Solar Panel
Solar Mash
Posted on Tue, 06/28/2011 - 12:20 AM by Bryan Nisperos
viewed 6639 times

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced last week that the U.S. and its partners in the International Energy Agency have decided to release a total of 60 million barrels of oil onto the world market over the next 30 days to offset the disruption in the oil supply caused by unrest in the Middle East. As part of this effort, the U.S. will release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The SPR is currently at a historically high level with 727 million barrels.

“We are taking this action in response to the ongoing loss of crude oil due to supply disruptions in Libya and other countries and their impact on the global economic recovery,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “As we move forward, we will continue to monitor the situation and stand ready to take additional steps if necessary.”

The United States has been in close contact with oil producing and consuming countries about disruptions to the international oil market that could affect the global economy. The situation in Libya has caused a loss of roughly 1.5 million barrels of oil per day – particularly of light, sweet crude – from global markets. As the United States enters the months of July and August, when demand is typically highest, prices remain significantly higher than they were prior to the start of the unrest in Libya.

The Administration will continue to consult closely with other consuming and producing countries in the period ahead. The decision today is intended to complement the production increases recently announced by a number of major oil producing countries. The United States welcomes those commitments and encourages other countries to follow suit.

Join the forum discussion on this post

Read Full Solar News Post
news courtesy of solar thermal magazine


Donation Puts Solar Power on Roof of YMCA

With help from Reliant Energy the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA in Fort Worth will harness the sun’s power to save energy and lower electricity costs, as well as reduce its impact on the environment. Reliant Energy is making a donation to cover the YMCA’s cost of installing a 10-kilowatt solar power system on its roof.


Denver Federal Center Solar Work Will Exceed Original Production Expectations

The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Denver Federal Center (DFC) campus is nearing the completion of its nearly 7 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project. This project combined, with an existing 1.2 MW solar park, will provide more than 15% of the DFC’s electrical needs annually.


New 50 Mwatt Solar Thermal Plant Announced for Spain

Termosolar Alcazar, a 50/50 joint venture between SolarReserve, a U.S. developer of utility-scale solar power projects and Preneal, a Spanish developer of renewable energy projects, today announced the Spanish government’s award of tender for the venture’s 50 megawatt (MW) solar thermal plant to be built in Alcazar de San Juan.


Borrego Solar Systems Closes Latest Fund with U.S. Bank and East West Bank to Finance New Solar Projects

Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., a leading designer, installer and financier of grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, has announced, that it closed its latest fund, with its partners U.S. Bank and East West Bank to finance new solar energy projects in Massachusetts, New Jersey and California. The latest round of projects brings the total amount of solar financed through the Borrego Solar PPA to more than $100 million in the last twelve months, further demonstrating the value of Borrego Solar’s “One Stop Shop” offering for solar design, construction, maintenance and financing.


Add Your Solar Thermal Power Installation to the Map!

The New York City Solar America City Partnership, led by Sustainable CUNY, has launced the New York City Solar Map.



Philip Ackerman-Leist to Be Keynote Speaker at SolWest Fair

Solar energy, wind power, sustainable living and traditional skills are featured at SolWest Fair July 29-31 in John Day, Oregon. Keynote speaker Philip Ackerman-Leist is an off-grid homesteader, farmer, and college professor in Vermont. His family lives with photovoltaics, solar thermal hot water, and a small wind turbine. He is experimenting with extended grazing and dairy products with his grass-fed herd of American Milking Devon cattle. Philip's background includes farming, carpentry, studying and teaching in North Carolina, Europe and China. He has a longstanding interest in disappearing agricultural and food traditions.

Call For Coal Funding To Go To Mallee Solar Park

An environmental group is demanding that government funding earmarked for a new coal fired power station in Victoria be redirected to the construction of Mallee Solar Park; a 180 MW solar panel based power station.

EchoFirst doubles down on solar to offer twice the benefit for homeowners

EchoFirst, Inc., recently showcased their combined whole home energy solution, which uses photovoltaics and solar thermal, at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference Home of Innovation. The system provides electricity for a home, but it also provides hot water, heating, cooling and ventilation, all in one unit. The approach creates a net-zero energy home and is gaining popularity among community and homebuilders.


American Electric Technologies Announces Solar Industry's First 1 MW 1000 Volt UL 1741-Tested Inverter System

Houston-based American Electric Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AETI) the leading global provider of power delivery solutions for the traditional and renewable energy industries, today announced that the company has received notification from TUV Rheinland that its 1 MW 1000 Volt Integrated Solar Inversion Station (ISIS™) has successfully passed the solar inverter tests as outlined in UL 1741-2010. UL1741-2010 is the UL Standard for Solar Inverter equipment and other solar products for use with Distributed Energy resources.

SunMaxx Solar Donates Solar Flat Plates to Two Texas Schools



  • Components: The Solar Panel is Only the Beginning

    Components: The Solar Panel is Only the Beginning

    There's a lot to know when it comes to building and installing a solar power system.  The components that go into a system are like the parts on a car in that they all work together for the same ultimate goal, but the quality of each component can make a big difference in performance.  

  • Guide to Choosing the Right Solar Installer

    Guide to Choosing the Right Solar Installer

    A solar power system is one of the biggest investments a homeowner will make, so it's important to make sure that everything is installed properly and built to last.  Components vary quite a bit in terms of electrical output, form factor and weight, but most panels will come with a 20-25 year warranty, making solar a long term investment, dependent on a strong foundation of a quality install. 

  • Why Professional Solar Installation Matters

    Why Professional Solar Installation Matters

    The age of the internet has also ushered in a new wave of DIY thinking.  Where in the past, information was a precious resource, today you can learn how to do just about anything with a couple strategic Google searches.   Just because you can learn how to do something, however, doesn't mean you should, and when it comes to installing a solar power system, or anything heavy you plan on putting on your roof, it's a good idea to always use the services of a professional installer. 

  • What to Expect From a Solar Site Installation Visit

    What to Expect From a Solar Site Installation Visit

    As you get a little closer to pulling the trigger on a solar power system, one of the final steps before actually purchasing a product is to have a professional installer come out to your home and do a site visit.  The purpose of this visit is to make sure your roof is appropriate for solar power, determine what kind and size of system you will need and then put together a quote that will show you the pricing and details of your new system.  While a good installer will walk you through this process, being a good consumer means having some solid information going into your site visit, so here’s a look at what you need to know before the installer arrives.

  • About Solar Shingles

    About Solar Shingles

    Green energy is a growing trend that helps the environment and can save you a lot of money over time.  Nearly every neighborhood in America will have at least one or two homes with solar panels on the roof, but some homeowners will resist adopting solar power simply because of the look of the panels.  Furthermore, although your homeowners insurance will cover your solar panels, installing anything onto your roof can often void your roof's warranty, discouraging some would-be solar converts.  This is where solar shingles come into play, and this new spin on a well-established technology makes a lot of sense for any homeowner considering the switch to solar. 


About Solar Mash is a comprehensive source of information about solar energy, solar power and solar technologies including solar panels. Read breaking solar industry news and informative articles about solar energy. Solar consumers are able to research a wide variety of reputable solar companies, including installers for residential and commercial installations.

Copyright © 2017™ - Solar Mash, LLC. All Rights Reserved.   |   |   Advertise   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Service

Solar Cost   |   Solar Energy News   |   Solar Energy Articles   |   Solar Panel Installers   |   Free Directory Listing For Solar Panel Installers   |  Solar Projects   |   Solar Cell

Privacy Policy by TRUSTe