CTL) project, the first of its kind in China, had already started operation.
via China launches first coal-to-liquids project.
Despite the recent dive in China’s electricity generation in the recession, it’s clear the country’s drive to urbanize and industrialize is going to require ever more energy, and coal remains the fuel of first and last resort.
via In China, Growth Still Trumping Green? – Dot Earth Blog – NYTimes.com.