Thursday, May 19, 2011

Solar energy site, wind energy lamps at the Expo

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rows of solar panels and wind turbines line the 38,000 square-foot building. There are electric cars and Segways, together with car charging stations and free seminars on sustainable living.

It's all part of the second solar and wind Expo, which began on Friday morning and continue through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

The event is the brainchild of George Lopez of Pasadena, the 25 years as a contractor, but on the search for a new line of work the recession his construction business in a dive sent. What he found was a wind and solar energy market, which grew, but was still largely untapped.

"If things are bad, it is the best time to reinvent itself," said Lopez. "What better to me than to promote that already out there and these resources are growing to reinvent?"

Lopez appears to have found a new vocation. The first solar and wind Expo 2010 attended nearly 5,000 people and about 40 vendors. This year 55 to 60 suppliers showed up and Lopez expects even greater masses. More than 500 people were yesterday morning at the start of the event.

Governor Martin O'Malley decided, this year's Expo as a venue for Maryland use energy summit, brought politicians, representatives of the industry and conscientious citizens on the sprawling Fairgrounds from York Road.

"Energy touches every aspect of our lives, the costs of heating our houses to conserve our resources for future generations," said O'Malley. "We are all here today because we understand that we are in a fight for our children of the future." "Maryland leads efforts in renewable energy and sustainability of the nation, and grow our State ' green ' sector is critical to our ability to create jobs and global in the new economy compete."

The governor's look, coupled with a growing vendor and visitors was based, as a good sign as seen from Lopez.

"It's good to see that the Governor of this problems is attention," said Lopez. "The fact that we have more than 500 people here shows that to be the public, as well as starts." We must now take only the things we have learned and apply. "We need to make these things mainstream."

One of the suppliers was Millersville-based solar energy services. Founded in 2006 by Roger Perry, the company houses and solar panels for electricity, warm water and swimming pool heater analyzes, among other things installed.

Enough water for an average heating installed family of four, solar energy services two 4-foot by 8-foot solar panels at a cost of about $10,000, Perry said. But residents get solar renewable energy credits, together with other State and federal incentives, which "will pay the panels for itself in just over two years", says Perry.

Perry and solar energy services of President Rick Peters say business before recently exploding was.

"We are 80 percent annually grow," said Peters. "We grow and we rented only more people, so we are to create jobs."

A further Millersville company, Kenergy solar, was at the Expo. Although the company is only 2 years old, it has already installed, solar panels in the whole Anne Arundel and Montgomery County, co-ordinator Julia Sullivan said.

Kenergy 5-kilowatt solar panels at home, can install the 30 - to 40 - percent of its requirements would provide electricity at a cost of about $25,000, Sullivan said. With tax credits and incentives, as well as the reduction in energy consumption said the panels in about 61/2 years, Sullivan pay for themselves.

Sullivan praised O'Malley and State legislators, who are pushing for new, innovative renewable energy measures.

"it to create a sustainable industry for us help," said Sullivan.

Lopez relies on an another Expo in Pennsylvania next month and hopes eventually to Ohio, New York, and in addition to expand. He hopes also, add more on the Expo in Timonium at a point where the car park is full of vendors and visitors alike, said he.

"We even yet not the surface scraped what we can do," said Lopez.

Maryland energy Administration Director Malcolm Woolf together similar feelings.

"Maryland innovation, thanks to smart decisions has emerged as a national leader in the energy, we have had in the last five years", said Woolf. "The today's energy Summit further confirms Maryland's commitment to accelerate our transition to a clean energy future."

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