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$3 Billion Solar Power Deal Signed By California Utility

by Justin Thomas •

Pacific Gas & Electric today will announce a deal to buy as much as 900 megawatts of electricity. It will be enough to power 540,000 California homes each year, and involve the construction of five solar power plants during the next decade. The company to build the solar-thermal power plants in the Mojave Desert is BrightSource Energy.

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Storing Sunshine Using Flow Batteries

by Justin Thomas •

Flow batteries are a unique kind of battery — they have tanks that hold hundreds of gallons of the chemicals, called electrolytes. Flow batteries just happen to be very good at storing solar or wind power. Renewable power sources suffer from being intermittent, and less reliable for continuous power supply than coal or gas. Neither resource is a good match …

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Comfort Glow Blue Flame Vent-Free

by Justin Thomas •

Notes from Manufacturer: Comfort Glow Blue Flame Vent-Free Natural Gas heater with thermostat. Heats an area up to 1000 Sq. Ft. No outside venting required. Has a built in safety-Oxygen Depletion Sensor. Push-button piezo ignition for matchless start. Has 2 heat settings 15000 BTU and 30000 BTU. Purchase from: Buy Online or Heater Shop ($179)

Liquefied Petroleum Gas Convection Heater

by Justin Thomas •

Notes from Manufacturer: Very powerful & cost effective propane convection heater by Dayton Propane Heating – 200,000 BTU. This Powerful high output propane convection heater is perfect for workshops/sheds, outdoors, or construction heating. Variable burning rate – Dimensions: 30/15/16 Uses two 100 pound propane cylinders (not included). Specifications: Net Weight: 16 lbs. Dimensions: 30″ x 15″ x 16″ 200,000 BTU …

Servel Portable Fridge (LP Gas, 120V AC, 12V DC)

by Justin Thomas •

Although not the most efficient cooler, we like the fact that this cooler can be powered by so many energy sources. Notes from Manufacturer: Large enough to hold six 6-packs. Lightweight and compact with rugged turquoise plastic exterior. Comes with ice cube tray, thermostat and push button piezo igniter. Works with three different power sources: LP gas (disposable 1-lb, low …