Category Archives: Photojournalism



Solar Today, Getting Started, October 2009 cover

This may just be my favorite cover so far. The assignment: find and photograph a solar home that makes sense for 2010. To me, that meant finding home that a normal human being could both afford to own and want to live in. I asked around for something “fun and on the small side.” Several folks independently suggested this home. It turned out to be John and Yayoi Shaw’s place. I’ve known both of them for several years now. John through the solar industry; Yayoi from the Denver Japanese Consulate. Small Planet. Right size home.

Solar Today, Getting Started, October 2009 cover


Solar Today, July-August 2009 cover

One of the coolest things about being both an engineer and a photojournalist, is that I get to talk with my engineering colleagues about what they are doing. These conversations often turn into geek-fests — as was the case with Abound Solar’s Tim Barry. He used to work for Atmel Semiconductors that made the really cool (and cheap!) microcontroler I used for a greenhouse control system I developed in the late 90’s. Sharing the excitement for his new gig in the solar business helped defuse the fact that I had a big fat 16-35mm lens pointing at him.

Solar Today, July-August 2009 cover


Solar Today, March, 2009 cover

You can read about the little adventure I had making this picture on the Solar Today website. It was great fun (as usual), and the staff at Solar Today made this look great (as usual). This home is on the market for something like $3.9M. If I hadn’t put all of my assets into Madoff Securities, I’d buy a few of these for my friends. What was I thinking?

Solar Today, March, 2009 cover


Solar Today, Get Started, October 2008 cover

Sometimes the sun goddesses smile on my photography. I had one day and two homes. The weather, which had been uncooperative the day before, cooperated. The flowers were in perfect bloom (and out of in nearly perfect focus).

This is one of Bella Energy‘s solar installations. I think the most beautiful one in Colorado. It looks like the whole roof is made of solar panels — and one day they all will be.

This was a special edition funded by a US Department of Energy grant. About 160,000 copies were printed  – probably the most ink I’ve gotten, or most biomass I’ve made… depending on how you want to look at it.

Solar Today, Get Started, October 2008 cover


Solar Today, September-October 2008 cover

Colorado State University does it again! I was asked to communicate “young people getting ready for an exciting career in renewable energy.” These two grad students are developing next generation lithium battery technology — ultimately for use in electric vehicles. The “storage problem” of intermittent renewable energy sources is anything but a problem for these student. It is an opportunity to make a difference and have cool career!

Solar Today, September-October 2008 cover



Solar Today, January-February 2008 cover

I made this picture of the LED holiday lighting in downtown Fort Collins. It shows how efficiency can be beautiful and popular — as save money.

 

レノバ(東京都千代田区)は2014年5月28日、他1社との共同事業で、「那須塩原ソーラー発電所」の建設を始めた。栃木県那須塩原市内に位置する約37haの民有林に建設するメガソーラー(大規模太陽光発電所)で、出力約24.8MWの太陽光パネルを設置する。パワーコンディショナー(PCS)には、東芝三菱電機産業システム(TMEIC)製を採用する。設置する太陽光パネルの製造企業は未公表。

 年間発電量は約2610万kWhを見込み、一般家庭の約7,000世帯の年間使用電力量に相当する。2014年6月中に着工し、2015年9月の運転開始を目指す。レノバが事業計画の策定から、開発プロセス全般を主導し、2014年5月28日付で、合同会社那須塩原ソーラーが営業者となる匿名組合を組成した。

 なお、同発電事業では、森林法に基づく林地開発行為の許可や県条例(栃木県自然環境の保全及び緑化に関する条例)に基づく自然環境保全協定を締結した。

 レノバは、茨城県潮来市において共同事業による14MWのメガソーラー発電所を運営するほか、千葉県富津市(40MW)、静岡県菊川市堀之内谷地区(7.5MW)、静岡県菊川市石山地区(9.4MW)、大分県玖珠郡九重町(25.4MW)のメガソーラー発電所についても、同社が主導的に開発を進め、現在建設中だ。那須塩原市の案件を含め、同社が運転中または建設中のメガソーラー発電所は、6カ所で合計120MW相当になる。