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Thin Film Solar

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 [...]
Mason Jar Lights

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 [...]
Solar Install

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 [...]
solar tracking

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 [...]
Personal Solar

Solar Battery Chargers

by solarguru
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Solar power is often referred to as the eco-friendliest form of alternate energy we can take advantage of and use for all our daily energy needs. People from all walks of life are becoming aware of the need to protect the environment, which has resulted in movements toward incorporating various alternate energy systems such as solar. There are several types of solar powered battery chargers to choose from, many of which have similar functions, and all of which cover the price range from cost effective to overly expensive. Compact personal solar recharging equipment often uses a small solar panel attached [...]
Roofing Tiles

New Solar Roofing Tiles from Tesla

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The merger of Tesla Motors and Solar City has been approved and at the same time new solar cell roofing tiles have been unveiled by none other than Elon Musk himself. During the announcement of the merger, at the Los Angeles location of Universal Studios, Musk showcased the new solar roofing tile designed to take over the residential market with a more aesthetically acceptable model. The new solar roofing tiles are exactly that; they are solar cells that have been redesigned to resemble conventional roofing tiles, making them imperceptible to the untrained eye. Rather than stick out like a window [...]