Jun 24, 2012

Local Solar Company Doing Big Things

3 min
  Most people are aware that solar power is out there and available, and the sun is still around, so why aren't more people inves...


Most people are aware that solar power is out there and available, and the sun is still around, so why aren't more people investing in it? There are a number of problems that stop most of the population dead in their tracks when heading for a solar energy route, the first being cost. Cost of these units can be expensive, but right now the government is giving out more money than ever for going "green". Some programs cover over 50% of the cost.

Another issue that causes people to stray from solar power is that it requires a building permit because the mounts are considered a permanent structure. Once they are placed somewhere, for the most part, that is where they will stay permanently. At PSG they have a solution to these issues of lack of mobility, and filing for permits with their latest ballast mount. This mounting system would be capable of being placed over areas of contaminated soil, where penetrating the soil is illegal due to the toxic materials in the ground. This new ballasting unit simply rests atop the ground, thus requiring no building permits. Imagine a landfill being transformed into a hill of solar panels generating mass amounts of clean energy!


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The newest product in this line is the SunPad trailer. This rugged, off-road capable unit can literally give you power on the go, wherever you can go! This new product is equipped with a single-axis tracking unit that follows the sun's trajectory over the course of the day, allowing the SunPad to produce 30% or more solar energy when compared to a fixed mount system. The SunPad comes equipped with many features that enable it to get "off the beaten path" making it ideal for those who need energy away from civilization and off the grid. A fully independent trailing arm suspension system, combined with 35 x 12.5 aggressive tires with 30 mile "runflat" capability, allow this vehicle to be HMMWV compatible. That means you can hook the SunPad up to a military style "Humvee" with no modifications!

Unlike a fossil fuel generator, the SunPad provides clean, emission and exhaust free power, all while operating with almost no noise. Perfect for everything from farm applications, to emergency military power, the SunPad can do it all.

These trailers offer 13 to 18 hours of continuous operation, with a mast height of 4.5-9 meters. These masts that hold the light fixtures can be raised and lowered by either a manual crank, or a pneumatic drive system. PSG offers three versions of this trailer with 4-8 lights and 2-4 solar panels depending on which model you choose. The solar trailer light tower collects energy as you enjoy the natural sunshine.

These portable light towers would be perfect for construction sites, offering an off-grid light source that requires no fuels and very little maintenance.

SOURCE: Patriot Solar Group






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Jun 25, 2021

UK must stop blundering into high carbon choices warns CCC

Dominic Ellis
5 min
The UK must put an end to a year of climate contradictions and stop blundering on high carbon choices warns the Climate Change Committee

The UK Government must end a year of climate contradictions and stop blundering on high carbon choices, according to the Climate Change Committee as it released 200 policy recommendations in a progress to Parliament update.

While the rigour of the Climate Change Act helped bring COP26 to the UK, it is not enough for Ministers to point to the Glasgow summit and hope that this will carry the day with the public, the Committee warns. Leadership is required, detail on the steps the UK will take in the coming years, clarity on tax changes and public spending commitments, as well as active engagement with people and businesses across the country.

"It it is hard to discern any comprehensive strategy in the climate plans we have seen in the last 12 months. There are gaps and ambiguities. Climate resilience remains a second-order issue, if it is considered at all. We continue to blunder into high-carbon choices. Our Planning system and other fundamental structures have not been recast to meet our legal and international climate commitments," the update states. "Our message to Government is simple: act quickly – be bold and decisive."

The UK’s record to date is strong in parts, but it has fallen behind on adapting to the changing climate and not yet provided a coherent plan to reduce emissions in the critical decade ahead, according to the Committee.

  • Statutory framework for climate The UK has a strong climate framework under the Climate Change Act (2008), with legally-binding emissions targets, a process to integrate climate risks into policy, and a central role for independent evidence-based advice and monitoring. This model has inspired similarclimate legislation across the world.
  • Emissions targets The UK has adopted ambitious territorial emissions targets aligned to the Paris Agreement: the Sixth Carbon Budget requires an emissions reduction of 63% from 2019 to 2035, on the way to Net Zero by 2050. These are comprehensive targets covering all greenhouse gases and all sectors, including international aviation and shipping.
  • Emissions reduction The UK has a leading record in reducing its own emissions: down by 40% from 1990 to 2019, the largest reduction in the G20, while growing the economy (GDP increased by 78% from 1990 to 2019). The rate of reductions since 2012 (of around 20 MtCO2e annually) is comparable to that needed in the future.
  • Climate Risk and Adaptation The UK has undertaken three comprehensive assessments of the climate risks it faces, and the Government has published plans for adapting to those risks. There have been some actions in response, notably in tackling flooding and water scarcity, but overall progress in planning and delivering adaptation is not keeping up with increasing risk. The UK is less prepared for the changing climate now than it was when the previous risk assessment was published five years ago.
  • Climate finance The UK has been a strong contributor to international climate finance, having recently doubled its commitment to £11.6 billion in aggregate over 2021/22 to 2025/26. This spend is split between support for cutting emissions and support for adaptation, which is important given significant underfunding of adaptation globally. However, recent cuts to the UK’s overseas aid are undermining these commitments.

In a separate comment, it said the Prime Minister’s Ten-Point Plan was an important statement of ambition, but it has yet to be backed with firm policies. 

Baroness Brown, Chair of the Adaptation Committee said: “The UK is leading in diagnosis but lagging in policy and action. This cannot be put off further. We cannot deliver Net Zero without serious action on adaptation. We need action now, followed by a National Adaptation Programme that must be more ambitious; more comprehensive; and better focussed on implementation than its predecessors, to improve national resilience to climate change.”

Priority recommendations for 2021 include setting out capacity and usage requirements for Energy from Waste consistent with plans to improve recycling and waste prevention, and issue guidance to align local authority waste contracts and planning policy to these targets; develop (with DIT) the option of applying either border carbon tariffs or minimum standards to imports of selected embedded-emission-intense industrial and agricultural products and fuels; and implement a public engagement programme about national adaptation objectives, acceptable levels of risk, desired resilience standards, how to address inequalities, and responsibilities across society. 

Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner said the report is another reminder that if the UK is to meet its ambitious climate targets there is an urgent need to scale up bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

"As the world’s leading generator and supplier of sustainable bioenergy there is no better place to deliver BECCS at scale than at Drax in the UK. We are ready to invest in and deliver this world-leading green technology, which would support clean growth in the north of England, create tens of thousands of jobs and put the UK at the forefront of combatting climate change."

Drax Group is kickstarting the planning process to build a new underground pumped hydro storage power station – more than doubling the electricity generating capacity at its iconic Cruachan facility in Scotland. The 600MW power station will be located inside Ben Cruachan – Argyll’s highest mountain – and increase the site’s total capacity to 1.04GW (click here).

Lockdown measures led to a record decrease in UK emissions in 2020 of 13% from the previous year. The largest falls were in aviation (-60%), shipping (-24%) and surface transport (-18%). While some of this change could persist (e.g. business travellers accounted for 15-25% of UK air passengers before the pandemic), much is already rebounding with HGV and van travel back to pre-pandemic levels, while car use, which at one point was down by two-thirds, only 20% below pre-pandemic levels.

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