Thursday, July 15, 2010
* Envision Solar, a San Diego based solar company that has solarized carports has now developed "LifeVillage." These are solar powered portable temporary steel framed structures that can be used as housing when an emergency has destoyed homes or people cannot get back to their homes because of delays. More at Envision Solar.
* Solar power manufacturing companies are finding it hard in a down economy to get "angel investor" funding. The solar industry is considered a consolidating industry as companies partner and merge with other solar companies. Angel investors want to get out of their commitment within 3 years in this slow economy. New companies wanting investment money must be licensed, already have capital, have their patents protected and maintain good relationships with other solar powered related supply companies.
More at Knoxville News.
* Western ranches are saying Goodbye Windmills and hello Solar Well Pumps! When a rancher wants to open up his grazing land for cattle and the old windmill he's using has broken down, he'll probably choose to replace it with a solar well pump.
Windmills are made up of many parts that break down over the years. Ranchers are impressed with the technological improvements of the modern solar well pumps and plan to go with those over buying new windmills. Stand-alone solar well systems allow cattle to graze and still have the water they require.
More about ranchers using solar powered well pumps here.