If you're reading this right now you're consuming energy and that energy has to come from somewhere. Typically, "we’re killing people in foreign lands in order to extract 200-million-year-old sunlight. Then we burn it... in order to boil water to create steam to drive a turbine to generate electricity. We frack our own backyards and pollute our rivers, or we blow up our mountaintops just miles from our nation’s capital for an hour of electricity, when we could just take what’s falling free from the sky.” Those words from Danny Kennedy, the founder of Sunergy, are the heart of any call for more investment in solar energy. It’s a hot topic and in Kansas City, Missouri were 80 government buildings will soon be leasing solar panels and getting cheaper energy as a result. In light of that we take a look at our regions solar options with Chuck Caisleym, vice president of Marketing & Public affairs at KCP&L and Susan Brown, VP of Public Affairs at Brightergy.
Thin Film Solar Panels developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
This solar thermal system heats domestic water at the Jefferson County Jail by a glycol ethylene system which circulates through the parabolic trough collectors into a coil system in the 4000 gallon tank.
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy." But how close are we to large-scale use of alternative energy sources?