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4 Signs 4 Solar

4 Signs Solar is a Good Fit for You

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A decade ago there were fewer than 9,200 megawatts of solar spread across the entire United States. In 2016 that number almost tripled. Today there are over 27 gigawatts of solar stretched across rooftops, and dotting the landscape all over America. Even with that amazing growth in the solar industry, the United States is still decades away from realizing complete sustainability in the renewable energy sector. If you have the desire to go with greener energy, then this article is written with you in mind. Although there is a ton of literature out there on the subject of going solar, [...]
SOLAR SUNFLOWER

Six Innovative Solar Systems for the Future

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The technology surrounding solar energy has exploded in recent years. Newer innovative ideas are paving the path for affordable solar products designed to generate power using unique shapes and styles. Today’s solar technology is light years ahead of the traditional solar panel, with developers experimenting with various materials and shapes in an ongoing effort to maximize the potential of harnessing energy from the sun. Engineers have successfully created flexible small scale solar cells which are capable of adhering to almost any surface structure. Solar industry leaders are always looking for ways to get the most bang for their buck from [...]
40 Solar Facts

Did You Know…? 40 Fast Facts About Solar

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According to current data, non-renewable sources of energy are being gobbled up at an astounding rate. It is with this in mind that the focus for the future has been on “renewable” sources of energy, or “sustainable” sources as it were, such as solar, hydro, wind, and geothermal. The two alternative methods of producing energy that are receiving the most attention; solar and wind. Of those two methods, solar is the most popular among residential customers, primarily because it can be installed without needing to be a certain height, which could be restricted in urban and suburban settings. What is [...]
Passive Active

Passive & Active Solar Systems

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“Sustainability” is all the rage these days. Everywhere we look there are new opportunities for us to take advantage of. Most of us have begun to recycle everything we can, we have converted to new LED light bulbs for greater effectiveness and efficiency, and maybe we even grow our own food and compost the scraps or feed them to the livestock. So, why not consider an option that allows us to reduce an enormous carbon footprint by switching to solar energy systems? The biggest problem most people have when looking for an alternative energy system is where to begin. Although [...]
Solar Pros

Pros & Cons of Going Solar

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Solar energy is derived from the sun. To use this energy solar panels are required. Solar panels convert solar energy into the conventional power we are all familiar with. Solar panels are traditionally mounted on south facing rooftops for residential solar systems. As solar technology has continued to improve, more countries are looking at converting to solar for the purpose of reducing dependency on fossil fuel reserves. Residential home owners employ large scale solar arrays to reduce monthly bills from conventional service providers. Under optimal operating conditions, residential solar systems will also provide surplus energy back to the traditional grid, [...]
Personal Solar

Solar Battery Chargers

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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 [...]
Residential Solar

5 Reasons to Invest in Solar

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Are you currently considering installing solar equipment, but haven’t made the decision to get off the fence and make the investment? If you have the finances to invest in solar technology, now is the right time to do it…and here are five reasons we think you should get on board with your alternative solar energy project. Excellent Home Investment Opportunity: Solar panels are an excellent home improvement investment opportunity. They offer advantages for the short term as well as the long term. Unlike other home improvement opportunities like installing a metal roof, enlarging a closet, redecorating the bathroom, etc., solar [...]
Solar Tech

The Cost of Solar Continues to Drop

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According to recent reports from the Solar Energy Industry Association, the United States currently has the solar energy capacity to provide power to over 6 million homes. The cascading cost of solar energy equipment continues to boost the popularity of this alternative energy platform. The solar industry has recently experienced rapid growth rates, averaging a 43{214553009cdd43935fdcb0df8f884cc9f4ed9e6e1b7c09281dd4de8f07817868} increase with each successive year. The SunShot Initiative developed by the DOE (Department of Energy) aims to bring costs for solar into a competitive price range with traditional grid supplied services by decade’s end, which is just 3 short years away. The initiative calls [...]
Wind and Sun

Off Grid Energy: Solar & Wind Combo

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Energy derived from ample sources of wind is provided by wind turbines. Industrial wind turbines consist of enormous propeller blades that are driven by the wind. Often mistakenly called wind mills, in reference to older designs of similar fashion previously used to extract water from the well, today’s wind turbines are extremely efficient and very effective at converting energy into electricity. Obviously, they work best in regions where weather patterns historically indicate there is sufficient wind to drive them. Power generated by the wind, like power generated by the sun, requires battery banks to deposit and store excess electricity generated [...]