Southern California environment news and trends

Ebay introduces new site for green vehicles

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It was announced late last week that online auction/shopping site eBay has launched eBay Green Driving, a new site devoted to eco-friendly vehicles. As reported by Inhabitat, the site is more than just a portal for buying and selling electric vhicles, hybrids and “greener cars,” but also an educational resource for gathering a trove of information regarding more sustainable vehicles.

“The site is a one-stop-shop for all things related to green driving. It helps inform shoppers with news, data, and research tools, and with eBay’s vast inventory of new and used vehicles,” said Brad Berman, eBay Green Driving expert to Inhabitat. “In a single site, users can learn about fuel-efficient vehicles, find those vehicles, and make a purchase. There’s demand for this type of inventory among both cost- and environmentally-conscious drivers, especially as gas prices remain high.”


What's the German word for bankrupt? Blythe Solar Power Project's parent seeks protection

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Parabolic solar would have delivered solar power for the Blythe Power Project, until Solar Trust switched to PV panels. What happens now is anybody's guess.

While I've been off participating in the daily dispensation of justice under the law, a big solar project in Riverside County is hitting the skids. Solar Millennium is the German parent company behind Solar Trust, the Oakland-based company backing the Blythe Solar Power Project, and it's seeking Deutsche court protection for its debts.

Blythe's Solar Power Project won more than 2 million dollars in loan guarantees from the federal Department of Energy last year. Cue the turmoil: originally slated to use parabolic photovoltaic technology, plans shifted when project managers later ran the numbers and figured out that using solar photovoltaic panels penciled out better, largely because the price of PV had dropped precipitously. That forced the Solar Trust of America to gave up the loan guarantee