Oklahoma is the most earthquake prone state in the continent, and the quakes are caused by oil and gas drilling. A spike in oil prices in 2008 led to a huge increase in oil and gas drilling and the accompanying reinjection of polluted water. This has led to so many earthquakes that residence follow them on cell phone apps. More reason to advance the renewable energy transition.
World’s Most Sustainable City’ to Run on 100% Solar. renewable energy is here and we need to use it in the design of our communities. See this very interesting example. http://ecowatch.com/2016/05/06/babcock-ranch-florida/
Good article on how solar panels convert light into electricity. Fascinating how we can use the principles of nature for our own progress. Like photosynthesis we can get electricity in a renewable more healthy manner. The author does a good job describing the process although underestimates the power of solar electric to replace other technologies. CNET Appliance Science: How solar panels convert light into electricity – CNET
Solar: Bifacial modules: Bifacial modules capture light from not only the front side of the solar panel but the rear (from light reflected off the roof or other shiny material) which delivers about 30% greater electric production. I have a solar installer currently designing and installing bifacial panels.
Mr Sustainable, Dante DiPirro of Hopewell NJ, will speak on Earth Day, April 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm about his off-grid, solar home and how to live sustainably using solar power and sustainable building materials. He will show pictures and discuss passive solar design, solar energy, and the need to think and live sustainably. He’ll also discuss how he charges his electric car — with free, non-polluting electricity– by plugging it into his solar house!
The event will take place at Flemington DIY, A Community Art Space at 90 Main St., Flemington, New Jersey. Flemington DIY (Do It Yourself) is an organization whose mission is to inspire social change by fostering and cultivating projects that connect the local community with musicians and artists. Flemington DIY hosts civic-minded and community events throughout the year.
Dante DiPirro will be a panelist on a discussion of solar energy at Rutgers University on December 3, 2014. The discussion will include the current status of solar energy, the marketplace in New Jersey, and the future of solar energy in New Jersey and the United States. Other panelists include: Jeanne Fox, former President of the NJ Board of Public Utilities; Pam Frank, of Gabel Associates; and Robert Kropp, a blogger on sustainablity. The roundtable will kick off at 6 pm at the Student Activities Center, 613 George Street, New Brunswick NJ 08903. The event is open to students, government officials, and members of the public.
Dante DiPirro, Mr. Sustainable and an environmental lawyer, opposes the fossil fuel industry’s proposed Penn East pipeline under the Delaware River and through environmentally sensitive areas of Hunterdon and Mercer Counties. The Delaware River is no place for a pipeline given that the river is an important source of drinking water, a key ecosystem, and a valued place of recreation and beauty for residents. Second, the Sourland Mountains — the largest contiguous forest in central New Jersey — and the other environmentally sensitive areas and open space that would be dug up to install a pipeline must be protected from the massive construction work planned, and must be kept free of the environmental risk that operating such a pipeline would entail. Third, and more fundamentally, the installation of new pipelines is an attempt of the dying fossil fuel industry to extend the burning of unclean fuels, and delay our move to the clean energy economy lead by innovative solar and wind power, and as such must be actively opposed as bad public policy– bad for progress, bad for health, and bad for the environment.
For more information including a map showing the proposed route and list of ways to oppose the project, see http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2014/09/29/the_beacon/featured/doc54231a0261c5b608063766.txt