SolaRover

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SolaRover™ Mobile Solar Power Systems provide pure, consistent electricity for all types of commercial, industrial and emergency applications - wherever and whenever needed. Categorically clean, absolutely silent and far more economical than comparable diesel generators over the long term, SolaRover systems offer today's best investments in portable power generators. With unparalleled engineering, leading-edge components, rugged steel construction and a variety of practical options, SolaRover sets the benchmark high.

EPA's Region 8 Using the Sun and Solarover

Using the Sun to Power Environmental Cleanup at the Pennsylvania Mine



EPA is using the sun to power cleanup work at the Pennsylvania Mine above Keystone, Colorado. In an effort to reduce the amount of toxic metals flowing into Peru Creek, a tributary to the Snake River, EPA is performing work to stabilize and prevent erosion of mine waste at the mine as well as supporting the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety in plugging mine tunnels to decrease the flow of metals-contaminated water. Usually this type of field operation involves running a diesel generator continuously to power and recharge tools, sampling devices, communication equipment and computers. At the Penn Mine EPA is using a solar powered generator with battery backup.

Louis Berger and SolaRover donate solar generator to Sandy victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 14, 2012

MORRISTOWN, N.J.—The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (Louis Berger) and SolaRover have partnered to donate a mobile hybrid solar generator to provide alternative energy to New York locations still without power in Superstorm Sandy's aftermath. The unit was mobilized to support a Greenpeace gym, clinic and soup kitchen facility at 196 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park, NY.

"We are proud to support the City of New York City with this donation of a mobile solar generator," said Gul Khan, a senior vice president at NJ-headquartered Louis Berger. "We often work in post-disaster environments, but when Hurricane Sandy battered the eastern seaboard, the need hit much closer to home. We have had people on the ground working with the city since this storm hit and will continue to do what we can to support the region through a long recovery."

The hybrid solar generator can produce power at roughly half the cost of a fossil fuel generator and requires significantly less logistics support and manpower. Louis Berger transported the hybrid solar generator from SolaRover's manufacturing facility, Winn Machine, in La Porte, Ind., to the Logistical Service Area at Citi Field where equipment is staged for Sandy response efforts. Louis Berger personnel are overseeing the infrastructure implementation and site management.

"This type of technology brings emergency response in this country into the 21st century and is ready for commercial application to better prepare for catastrophic events," said John Spisak, president and CEO of SolaRover.

The hybrid mobile solar generator runs on solar power instead of fossil fuels. Once power is restored, the hybrid solar generators can stay connected to a facility and the power can be used to cut utility costs, while serving as a backup system in case of future grid outages. The hybrid mobile solar generator emits no fumes, operates silently and needs no ongoing maintenance while in service.

About SolaRover
SolaRover was developed in 2008 for emergency response after witnessing the thousands of generators that lacked adequate fuel supply to function after Hurricane Katrina. SolaRover specializes in mobile solar power systems and clean electricity for emergency applications.

About The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
The Louis Berger Group is an internationally recognized consulting firm that provides engineering, architecture, program and construction management, disaster response/recovery, environmental planning and science and economic development services. We are a trusted partner to federal, state and local government agencies; multilateral institutions and commercial industry. To this diverse client base, we bring strategic vision and an entrepreneurial spirit, developing innovative solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems. With a resource base of more than 6,000 professionals and affiliate employees in more than 50 countries, we are able to respond to local conditions while providing clients with the technical resources and rapid response capabilities of a leading global organization.

SolaRover™ on 9news - Local company trying to help Sandy victims

November 12, 2012

SolaRover™ Provides Emergency Electricity to Battered New York in the Wake of Super Sandy Hurricane

SolaRover Mobile Solar Power Systems is providing emergency electricity in Queens' Rockaways District to 3 apartments, a small store and a relief center.

Lone Tree, CO – November 16 – SolaRover™ a Colorado-based, U.S. manufactured, mobile solar power company has been providing emergency electricity around critical areas of New York in the wake of hurricane Super Sandy.

The Mobile Solar Power System (MSPS) unit arrived on site on Monday. It has been moved around the disaster zone providing uninterrupted 24-hour electric support with its 18 solar panels and accompanying battery for night time delivery. The MSPS is being used for the most urgent needs until the utility company is able to reconnect transmission lines and verify building wiring is safe to turn back on.

The MSPS was initially used to power a Command Center at Citi Field, providing electricity for the first responders to get organized and develop their strategic plan for aiding the hurricane victims. It was quickly determined there was greater need for electricity in the Rockaways District and the MSPS was relocated to support three apartments housing relief personnel, a small store and the relief center appliances used to serve warm meals to the displaced residents of Rockaways.

The mobile solar power system, mounted on a trailer, is easily and safely moved from location to location as needed. The system is capable of reliable operation under overcast, rain, and snow conditions. The unit is a hybrid so that it can connect with any existing generator to provide 100% power security. The accompanying battery provides uninterrupted electric power through the night.

"SolaRover is proud to be able to support the disaster recovery efforts of FEMA, the Red Cross, Greenpeace and other first responders in the wake of hurricane Sandy," said John F. Spisak, president and CEO of SolaRover. "When gas and diesel were unable to be delivered to power backup generators, our mobile solar power system was on hand and providing uninterrupted electricity. With zero emissions and no noise the MSPS did not contribute to the stress and chaos of an already highly emotional and physically challenging situation."




Driving Force Radio - Resiliancy After Disasters

November 10, 2012

Jan Mazotti and Kelly de la Torre discuss the impact of Super Storm Sandy and what it has revealed about U.S. Infrastructure and response capability. Our latest Energy 101 segment talks about real solutions to loss of power and lack of clean water, and remarks on government resistance to change. We CAN build sustainable communities that are resilient to disasters.

Today's guests: John Spisak, CEO & President of SolaRover -- mobile solar power solution for everyday use and disaster recovery; Ralph Ciarlanti, Founder and CEO of Green Realities LLC. Maker of Solar and wind powered water filtration systems.


Driving Force Radio - Discussing Mobile Solar Power Systems

Guest John Spisak, CEO & President of SolaRover discusses mobile solar power

Host Jan Mazotti is joined by co-host Kelly de la Torre for another Energy 101 topic, discussing Mobile Solar Power Systems - a company that offers mobile solar power solutions. Think of a solar powered generator - to run your business or to provide emergency power.



Quick Topic Navigation:
Introduction – Who is SolaRover
Industrial Uses
Disaster Relief
Subsidies – Changes Needed in the Beltway
Our Stupid US Grid
Military Opportunities
Application for Developing Countries
Schools and Government Funding Issues

FoxBusiness.com - Should the Government Still Subsidize Solar Energy

Sep 23, 2011- 6:32 - SolaRover CEO John Spisak on the pitfalls of government subsidies for industries such as solar energy.


FoxNews.com LIVE - SolaRover: The Anti-Solyndra?

Sep 21, 2011- 6:32 - SolaRover: The Anti-Solyndra?


FOX 31 Denver - Red tape prevents SolaRover from helping disaster victims

SolaRover is offering to help recent storm victims, but their effores are being blocked by government red tape.

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KTVU.com - SolaRover Powered Water Purifier Could Save Lives

Revolutionary SolaRover Powered Mobile Water Purifier Could Save Lives In Major Disaster

A revolutionary new SolaRover powered mobile water purifier made an auspicious debut in the East Bay Tuesday purifies salt water in seconds.



Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department

Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department

In August 2011, SolaRover traveled to central Georgia and supported the Muscogee County Sheriff’s multijurisdictional field operation along the Interstate 85 corridor for 2 days and nights. The operation was designed to interdict drug traffickers moving north, impede speeding and reckless drivers and send a message to those driving under the influence. SolaRover powered the Muscogee County mobile command center complete with air conditioning units, a satellite communications system, lighting, radio and TV communications and officer support amenities. This demonstration featured fuel generators creating incessant noise, fumes, odor and frequent refueling trips into town alternating with the silent, clean odor free SolaRover refueling all by itself from the overhead sun. Everyone at the scene including those arrested (brought to the mobile jail) marveled at the quiet when the SolaRover was operating and it took everyone a few minutes to stop shouting outside in order to be heard over the generators when the SolaRover took over. Law enforcement from Alabama, the State of Georgia and other jurisdictions all visited the operation and all were quite impressed with the SolaRover.



SolaRover powered a group wedding in New York City

NYC Wedding

SolaRover was proud to silently and cleanly power a group wedding in downtown New York City directly across from City Hall for Sun Crystals during the fall. The event organizers wanted to award their contest winners with a clean and green wedding in the spectacular setting of Manhattan in the fall without the din of diesel generators and the odor of diesel fumes. With gentle breezes, the band playing and flowers everywhere, Sun Crystals, their guests and happy couples were married in the serene silence and clean air that only a SolaRover mobile solar generator could provide. "Green" SolaRover in the "Big Apple" and very proud of it!



SolaRover in Haiti and on FOX News

Mobile Solar Power Trailer in Haiti and on FOX News

Wind Power Won't Cool Down the Planet

Often enough it leads to higher carbon emissions


By ROBERT BRYCE


The wind industry has achieved remarkable growth largely due to the claim that it will provide major reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. There's just one problem: It's not true. A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated electricity likely won't result in any reduction in carbon emissions-or that they'll be so small as to be almost meaningless.


This issue is especially important now that states are mandating that utilities produce arbitrary amounts of their electricity from renewable sources. By 2020, for example, California will require utilities to obtain 33% of their electricity from renewables. About 30 states, including Connecticut, Minnesota and Hawaii, are requiring major increases in the production of renewable electricity over the coming years.


Wind-not solar or geothermal sources-must provide most of this electricity. It's the only renewable source that can rapidly scale up to meet the requirements of the mandates. This means billions more in taxpayer subsidies for the wind industry and higher electricity costs for consumers.


None of it will lead to major cuts in carbon emissions, for two reasons. First, wind blows only intermittently and variably. Second, wind-generated electricity largely displaces power produced by natural gas-fired generators, rather than that from plants burning more carbon-intensive coal.


Because wind blows intermittently, electric utilities must either keep their conventional power plants running all the time to make sure the lights don't go dark, or continually ramp up and down the output from conventional coal- or gas-fired generators (called "cycling"). But coal-fired and gas-fired generators are designed to run continuously, and if they don't, fuel consumption and emissions generally increase. A car analogy helps explain: An automobile that operates at a constant speed-say, 55 miles per hour-will have better fuel efficiency, and emit less pollution per mile traveled, than one that is stuck in stop-and-go traffic.


Recent research strongly suggests how this problem defeats the alleged carbon-reducing virtues of wind power. In April, Bentek Energy, a Colorado-based energy analytics firm, looked at power plant records in Colorado and Texas. (It was commissioned by the Independent Petroleum Association of the Mountain States.) Bentek concluded that despite huge investments, wind-generated electricity "has had minimal, if any, impact on carbon dioxide" emissions.


Bentek found that thanks to the cycling of Colorado's coal-fired plants in 2009, at least 94,000 more pounds of carbon dioxide were generated because of the repeated cycling. In Texas, Bentek estimated that the cycling of power plants due to increased use of wind energy resulted in a slight savings of carbon dioxide (about 600 tons) in 2008 and a slight increase (of about 1,000 tons) in 2009.


The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has estimated the potential savings from a nationwide 25% renewable electricity standard, a goal included in the Waxman-Markey energy bill that narrowly passed the House last year. Best-case scenario: about 306 million tons less CO2 by 2030. Given that the agency expects annual U.S. carbon emissions to be about 6.2 billion tons in 2030, that expected reduction will only equal about 4.9% of emissions nationwide. That's not much when you consider that the Obama administration wants to cut CO2 emissions 80% by 2050.


Earlier this year, another arm of the Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, released a report whose conclusions were remarkably similar to those of the EIA. This report focused on integrating wind energy into the electric grid in the Eastern U.S., which has about two-thirds of the country's electric load. If wind energy were to meet 20% of electric needs in this region by 2024, according to the report, the likely reduction in carbon emissions would be less than 200 million tons per year. All the scenarios it considered will cost at least $140 billion to implement. And the issue of cycling conventional power plants is only mentioned in passing.


Coal emits about twice as much CO2 during combustion as natural gas. But wind generation mostly displaces natural gas, because natural gas-fired generators are often the most costly form of conventional electricity production. Yet if regulators are truly concerned about reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, they should be encouraging gas-fired generation at the expense of coal. And they should be doing so because U.S. natural gas resources are now likely large enough to meet all of America's natural gas needs for a century.


Meanwhile, the wind industry is pocketing subsidies that dwarf those garnered by the oil and gas sector. The federal government provides a production tax credit of $0.022 for each kilowatt-hour of electricity produced by wind. That amounts to $6.44 per million BTU of energy produced. In 2008, however, the EIA reported subsidies to oil and gas totaled $1.9 billion per year, or about $0.03 per million BTU of energy produced. Wind subsidies are more than 200 times as great as those given to oil and gas on the basis of per-unit-of-energy produced.


Perhaps it comes down to what Kevin Forbes, the director of the Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship at Catholic University, told me: "Wind energy gives people a nice warm fuzzy feeling that we're taking action on climate change." Yet when it comes to CO2 emissions, "the reality is that it's not doing much of anything."


Mr. Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, recently published his fourth book, "Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future" (PublicAffairs).

SolaRover Introduction Video

Mobile Solar Power Trailer Introduction

SolaRover in the News

SolaRover - Taste of Lone Tree

On August 13 and 14, 2011, SolaRover was pleased to completely power the end of summer festival - "A Taste of Lone Tree" - for the City of Lone Tree and the Chamber of Commerce. Nearly 30 restaurants, dozens of artisans, musicians and a band participated in the 2 day event that featured wine and beer tasting, live music, lots of good food and kids’ activities all spread out within the Commons at Lone Tree. This 2 day festival was completely green with all power supplied by SolaRover’s Mojave-3 and Alvord cube units giving the crowds of people the opportunity to enjoy the music, have friendly conversation and savor the mingling aromas of freshly cooking delicacies from some of the area’s best eateries. There was no din of generators and no smell of exhaust to interfere. SolaRover powered lights, cookers, freezers, ice-cream coolers, amplifiers, guitars, pizza ovens and much more - all silently, and exhaust free. Even with heavy cloud cover and a rain shower the second day, the festival was a success and 100% green powered.



SolaRover in ICOSA

ICOSA, a publication known for informative articles on subjects that make the world a better place, did a feature on SolaRover.
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