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Department of Energy

Line Highway Medians with Solar Panels

The U.S. has more than 45,000 miles of Highways. The median strips are often clear of trees and get sunlight for much of the day. If we assume that only 1/2 of them have median strips that could feasibly have solar panels, that translates to more than 50,000 acres of land that could be used for solar power generation.

Assuming an average of 90Kw per acre (based on the capacity of the Davidson County Solar Farm in North... more »

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Department of Defense

Using Solar Sterling Systems for power

We usually think about solar panels when we talk about solar energy. Instead we could use Solar Sterling engine for power generations. Current systems out on the market have an efficiency return of 26% with up 30%+ when temperatures are cold; most solar panels are around 10% to 18%. In addition these systems have three advantages over solar panels. One they are already setup for AC power so adding them to the power... more »

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Department of Defense

Lease Roof Space to Utility Companies for Solar Power

To reduce utility costs for military installations (costs that run into the millions of dollars per installation annually), the military contracts with local utility companies and leases roof space to the companies for the installation of solar power cells. Utility companies would gain access to large, flat-roofed facilities in prime, protected locations. The utility companies would install and maintain the solar cells... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Solar powered LED parking lot lights.

Install small solar panels on all outside parking lot lights, during the day they will charge. You could then use LED lights which work great in directional lighting and use nearly all of the free generated power to light the parking lot lights. This would cut down on electricity

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Hardwired Attic Fans solar powered

Install Hardwired attic fans attached to solar panels. This would work by during the hot months electricly kicking on and drawing out hot are better than non electrical systems. The benefit would be that it would lower the attic temperature thus lowering the cooling that would be disapated through the 100 degree attic during the summer.

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Legislative Branch

elliminate the tax break for Photo Voltative solar.

PV solar is not economoincal in any part of the US except the South west, when you put all the cost together. Get Uncle Sam out of the Buisness of subisdizing an activity that does not make economic sense. We do not import any energy source that is converted into electirc power so this does not help our balance of payments or energy security.

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Department of Transportation

Solar Power Leases for FAA Buildings

In the past year several companies have started marketing solar power systems for homes that allow the homeowner to lease the equipment for a monthly fixed amount that results in an overall savings over their current electrical costs. My idea is to extend this concept to FAA buildings located in the states where it is economical. FAA could benefit from a similar program and reduce the carbon footprint of our facilities... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Raise Taxes on Companies like NIKE that Outsource Work

Raise Taxes on Companies like NIKE that Outsource Work. Then offer tax advantages for companies that keep work in U.S. This could end our budget crisis with revenue it would bring in. We bring jobs to with companies that come back to U.S. with there jobs.

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