All it takes is the will to get it done, and Apple is doing it:
from 35% renewable energy in 2010 to 75% in 2012, and 100%
at all Apple data centers.
Cost? They'll save more than they spent.
Time for Georgia Power and Southern Company to stop dragging their feet
and help us get on with it in Georgia.
Is there a County Commission Work Session this morning at 8:30 AM?
Can't find out from the county's website: it's down again.
Is this a good way to demonstrate that Internet access is
"one of the number one issues"?
Is there still back-door politics in Austin? For sure.
But you can see a lot more of what is going on in Austin
than they can about the local governments here,
and citizens have a lot more input.
If Valdosta and Lowndes County
(and Hahira and Lake Park and Dasher and Remerton)
want to be treated like a major MSA,
they might consider following Austin's lead.
Instead of decreasing citizen input by exiling
all citizen speakers to the end of a meeting and limiting the number
who can speak, while not even putting board packets online,
consider continually increasing local government
transparency and citizen input.
Safari can't open the page
Safari can't open the page "http://www.lowndescounty.com/" because the
server unexpectedly dropped the connection. This sometimes occurs when the
server is busy. Wait for a few minutes, and then try again.
Similar results with Firefox and Google-Chrome.
I even tried it from somewhere far away geographically and on another
ISP, and got this with lynx:
As 8:00 came there was apparently not a quorum, so calls went out to
members to see if one more could be attacted. At 8:15 it was
clear that there would be no additional members coming so no formal
meeting was held, no votes were taken but an informal review of the
agenda was performed:
I sure don't miss the old hexagon menu, the new menu is up top and
usable before they waste a bunch of space with stock photos.
page even links to the Linkedin profiles of
While Allan Ricketts does have a Linkedin profile,
it's not very fleshed out and they don't link to it.
While Southern Company and Georgia Power pour money
down that nuclear pit by the Savannah River and Progress Energy can't
afford to fix its Crystal River nuke, Google's
wind and solar projects are already online on time,
all for less than the cost overruns so far at Vogtle
or the fix-it price at Crystal River.
"We look for projects like Spinning Spur because, in addition to
creating more renewable energy and strengthening the local economy,
they also make for smart investments," Kojo Ako-Asare, Google's
senior manager of corporate finance, said in a
Ako-Asare added that wind farms offer "attractive returns relative
to the risks."
Moore's Law for solar is about decreasing price per Watt,
or more Watts per dollar.
Here's an example of a common confusion, to think it's about efficiency:
“The curve will obviously become asymptotic at some point, ie,. the rate
of improvement will flatten out, so we end up with a sort of squashed
"S" shape curve, because you can't get more than 100% efficiency —
36 watts/m2 or so.”
And indeed efficiency probably will flatten out soon.
But it's not solar
efficiency that's improving by Moore's Law: it's price per watt.
That can keep improving for a long time.
"Just to give you perspective," Resh said, "in Washington, D.C.,
where I live, when I installed solar on my house six years ago, the
average install cost was about $14 a watt. Today it's about $4 a
Here's another comparison, this one just for solar panels.
In 2005 the first set of solar panels we got cost $670 each
and produced 170 Watts DC each, or $4.94/Watt.
In 2011 our second set of solar panels cost $562 each
for 235 Watts DC each, or $2.39/Watt.
That's more than 50% price decrease for solar panels in six years.
(I can't compare inverters or support structures directly,
because those were sized so differently, but those have also
come down in price, helping lower the overall install cost).
Watts /100 sq in.
Sharp ND 235 QCJ
Sharp ND 235 QCJ
Meanwhile, the Watts per surface area hardly changed, from about