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batye
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12/6/2015 | 12:32:22 AM
Re: Apple sets the pace
@tzubair, it could be a bit of Apple hype - we are green and clean... but in reality it could be other story...
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11/30/2015 | 12:27:00 PM
Helping alternative energy to become the main energy
There are many forms of alternate energy each with it's own upsides and downside in both productivity, initial expense and aesthetic issues. It's good to see large companies attempt to get most of their power from renewable sources. Hopefully they will help make it commonplace enough for more individuals ans smaller companies to afford to offset their own power use. One day it may be more economical to get energy from wind and sun than from coal and oil.
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11/29/2015 | 1:06:53 PM
Re: Green is not so easy
"That was a few years ago, and now I see that this year, hybrid roftop wind and solar generators are offered for sale to homeowners. The company that makes them is called Windstream"

@Ariella: A hybrid generator made out of two alternate energy sources is a brilliant idea indeed. And it does cover two very common weather states - some days it's going to be sunny and on other windy. It can be both too at the same time. Would be interesting to see how the performance is like when it's commercial.
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11/29/2015 | 12:47:29 PM
Re: Apple sets the pace
 

"Apple has said it will power its new Maiden, N.C., data center with all green power. It's built two 20-megawatt solar farms next to it and installed a 10 megawatt fuel cell"

@Charlie: But the bulk of power comsumption takes place in Apple's factories in China which are run independently by contractors. What is Apple doing to have green power there in the factories as well? It may be another country but part of the same globe at the end of the day.

 
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11/29/2015 | 12:17:37 PM
Re: Encouraging
"It's great to see companies taking it upon themselves to handle their mammoth energy requirements and always nice that the U.S. is so happy to use onshore wind farms. Here in the UK we've just lost subisidies for it all while the government props up the fossil fuel industry. It's madness."

@Whoopty: I think that's an issue all over the world. In many countiries the government-owned utility companies have failed to operate the energy companies efficiently. Private sector has had to step up to fill in the gap. What's interesting here is that companies who are very successful in other areas have found attraction in the energy sector and realize this is where the next revenue stream is going to come from.
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11/25/2015 | 7:29:57 AM
Encouraging
It's great to see companies taking it upon themselves to handle their mammoth energy requirements and always nice that the U.S. is so happy to use onshore wind farms. Here in the UK we've just lost subisidies for it all while the government props up the fossil fuel industry. It's madness.
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11/24/2015 | 7:40:08 PM
Re: Green is not so easy
@Charlie Babcock yes, I remember reading about a plan somewhere to hedge bets, drawing on solar when it's sunny and wind when it blew. That was a few years ago, and now I see that this year, hybrid roftop wind and solar generators are offered for sale to homeowners. The company that makes them is called Windstream
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11/24/2015 | 7:14:42 PM
Apple sets the pace
Apple has said it will power its new Maiden, N.C., data center with all green power. It's built two 20-megawatt solar farms next to it and installed a 10 megawatt fuel cell. It's trying to do something similar for its Prineville, Ore., data center next door to Facebook's. 
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11/24/2015 | 6:51:36 PM
Re: wind farm
Solar panels are less of an eyesore, but in many areas where there is a lot of cloud cover they simply are not efficient enough. 

As for wind turbines, yes they can be ugly. But there isn't much to do about that. However, my understand is there is often an ecological study done before turbines go up to analyze whether or not they will affect wildlife like birds and bats. 
Charlie Babcock
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11/24/2015 | 12:16:29 PM
Green is not so easy
There is always a drawback to easy production of green energy. Hydropower is wonderful, you just have to dam free flowing rivers. Solar is great, and there are huge near-desert, public lands in the West that could host solar farms. But the transmission lines nearby are incapable of carrying the load. Hundreds of millions would be needed to integrate large solar farms into the grid. And wind power fluctuates, needless to say. 
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