solar power

pm109_120.jpg

Peak Moment: Powering the Rain Shadow

08 May 2008 | |
View all related to conservation | efficiency | hydro energy | off the grid | Peak Moment Television | solar power

Most of Washington State's San Juan Islands don't have grid electricity. Many people have relied on generators, but these days, an increasing number are turning to solar. Renewables installer Eric Youngren discusses how net metering works to pay individual energy producers for power they put back into the grid, and other incentives for small-scale renewable "power plants". He tells us about "run of the river" hydro, powered by diversions rather than dams in creeks. A strong advocate for conservation and efficiency, Eric says we could be running everything in the home on a fraction of the energy we now use, just with rooftop solar. Episode 109.

pm107_120.jpg

Peak Moment: Plug-In Hybrids Power the Grid

24 Apr 2008 | |
View all related to Energy | Peak Moment Television | plug-in hybrids | solar power | Transportation

Professor Andy Frank, Director of the UC Davis Hybrid Vehicle Research Center, has a plan to power more than just our cars. In his vision, plug-in hybrid vehicles can be used as mobile batteries, contributing solar power to the grid, and helping to "load balance" the demand. Roofs built over our parking lots contain solar panels that charge the cars' batteries in daytime. At home, the same batteries can help power ahouse, or feed energy back to the grid. The result: fewer power plants. Episode 107.