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$3 Billion Solar Power Deal Signed By California Utility

Pacific Gas & Electric today will announce a deal to buy as much as 900 megawatts of electricity. It will be enough to power 540,000 California homes each year, and involve the construction of five solar power plants during the next decade. The company to build the solar-thermal power plants in the Mojave Desert is BrightSource Energy.

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Storing Sunshine Using Flow Batteries

Flow batteries are a unique kind of battery — they have tanks that hold hundreds of gallons of the chemicals, called electrolytes. Flow batteries just happen to be very good at storing solar or wind power. Renewable power sources suffer from being intermittent, and less reliable for continuous power supply than coal or gas. Neither resource is a good match …

Servel Portable Fridge (LP Gas, 120V AC, 12V DC)

Although not the most efficient cooler, we like the fact that this cooler can be powered by so many energy sources. Notes from Manufacturer: Large enough to hold six 6-packs. Lightweight and compact with rugged turquoise plastic exterior. Comes with ice cube tray, thermostat and push button piezo igniter. Works with three different power sources: LP gas (disposable 1-lb, low …