solar energy http://wesa.fm en Why Solar Power is Such An Underutilized Resource http://wesa.fm/post/why-solar-power-such-underutilized-resource <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Solar power has been in the news and discussed since the 1970’s. So why isn’t being utilized more in the United States?</span></p><p>Germany, a country half the size of Texas, harnesses the sun’s energy for many of its residential homes as <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-talks-sustainable-development-germany">Mayor Peduto found out earlier this year</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Joylette Portlock, President of Communitopia and creator of the <a href="http://www.dosomethingaboutclimate.com/">Don't Just Sit There, Do Something About Climate Change</a> web series, thinks that Pittsburgh can better utilize the sun’s rays for energy.</p><p>"The idea of harnessing the sun's energy for power has been around since the industrial revolution started, it's been around for a long time. &nbsp;Just as a country, we've had the notion that fossil fuels were cheaper or more easily available, easier to exploit, and we've really built up the infrastructure around those. &nbsp;And it's only when you get to periods of time, like we saw in the 70's with the oil crisis, where people change their focus and say 'hey, maybe we shouldn't be depending on other countries for our energy,' or <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/06/09/the-campaign-to-pave-american-roads-with-solar-panels-just-passed-a-whopping-2-million-in-donations/">maybe, 'we should find a fuel that's free</a>.'" Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:20:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31814 at http://wesa.fm Why Solar Power is Such An Underutilized Resource Researchers: Solar/Wind Power More Beneficial in Eastern U.S. http://wesa.fm/post/researchers-solarwind-power-more-beneficial-eastern-us <p>California has more solar panels soaking up the sun and creating electricity than any other state, but researchers say those panels would be better off in places like cloudy Pittsburgh.</p><p>Carnegie Mellon University researchers said the same is true in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia when it comes to wind farms.</p><p>Kyle Siler-Evans, co-author of the recently published research paper, said the goal of solar and wind power is to mitigate climate damages and improve health and air quality, but the plants are going out west where they are not needed as much.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 12201 at http://wesa.fm Shale To Solar: Farmers Use Gas Money to Build Solar Arrays http://wesa.fm/post/shale-solar-farmers-use-gas-money-build-solar-arrays <p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:01:53 +0000 The Allegheny Front 7127 at http://wesa.fm Shale To Solar: Farmers Use Gas Money to Build Solar Arrays