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Daily Digest 9/2 - Good News Friday: Solar Panel Sustainability, Father Tries To Grow All His Family’s Food

Friday, September 2, 2016, 11:15 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

Chicago official gets 10 years for role in dirty red light camera deal (jdargis)

The May 2014 criminal indictment explained that Redflex hired Bills’ friend Martin O’Malley, who was paid $2 million for his services as a contractor, effectively making him one of the company’s highest paid workers. Much of that money was then funneled to Bills, who used it for personal gain. Via Redflex employees, Bills also acquired a Mercedes and a condominium in Arizona. O’Malley and then-CEO Karen Finley, who have pleaded guilty in their own respective criminal cases, both testified against Bills at trial.

9-Year-Old Loves Driving the Combine On His Family Farm Because Why Wouldn’t He (jdargis)

In Texas, as in many states, no driver’s license is required to drive farm equipment like combines and tractors, not even on public roads. (The US Department of Transportation has periodically pondered requiring a commercial driver’s license for farm equipment, but due to strong opposition from the farming community, has not pushed too hard to turn that into law.) And for many farmers, especially those with multi-generational family farms, learning how to drive a tractor or combine is a nostalgic and fundamental part of childhood.

New find might be oldest evidence of life on Earth (jdargis)

The researchers haven’t found microscopic fossils there, but they have found macroscopic structures they believe are stromatolites. Stromatolites are small, layered mounds of sediment built by mats of microbes living in shallow water. They’re still found in a few places today and can commonly be found throughout the geologic record due to their distinctive structure of fine, concentric layers. Stromatolites can range in size from a few centimeters across to more than a meter—all of which is significantly easier to spot than a single, fossilized microbe.

With Mother Teresa Set to Be Canonized, Her Work Lives On in the Streets (jdargis)

“Mother used to call it a drop in the ocean, but without that drop, it would not be the same,” Sister Mary Prema Pierick, the superior general of the congregation, said in an interview in a former chicken coop turned into spare living quarters for some of the sisters in Rome.

Solar Panel Lifespan: Recycling & Sustainability Issues (Michael W.)

Solar panels also come with a few different warranties that can give you a sense of just how long you can expect your solar panel’s lifespan to be. Manufacturers will offer both an equipment warranty, to certify against manufacturing defects, and a performance warranty, to guarantee that your panels will produce a certain amount of electricity. Your solar panel’s performance warranty, which typically lasts 25 years, can give you a better sense of how much electricity to expect from your solar panel system over time.

Iowa Approves Massive Wind Farm Amid Utility's Push for 100 Percent Renewable Energy (Kevin J.)

The project -- first announced in April -- is part of Des Moines-based MidAmerican's goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy for Iowa customers.

We are finalizing plans to begin construction of the 1,000 wind turbines, with completion expected by the end of 2019," MidAmerican spokeswoman Ashton Hockman said in an email Monday. "Wind XI will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa and is the largest wind project MidAmerican Energy has ever undertaken.

The Eastern US could get a third of its power from renewables within 10 years. Theoretically. (Kevin J.)

The EI was built around coal, nuclear, natural gas, and hydro power, which can be deployed whenever grid operators need them. (They are "dispatchable.") The pressing question facing today’s policymakers is whether the EI can, relatively quickly, accommodate much more renewable energy, which is variable, i.e., only available when the wind blows or the sun shines.

For 100 Days, This Dad of Four Tried Growing All His Family’s Food (jdargis)

The challenge started off slowly. When they began in May, the family was still getting seeds and seedlings into several small plots on less than a half-acre. They planted a wide variety of vegetables, including tomatoes, potatoes, corn, squashes, and greens. They’d also just received their 75 broiler chicks, who arrived a tad early, as you can see in the video below. But by June, midway through the 100 days, the chickens were ready for slaughter and some of the vegetables were ready to be picked, so the grocery-store supplements slowed. By the last month of the challenge, which ended August 13, Rhodes estimates that 75 percent of the food he consumed was what he grew or raised.

Gold & Silver

Click to read the PM Daily Market Commentary: 9/1/16

Provided daily by the Peak Prosperity Gold & Silver Group

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