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2018: Another Banner Year for Solar

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In 2016, predictions surrounding the solar industry seemed to suggest that 2017 would see a drastic shift downward of solar panel installations. These predictions were errantly based on the fact that China and the US were revising their solar policies, which led experts to believe it would take time to figure out what these policy revisions consisted of. As it turns out, 2017 was a great year for the solar industry and installations, precisely because of those policy revisions. The global solar community installed an astounding 75 GW(Giga-Watts) of solar power in 2016. Although final numbers aren’t in, expectations for [...]
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Flexible Thin Film Solar Benefits

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Flexible thin film solar modules have been available for several years. The models available in today’s market embody similar efficiency ratings as those familiar to traditional fixed solar panel systems. They are flexible, as the name implies, and very lightweight, especially when compared to traditional rigid solar panels. Their inherent flexibility and peel-n-stick application make them the perfect product for anything that traditional solar panels would be unsuitable for. First generation flexible thin film solar products employed non-crystalline amorphous silicon. These early models were both lightweight and flexible, but they also provided a less than desirable power output, averaging a [...]
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DIY Small Scale Solar Projects

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There are several options available for alternate energy; wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal. Wind and solar are the two most prevalent options employed by people who have an interest in emergency preparedness, homesteading, energy efficiency, financial savings, or all the above. That being said, solar energy options are leading the way in the residential sector. Solar is a more viable option for homeowners living in urban/suburban settings, as height restrictions in these regions prevent the deployment of large windmills and turbines. If you have an interest in any of the benefits mentioned above, but haven’t made the decision to purchase [...]
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Community Solar Farms; The Future of Sustainable Urban Energy

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By now you should be aware of the resurgence of solar in the alternative energy industry. Installation of solar energy systems for residential homeowners continues to experience rapid growth across the entire country. Up until recently, the majority of solar system installations occurred on homesteads, or in suburban settings that have developed regional codes for allowing the installation of solar system equipment. In fact, many localities now have incentives for suburban homeowners to give serious consideration for investing in solar energy systems. Today, one of the more interesting concepts in the solar industry involves the creation of community solar farms. [...]
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Solar Installations; DIY or Go with a Pro?

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If you’re thinking of investing in solar energy, and you have mechanical and technical aptitude, then you’ve probably already begun asking yourself questions, such as; do homeowners normally attempt to install solar systems themselves? Should I attempt to install the system I am interested in, or should I leave it to the professionals? If I do decide to install it myself, what tools and skills will I need to accomplish this feat? Will installing the system myself save me money? If so, how much, and does it justify doing it myself? These are all questions that the DIY enthusiast asks [...]
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Home Buyer’s Beware of Existing Solar

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It’s no secret that the push for renewable energy has hit the United States. Today, solar installations across the country are increasing drastically, compared to just 20 years ago. There are currently more than 1 million solar installations in the US, enough to power over 5.5 million residential homes. Once considered an investment for the wealthy, the drastically decreasing cost of going solar has allowed for middle class families to get onboard with a renewable energy source. Individuals interested in selling a home with existing solar can expect to receive a slightly higher asking price. Those interested in buying a [...]
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The Future of Urban/Suburban Community Solar

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One of the things coming to urban/suburban communities for the summer of 2017 is Totem. In what looks like a futuristic street lamp, Totem combines the ability to harness and store solar energy with 4G and WiFi capabilities. Additionally, the Totem solar platform will be capable of charging hybrid vehicles, as well as provide street lighting, all in one conveniently redesigned product that will be integrated into the existing environment. Totem: A futuristic platform for emerging smart cities Totem hopes to transform the solar industry by integrating smart utility products within emerging smart communities and cities. Energy, transportation, and communications [...]
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How Solar Tracker Systems Work

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Solar tracker systems are mounting configurations for solar panels that allow for the array to alter its position to face and follow the sun as it blazes a path across the sky. This maximizes the energy output of the solar panel array. In PV (photovoltaic) solar systems, the tracker system minimizes the angle of sunlight hitting the surface of the solar panel; this is referred to in solar speak as the “angle of incidence.” By doing this, the solar tracker system ensures maximum energy output from the solar panel system. Concentrated PV and thermal solar systems employ optics that harness [...]
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Pros & Cons of Solar Trackers

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If you are thinking about investing in solar power, then you may also need to consider investing in a solar tracker system; however, before you can do that, you need to know the benefits of installing them, as well as the potential disadvantages associated with them. During the early years of renewable energy, residential solar panel installation normally consisted of mounting them to south facing roofs. There was very little installation done anywhere else on a residence. Today we have the advantage of solar tracker systems that allow the panels to be arranged in an array that can be maneuvered [...]
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Before Going Off Grid; Things You Need to Know

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When solar panels first became available, the companies that installed them focused their efforts on off-grid systems, primarily for homes built far from existing power lines. Today, most solar installation companies specialize in grid tie-in systems simply because the majority of growth in the solar industry is occurring within urban/suburban communities that currently have access to the local grid. This is very important for those who are new to solar as the two types of systems are drastically different, as are the skills needed to design, install and maintain the systems themselves. The knowledge required for these endeavors is only [...]