More than 2 billion years ago, an asteroid hit Earth, leaving a crater 43 miles wide. Measuring 66 feet in diameter, the asteroid is 11 times larger than 2018 VP1, and this month it will get a kiss on the surface of the planet from its closest neighbor 2018 V1. The asteroid shares the Earth's orbit, appears brighter than the Sun and is visible from a distance of 62 miles.
This NASA video shows the size and shape of 2018 VP1, one of the largest known asteroids in the solar system. A single astronomical unit describes the distance between Earth and its closest neighbor 2018 V1 and the Sun.
This means that the impact would produce enough energy to take us to one of the solar system's best-preserved meteorite impact sites, the Guided Impact Site in Sudbury, Michigan. On the other hand, solar and wind farms employ very few people, and most of the revenue goes to city investors. Solar energy is free, widely available and, above all, grants motorists with solar energy complete independence from foreign oil.
The Great Lake State can largely trace its current position to two major regulatory measures: the Michigan Renewable Energy Policy (RPS) and the Clean Power Plan (CPP). These two regulatory measures have been particularly successful in driving the growth of renewable and solar energy across the country. While government efforts to reduce solar costs have helped solar energy grow, Michigan's solar policy has also played an important role in influencing the industry's recent developments. In addition to the landmark solar laws passed in 2008 and associated state F-PS requirements, the state has experimented with other unique methods to encourage further solar growth.
In 2009, for example, the state Public Service Commission created and funded a nonprofit organization called Michigan Saves, which became independent and operational in 2011. The Green Bank relies on public grants to make appropriate use of state and federal funds, as well as private investment from private investors. One brand offering for residents is a loan to finance up to $30,000 in solar costs for installing a solar system.
A US company called SEV has shown that a modified, solar-powered Prius improves fuel consumption by about 29 percent. By using a combination of solar cells and electric motor, Toyota was able to harness the power of the sun to its advantage, save gas and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This special solar cell cannot be used to power the entire vehicle, but there is hope.
The transmission lines that send electricity are nearly exhausted, but O'Neill hopes renewables can generate enough electricity to keep his house and other gifts, including a river full of salmon, whitefish, whales and trout. Soos's benefits include proximity to Lake Superior State University in Michigan, which accepts the lowest salaries in southern Ontario and also trains auto industry professionals in Detroit. Sayers and others have many opportunities to trade in renewable energy in the Soko.
If excess electricity has to go somewhere, it can be sold at a high discount to Michigan, New York or other places if it goes somewhere. Thibeault pointed out that states that need additional electricity from Ontario to meet their needs must sell the excess energy back to the grid. Solar advocates have been fighting against the legislation for some time, and will continue to fight to ensure that homeowners receive fair value by selling electricity at market value.
To help with this challenge, Sault Ste. Marie Solar Energy Corp., a subsidiary of the Ontario Energy Board, is building a 1,000-kilowatt solar power plant on a hill on the eastern side of the city. Electricity flows from 30 heliene solar cells mounted on blueberry bushes and hilltops. The pioneers include a rooftop solar system that generates electricity on sunny days and a 300-watt wind turbine that is good for 8 miles in the wind.
Nearby, solar panels from Canada's Solar Inc. in Guelph, Oregon, glisten in the sun, and the boss of the solar power plant that makes them is Martin Pochtaruk, 51, an Argentine-born engineer.
Solar powered cars have come a long way since the first solar panels were created in 1883. Solar pioneer Hans Tholstrup initiated the World Solar Challenge by driving a self-built solar car called Quiet Achiever from Australia to the east in 1982. In the bush of northern Ontario, Canadian sweat and energy melted, but it's more than that, combined with the power of solar panels from Canadian Solar Inc. in Guelph, Oregon.
This is the first solar car of its kind in the US and it will be equipped with a 1,000 kilowatt-hour battery pack powered by solar cells from Canadian Solar Inc. of Guelph, Oregon, and an electric motor.
The World Solar Challenge, inaugurated in 1987, showcases the development of advanced automotive technology and promotes alternatives to conventional cars. The challenge is simple: build a solar car that can travel from Darwin to Adelaide in no time.