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Solar Power Offers the Greatest Opportunity to Rid Ourselves of Fossil Dependence.

The demand for alternative energy sources has skyrocketed in a world with ever-rising energy needs and ever-diminishing nonrenewable energy sources. In contrast to the environmental damages caused by the extraction and burning of dwindling fossil fuels, alternative energy sources promise renewable and often inexhaustible energy with little to no lasting environmental damage. Today, solar power […] Read more

5 Cutting-Edge Solar Cell Technologies

As solar energy becomes a popular way to meet power needs, more efficient ways of harnessing the sun’s energy are being developed for solar photovoltaics (PVs). Solar cells capture energy in the sunlight and transform it into electricity for residential, business and industrial use. Because solar energy is clean, free, renewable and indigenous, it is […] Read more

Solar Technology is Advancing Faster Than Expected

Like most technologies nowadays, solar energy technology is advancing at a rapid rate. A recent report published by PV magazine projects solar to surpass gas and 2X Nuclear power by 2016. While solar energy has the potential to transform the energy sector, many consumers (even those who currently rely on solar energy) are unaware of […] Read more

Grid-Tied Solar; The NET Positive and Negative

The majority of “green homes” which use renewable energy are not off-grid, independent propositions. Like traditional homes, they are attached to the grid and have utility providers. The difference is that they try to reach a net-zero or net-positive situation. A net-zero home is one in which the net cost or net power use is […] Read more

Off-grid Solar Kits, Figuring Out the Right System for You

Helping customers figure out what type of off-grid solar kit that would be best for them is a fun part of my job. For customers who want an off-grid solar system and where their is local utility service available, there are a couple of choices. They can either decide not to pay the utility company […] Read more

Simple Off-Grid Solar Panel Kit Produces 212 kWh Power per Month

Simple off-grid 120 / 240 volt AC power kit that is expandable with solar panels and a pre-wired power center all made in America. This 1410 watt off-grid solar kit is powerful enough to produce 212 kWh per month of pure sine wave electricity. We pre-wire the power center then package the whole kit so […] Read more

Marine Wind Turbines Generators Will Heighten Your Zen

When I am on the water my sence of freedom is off-the-chart. I am happiest when it’s just a few friends and the open sea. Noisy motors or generators are not my cup of tea so sailing with friends who have installed an Air marine wind turbine or marine solar panel makes the trip even […] Read more

Portable Solar Panel Kits, Sherpa 120 Adventure Kit Tops My List

Sherpa 120 Adventure kit is one tough portable solar panel unit that was definitely born hard off the beaten path. I love this small portable solar kit and take it with me to some of the most remote places in America. Goal Zero is working everyday to continue to deliver smart innovative affordable portable power […] Read more

Enphase MicroInverter Kits are Making DIY Home Solar Even More Affordable

The Enphase MicroInverter is a grid tied utility interactive inverter that has been on the market since 2009. Consistent upgrades and strong engineering support has made this product an affordable alternative for the DIY homeowner over hiring and paying for the labor and overhead of a solar company to do the complete installation. Our MicroInverter […] Read more

Off-Grid / Grid Tied Bimodal Home Solar Kit

2820 watt (2.8kW) off-grid AC bimodal solar systems is manufactured, pre-wired and pre-tested in the factory, ready to power-up on delivery to your site. A bimodal solar unit works in sync with the utility grid until the grid goes down. Once that happens the inverter on a bimodal system takes over and draws electricity off […] Read more

As Rooftop Solar Panel Installations are on the Rise in Hawaii, Utility Companies say Ouch!

As the midday sun baked the solar panels on his four-bedroom home in the Honolulu foothills, George Hayashi watched two workers, with drills whirring, install 18 gleaming home solar panels on his garage. A retired military man, Hayashi has lived in Waimalu for 35 years. For decades, rooftop solar didn’t seem viable, but now, he […] Read more

Portable Solar or My Escape from the Confines of the City

When the stuffy noisy bustle of the city starts to close in its time to escape. That means either the Sierra Mountains or Grand Canyon and it also means going off-grid with my favorite portable solar charger. As the years passed the romance of the West Coast big city life has grown old. Travel in […] Read more