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Heating-Up Solar Panel Efficiencies

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new method of collecting solar energy to improve system efficiency. This technique incorporates both a traditional photovoltaic (PV or Solar) cell and a high-temperature material, which is heated directly by sunlight and the radiated infrared energy is collected by the traditional system. This process allows […] Read more

Solar Energy Could Overtake Oil

In just a few short years, solar power has gone from a little engine that could to an unstoppable juggernaut in energy production. It is now an undeniable fact that the future of energy will rest solidly on solar-power generation. Don’t take this writer’s word for it. Just ask one of the world’s largest oil […] Read more

Off-Grid Solar Batteries Power a Home 24 / 7

Most solar off-grid power systems will require a battery bank to store energy for use later when the sun is not shinning. A battery bank is like the gas tank in your car. The larger the tank, the longer you can go between fill ups. However, a larger tank also means it will take longer […] Read more

Fall Hunting, Portable Solar, A Week Away, Sweet!

Hunting with portable solar chargers and camping is an activity that goes hand in hand and is gaining popularity. Centuries ago, hunters often had no choice but to camp out until they were able to bring food home for their families. Nowadays, people enjoy solar hunting and camping with portable solar chargers because it gives […] Read more

Choosing the Right Home Solar Kit

In the past few years, home solar kits have become more popular replacing the traditional solar installation in many cases. These solar kits are simple, environmental friendly and economical. Solar installed on your home will guard against inflation by cutting down or eliminating your electric bills. Selecting the right home solar kit for you can […] Read more

Solar Ownership to the Masses, California Utility Provides Model

California Sacramento’s Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has pioneered a community solar program called SMUD solar shares. Sacramento electric customers who want to buy solar power but may not have access say because they have a rental unit, can buy what the utility district calls SMUD SolarShares. This is a program that makes solar power available […] Read more

Solar, Like Computer & The Internet Development, Need Government Support

Solar industry distracters are constantly beating the drum against government solar incentives. These supposedly free market purists, fill the airwaves bloviating that solar could never replace fossil fuel as an energy source. Many of you will remember not so long ago when computers became publicly available followed by the internet. Guess who drove that technology? […] Read more

Distributed Solar, The Next Block In The Renewable Revolution Political Fight

Few would question the consensus that solar and wind energy is creating a revolution in the way electricity is produced. The next round in the political fight for energy independence promises to be distributed energy or the way electricity is shared in the local community. Distributed energy is the generation of small-scale solar or wind […] Read more

College Students Work to Bring Solar To Dorms & Green Awareness to The University.

College students across the country are looking green these days. No, not from last weekends frat party, from a greater awareness of solar, wind and other renewable energy sources and the positive impact they can have on their lives. This example of community leadership is no better exemplified by a group of solar engineering students […] Read more

Solar Manufacturing & Installation Up Green Technology Leading Economy

The San Francisco Chronicle published an excellent article demonstrating the importance of California’s focus on solar, wind and clean energy technology. The future of economic growth is continuing down the path of renewable energy. Solar energy costs are coming down as production increases. Look what happened to computers over the last 20 years. On the […] Read more

Energy Upgrade California, Exciting Solar Home Financing Breakthrough

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) was a key breakthrough benefit for homeowners to easily install solar. Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac put the kibosh on the program because they said it was to risky. (PACE was risky but subprime loans were OK? See cartoon at bottom of post to explain why.) Anyhoo, since then, PACE, […] Read more

Proposition 23, Throw The Carpetbaggers Out! Vote NO

This blog was never put up to wade into the murky politics of renewable energy, but it is a little hard to sit on the sideline and watch the people of California conntinue to be conned by big corporations. In this case it is out of state big oil. In case you have been living […] Read more