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In Slow Economy, Homes with Solar Panels Sell Better

Consider this, you are one of the lucky few that are shopping for a home and you locate one with solar panels offsetting the electric bill and one without which one would you choose? Choosing a solar home over a non-solar home is a no-brainer for most folks. Though there are many studies out there, […] Read more

Off-grid Solar Dreaming, Loosing the Boogeyman

Utility companies fit somewhere in my mind between wall street bankers, government oil company subsidies and the boogeyman. Because I sell off-grid solar everyday more than anyone I understand the price and complexity of engineering a system, but there are many cases where the pleasure outweighs the pain. Before we take a closer look at […] Read more

Home Solar Kits, Straight Talk, Expectation Vs. Realization

Driving home today it struck me as clear as anything in my life how lucky I was. Lucky because I get to work in an industry like solar, that is as all American as it comes. Solar appeals to the very roots of being an American. Independence, freedom, and the ability to control your own […] Read more

Solar Thermal Do-it-Yourself Hot Water Kits Making it Easier Everyday

Planning to install a solar thermal domestic hot water system? Because Do-it-Yourself kits come with much of the pre-wireing and easy plumbing connections you can install these kits as easy as 123.  Solar hot water collectors used for year round domestic hot water should face true south and be tilted up from the horizontal at […] Read more

Home and Off-grid Solar Power Means the Freedom to be Free

Power pundits, government agencies, ivory tower gray beards, and oil companies have told us for years that home and off-grid solar and wind energy sources are the “Power of the Future.” Well, I’m telling you that solar is the power of today. For thousands of us, home and cabin solar energy has powered many, many […] Read more

Nomad 7 Adventure Portable Solar Kit with Guide 10 Battery; Great for Camping or Backpacking

At Blue Pacific Solar our outdoor enthusiasts test every type of portable solar kit on the market. Try taking a product to the bottom of the Grand Canyon for a week on trails where you do not see another soul for 5 days at a time if you really want to see if a product […] Read more

The Power of Portable Solar in Afghanistan Helping the Troops Lighten Their Load

Humping the Grand Canyon with a full pack is no walk in the part but it pales in comparison to what our troops go through in Afghanistan every day. A company of U.S. Marines recently conducted a remarkable three-week patrol through southern Afghanistan, replacing hundreds of pounds of spare batteries in their packs with portable […] Read more

Emergency Solar Generator Kits Hands Down Beat Fossil Fuel Power

Emergency solar generator kits are a real godsend for many homeowners during these unsettling times. Critical temporary power can quickly restore power to refrigerators and TV news outages. You don’t have to be a survivalist to read the headlines and see that devastation caused by natural disasters can bring down utility lines for days. Emergency […] Read more

Solar Installers Panel Orientation Squeeze Every Watt of Electricity From the Sun That You Can

If you’ve read any do-it-yourself books on solar installation, you probably know a little about how solar installers should orient panels. Keep them facing true south. Make sure you’ve got the correct tilt, or adjustable seasonal tilt, and no shading, not even partial shading. With This is all good general advice. But sometimes, true south […] Read more

Survival Preparedness; Choosing the Right Off-grid Emergency Solar Generator

The tragic disaster in Japan has captivated the country’s attention for the last two weeks but is also reminded us how quickly our lives can be changed. From someone who makes their living in the solar renewable energy industry, I could not help but reflect on how off-grid solar can help in emergency situations. I […] Read more

Battery Systems Will Soon Revolutionize Home Solar Using Lithium Battery Technology

Solar works great but much of the energy produced is lost during the peak demand time of day. Solar panels on your house are busy from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM pumping out free clean electricity. Utility companies are straining at 3 – 7 to provide enough community power without having to go outside their […] Read more

University Report Says Solar Can Have Significant Jobs Impact

A recent report was released by an Iowa State University research showing solar having a significant jobs impact. We think that Iowa is not only soon to be know for its tall corn and presidential politics but also as a leader in renewable energy. Wind as well as solar is really getting a foothold in […] Read more

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