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California: The Global Shepherd for Sustainable Energy

The golden state of California ranked first in solar energy output in the United States in 2013

 
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Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/19/2014 -- The golden state of California ranked first in solar energy output in the United States in 2013, producing 2745.8 MW. It has never been a secret that Californian’s love soaking up the sun. Recently, however, they have been doing so from within the comfort of their own homes.

Solar panel installation is rapidly gaining popularity among Californian residents. One might think it’s not very impressive that a state with over 300 million residents is able to claim the top rank in solar power production. Examining this statistic more closely, however, one will discover that Californian’s truly care more about green energy than any other state in the nation.

As a result of the Renewable Portfolio Standard and the Million Solar Roof Initiative, the Golden State has lived up to its nickname by installing solar panels on the rooftops of more households than any other state.

Today, more than 20% of California’s electricity is a product of renewable material.

The industry is not slowing down either. In 2013, California doubled its solar power capacity, thanks to the highly competitive industry of small solar panel installation firms popping up all over these sun-soaked suburban areas. Entrepreneurs are wisely taking note of the expanding industry, and have dedicated themselves to informing their surrounding areas of the many benefits of renewable energy. Thus far, their efforts have paid off. Demand for renewable energy is climbing at a rate that leaves these firms with no shortage of business. Moreover, there is little reason to believe the solar power industry will plateau anytime soon, especially with the innovations that have recently arose.

Innovations like the V3Solar Spin Cell, that is. Manufactured in Los Angeles and designed in Delaware, the Spin Cell is another ingenious solution that will keep the solar industry moving. Just when ordinary solar panels began to lose their mystique, this modern marvel resembling a sapphire hit the market and kept things interesting.

The product is attractive for many reasons, other than its gem-like appearance. V3 Solar claims its creation has the potential to produce up to 20 times the amount of electricity than a normal solar panel can produce, although many are skeptical of this statement. Nonetheless, it does seem believable to the less informed solar power buffs out there. By rotating its many hundred photo-voltaic cells at a rapid pace around its core, the centrifuge-like contraption is able to absorb light on every inch of its surface, as opposed to a flat panel that tends to accumulate hot spots. Thus, no matter where the sun is positioned in the sky, every lens is equally exposed to its light rays, delivering full optimization. Believable, right? Things get a little iffy once the debate turns towards the product’s overheating solution.

When a person is feeling hot and they stick their head out the window of a moving car, the wind will cool them down a bit. Well, the engineers behind the Spin Cell had the same laws in mind when designing this product. By keeping the cone-shaped sapphire in constant rotation, it is predicted that the slight breeze it generates will cool down the cells on its surface.

Many people have found this claim hard to believe. On top of that, V3 Solar has made it apparent that the design only allows for 1/20th of the surface to be exposed to sunlight at a time, due to the cone shape’s curvature. Doing the simple math, 1/20 multiplied by 20 (the beneficent multiplier of Spin Cell over solar panels), will come out with a solid 1. From this perspective, the Spin Cell is actually no more beneficial than an ordinary solar panel. Whether this is true or not, we will have to simply await the results of further testing.

But wait! All hope is not lost. The last line of defense for the Spin Cell lies in its price. The entire contraption costs 1/3 of the price of an ordinary solar panel, so although it’s just as powerful, three of them can be installed for the same price of one panel. So, in the end, a complete installation of V3Solar Spin Cells will produce three times the amount of electricity than the average solar panel installation, at the very same cost.

Utilizing a mix of impressive technology and a dash of creativity, V3Solar has introduced a new approach to the industry of renewable energy, which is really what matters here. Whether it really works or not is of course an important debate, but what it represents is just as crucial to the advancement of renewable energy. It represents a diversion from outdated, ordinary methods and a quest for efficiency and affordability to ease the burden on our addiction to electricity. As society is continuously brought to our knees by coal and oil, the exciting expansion of the solar industry is our glimmer of hope to a sustainable future.

Cities across the world are catching on to the grave importance and financial benefit of renewable energy. Exhibit A: Lancaster, California. In 2013, Mayor Parris mandated that every new housing development is required to install a solar system capable of producing at least 1.0 kilowatt of energy. The Mayor’s plan is to position Lancaster as the leader and prime example of the global sustainability effort. Cities like Seastapol are following in Lancaster’s footsteps, raising the ordinance to two kilowatts of sustainable power per household. These changes are not being made for the purpose of attracting media attention, although that has been an unintentional outcome. The goal is to become a trendsetter; to prove that while Earth may never return to its original state, we owe it to ourselves to at least put in the effort, so that all our past achievements are not lost.

California has taken it upon itself to be this trendsetter, with the statistics, innovations, and political agendas to back it up. The state set a goal to become the leader in solar power within the U.S. borders, and it did so. The challenge lies in their next goal: to recruit the rest of the world.

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California aims to become the leader in solar power within the U.S.