Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Distributed power generation in action, and a lack there of.

Below is a satellite view of the huge Veterans Hospital Center in West Los
Angeles off Wilshire Blvd and the 405 freeway.
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Saturday we were running a bus shuttle from the parking lots here to
the Riviera Country Club, for the Northern Trust Open golf tournament.
While I was parked in a line of buses at the curve of Bonsall Ave near the
freeway on the right side, I was pleased to see the following:

Where that lawn was, there now are at least an acre+ of pv solar panels.

In the above photo looking to the right, notice the panels now providing shade for cars parked below
and making electricity above.

The view above shows another parking lot with car shade panels up and running. It appears all of the parking lots will
be getting this treatment.

Well this got me thinking about the folks involved with Ivanpah for some
reason, so I did some surfing on the satellite.
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Just part of the Googleplex campus in Mountainview, California- look at all the solar on the roof. Google has invested in
the Ivanpah SEGS solar project.

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At least the NRDC does have solar panels plus other state of the art green energy systems at the Robert Redford
building in Santa Monica, California.
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In this recent satellite view from 2012, you see that the Sierra Club’s rooftop
as well as J.P. Morgan’s building next door, are still bare of solar panels, in
that haven of green-ness, San Francisco.

Why am I not surprised by the last photo above Surprised smile?