Music Kennedy Space Center switched on a greener future Nov. 19 with the ceremonial commissioning of a firstofits kind solar energy power plant for NASA. Florida Power Light and Sunpower Corporation officials joined Center Director and former astronaut Bob Cabana to commission the one megawatt facility. The solar farm covers five acres in Kennedy's Industrial area and is large enough to convert the sun's energy into one megawatt of electricity. That's enough energy to power about 110 homes. At Kennedy, the electricity will be funneled into the center's power grid.
The electricity production capitalizes on a source of renewable energy that does not produce any carbon emissions in the process. Having looked down on our environment from space, from 200 miles high, if you look at the Earth, it's this beautiful blue jewel of a planet and there's this thin little hazy line over the top of it and that's our atmosphere and it looks pretty fragile from up there, and it's all that's protecting us from the harmful ultraviolet radiation from space and extreme temperatures and I think anything we can do to help the environment and keep it better is really.
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Solar is the future of American power. Solar is the future of global power. The only question is, 'how long is it going to take' And, the answer that question will be determined by how long American politicians take money from those who are against solar. The irony, of course, is that the biggest resistance for solar the entire country is in Florida and then Arizona, which are two of the sunniest states in the country. Why is that Because money in the political system from fossil fuel companies is directly injecting the the political thinking,.
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Hi, I'm Reverend Andy Bell. I'm the director of the Lakewood Methodist Counseling Center at Lakewood United Methodist Church in St Petersburg, Florida. but I'm also appointed to be on the Board of Directors of Sunshine State Interfaith Power and Light. from a faith perspective, are we doing enough to push for solar energy in the state of Florida We have not been. We have a long way to go we have a lot of work to do in the state to get faith communities to truly embrace their own traditions.
Of creation care and earth stewardship. and get people to really look at the implications of what we're doing to the earth, how it's harming other people, and then ask the question, If I'm really loving of my neighbor as I love myself, can I continue to live the way I live, do the things I do, drive the way I drive, consume the way I consume and the answer is emphatically no. We have to change. We have to stop so many of the destructive things we've been doing and live the way we're called to live.
People of faith need to educate themselves and then use that education and change behaviors to a more positive way of living to a more positive way of preaching. We need pastors of all persuasions to be preaching these things from the pulpit every time they go to worship. There needs to be some inclusion of our responsibility as children of God to care for all of God's creation. And people will hear it and do something about it much quicker if the leadership of the Church if the clergy of the Church.
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STUART BLOCK One of the things that got me started with this initially was the University's 2025 goal of being a carbon neutral campus.I had actually asked our house mom if I could see our electricity bills and realized we are paying way too much money. JOHN LAWSON We've had projects that initiated and gone down those paths with various other technologies, lighting and some other types but not from a student or a fraternity member and making their house. STUART BLOCK This is only the second solar system installed on a fraternity house in the entire country.
JOHN LAWSON I met Stuart actually via email. He was inquiring how to get solar here on campus and how to do more to participate in energy conservation at his fraternity. STUART BLOCK We talked to them about the potential to get some additional funds to make it a more affordable investment. And they gave us that opportunity to pay back that loan through service hours. JOHN GONOS So our panels generate electricity when the sunlight hits them. The micro inverters on the back convert the DC electricity into AC electricity. That AC electricity is tied.
Directly into the building right on the roadside of the meters. So if the building needs it it'll be used by the building first. The electricity will go to the building first. Any excess will go back through the meter into the grid. STUART BLOCK I think this is definitely really important given the context of time that we're living in. You know, this is the first time that sustainability is really an oppressing issue. It's something that, you know, we all recognize is going to need to happen in the future for us to be more sustainable and sustain.
Power to the People with Johan NorbergPreview
JOHAN NORBERG Most people in developing countries aspire to a rich, better life. These people know how we in the West live, and they refuse to be left behind. The highest standard of living the world has ever known has been built on an everincreasing use of energy, and there is no end in sight. We've made great strides in making everything more energyefficient, from jumbo jets to television sets. But despite that, we've increased our use of energy. Not only do we fly more, but there's a TV on the back of.
The seat. Couldn't we all just cut back, and learn to live with less energy Why can't we live greener reduce our consumption buy local and just travel less Denmark wanted to maintain its high standard of living, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. So it bet its future on wind power. Should we follow in their footsteps Or could massive solar, like this plant in Morocco, be the answer Some believe that Ethanol, as a biofuel, was going to help to solve our energy problems. Now it appears to be a dead end. But fracking, under these.
Same fields, is now creating a boom in natural gas, especially here in the United States. It's the cleanest burning fossil fuel we've got, and it seems we're finding more of it every day. But can we live with the tradeoffs The most ambitious transformation of a country's energy sector is taking place right now, here in Germany. The specter of potential nuclear disaster has moved Germany away from nuclear, and toward wind and solar energy but not without unintended consequences. Right now, we are relying heavily on fossil fuels, and a lot of people are concerned about global warming.
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Instrumental gtgt Lizzie So a key part of this zero energy equation is to reduce our energy needs. So a huge thing for me probably even more important than the photovoltaics, is insulation. Insulate, insulate, insulate! Just reduce the amount of energy you need to cool down a building or heat it up. Ray We insulated underneath the rafters. The standard in Florida for roofs is R19 we have a much fatter coat on here, we have an R30 roof so we have a lot of insulation that prevents heat from coming inside the.
Building. Lizzie We're using photovoltaic energy which is energy from the sun to generate electricity, we're using thermal energy solar thermal energy where we're using the heat and the energy from the sun to heat up water which is so important in a cafe, you imagine the number of plates that we're washing, and the amount of water we're heating up to make coffee. Ray What a solar thermal panel is is basically it's a flat panel with copper tubing in it and it's painted black and what it does is.
It heats up water. That water will heat to 170 degrees absolutely free. Lizzie And then the third crucial technology is geothermal. We have gone down 450 feet below the Rosedale cafe into an aqua fir where the water temperature is 72 degrees. So all we have to do is bring it up a 450 foot well, pass it through some heat transfer technology and cool down the air in the cafe, or in the Winter, heat the air up and we just said this has to be integrated. The whole thing has to work so that we are very efficiently.
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