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Buy American Made Products, Just Another Reason

Sign the letter to protect the environment.
President Obama and Congress are working to address the global climate crisis and improve our environment. But now big corporations that moved to China where environmental regulations are weak are pressuring Congress and the Administration to drop the "Buy American" provision in the Recovery Act.
This would allow tax-payer dollars to support non-American workers in
countries with inferior pollution standards. 

Click here to send a letter to Congress Let's make a difference in the
world we leave our children.
The typical Chinese foundries producing the same parts produce 20 times
more particulates and nearly 35 times more carbon monoxide than
foundries in the US. In fact, China is now the largest source
of both sulfur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) in the world.
You can help the environment and save American jobs by clicking here.
Thank you,
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Home Owner Grant Info

US Dept of Treasury,Payments for Specified Renewable Energy Property in Lieu of Tax CreditsDear US Treasury Dept,

I applaud the your Department on "Renewable Energy Resources"! Together we can make a difference in Reducing Energy Needs to Reduce Climate Change!!

I request the steps needed to obtain the above Payments for a Passive Solar Hot Water Heating System for Laundry Matts/Apartment Buildings.

Thank you for any time and consideration in assisting me with this effort.

Scotty to me

Scotty--  Thank you for your email message.  You can find full information about the Section 1603 program at

Scott's Contractingto 1603Questions
USDep of Treasury,
Is the process for applying/receiving federal aid for Home Owners the same as the links you provided in my prior email?

Thank you for any and all assistance and clarifications.

Scotty to me

Scotty--  No, the Section 1603 program is n…

PV durability and reliability issues

PV durability and reliability issues
ALLEN ZIELNIK, Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC, Chicago, IL USA

While no abbreviated test program can predict with 100% certainty that a module will properly perform in an environment for 25+ years, an improved methodology that more closely simulates the real environment, while still maintaining reasonable acceleration, can certainly be a valuable tool to assess the question of survivability.

The photovoltaic industry needs PV modules that will perform for ~25 years or longer in the field, as well as a reliable means to determine that viability. These are necessary not only for product development and warranty considerations, but also in terms of risk to financial stakeholders and overall economic viability—not to mention key safety concerns.

While there are initial PV qualification tests, such as the IEC and UL requirements, among others, they are neither intended to, nor capable of, predicting long-term performance. As a result,…

St Louis Renewable Energy Web Site is being upgraded, sorry for any inconvenience. Scotty

St Louis Renewable Energy Web Site is being upgraded, sorry for any inconvenience. Scotty

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News-Auto Fule Effeciency

Dear Scotty, For the past 20 years, the fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have barely changed. Right now, we're on the verge of a huge breakthrough on fuel efficiency -- and we need your help to make sure it succeeds. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards that will improve the gas mileage of new cars and light trucks. These standards will: * Reduce our oil consumption by 1.8 billion barrels of oil; * Save Americans $190 billion on fuel costs -- $3,000 per vehicle purchased under the new standard; * Cut carbon dioxide emissions by 950 million metric tons. This historic step will finally move us toward energy independence and loosen Big Oil's grip on the American economy. But the special interests are going to do everything they can to block these critical reforms, so we need to let our leaders know that we support these efforts. Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: "I support efforts to strengthen fuel…

Billions in Lending Authority for Renewable Energy Projects

News Media Contact(s): (202) 586-4940 For Immediate Release July 29, 2009 Obama Administration Announces Billions in Lending Authority for Renewable Energy Projects and to Modernize the Grid Loan Guarantees Will Help Create New Jobs while Fostering Clean Energy Innovation Washington, DC – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the Department of Energy will provide up to $30 billion in loan guarantees, depending on the applications and market conditions, for renewable energy projects. Another $750 million will support several billion dollars more in loan guarantees for projects that increase the reliability, efficiency and security of the nation’s transmission system. The two new loan guarantee solicitations announced today are being funded partly through the Recovery Act and partly through 2009 appropriations. “These investments will be used to create jobs, spur the development of innovative clean energy technologies, and help ensure a smart, strong and secure grid that…

How To Get Renewable Energy Grant Money from the U.S. Government

September 23, 2009 How To Get Renewable Energy Grant Money from the U.S. Government by J. Peter Lynch, Financial Anaylst How does one go about applying for the new government program that allows a solar, wind project or other specified energy property to receive a cash grant from the U.S. Treasury in lieu of a 30% tax credit? -- Michael W., Hartford, CT. Michael, I’m glad you asked. As someone who recently completed this process, I can tell that there are multiple steps but the process works. The entire application is online. First, you go to the United States Department of the Treasury's Application Submission Page for payments in lieu of tax credits for specified energy property. These payments are authorized by Section 1603 of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's tax title signed into law on February 17, 2009. Once you are on the site, you need to check out the guidance section by clicking the link under the first two paragraphs. For the guidance document, …

The Race for New Energy-Related Federal Cash Grants

The Race for New Energy-Related Federal Cash Grants by Gregory C. Burkart & Jerome M. Schwartzman Not even Franklin Delano Roosevelt could have imagined the scope and breadth of the current federal programs to stimulate the economy. Some of the new federal programs require standing in a different kind of line -- a line to obtain grants set aside for energy-related projects and, unlike the FDR programs, it appears to be the race goes to the swift. The U.S. Department of Treasury recently released its long-anticipated guidance on payments for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (Section 1603 Grants). Since August 1, when the application became available online, this program has been a hit with the energy and investment communities. In the first 45 days of the program, the Treasury Department has issued checks totaling $1.05 billion on 40 projects. While the program does not expire until October 1, 2011, projects must generally be commenced during 2009 or 2010, and the…

Green X-mas Tree, New York Style

No pang of guilt towards the environment this year in Rockefeller Center as the traditional Christmas tree will be lit with energy-saving bulbs throughout the holidays and then transformed into houses by Habitat for Humanity. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in Manhattan, N. Y. attempts to inspire on more levels than one this year, not only with holiday cheer and goodwill, but also with peaceful thoughts (and actions) towards our environment. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that he hopes the brightly lighted Manhattan trademark display will inspire New Yorkers and tourists alike to make “greener” choices themselves. “Now they will see an example of green leadership which may inspire them to make greener choices in their own lives,” Bloomberg said. The entire process of cutting, transporting, lighting and displaying the tree, as well as reusing it after the holiday season, is environmentally-conscious this year. The 84-foot-tall Norway spruce which is the 75…

Tankless Water Heaters, Save Energy & Water

Demand (Tankless or Instantaneous) Water Heaters Financial Benefits * Did you know that a tankless water heater can save you $400 to $700 over its lifetime? A tankless gas water heater saves an average of $400 over thirteen years as compared to a conventional gas storage heater, and an electric tankless water heater saves about $700 over thirteen years as compared to a conventional electric storage heater. * Did you know that you can rely on your tankless water heater for more than 20 years? While most conventional water heaters only last 10 to 15 years, most tankless water heaters will last more than 20 years, and their easily replaceable parts make repairs simple and durable. Environmental Benefits * Did you know that a tankless water heater could save your home up to 86 gallons of water per day? Homes that use a lot of hot water can increase energy efficiency by 8% to 14%, saving about 86 gallons of water per day. Homes with typical hot water usage,…

Andalay Solar Power " Details "

Designed for Maximum Reliability and Systematic Installation Solar systems must last decades in the harsh environment of your roof. To ensure these systems last, meticulous engineering design was applied to build the next generation in solar systems that eliminates exposure of weather sensitive components. Andalay is designed for primary assembly at our factory, not at your home like ordinary solar systems. The result is an integrated solar system that will provide decades of reliable solar power performance. With “Good Looks” to Match Andalay’s Meticulous Design In addition to Andalay providing a more reliable system that delivers decades of solar power performance, it also delivers a cleaner and more attractive look. With its slimmer panels, invisible electrical cabling and hidden mounting system, Andalay takes less room while blending into your roof like a skylight. A Whole New Look to Solar Power ST175-1 Andalay Mechanical Specifications - System Racking hardware Integrated Exte…

Andalay Solar Power, Specs

Andalay is an Integrated Solar Power System Built-in Reliability & Safety * No single point of system failure * Built-in electrical and ground connectors cannot loosen or be installed incorrectly * No dangerous 600 volt DC wiring * Shorter wire lengths are less likely to fail by pinching or abrading * 70% fewer roof-assembled parts means a longer lasting system * 25% fewer roof attachment points means greater roof integrity * Grounding process cannot skip panels, connectors will not wear or corrode High Performance * 5 - 25% better performance than ordinary DC panels * Built in microinverter delivers greater production in low light conditions on a per module basis * Latest generation monocrystalline cell technology * Output tolerance of just 3% means the promised power is delivered * Lighter weight and less space between panels so more can fit on a roof * Lower electrical resistance losses due to shorter wire lengths Conv…

Solar Systems by Andalay

Andalay, the next generation in solar power systems, engineered away these flaws with its award-winning revolutionary design. Protected wiring, assembly in a quality-controlled factory environment, and superior framing, grounding and wiring deliver a system that is built to provide decades of reliable solar power performance. email:

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Energy Star Home Improvement Tips

EPA estimates that homeowners can typically save up to 20% of heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% of total energy costs) by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists. This estimate is based on energy modeling (using REM/Rate version 11.0) of cost-effective improvements made to 'typical' existing U.S. homes with a weighted composite of characteristics. The modeled results are corroborated by the field experience of professional building science contractors who have done air sealing and insulation work for more than 20 years. Establishing a 'Typical' U.S. Existing House The Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) indicates that a large block of existing U.S. housing stock was constructed between 1975 and 1985, just after the 1973 oil embargo, when there was a new increased awareness of energy use in homes. As a result, EPA based its modeling around the common construction characteristic…

US Department of Energy, Renewable Energy Grant Money "HOW TO",

Federal Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency Printable Version Back U.S. Department of Energy - Loan Guarantee Program Last DSIRE Review: 10/08/2009 Incentive Type: Federal Loan Program State: Federal Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Yes; specific technologies not identified Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Hydroelectric, Renewable Transportation Fuels, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, Manufacturing Facilities, Daylighting, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal, Biodiesel Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional, Any non-federal entity Amount: Varies. Program focuses on projects with total project costs over $25 million. Max. Limit: None stated Terms: Full repayment is required over a period not to exceed the lesser of 30 years or 90% of the projected useful life of the physical asset to be fina…

Mo Dept Natural Resources,MISC Renewable Energy Info, Funding Information

Missouri Missouri Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency Printable Version Back Energy Loan Program Last DSIRE Review: 04/14/2009 Incentive Type: State Loan Program State: Missouri Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Air conditioners, Building Insulation, Windows, Custom/Others pending approval, Other Unspecified Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass Applicable Sectors: Schools, Local Government, Institutional, Public Hospitals, Water Treatment Facilities Amount: Varies Maximum Amount: $1 million Terms: Rates set 0.5% below 20-Bond Index interest rate (see website for details); Terms of up to 15 years Program Budget: $3.8 million (FY 2009 application cycle) Expiration Date 10/15/2008 (FY 2009 application cycle, now expired) Web Site: Authority 1: R.S. Mo. § 640.651 et seq. Date Effective: 1989 Summary: This loan pro…

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Payments for Specified Energy Property in Lieu of Tax Credits under the AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009 U.S. Treasury Department Office of the Fiscal Assistant Secretary July 2009 1 Payments for Specified Energy Property in Lieu of Tax Credits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Program Guidance Under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 (Section 1603), the United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury) makes payments to eligible persons who place in service specified energy property and apply for such payments. The purpose of the payment is to reimburse eligible applicants for a portion of the expense of such property. Eligible property under this program includes only property used in a trade or business or held for the production of income. Nonbusiness energy property described in section 25C of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and residential energy efficient property described in section 25D of the IRC do n…