X-Class solar flare sent us a CME? Not this time…

Sunspot AR1598 has erupted again. On Oct. 23rd at 0322 UT, Earth orbiting satellites detected a strong X1-class solar flare but don’t expect anyone to warn of of much more than a lot of the same.  Why create panic for a small possibility of a large impact to our power-grids, radio communications, etc.  I digress, It was spectacular and probably will not change much of anything in your day.  Take a look at this view of it.

October 2012 X-Class Solar Flare - Spaceweather.com

This flare, however, did not unleash a coronal mass ejection, so it is predicted to cause little disruption on Earth and no special auroras. Its powerful radiation was enough, though, to briefly disrupt radios here last night.X-Class Solar Flare on earth facing side of the sun

Solar Flare: Earth to be impacted by massive CME from x-class solar flare

Massive X-Class Solar Flare heading towards earthA CME propelled toward Earth by yesterday’s X5-class solar flare is expected to reach our planet on March 8th at 0625 UT (+/- 7 hr). Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, who prepared the CME’s forecast track, say the impact could spark a strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm. Sky watchers at all latitudes should be alert for auroras. Aurora alerts: text, phone.

Mild geomagnetic activity is already underway, following a lesser CME impact on March 7th around 0400 UT. Big sunspot AR1429 has unleashed another major flare. This one is the strongest yet, an X5-class eruption on March 7th at 00:28 UT.

Large X-Class Solar FlareThis eruption hurled a bright CME into space, shown here in a movie from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab estimate that the CME will reach Earth on March 8th at 0625 UT (+/- 7 hr), possibly triggering a strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm. An animated forecast track shows the progression of the fast-moving cloud.

The flare also accelerated energetic protons toward Earth, triggering an S3-class solar radiation storm, in progress. Such a storm is mainly a nuisance to satellites, causing occasional reboots of onboard computers and adding noise to imaging systems.

UNI-Solar PVL-124 124W Phot-Voltaic Module Amorphous Laminate-solar panel

UNI-SOLAR photovoltaic laminates (PVL) are flexible and lightweight laminates made exceptionally durable by encapsulation in UV stabilized polymers.The polymer encapsulation is partially constructed of durable ETFE, (example, Tefzel) a high-light-transmissive polymer. These solar panels rock. Their photo-voltaic material is an amorphous laminate and at 124 watts they pack quite the punch power wise.

Southern Company balks at Senate solar power proposal

A Senate proposal that would clear the way for private property owners and businesses in Georgia to buy solar panels and power from a third party has several supporters. But one major opponent could make getting the legislation through this session a formidable challenge.

Senate Bill 401 would let outside companies install, own and maintain alternative energy systems like solar. Supporters including lawmakers, businesses and environmental groups say the legislation encourages renewable energy expansion in the state, supports private property rights, is good for power consumers and will be a boost to the economy.

“The power company ought to be doing this, but they don’t want to buy it from anybody that produces it,” said state Sen. Buddy Carter, the bill’s main sponsor.

The state’s main electricity provider, Georgia Power, is opposing the legislation, pointing to the state’s Electric Service Act. Created nearly four decades ago, the law established assigned territories for the power company, along with 42 electric membership cooperatives and 52 cities with municipal systems, all competing for customers.

Spokeswoman Christy Ihrig said in a statement that the proposed bill would illegally infringe on the company’s territory and that the introduction of a new supplier could drive up rates for customers because utilities would be required to hike costs. She added the company is supportive of solar power and is working to provide solar as an option to customers.

President Barack Obama has signaled he considers renewable energy options a top priority and wants the country to move away from dependence on foreign oil. Last year, the state Legislature passed a bill doubling the yearly limit for solar energy tax credits to make the resource more appealing to businesses.

Earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle assigned the bill to the Natural Resources and Environment Committee, rather than the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee — a move seen by some as a stall tactic. Cagle spokesman Ben Fry said the decision was made because of committee chairman Sen. Ross Tolleson’s expertise on the issue.

“This is an issue that his committee has spent a lot of time learning about,” Fry said.

The bill has yet to have a hearing. It must pass at least one chamber of the house in the next eight legislative days to remain alive this session.

Tolleson said the bill could come up in committee this week, but expressed concerns about the proposal.

“What would the impact be to ratepayers? What are the long-term energy costs?” he asked. “This is not a bill that you just run through the building. I don’t think we’ll have time to understand the whole story (this session). I think we need multiple hearings here and around the state.”

Under current law, private property owners can buy their own systems. But because it has been fairly expensive to do so, the proposition was an unlikely one for most — as evidenced by the lack of solar in the state. Nonetheless, solar will become more affordable, accessible and appealing with the increase in panel production by China and amid rising electricity costs, said Jill Johnson, a lobbyist for the Georgia Solar Industries Association and the Georgia Solar Energy Association.

“Georgia is one of the top 20 states for solar jobs, but it’s not really happening here,” Johnson said.

Savannah dermatologist Sydney Smith said solar is the future of Georgia and the path to energy independence. Smith has a solar farm in Bulloch County and is the co-founder of Lower Rates for Customers, which is currently providing solar power to a business in south Georgia.

“We have a property rights issue: Who owns the sunshine, and does a property owner get to do anything he wants with it?” Smith said. “Georgia Power says he can use it to grow grass, get a sunburn, but he’s not allowed to change it to electricity. That’s not correct.”

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Our Sun: M-class solar flare after a long C-class solar flare

Halloween M-class solar flareSunspot 1330 continues to wow us as it moves further and further away from its earth facing position.  Today we have seen the last four hours of c-class solar flare levels with a few spikes in the data (see graph to the right).  The sun then unleashed a 1.1 m-class solar flare which I do not think came from sunspot 1330, rather it came from a new spot over the north-east limb of the sun.  Possibly a new sunspot that we will be needing to keep an eye on. Furthermore, the CME from this solar flare should be heading away from us and should not brush by the earth as previously thought.  M-class flares are medium-sized and had it been earth bound could have caused brief radio blackouts that would have affected the Earth’s polar regions. Minor radiation storms have also been known to follow an M-class flare.

Perfect C-class Solar Flare

Perfect C-Class Solar Flare

A perfect c-class solar flare, can it be….

 The sun has been quiet for many hours and yet has decided to remind us who powers our very being and we have seen a perfect c-class solar flare. The curve on the graph(first graphic) can only make one apprecite the emmense power our sun has to offer us .  No there is nothing to worry about, this is harmless although amazing,  pretty and not common.

What is a solar flare?

A solar flare is a sudden brightening observed over the Sun surface or the solar limb, which is interpreted as a large energy release of up to 6 × 1025 joules of energy[1] (about a sixth of the total energy output of the Sun each second). The flare ejects clouds of electrons, ions, and atoms through the corona into space.

Solar flares were first observed on the Sun by Richard Christopher Carrington and independently by Richard Hodgson in 1859 [3] as localized visible brightenings of small areas within a sunspot group. Stellar flares have also been observed on a variety of other stars.

The frequency of occurrence of solar flares varies, from several per day when the Sun is particularly “active” to less than one every week when the Sun is “quiet”, following the 11-year cycle (the solar cycle). Large flares are less frequent than smaller ones.

Thank you God for such a wonderful companion to everyday of my life(see second picture)!

Our Sun-The Earth's main and only energy source, God made this microwave at just the right temperature for you!
Our Sun-The Earth's main and only energy source, God made this microwave at just the right temperature for you!

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solar a

solar a, yes, it is that time of year that we need to be aware of the solar a. Most people ignore this but we know that the usual suspect is not what you really were thinking. Solar a… where do you stand?

So once again one this precipices of a new supermoon we are again worried about something or worried about nothing.

How is the solar a side of the fence that you live on treating you? Do you ever wonder if your missing some sign that seemed so obscure but now seems relevant….

Happy almost supermoon to you as well and a wonderful planatery alignment as well! Best solar a that one can wish for and please pass the solar a along

solar a , the future
solar a, a company to watch
solar a, a third world hello to the main stay civilization

Iranian Students Design, Develop Solar-Powered Car

Iranian Solar Car designed and built by studentsTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian university students unveiled a car that runs entirely on solar energy.

The students from the vehicular research department at the University of Qazvin designed and developed the vehicle named ‘Havin’ which means ‘shining sun’.

Havin is five meters long and two meters wide and is capable of reaching speeds of over 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour.

The students unveiled the fiber glass vehicle at the Tehran Permanent International Fairground on Thursday.

The vehicle weighs 160 kilograms (352 lb.) and is fitted with six square meters of silicon solar cells.

The environmentally-friendly project comes in line with Iran’s greater policy to reduce energy consumption across all sectors.

Largest Photovoltaic Solar Plant In Colorado Now Open

Solar panels in Colorado in the snowSunPower, a solar panel manufacturer, and Xcel Energy, a utility provider, have announced the completion of one solar facility and the construction of another in Colorado’s Alamosa County. The Greater Sandhill solar power plant, a 19 megawatt photovoltaic system, was completed and commissioned this March.

Greater Sandhill is now generating enough power to serve almost 5,000 homes each year when at capacity. The solar power plant began construction in the summer of 2010, and is said to have created 100 jobs in the area during its development. SunPower is using its proprietary solar tracking system at the plant, which it claims can generate up to 25% more energy than conventional systems by titling panels towards the sun as it moves across the sky.

Also under development from SunPower is another solar power plant in Alamosa County. Calling the project the San Luis Valley Solar Ranch, the system will be a 30 megawatt photovoltaic solar power facility built on 216 acres of private land that is expected to be completed late this year.

Alamosa County seems to be a bit of a solar hotbed in Colorado, as we recently reported on Morrison Construction’s project in the area. Colorado as well is taking greater steps to be green, being one of the top states in terms of energy efficiency, along with building efficiency upgrades at local schools and a historic courthouse.

Wind and Solar Could Supply 25 Percent of Oahu’s Electricity

Solar Power in Hawaii is taking off
Solar Power in Hawaii is taking off

by Joshua S Hill – “The findings of this study show it is feasible to integrate large-scale wind and solar projects on Oahu but also have value beyond Hawaii. Both large mainland utilities and relatively small and/or isolated grids that wish to integrate significant amounts of renewable energy while maintaining reliability for their customers can learn from this study,” said Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) director Dr. Rick Rocheleau, regarding a study which shows that 500 MW of wind energy and 100 MW of solar power could supply more than 25 percent of Oahu’s projected electricity demand.

The Oahu Wind Integration Study (OWIS) was conducted by Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, General Electric (GE) Company, and the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO).

Oahu Wind Integration Study Findings

The study found that the combined 600 MW of renewable energy could eliminate the need for approximately 2.8 million barrels of low sulphur fuel oil and 132,000 tonnes of coal each year, while still maintaining a reliable system, if the following recommendations are incorporated:

  •  Provide state-of-the-art wind power forecasting to help anticipate the amount of power that will be available from wind;
  •  Increase power reserves (the amount of power that can be called upon from operating generators) to help manage wind variability and uncertainty in wind power forecasts;
  •  Reduce minimum stable operating power of baseload generating units to provide more power reserves;
  •  Increase ramp rates (the time it takes to increase or decrease output) of Hawaiian Electric’s thermal generating units;
  •  Implement severe weather monitoring to ensure adequate power generation is available during periods of higher wind power variability;
  •  Evaluate other resources capable of contributing reserve, such as fast-starting thermal generating units and load control programs.

“To reach our renewable energy goals we need to use all the resources available to us. For Oahu, this includes the utility-scale solar, roof-top solar, waste-to-energy and on-island wind that we are pursuing. But on-island resources are not enough to meet Oahu’s power needs,” said Hawaiian Electric executive vice president Robbie Alm.

“We know that more solar power is possible on Oahu than was studied by the OWIS. However, this baseline study is an essential first step for the Interisland Wind Project. It shows that the technology may present challenges but these can be overcome. The questions now are financing, environmental impact and whether the affected communities can live with the project with community benefits.”

The wind energy not produced on Oahu would be brought in from Molokai and Lanai.