Archive for the ‘Solar power’ Category

Solar Panels on Fenway Park

Fenway Park has gone solar

While Major League baseball has just come to an end for the 2011 season, fans of the sport know that, in a few short months, spring training will begin again.  Eco-minded fans may worry about the giant carbon footprint of baseball stadiums that require massive amounts of energy to operate 6-7 months each year.  Consider [...]

Solar Panels to be Installed on Military Bases in Hawaii

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Solar panels will be installed on a number of military bases in Hawaii, according to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific.  Following a request for proposals (RFP) process, NAVFAC awarded a contract worth up to $500 million to three companies for the solar installations.  They include Island Pacific Energy LLC, Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, [...]

Solar Power Meets Art with the Flower Solar Street Lamp

The Flower Solar Street Lamp

We’ve posted a number of articles on solar street lamps and other solar powered lighting fixtures.  And solar art is becoming more popular with engineers making renewable energy beautiful, as well as functional. Meet the Flower Solar Street Lamp by Luis MRPS, the latest offering in the field where solar power meets art. Designed by [...]

How Net Metering Rewards Owners of Solar Panels

Net Metering Rewards People Who own Solar Panels

Have you heard about net metering?  Generally speaking, its the practice  – allowed by some utilities – of “turning back” your power meter when you generate more renewable electricity than you can use at the time. Let’s say you have solar panels on your home.  When you feed extra solar electricity into the grid, your [...]

Solar Panels Exempt from Sales Tax in Arizona

Save on solar panels in Arizona - tax-exempt!

Let’s face it.  Solar power is an investment, and the upfront costs can be daunting for some homeowners.  That’s why many renewable energy tax breaks and rebate programs are so attractive. In addition to incentives that have been offered the last few years, did you know that solar panels are exempt from sales tax in [...]

Install a Solar Roof This Summer

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Home improvement project time!  With longer days and more favorable weather, now is probably the best time to install a solar roof this summer. Prices for home solar panels have come down dramatically over the past few years, and you can still score a pretty nice tax incentive and some rebates if you purchase a [...]

Solar Power a Growing Industry in the United States

Solar Power Growth Continues in the U.S.

During a recent press teleconference hosted by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) information and statistics were revealed to show that solar power is a growing industry in the United States.  In fact, it is the fastest growing industry in the nation. This is good news all around.  More solar power demand means more solar [...]

Solar Panels Power State Prisons in Colorado

Solar panels installed at the Ironwood Correctional Facility

With states across the U.S. looking for ways to balance budgets and save money, the Colorado prison system could just be the model for cutting operational costs for the expensive institutions. To date, nine state prisons in Colorado have installed photovoltaic (PV) solar panel arrays to generate solar electricity.  Reducing reliance on grid-based power is [...]

Stay at a Solar Powered Hotel

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One of the hottest trends for hotels and vacation resorts this decade is to “go green.”  Today’s travelers look for eco-friendly properties at which to stay for business or leisure travel.  Sure, there are those companies that engage in “green washing,” or overstating (even making up) some of the environmental benefits of their practices. But [...]

Install Residential Solar Panels with No Money Down

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Just the other day, I received a flyer in the mailbox about installing residential solar panels with no money down. Sure, it might sound like a scam on first blush, but more and more companies are offering solar panel leases that allow you to do just that.  Without having to invest in the equipment, or [...]

Solar Powered Water Kiosk in Kenya

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Three new solar powered water kiosks have recently been installed in Kenya by HabiHut, LLC.  Not only do the units provide clean drinking water for the region, solar panels generate electricity for the off-grid area for cell phone charging and street light illumination. HabiHut worked with Umande Trust, a Kenyan based NGO, to install the [...]

How Does Snow Affect Solar Power?

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After the extreme snow and ice storms covering 30 states in the U.S., probably the last thing on your mind is solar energy.  But many people have solar panels on their homes or businesses which are responsible for some, if not all, the power used on a daily basis.  If you’ve installed solar panels on [...]

SunShare Feed-in Tariff Scheme in the UK Encourages Low Cost Solar Panel Installations

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For homeowners in the UK looking for affordable solar panels, there is a new feed-in tariff scheme that launched on Monday January 17, 2011 that may be just your answer.  SunShare now allows for PV solar panel investment for a fraction of the usual upfront costs.  But you have to qualify for the government-backed feed-in [...]

Solar Energy Hot Zones in the United States

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Do you live in a solar energy “hot” zone in the United States?   The U.S. Department of the Interior has developed a renewable energy plan that identifies 24 areas within California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah that have the potential of generating vast amounts of solar power, with minimal environmental and wildlife impact. [...]

Cate Blanchett Promotes Rooftop Solar Panels on Sydney Theater Company

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Recently, actress Cate Blanchett found herself and husband Andrew Upton on the rooftop of the Sydney Theater Company in Sydney, Australia.  No, she wasn’t about to do a daring stunt for an upcoming movie.  Instead, Blanchett was lending her name to promote a new rooftop solar panel installation on the theater’s roof. Blanchette and Upton [...]