Your Questions About Solar Power Partners

Daniel asks…

Coal Power: 1 in 6 Children Exposed to Dangerous Mercury Levels?

Mercury puts children potentially at risk for learning disabilities, motor skill impairment and short-term memory loss. In the U.S., most of our electricity is produced from burning coal. This coal has mercury in it, and when burned, the mercury goes into the air and settles into streams and lakes. The mercury then poisons the fish in the water. Many people are told not to eat certain fish, including pregnant women. http://www.pbs.org/now/science/mercuryinfish.html

The result has been that people stop eating nutritious types of fish, which the body often needs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/19/business/19adco.html?ex=1282104000&en=aea4435f8c229337&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

If coal power plants are so dangerous, why doesn't the federal government start to require that electricity be produced by other methods (e.g. nuclear, wind, solar, etc.)?
Dooberheim – You seem to say that mercury in fish is only dangerous in certain situations. Not true. It's a widespread health issue. http://www.epa.gov/mercury/effects.htm
Jim M – Are you saying that mercury in coal can be removed entirely by washing with water? You will have mercury present deep in a chunk of coal no matter how much you wash it.

ssadmin answers:

They should, but nuclear power is held to be more dangerous in many people's eyes. It's not. It is the safest bulk power source ever devised.

The mercury thing is different – Minimata disease was a specific problem in a specific place. Fish these days don't have that problem except under unusual circumstances.

DK

Mark asks…

How much would I spend a month if…?

How much money would I need to spend (a month) if …

-I don't use a car
-My house is small and powered by alternative energy (it's own solar cells etc)
-I keep grocery shopping to a minimum and buy discount and sale items
-I live without family members/partners

Try and answer by relating your question to Hawaii. Don't include the initial cost of paying off the house either, and I don't care how unfeasible this lifestyle is, I just need figures.

ssadmin answers:

Small house, $1500 – 2000 of property tax per year. If you have the value of the house and what island, we could nail it down further. Let's say $150 a month. Http://www.coastalhawaii.com/Hawaii_Property_Tax.htm

Consider state and federal income taxes also. The cost would depend on how much you made.

In Hawaii, you will need to fumigate your house every few years, or the termites will eat it. I'd set aside $50 a month for this purpose. You could assign less at your peril.

You would lose efficiency by living in a house alone. A meal for two costs almost the same as a meal for one. Food in Hawaii costs more, as you know, but if you eat a lot of rice with just a little pickle or fish, you could get by for $10 a day. Long term, this could damage your health, but my family history records that my great, great grandfather did it in famine time, and hey, I'm here.

Are you going to have medical insurance or health care of any kind, or just take your chances?

A grid-tied solar system in Hawaii is still going to cost $10/month in Honolulu. If you're on a neighbor island, it may cost $70/month, because they won't let you net meter on their small grids. We're ignoring the capital cost of installing the solar in the first place.

You'll need water. Average bill is $45/month. Yours would be $30 maybe living an average lifestyle. If you're willing to live a third world lifestyle (no personal washing except sponge baths every few days, no washing machine, water only for drinking, bury your waste (which is technically illegal), that bill might be only $10/month. It's pretty humid in Hawaii, not having a daily bath is a major sacrifice.

Do you expect to have the internet at home, or would you just read books from the library? $30/month for an internet service provider.

If you're looking for a lower cost of living place, you might want to consider Baja California, away from the tourist areas. The Mexican government would not sell you land if you're not a citizen, but you could get a long-term lease and live cheaply.

James asks…

What are the chances of the following succeeding?

January 18, 2008 8:31 AM PST
Masdar City in Abu Dhabi to lay claim to greenest city
Posted by Martin LaMonica

The cleanest city in the entire world will take root next month in Abu
Dhabi, a place best known for its oil.

At the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, a model of Masdar City
is scheduled to be unveiled on Monday. The three-day conference is
hosted by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co.'s Masdar Initiative, which
is investing in a range of ventures, including clean-tech start-ups.

An artist's rendering of the overall plan of Masdar City. A model will
be unveiled Monday.
(Credit: Masdar)

In February, Masdar (which means “the source” in Arabic) will break
ground on the six-square-kilometer city that its backers say will be
the first zero-pollution, zero-waste city. The city will be capable of
housing 47,500 people, who are scheduled to start moving there in
2009. Construction is expected to take 10 years.

The vision of the city, designed by Foster and Partners, is to be a
model for sustainable architecture.

A solar-photovoltaic power plant will deliver energy to buildings.
Builders also envision using solar canopies that provide shade, as
well as power.

A vision of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
(Credit: Foster and Partners)

The city will be placed to take advantage of the cool sea breezes,
while a perimeter wall around the entire city will protect buildings
from the hot desert air and noise from the nearby Abu Dhabi airport.

No cars will be allowed in the city. People will get around through an
electric light-rail system that will be linked to the center of Abu
Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

A desalination facility will be 80 percent more efficient than
existing plants, and all wastewater will be purified and recycled to
grow plants that could be used for biofuels.

Masdar City will be the home of the Masdar Institute of Science and
Technology, which backers hope will attract some of the best academics
from the around the world. Also envisioned are research and
development facilities from multinational companies and start-ups in
the clean technology area.
Topics:
Green buildings, Solar
What chances does something like this have of succeeding?

ssadmin answers:

It has a chance as long as the money holds out. Since their money comes from oil profits, they must count the ungreen of their money in all this. With that included, they will be no better than anyone else. That is how many groups claim green. In their calculations, the money to do it, grows on trees instead of coming from the real world. You have to look at the universal numbers, not the after money numbers.

Carol asks…

Can anyone help me in revising my short essay? i need help with punctuation and grammar.?

basically i have to pick one thing I've been involved in and write a short paragraph on the extent of my involvement and what i accomplished.

well at the least one paragraph and not exceeding one page. i prefer one page.

i need help in editing grammar and punctuation and spelling and the format.
like are all the right information the right order.

thank you in advanced.

its a first draft i just need up on improving it.

I recognized what the Audubon Center at Debs Park was offering to our community when I first visited the site a few years back on a field trip in my Urban Ecology class. I was curious to see what other type of works this organization was contribution to the local community that I insisted on continue involvement in the Audubon Center at Debs Park. I started of with a project, Zone 5 in the City: Art Sustaining Nature. It is a temporary site-specific installation exhibition. Where I was partner up with artists, to help sculpturing a cycle of the transformation of plants, to consumer goods to compost called, The Arch of Composting. With the ending of the art project I did not see myself quitting on helping with the Audubon Center at Debs Park as therefore I continued on perusing doing volunteer work there. Which worked out perfectly when I found out I was required to complete a number of hours for my government class. Also the Audubon Center has a lot to offer it is a non- profit, non- governmental organization. It runs on solar power and educates local schools on how to take part in helping the environment. They organize nature hikes and bird watching to anyone who is wiling to go. For free.

ssadmin answers:

I recognized what the Audubon Center at Debs Park was offering to our community when I first visited the site a few years back on a field trip in my Urban Ecology class. I was curious to see what other type of works this organization was contribution to the local community that I insisted on continue involvement in the Audubon Center at Debs Park. I started of with a project, Zone 5 in the City: Art Sustaining Nature. It is a temporary site-specific installation exhibition. Where I was partner up with artists to help sculpturing a cycle of the transformation of plants to consumer goods to compost called, “The Arch of Composting.” With the ending of the art project I did not see myself quitting on helping with the Audubon Center at Debs Park as therefore I continued on perusing doing volunteer work there. Which worked out perfectly when I found out I was required to complete a number of hours for my government class. Also the Audubon Center has a lot to offer it is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It runs on solar power and educates local schools on how to take part in helping the environment. They organize nature hikes and bird watching for free to anyone who is wiling to go.

U have alot of long sentences u should try lessing the sentances into smaller ones!

William asks…

Girlfriend broke up with me after becoming attached to another guy emotionally. Who has the right to leave?

My partner and I broke up a 5 year relationship a few days ago. It was complicated, but basically she didn't love me anymore. It came from general things like arguments, not showing respect etc. I have been under considerable pressure with university and work, and i forgot to maintain our relationship. She also didn't do anything to help. She told me that she hasn't loved me for 6 months before we broke up, but she never told me until it happened.

The complication arises when she has met someone new from an online game. She has known this person for around 2 months and chatted generally like normal online friends would. But in the last 2-3 weeks, has been messaging them about 20 messages a day, and told me they both like each other. They now say they love each other. We broke up 6 days ago. She claims this has nothing to do with the breakup, and i agree. Now that we have broken up, they are trying to organize to meet up, and eventually she mvoes down to him. The thing is she lives about 18 hours away (he lives in Melbourne, and we live 4 hours north of Sydney… in Australia obviously).

Basically, she emotionally cheated me out of our relationship, and has made a big call to go with her new found love. At first i was being too supportive about it. I was agreeing to remain friends, and giving her time to meet him first (he was going to come up in 3 weeks). I sat there crying and feeling sick everyday. I woke up to myself yesterday and realized i was being a pushover. SHE made the decision to break up with me, SHE made the decision to fall in love with another guy, SHE can deal with it. I told her she has to be out of here by the weekend.

She doesn't agree she should have to leave. She tells me i should just move in with my parents until she sorts herself out. That wouldn't be so bad if they didn't live in a cottage in a swamp, and ran on solar power. I've lived there before, and it is hard. The thing is, i don't feel it is my decision to change my life and where i live. After all, she isn't planning on hanging around for more than a few months.

She has 4 main options:
(1) To catch a train down to him. This is not hard for her, but he has to somehow convince his parents to let her move in until they get sorted (both are poor).
(2) To live with her mum again. Her mum lives 6 hours away on a farm. She refuses to go back, but that is just her trying to get her way.
(3) To live with her friend. She has a good friend in the next town, and i can't see how it would be an issue to keep her there if it were only a few weeks.
(4) To stay here. This is obviously the best choice for her, because she gets time to develop her relationship before she moves. It means i have to move out to my parents temporarily and return when she leaves (we still have 11 months on lease). It means i still have to think about her being close, and i still have all my stuff here.

Her my boyfriend is basically telling her that she has a right to stay too. I disagree, she made the call, she can deal with it herself.

What do you guys think?
She has another option too. He could drive up to get her (she has Asperger's Syndrome, so it is hard for her to travel alone with confidence). She said he can't get time off – what a poor excuse.
Someone mentioned that whoever pays has the right to stay. Well, we both pay rent equally.

ssadmin answers:

Whoever has been paying for the house has the right to stay.

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