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Stevinson Ranch Golf Club Breaks Ground on Two Solar Systems With Cenergy Power

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82kW Solar Carport at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Course. (PRNewsFoto/Cenergy Power) by Staff Writers Stevinson CA (SPX) May 03, 2011 Stevinson Ranch Golf Club and Cenergy Power have begun construction on two solar photovoltaic (PV) systems: a 113 ki

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Sheryl G (364)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 9:15 am
This is just so incredible and wonderful. Thanks Alice for sharing this story with me as it lifts my spirits for sure. Not only does this give the clean energy, but it also serves as shade for the automobiles below. As the vehicles are kept cooler they will use less air conditioning to cool off. What a win win situation.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 9:19 am

Kathy Javens (104)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 10:34 am
Noted. This is wonderful news. One more step towards a greener world. Every step counts. Thank you, Alice.

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 10:46 am
There are many parking lots all over the world that get very hot in the summer, additionally, these solar covers will protect people and cars from rain and snow depending on the season and climate. Yes, a win win ! : )

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 1:39 pm
Thank you dearest Alice. How wonderful seeing people take such necessary action!

Brenda B (43)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 1:43 pm
Ty for this great story. Our newest Canadian Tire's have windmill's in the parking lot and solar power panels on the roof. I think it is awesome that everyone who is doing energy efficient and environment friendly things in companies is awesome! Great story Alice!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 1:59 pm
This is a great idea and it actually made it into practice. Read it and weep Big Oil and corrupt politicians.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 2:32 pm
Thanks for the good news Alice and to Dandelion for forwarding.

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 3:59 pm
The town next to where I live have just installed solar panels on the telephone poles to provide energy for night lighting. Additiionally, I was please to see a few wind mills along Rt 95 on my way from New Jersey to Boston Mass. : )

Barb Knight (1684)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 5:36 pm
Thanks Alice this is Awesome!!

Susanne R (237)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 5:37 pm
What a great idea! Space that otherwise would have been occupied by a traditional carport roof will generate over 300,000 kilowatt hours of clean solar power annually! Kudos to the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club and Cenergy Power! This is the type of technology that should be utilized for all new builds. It will cost more initially but will make up the difference and then some with the energy it generates. And even more important, it helps rather than hurts the environment.

Thanks for the article, Alice, and thank you, Dandelion, for forwarding the link!

Animae C (514)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 6:19 pm

Than.q Dandelion for fwd.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 7:46 pm
Innovative concept! Absolutely Brilliant move! Simple yet so effective! Thanks for forward Dandelion. Thanks Alice for sharing.

Angela Dubie (306)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 10:36 pm
Nice system, if we could put these over the global interstate system, it would be all of the power needed to run the world, and almost eliminate weather related accidents!

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 12:35 am
So much better than nuclear power. Great idea for every large car park. Thank you Alice.

Agnes N (703)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 1:13 am
Thanks Alice

Wednesday May 4, 2011, 2:17 am
Thanks Alice. Brilliant idea. I hope that innovations like this one will be seen all over the world soon. There is so much more that could be done in this line, if only governments would subsidise any great ideas like this that crop up, it would be far better than research into 'clean' coal, which is a farce and is the only thing OUR government, here, in Australia seems to be remotely interested in pouring money into!!

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 3:25 am
Great news!

wooddragon xx (88)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 3:48 am
Thanks Alice... Thanks Dandelion for the fwd..

Great idea! We need more solar projects like these... :0)

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 4:25 am
Thanks Alice.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 5:21 am
good news, thanks Alice

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 5:45 am
Thanks, sounds like a win-win solution.

None None (0)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 5:47 am
Cool Thanks for the info

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 5:49 am
Thanks for the article.

. (0)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 6:06 am
very interesting, noted with thanks!

Danielle Herie (2)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 6:27 am

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 6:56 am

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 6:58 am
The 3 spam sales posts have been reported ~ Thank you

Jeannette A (137)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 8:46 am
Every one of these built gives someone else an reason to build one... and so change goes, too slowly.

. (0)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 9:19 am
wonderful news, thanks alice - lets keep the solar panels going love em

Eileen Novak (444)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 9:23 am

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Wednesday May 4, 2011, 9:39 am

David C (153)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 10:07 am
good news, good idea, makes sense to use the power of the sun...there is plenty of energy to drive all of humanity's needs if we just take the time and effort to learn to harness it.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 10:50 am
great thanks

Marilyn M (145)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 1:25 pm
Noted. Great news! Thank you for posting, Alice.

Philip H (474)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 4:44 pm
Great news! We need more parking lots like this to utilize that free energy. And while we're at it, let's add charging stations so the people with electric cars can charge up with renewable solar energy.

Genoveva M (328)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 5:42 pm
Great news thanks for sharing Alice.

Kim O (396)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 10:31 pm
Thanks Alice!! Great news!!

Elsie Au (259)
Thursday May 5, 2011, 12:33 am
This is a wonderful news. Thanks Alice for sharing. We do need more and more of this clean energy.

Ruth R (250)
Thursday May 5, 2011, 2:01 am
Thanks. It is a good thought to place solar panels in already developed areas, and on sides of buildings, schools, and houses where there is plenty of sun.

Kerstin S (371)
Thursday May 5, 2011, 4:18 am
Great News, thank you Alice

Alice C (1797)
Thursday May 5, 2011, 5:53 am
The Parking Lot as ‘Solar Grove’

Envision Solar

A parking garage with photovoltaic panels at the University of California at San Diego.One day early in 2004, Robert Noble, an architect specializing in sustainable design, asked himself why parking lots in the United States weren’t covered in solar panels and used to generate clean energy. A few firms had been building carports with solar panels for some time, but none had acquired a major presence or branched out much beyond the residential market.

“Parking lots are this wasteland – they’re the last thing that gets attention,” Mr. Noble said in an interview. “Here’s a market the size of Alpha Centauri that’s never been tapped.”

In 2005, Mr. Noble founded Envision Solar, now the country’s leading developer of solar carports. The company’s signature product is “solar groves,” 1,000-square-foot canopies that shade parking lots while generating clean power from an array of photovoltaic panels.

One early adopter was the Kyocera Corporation of Japan, which tasked Envision Solar with the construction of its first large-scale “solar grove” in 2006 at its United States headquarters in San Diego, where a 235-kilowatt carport harnesses 1,400 of Kyocera’s own solar photovoltaic modules. Other major installations soon followed at Dell Computer’s headquarters in Round Rock, Tex.; at the Horsham, Pa., headquarters of Centocor, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary; and at the University of California at San Diego.

The company is now branching out into electric car generation by outfitting its solar canopies with charging stations for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. It has developed a pilot project with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo., while also working with Coulomb Technologies, a developer of electric vehicle charging stations.

Solar canopies may be a good fit for electric car manufacturers, which have faced the criticism that even while they reduce the consumption of oil, they require their own large increase in electric power generation. Without a major increase in renewable power infrastructure, that energy will come from conventional emissions-intensive sources like coal. At the same time, large utility-scale solar projects, which tend to be situated in remote desert areas, continue to spawn land-use disputes with conservationists.

Converting the desert of concrete parking lots into small-scale solar power plants effectively sidesteps both problems, Mr. Noble argues.

He concedes that simple inertia and the vast amount of existing infrastructure that would need to be converted means that large-scale deployment of solar parking canopies (with automotive charging stations, of course) is still years or even decades away. Nonetheless, he asserts that eventually – perhaps in 20 years’ time – there will be a “hyperconvergence” of transportation, energy and infrastructure in which distributed solar will play a major role.


ewoud k (68)
Thursday May 5, 2011, 2:43 pm
Or how to give a not-so-green sport a "green-lining".

But it's a start.

Alice C (1797)
Sunday May 8, 2011, 2:35 pm
There are some organic golf clubs ~ we just need some more ! : )

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday May 21, 2011, 1:57 pm
Truly a win-win situation!

Cecilia Bowerman (183)
Monday May 30, 2011, 6:06 am
Thanks for the info
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