Posts Tagged ‘Solar power’

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 [...]

Solar Panels Exempt from Sales Tax in Arizona

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Lead the Way With Home Solar in Your Neighborhood

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Neighbors often try to “one-up” each other, whether with fancy landscaping, new paint, or holiday light displays.  But what if you could encourage a positive change for the block – or even the planet – with renewable energy? Why not lead the way with home solar in your neighborhood? I’ve seen this social experiment happen [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

More Middle Class Homeowners Considering Solar

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With solar panels falling in price, government incentives and rebates still robust, and growing concern about continued use of non-renewable (and polluting) energy resources, is it any wonder that more middle class homeowners are considering solar? Perhaps not. But get this statistic from One Block Off the Grid: 42% of upper middle class homeowners are [...]

Solar Cells That Repair Themselves?

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Taking cues from the natural world, scientists at MIT have discovered a way to create solar cells that – like plants – can reliably draw on and convert sunlight into energy.  Part of the challenge has been to address the destructive nature of long-term exposure to UV rays.  But in order to work, solar panels [...]

Illuminating Guatemala with Solar Power

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Ever wonder how the miracle of solar energy can change lives in Third World countries?  Illuminating Guatemala with solar power is nothing short of a modern-day miracle. Quetsol is bringing solar lighting kits to areas of the globe that greatly need power for their poor rural communities. As shown in the video below, the founders [...]

Yosemite National Park’s Newest Feature: Solar Power

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The majestic Sierra Nevada mountains in California are like nothing you’ve ever seen before.  Until you visit Yosemite National Park, that is.  One of the most beautiful parks in the U.S., this jewel of the west boasts impressive rock formations and waterfalls.  No wonder Ansel Adams loved to come here to photograph. The federal government [...]

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies (For Dummies (Home & Garden)) (Paperback)

The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North Americanow in an updated edition Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd [...]

2008 Solar Power! Photovoltaics, Solar Cells, Roof Panels, Heating, Lighting, Concentrating – Complete Guide with Practical Information and Government Research (Two CD-ROM Set) (CD-ROM)

This up-to-date and comprehensive electronic book on two CD-ROMs presents an incredible, totally revised and greatly expanded collection of important documents and publications about solar energy, solar heating and lighting, solar concentrating technology, and photovoltaic (PV) solar power cells. Encyclopedic coverage of every practical aspect of solar power, heating, electricity, and research is thoroughly covered [...]

The Best of Peachy Green: New Hope, New Technology

Christmas is over, finished, done with. Can you see me smiling? I love Christmas. We had a wonderful time this year, but I’m very glad that the work is over! As the New Year preparations begin we here at Peachy Green have found ourselves swamped. We aren’t bogged down with work, but with an overwhelming [...]