Brightening Boucan Carr Solar Energy Comes to Haiti
My name is David Crane and I am the CEO of NRG Energy. We are an American power and electricity company. When you look at Haiti's electric system and the importance of electricity to a society, both in terms of the quality of life for people and also the ability to enhance people's ability to make a living, solar power can do an immense amount because the thing that solar power can do that almost every other form of power generation cannot do as well is offgrid solutions. And the grid in Haiti is very weak, and only covers a small part of the country.
Only 12 of the country. So the project that we're doing in Haiti in partnership S.E.L.F, the Solar Electric and Light Fund, is to focus on one region in the country, a region called Boucan Carr. Bob Freling My name is Bob Freling and am the Executive Director of SELF, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring solar power to rural villages in developing countries. When this opportunity came along, to partner with NRG, we decided to demonstrate all the ways in which solar energy could enhance the quality of life and.
Improve the education and the health and provide economic opportunities to people living in this remote part of Haiti. David Crane We are trying to bring solar power there and not only provide for public lighting in school like where we are here today, and hospital clinics, and public facilities, but also the means of production, so that people can have a livelihood. Haiti has tremendous potential in terms of agriculture, given the climate and the open space and the water resources but, you need electricity for things like pumps and drip irrigation, and that's part of what our project.
Solar Powered Classroom
We live in the fossil fuel age right now but eventually we will need a new way to make electricity. There is some magic to solar power. My name's Aaron. I'm a fourth grade teacher at Central Park School for Children in Durham, NC. My whole goal as a teacher is to develop problem solvers. It doesn't work without the wires connected. Cause that makes an open circuit, right We studied the different ways of making electricity like wind power, hydro, nuclear. It all lead up to solar power because that is the cleanest way to make electricity.
And I was just playing around with it in my head and asked them do you want to make our class room solar powered and of course there was a loud, yes! Solar system tour guide and then I drew a sun and a solar panel. It's not really like the real ones that we did, it's just, I put it on that. Kickstarter gave us an opportunity to reach a really large audience of people all around the world who were really excited about this idea. Our class has been studying energy and we love solar energy. We would love to have a.
Solar energy classroom so our class could be off the grid. It was amazing to see how far this idea spread. We're hoping to raise eight hundred dollars but we raised $5,000 dollars from backers all over the world. First we had to get all the pieces for our system. And the kids and the parents came together on two Saturdays and we had work days. They helped get the panels, and get all the bolts and nuts and put them onto the racks and move those racks of the solar panel.
Up onto the roof. So as they saw the pieces come together they had kind of control and understanding over what we were doing. Those are the wires that take the electrons all the way to our classroom and there are a hundred feet. Also, the charger controller, if you look right here, it shows how much electricity is coming in and going to the batteries. They've learned about electricity on a lot of different levels and if you have a big idea, how to make it happen. We've been without electricity since yesterday. We're going to turn the electricity back on.
This afternoon. We are going to flip the switch and be completely off the grid. We're just going to be running on solar energy. Our project shows fourth graders can understand how solar power works and that it can work for everyone. Wake up in the morning at 7 o clock. The sun is coming up, can you go for a walk I think it's something everybody has access to and can do with little problem. The kids are learning that we don't have to use all of that energy. How we can make our.
House more energy efficient and how we can possibly get solar panels at home. There's this understanding for them that they see themselves in an active role making a difference When they become professionals and engineers and idea makers, then they're going to be solving those problems of how we can make clean electricity that doesn't make our earth warmer, that doesn't pollute areas where people live. We got solar panels we don't need power lines. Instead of just studying electricity and what electricity is, the students have made electricity. We made our classroom solar powered.
No, Solar Panels Dont Suck Up All The Suns Sun Juice
Gtgt THERE ARE A LOT OF NEW FORMS OF ENERGY THAT ARE ACTUALLY GROWING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WIND, SOLAR, AND TO BE FAIR TO WOODLAND IN NORTH CAROLINA, THEY HAVE DONE THIS SEVERAL TIMES, THEY HAVE THREE SOLAR FARMS THAT THEY APPROVED IN THE WOODLAND TOWN COUNCIL SO FAR. A FOURTH ONE HAD COME UP, THAT IS WHERE WE RAN INTO SOME ISSUES. SOME CONSTITUENTS CAME IN AND ARGUED, AND TO BE FAIR TO THE LEGISLATORS, THEY DID NOT MAKE THESE ARGUMENTS, CONSTITUENTS DID. LET ME QUOTE THE ROANOKECOWAN NEWS HERALD.
Gtgt I ALMOST MADE IT AN ENTIRE HOUR WITHOUT THE COUGH, HOLD ON. gtgt ALMOST. gtgtHERE IS WHAT I AM SURE OF, THERE IS NO BROWN VEGETATION NEAR THE SOLAR PANEL, BECAUSE THE SOLAR PANEL IS SUCKING UP THE OTHER PHOTOSYNTHESIS FROM THE AREA. OH NO, YOU SUNLIGHT, YOU ARE NOT GOING OVER THERE. THE SOLAR PANEL IS GRABBING YOU. THE SOLAR PANELS FOR THE SUNLIGHT THAT HITS THE SOLAR PANEL. JANE MANN CONTINUED gtgt SCIENTISTS COULD TELL YOU, AND YOU ARE A FORMER SCIENCE TEACHER. I COULD TELL YOU. BUT APPARENTLY YOU WOULDN'T LISTEN,.
SO MAYBE WE SHOULDN'T WASTE OUR BREATH. BOBBY MANN, ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER, CAME WITH HER, AND HE HAD ANOTHER THEORY gtgtTHOSE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THEORIES, TO BE FAIR, PUT BIZARRELY IN THE SAME SENTENCE. I DON'T KNOW WHY BUSINESSES WOULD NOT COME TO WOODLAND IF THERE WERE SOLAR PANELS, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT ALL. THEY ALSO CLAIMED, OTHER CONSTITUENTS DID, THAT THE SOLAR PANELS WERE DRIVING THE YOUNG CITIZENS OF WOODLAND AWAY. I DID NOT KNOW MILLENNIALS WERE ANTISOLAR PANELS. I HAD NO IDEA. I DID NOT KNOW THAT THE YOUNG OF WOODLAND.
WERE PERHAPS VAMPIRES AND DID NOT LIKE SOLAR PANELS BRINGING IN ALL THAT SUN. BUT THE FIRST PART OF HIS THEORY I'M FAIRLY POSITIVE ABOUT. HE SAID THE SOLAR FARMS WOULD SUCK UP ALL THE ENERGY FROM THE SUN. I AM SURE THE SUN IS GOING TO BE OKAY. COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES HAD TO COME IN, THIS IS STRATA SOLAR COMPANY ARGUING FOR THE SOLAR FARM, AND THEY HAD TO BOTHER SAYING THIS gtgt THEY ONLY DRAW THE SUNLIGHT THAT FALLS ON THEM. gtgt THEY HEARD FROM CONCERNED CONSTITUENTS WHO APPEARED TO NOT.
HAVE THEIR SCIENCE EXACTLY RIGHT, AND THEY HEARD FROM COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES, TO BE FAIR, BUT ALSO THE SCIENCE ON THIS IS NOT OVERLY COMPLICATED. I AM PRETTY SURE THE SUN HAS NOT BEEN DRAINED OF ALL ITS ENERGY BECAUSE OF SOLAR PANELS. HOW DID THE VOTE COME OUT THE VOTE ON THE SOLAR PANELS THIS TIME AROUND, 31 AGAINST. SORRY, NO MORE SOLAR PANELS IN WOODLAND COUNTY, OR WOODLAND TOWN. THOSE ARGUMENTS WERE PERSUASIVE. gtgt OKAY, WELL, THANK GOD WOODLAND TOWN DID NOT PUT UP ANY MORE SOLAR PANELS, OTHERWISE NONE OF US MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE.
Stand for Reality Hillary Clinton
Future generations will look back and wonder, what were we thinking How could we possibly be so irresponsible I'm just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain and I know what's happening in the world is going to have a big effect on my daughter and especially on my granddaughter. It's hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change. Who would rather remind us they're not scientists than listen to those who are. You don't have to be a scientist to take on this urgent challenge.
That threatens us all, you just have to be willing to act. America has made a start in addressing this threat. The renewable energy industry It created over 50,000 new jobs and drove more than 35 billion dollars in investment last year alone. But we have to do much more and we have to do it now. On day one as president, I will set two ambitious national goals that will test our capacities but that I know are within our reach. First, I will ensure we hit a target of having more that half a billion solar panels installed.
Across the country by the end of my first term. Second, we'll set a 10year goal of generating enough renewable energy to power every single home in America. Over the next few months I will lay out a comprehensive agenda to meet the climate challenge and make America the world's clean energy superpower. We're all going to have to do our part, but that's who we are as Americans. We don't hide from change we harness it. We're on the cusp of a new era. We can have more choice in the energy we consume and produce.
Hydropower generation and potential around the world
Did you know That global investment in renewable energy now outstrips investment in fossil fuel Did you know that in 2013 there was more hydro commissioned than solar and wind Actually, with the recent developments world hydropower capacity has now reached 1,000 giga watts GW That's enough to provide renewable electricity to 1 billion people Not to mention the other services that hydropower can provide. Helping to manage floods..and droughts. Helping to balance clean energy systems. Hydropower is not being developed at the same pace around the world there is considerable untapped potential.
Green Sustainable Energy CC
Up next on CityEdition Bend is taking renewable energy and sustainability seriously Here's a look at how the City is going by using both solar and hydro power. The City of Bend Public Works Department is real excited to enter into green technology We are looking right now at some of our facilities as well hydro operations, also we're looking at cogeneration using methane gas at our wastewater treatment facility. The basis of the system is we have a large solar panel on top of the 3 million gallon water tank. We have a control panel.
Up there also that has a bank of batteries that are being charged continually by the solar panel. Inside the tank we have a large mixer that transfers about 3,000 gallons a minute thru the device and sprays the water about in the top 1 of the water column adding to about a 10,000 gallon per minute mix. The benefit is we get proper thorough tank mixing of our water being treated during process of making it potable water drinking water. The benefits of having a solar panel device it takes us off the grid.
During lightning storms when the power is knocked out our unit still works it's been in the tank for over 2 years 24 hrs. per day, 7 days a week it's worked. We're excited to have one facility here in public works department where we have hydro electric generation station. We have a valve where we have water constantly flowing thru it. We decided the energy that's in that valve. Now the energy that's in that valve energy that comes from that powers up the entire alarm power supply for that location. In the past.
These valves were all manually controlled. With the new technology and the hydro we have the capability to operate these remotely anywhere in the City of Bend that we can hit wirelessly from home, from service trucks. This is our hydro self generating unit that generates the power to operate our system remotely this is the drive motor that drives the hydro valve to control flow and pressure for this system. We don't have to send as many crews out to deal with that station as everything is done remotely from a computer.
At an alternate location, saving us trips and manpower The hydroelectric allows us to have better control of the system in flow and pressure so the service to our customers is a lot better. On our new transit center we have solar power that is supplementing power needs at our transit center As you can see behind me we have plenty of natural light entering the building and this was designed into the structure itself. We have an abundance of windows in this facility as well as excellent location to gain solar power.
From our voltaic panels that are up on the roof. Designed in to the building we have canopy we have canopies that shade the window areas so the we can reduce the amount of heat generated thru the glass. We also have a shop that has a reflective floor coating that eliminates the need for additional lighting in the space and there's a real strong effort to go green with this structure. There are tremendous benefits of going green in the public works department. One energy savings we know that energy rates are going increase.
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