Haven't you heard of on site wells?
There is something called double net zero...
KB Home has built a “Double ZeroHouse,” designed to achieve net-zero energy usage and conserve as much as 70 percent of the freshwater that would traditionally be used in a typical resale home, in California.
But because you can’t depend on the sun to come out every day — and you can be certain it will go down every night — solar-powered homes still have to be connected to “the grid.”
That could change when Tesla Motors Inc. starts making the same lithium-ion battery technology that powers its super-sleek cars available to homeowners.
Tesla already offers battery storage to a few customers of SolarCity Corp. (Tesla CEO Elon Musk is SolarCity’s chairman and biggest shareholder) and will be ready to start mass-producing them in the next six months, Bloomberg reports.
Making Tesla’s batteries available to homeowners could have a “disruptive” effect by spurring more homeowners to go “off-grid,” Morgan Stanley analysts have said.
Musk has been working Twitter hard this week to build anticipation for a formal announcement. A “major new Tesla product line — not a car — will be unveiled,” on April 30, he promised Monday.
Today Musk noted that SolarCity “just hit a new daily energy record” of five gigawatt-hours — roughly enough to supply 165,000 homes – and that it “almost feels like something is needed to complete the picture. …”
The takeaway for real estate brokers and agents? Undeveloped land that would once have been cost-prohibitive to build on because of the expense of bringing utilities on-site could suddenly be more attractive — assuming permits are obtainable, and that perc test comes back with a passing grade.
The only time that Blackburn, now a coal industry consultant, remembers things being this bad was in the 1990s. Back then, he estimates, almost 40 percent of the region's mines went bankrupt.
"It's a similar situation," said Blackburn, who owns Blackacre, a Richmond, Va.-based consulting firm.
Now, like then, the principal problem is sinking coal prices. They've dropped 33 percent over the past four years to levels that have made most mining companies across the Appalachia mountain region unprofitable.
To make matters worse, there's little chance of a quick rebound in prices. That's because idling a mine to cut output and stem losses isn't an option for many companies. The cost of doing so — even on a temporary basis — has become so prohibitive that it can put a miner out of business fast, Blackburn and other industry analysts say.
So companies keep pulling coal out of the ground, opting to take a small, steady loss rather than one big writedown, in the hope that prices will bounce back. That, of course, is only adding to the supply glut in the United States, the world's second-biggest producer, and driving prices down further.
It's become, in essence, a trap for miners.
Companies will dig up at least 17 million tons more coal than power plants need this year, Morgan Stanley estimates. Coal is burned at the plants to generate electricity. That's creating the latest fossil fuel glut in the U.S., joining oil and natural gas.
The fuel's share of the electricity market has dropped to 37 percent from about half in 2007, government data show.
Friday and today.....
Doesn't matter. COAL IS STILL DEAD!
Coal is history! It's old, dirty, messy and not the cheapest on the block.....
NYMEX Natural Gas 2.637 0.0070 ▼ -0.2648% 2.645 / 2.626 2015-03-30 23:26:09
COAL IS DEAD!
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Did you have a bad day?
Your crying doesn't make you look too good....
I wouldn't talk too much about bonds and debt on an ACI board....
COAL IS DEAD!
It will be $10,000 or more. Figuring a 30KWH battery system....
Now if You would PAY ATTENTION.
Elon Musk is in the process of creating battery backup for SOLAR.
Solar POWER is cheaper than coal.
COAL IS DEAD!