The US Treasury has announced guidance for the program of grant payments for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”). The Section 1603 program will provide direct payments in lieu of investment tax credits to companies that create and place in service renewable energy facilities beginning January 1, 2009. The guidance sets the rules under which companies can apply for the ARRA grants for qualifying renewable energy properties.
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A few months back we blogged about how we provided power for a super green production of a video series for the National Wildlife Federation.
The production, made in conjunction with a nationwide campus competition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions called Chillout, had a wide variety of stars, producers, musicians, directors and producers involved.
Check the video on YouTube
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is constructing a new facility in Salinas, California. This new facility is specially designed to help treat and rehabilitate injured wild animals. With traditional animal trails bisected by freeways, power lines and housing, the opportunity for human/animal contact (with bad results to the animal) is constantly rising.
This facility is being constructed using pure solar power from one of our 10 kW Mobile Solar Power Systems(TM). The system was delivered to the job site early this week, and after a few days of supporting the crew and its equipment, it (the mobile solar power system) had retained a full charge in its batteries. What does this mean? That the solar panels were able to acquire enough solar energy to equalize the power used by the construction crew over several days.
Off grid? This job site is like many construction sites: the power had not yet been delivered. What are the options for power to run equipment, lights, office equipment? Well, until recently, it was diesel all the way, right? Not any more – now a Mobile Solar Power System(TM) can do all that a diesel can do, with no fumes, no noise, no refueling, no toxic emissions.
Wow! The construction site is being completely powered with pure sine-wave electricity from the sun.
Hundreds of volunteers in the San Francisco Bay Area came out en masse to help Habitat for Humanity frame 20 houses in 4 days during the Earth Day Build-A-Thon. The construction was powered by a 10 kW Mobile Solar Power System(TM) that did an outstanding job of keeping the equipment running smoothly during the 4-day build. Lots of media (CBS5-KPIX) came to the event and were greeted by the solar system which was located in the center of the action.
On March 7th, Pure Power was very fortunate to participate as sponsors of an event called “Faces of Our American Heroes” at the renowned Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. The event was created to provide special wheelchairs for troops who were disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our Chair Scott Chaplan and CEO Norris Lozano attended the event on behalf of the company and were in amazed by the production, and the emotional response to the wheelchairs by the soldiers.
The impact of the event was captured nicely on the local news.
The excitement over the Shiloh II wind farm in Solano County is understandably high. The project is using 30-story windmills to generate renewable power for 74,000 homes and is creating green jobs.
Take a look at this video clip from local TV station KCRA (Channel 3).
Notice that the people giving interviews have a beautiful backdrop – our Mobile Solar Power Systems, which were powering the event! Think about it: a very important benefit of using one of our “solar gennies” is not just in getting green power at the same cost as diesel, it’s also in the media value of having solar on your set, your farm, your construction site.
Last, have a look at this piece by Wayne Freedman, a terrific San Francisco reporter who quotes Robert Frost…
A huge California wind farm got an assist from the sun today – Pure Power Distribution was on hand to provide mobile solar power for the dedication ceremony of the Shiloh II Wind Project in Rio Vista, (Solano County) California. It was a glorious renewable energy photo opp, so we’ll post pictures here tomorrow.
Pure Power mobile solar power systems are a completely natural fit for this event, as with virtually any off-grid situation such as construction sites, movie sets, mines, disaster sites, farms, vineyards and ranches. All of these share: a remote (off-grid) location, the need for reliable source of power (the sun) delivered reliably (our system) that leaves no carbon footprint (no fumes or emissions here) and can be taken away without worry about environmental remediation from diesel spills or leaks.
President-elect Obama is approaching the presidency with a bold renewable energy plan. As reported in the Christian Science Monitor and other resources over the past month, Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan – a stimulus package expected to total at least $800 billion – will put energy front and center among the various plans to jump-start the economy.
This plan, however, is not a short term boost but as the potential to form the foundation of a long term change in the US economy.
Green economy initiatives include (from the Obama/Biden website):
+ Invest in a clean energy economy and create 5 million new green jobs: Obama and Biden will invest $150 billion over 10 years to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids, promote development of commercial scale renewable energy, invest in low emissions coal plants, and begin transition to a new digital electricity grid. The plan will also invest in America’s highly-skilled manufacturing workforce and manufacturing centers to ensure that American workers have the skills and tools they need to pioneer the first wave of green technologies that will be in high demand throughout the world.
+ Create new job training programs for clean technologies: The Obama-Biden plan will increase funding for federal workforce training programs and direct these programs to incorporate green technologies training, such as advanced manufacturing and weatherization training, into their efforts to help Americans find and retain stable, high-paying jobs. Obama and Biden will also create an energy-focused youth jobs program to invest in disconnected and disadvantaged youth.
+ Boost the renewable energy sector and create new jobs: The Obama-Biden plan will create new federal policies, and expand existing ones, that have been proven to create new American jobs. Obama and Biden will create a federal Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that will require 25 percent of American electricity be derived from renewable sources by 2025, which has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. They will also extend the Production Tax Credit, a credit used successfully by American farmers and investors to increase renewable energy production and create new local jobs.
We’ve written in this blog and on our website about “green collar” jobs being the principle Second Bottom Line effect of Pure Power Distribution’s success. We will be watching the Obama initiatives closely and doing what we can to help create jobs and economic impact with our company and our products.
- Norris Lozano