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Sunday 26 January 2020
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DC Solar, a Benicia-based company, pleaded guilty today to charges related to a billion dollar Ponzi scheme
The owners of DC Solar, a Benicia-based company, pleaded guilty today to charges related to a billion dollar Ponzi scheme— the biggest criminal fraud scheme in the history of the Eastern District of California. The government’s investigation has resulted in the largest criminal forfeiture in the history of the District with over $120 million in assets forfeited that will go to victims, and has returned $500 million to the United States Treasury, with more to come, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.For the complete story go to https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/01/another-obama-solar-company-burns-out-dc-solar-owners-plead-guilty-to-largest-ponzi-scheme-in-eastern-california-history/
Saturday 25 January 2020
25 Jan 2020 Posted by SR Editor Comments: 0 Views: 
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Some Solar Panel Modules can be hazardous to your health if they catch on fire.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INHALATION HAZARD

Hazardous materials used in the semi-conductor industry, such as silicon, boron, phosphorus, cadmium, tellurium, arsenic, and gallium, are used in the construction of PV (Solar Panel) modules and components.

In PV modules these materials are sealed between the top layer of glass and the plastic backing of the module, and then are encased in an aluminum frame.

When the PV system is operating under normal conditions, these chemicals do not constitute a hazard. However, during a fire involving PV modules or components, or the adjacent areas around the modules or components, the aluminum frame can become deformed or melt, exposing the hazardous chemicals to direct flame and/or significant heat.

The exposure to flame and heat will cause the materials to dissipate in the smoke plume, constituting an inhalation hazard to Firefighters without breathing apparatus, as well as people standing near the fire building and in the path of the plume.

The inhalation hazard from these chemicals can be mitigated for Firefighters by ensuring the constant use of breathing apparatus and all PPE during fire attack and overhaul operations.

All chemicals listed above are considered toxic under fire conditions; some have a significant increased cancer risk with exposure.
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Tuesday 21 January 2020
21 Jan 2020 Posted by Sara Comments: 0 Views: 
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Oregon Adopts Strict Rules for Solar Farms
Oregon Set Strict Regulations For Solar Farms.

Oregon put restrictions on the amount of land that can be used for Solar Farms depending on the quality of the farm land.

The state Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted new rules prohibiting solar farms being built on high-value farmland.

There are 289,363 acres of farmland deemed high value in Marion County, Oregon.
If any of the specified types of soil are on a portion of any of a farm property, the entire property is determined to be high value and thus off limits to solar development.

Marion County Commissioners removed allowing solar farms from the county code in early 2018.

The state commission approved one exemption to the prohibition of solar arrays on high-value farmland, a dual-use exemption.

In the dual-use model, the solar arrays on prime farmland may be built up to 20 acres if they serve multiple purposes, such as beehives or being used for grazing as well as solar production.

As many as 140 proposed solar farms in EFU land have been submitted for approval in Oregon, but a small number have been constructed.

*https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/local/silverton/2019/06/04/solar-farms-approved-marion-county-hard-deadline-permits-built/1263176001/
21 Jan 2020 Posted by SR Editor Comments: 0 Views: 
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Solar Farm Fire Prevents Fire Fighters Access To Flames

60 Acre Solar Farm Fire Prevents Fire Fighters Access To Flames

On August 27, 2019, there was a fire on a 60 acre solar farm in the city of Pittsburg, California, close to residential and business areas.

During the fire, the firefighter were informed the solar panels were energized and high risk, thus preventing them from getting under the panels.

If “energized” solar panels are so high risk that firefighters are told not to get close to them, it raises the question as to just how safe the homes that are located close to solar farms are?

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21 Jan 2020 Posted by SR Editor Comments: 0 Views: 
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We are starting a list of locations and the regulations, in hopes our readers will send us additional information that can be used to encourage more local and state government agencies to start placing restrictions on the locations where Solar Farms can be built.

We are starting a list of locations and the regulations, in hopes our readers will send us additional information that can be used to encourage more local and state government agencies to start placing restrictions on the locations where Solar Farms can be built.



We would also like to encourage our readers to contact any local conservation groups and agencies, in order to have them assist us in our fight to stop Solar Farms in residential areas, on farm land and woodlands, or anywhere that will have a detrimental effect on local wildlife.



Many states, counties and municipalities have recognized the contradiction inherent in sacrificing valuable natural and economic resources for renewable electricity production.



The following is a very small sample of legislative responses, included here to illustrate the challenge nationwide;



The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources announced, in January 2017, a proposal to overhaul its solar incentive programs. The proposals would reward proposals to use landfills, brownfields, rooftops and parking lots and impose a fee on proposals to use undeveloped lands.



Wright County, Minnesota, enacted a six-month moratorium on applications in 2016, while Stearns County convened a work group to recommend ordinance revisions, adopted in December, that require solar facilities to include habitat for pollinators.



Santa Clara County, California, specifically prohibits facilities on certain agricultural lands and allows them on others that are deemed to be of marginal quality for farming purposes (Ord. NS–1200.331, adopted in 2010).



The New Jersey Energy Master Plan 2015 Update states: “The State should continue its policy of discouraging the development of solar farms on farmland and undeveloped open spaces, such as forests, and encouraging their placement on or above impervious surfaces or on landfills, brownfields or areas of historic fill.”



Monson, Massachusetts approved a bylaw amendment restricting large solar facilities to industrial and commercially-zoned districts.



Talbot County, Maryland enacted a six-month moratorium on solar arrays larger than two acres to “consider the impact of solar array energy systems on environmentally sensitive areas and agriculturally productive lands

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21 Jan 2020 Posted by SR Editor Comments: 0 Views: 
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Stop Solar Farms In Residential Areas And On Farmland

Stop Solar Farms In Residential Areas And On Farmland

We are NOT trying to stop ALL solar farms.



However we do believe they should not be built next to or in view of residential houses, on prime farm land, in areas that will cause soil erosion or have an adverse effect on wildlife, streams or anywhere else that would interfere with the natural scenic beauty of our countryside.



Our goal is to offer information to the general public, in order to assist them in stopping solar farms in residential neighborhoods. We want to provide information that will show individuals and local groups how other neighborhoods sucessfully stopped the development of solar farms around residential homes, even if those homes are in rural areas.



We are also looking for attorneys throughout the country that are willing to stand up to the developers, zoning boards, other local officials as well as the state and federal officials that are offering tax breaks, grants or any other forms of financial incentives.



In order to stop solar farms from being built in certain neighborhoods, we are trying to organize a grass roots coalition to remove any elected official that supports the development of solar farms in residential areas.



This is our country and we need to unite. Lets stand up TOGETHER and fight for our rights NOW before it is to late.



In order to stop solar farms in residential areas, we are sharing some facts that will help give us hope for our future.



According to a Michigan State University engineering researcher and his team, only 1.5 percent of electricity is generated by solar power.

https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2017/transparent-solar-technology-represents-wave-of-the-future/





If companies, banks and governments insist on spending billions of dollars on solar farms, we believe there are more viable locations that could be used for solar farms, such as old coal mines, gravel pits, airports, in the middle of a desert, ocean or even in space.



Stop Solar Farms In Residential Neighborhoods and Put Them In Space.



Japan’s space agency, JAXA, is working to put into orbit a orbital solar farm that can generate power 24 hours a day. The solar space station would beam down energy as microwaves to a human-made island covered with antennas. http://www.kenkai.jaxa.jp/eng/research/ssps/ssps-index.html



Stop Solar Farms In Residential Neighborhoods By Putting Solar Farms In The Middle Of A Desert,



$4 billion, 9142 Acre Solar Park In Africa.

The Benban Solar Park is a part of Egypt’s Nubian Suns Feed-in-Tariff program, a major initiative that influences private sector capital and expertise to support its goal of generating 20% electricity from renewable resources by 2022.

The project is expected to provide cost-effective and eco-friendly power to over 350,000 residents in the country. According to a report by NREA, with an estimated total cost of $3.5 billion to $4 billion, Benban will be the world’s largest photovoltaic park. https://www.forbesmiddleeast.com/industry/energy/banks-invest-653-million-build-worlds-largest-solar-park-egypt



Stop Solar Farms In Residential Neighborhoods And Put Floating Solar Farms In The Sea or Man Made Lakes Instead.



World’s largest floating solar farm on a lake formed on top of a collapsed and flooded coal mine in China.

https://www.nanalyze.com/2019/02/floating-solar-farms/

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21 Jan 2020 Posted by SR Editor Comments: 0 Views: 
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End Of Life Management of PV Solar Panels Containing Hazardous Waste

End Of Life Management of PV Solar Panels Containing Hazardous Waste

As of this writing in January of 2020, we could not find any federal standard within the U.S.A., or requirement for end-of-life management of photovoltaic panels that don’t meet the standard for hazardous waste — and they typically do not.

We did find that Washington State has a regulation stating that as of January 1, 2021, they expect to have Solar Panel Recycling Plans implemented and fully in operation.

They also claim that by January 2022, only PV model manufactures participating in a recycling plan will be allowed to be sold in the state of Washington.

https://ecology.wa.gov/Waste-Toxics/Reducing-recycling-waste/Solar-panels

We plan on continuing our research in order to find other plans here in America, and as we find additional documentation, we will update this post.

Finally, some government agencies, are starting to revise their regulations to include updated restrictions on where solar farms can be located.
Finally, some government agencies, are starting to revise their regulations to include updated restrictions on where solar farms can be located.

We are starting a list of locations and the regulations, in hopes our readers will send us additional information that can be used to encourage more local and state government agencies to start placing restrictions on the locations where Solar Farms can be built.

We would also like to encourage our readers to contact any local conservation groups and agencies, in order to have them assist us in our fight to stop Solar Farms in residential areas, on farm land and woodlands, or anywhere that will have a detrimental effect on local wildlife.

Many states, counties and municipalities have recognized the contradiction inherent in sacrificing valuable natural and economic resources for renewable electricity production.

The following is a very small sample of legislative responses, included here to illustrate the challenge nationwide;



The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources announced, in January 2017, a proposal to overhaul its solar incentive programs. The proposals would reward proposals to use landfills, brownfields, rooftops and parking lots and impose a fee on proposals to use undeveloped lands.



Wright County, Minnesota, enacted a six-month moratorium on applications in 2016, while Stearns County convened a work group to recommend ordinance revisions, adopted in December, that require solar facilities to include habitat for pollinators.



Santa Clara County, California, specifically prohibits facilities on certain agricultural lands and allows them on others that are deemed to be of marginal quality for farming purposes (Ord. NS–1200.331, adopted in 2010).



The New Jersey Energy Master Plan 2015 Update states: “The State should continue its policy of discouraging the development of solar farms on farmland and undeveloped open spaces, such as forests, and encouraging their placement on or above impervious surfaces or on landfills, brownfields or areas of historic fill.”



Monson, Massachusetts approved a bylaw amendment restricting large solar facilities to industrial and commercially-zoned districts.



Talbot County, Maryland enacted a six-month moratorium on solar arrays larger than two acres to “consider the impact of solar array energy systems on environmentally sensitive areas and agriculturally productive lands.”
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