A timely article by TreeHugger announced that manufacturers of solar photovoltaic cells increased their production by 51% in 2009. And while the growth was even higher in 2008, the fact that in recent months have produced more than 10,700 megawatts of solar cells worldwide indicates a foothold in the right direction. A production of these characteristics can power about 5 million homes and today the sun’s energy to reach 100 countries.
Even better news is that renewables are not only a matter of individuals and households, companies also began to soak up sun, and now Walmart, supermarkets and chain stores, announces it will install solar panels between 20 and 30 stores in California and Arizona.
Walmart has hired the firm SolarCity for designing, installing and maintaining solar energy systems that cater to their huge business in 20-30% of the total energy need. Rather than buy the panels, the energy service contract WalMart, as if it were a utility.
For experts it is crucial that the chain has decided to use the services of a leading solar energy, which speaks of his efforts are not just about image but also the safety and long-term commitment to energy revolution.
And while a solar panel no longer a technology somewhat inaccessible to most citizens of the world, energy-saving alternatives begin to be at hand. What are yours.
Energy experts suggest a thorough review of the price of natural gas for the domestic market, because they believe that the “subsidy” is not sustainable current time.
As energy analyst, Carlos Alberto Lopes, declining gas reserves in Bolivia shows that cannot continue with the subsidy and that this system should be changed immediately.
“We do not believe that current gas prices can be managed as a form of subsidy for the low domestic price,” he said Lopes.
Currently, domestic distribution receives natural gas to 1.1 U.S. $ / Miff (including the cost of transport), while the dealer sells it three times this price.
In this context, Hector Garcia, director and partner of Energy Resources Consulting, recommended a revision of the tariff structure and claimed that the producer price should be increased to values close to $ 2 us / MP3.
He noted that the value of transportation in Bolivia is adequate (0.41 $ us / MP3) and the value assigned to the distribution must be analyzed so that the final price did not exceed $ 3 us / MP3.
For his part, Boris Gomez energy consultant explained that the price of natural gas is considered in the regions where it is sold, creating a sort of free market where sales volume prevails agreed to set time.
However, he said that ideally in Bolivia is marketed energy at affordable costs, but through long-term public policy and legal stability.
“While there is no structural solution will continue in that logic is illogical. It is an illusion that eventually must end: to have subsidized fuel and natural gas in the country, but supported with funds from export of raw material is possible, “said Gomez.