U.S. Solar Power Generation Grows at Rapid Speed

Energy from the sun is a highly sustainable source adopted by many countries around the world. The United States is one of the top countries generating solar power, ranking fourth after China, Germany and Japan. The range of solar installation is wide and includes both the industrial and the private sector. Most popular is the use of rooftops for solar power generation, but utilities, manufacturers and other institutions also increasingly generate solar power.

The most solar power systems installed are in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts. When it comes to generation capacity, California also leads, followed by New Jersey and Massachusetts. California requires utilities to generate one third of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.

Photovoltaic power generation has grown with a rapid pace and is projected to continue its growth in many states as the cost for producing solar panels has gone down significantly, partly because of highly efficient tools to monitor solar cell production. Many manufacturers and researchers refer to k-Space, a leading supplier of analysis tools, that measure thin-film deposition rate, stress, and surface roughness in real time. It is estimated that by 2025, approximately 10 percent of power generated in the United States will come from solar energy.

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Solar Panels Become Increasingly Affordable

The cost of solar panels today is approximately one-hundred times lower than 40 years ago and is expected to continue to fall in coming years. There are a number of reasons for this development, such as technological advancements and increased large-scale manufacturing that both result in lower production costs for solar panel components. For example, semiconductor wafers are a major component in solar cell manufacturing and advancements in their production, such as self-calibrating absolute temperature measurement, are a major factor in making high-quality and long-lasting solar panels.

This in turn leads to lowering consumer costs of purchasing and installing solar panels. Other factors, of course, are increased mass production and widespread implementation as well as attractive tax incentives around the world. All of this will shorten the time it takes until the installed solar panels pay for themselves, which will make them a good investment for more and more home and business owners and therefore increase production and lower costs even more.

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Sandling Industrial Services

If your business uses water in its process in any way, it is likely that you have a wastewater discharge permit that gives you maximum amounts of certain parameters that can be contained in your discharge water. The permit will likely contain requirements for periodic sampling to ensure the limitations are met. Meeting these requirements often means facilities must install a pretreatment system to get the water to acceptable levels.

Companies that are newly formed or have recently added operations that cause them to be impacted by more stringent wastewater discharge permit requirements can find themselves struggling to come up with the required capital to install a system. This is in addition to coming up with trained people who are able to operate the system. One option that may be a feasible alternative to raising with the necessary capital is to rent the equipment. Wastewater treatment companies like Sandling Industrial Services can provide rental equipment to help businesses comply with their requirements.

Another benefit of renting equipment to aid in treating the wastewater comes in the area of sludge dewatering. This can benefit businesses in a number of ways. Sludge from treatment operations frequently is hauled to a local landfill for disposal. Landfill requirements are usually such that materials with high liquid content are not accepted. The term “free liquids” is typically used to describe those liquids that can drip out of a material like sludge on its own. As part of the treatment process, companies must often use presses to squeeze out the water before putting in into a container in preparation for transport. Removing the water is necessary in order to meet landfill requirements.

Another way dewatering sludge can be beneficial is that it reduces the weight. Landfills typically charge by the ton so removing the water means companies are not paying tonnage charges of the portion of the material that is nothing but water. In addition, removing the water saves money on the transportation costs since weight impacts them also.

If you are looking for cost savings ideas to make your organization more profitable, you might want to look into the option of renting some of your treatment equipment. When you rent, it is likely that you will save on maintenance costs because that responsibility will fall on the equipment provider. In addition, you will be able to draw on the expertise of the folks that work for the rental company.

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Solar Power Made in Canada

Did you know that Canada has been one of the leaders in solar power technology for many years? For example, in 2009 and 2010, Ontario was the home of the largest solar farm in the world. The Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant can power more than 12,000 homes. And Canadian Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar PV modules with cutting-edge production facilities in Canada, China and Vietnam. Naturally, Canada is also home to leading research facilities. Manufacturers and research labs often collaborate with researchers and suppliers in neighbouring Michigan. Recently, the University of Waterloo conducted research with the kSA 400 RHEED analysis system. Solar technology in Canada is often used for off-grid electricity generation to power remote homes, telecommunications equipment, oil and pipeline monitoring stations as well as navigational devices.

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