Should you replace your roof before solar panels are installed?

Roofing types for solar panels

Solar power and solar panels installed on your roof are more and more common on residences with over 3 million current installations in the U.S. and that number is expected to more than double by 2023. But do you need a new roof before you put solar panels on? Most solar panels last 25-30 years […]

Planning Your Survival Solar System

Survival Solar Power

Plan your system according to meet your estimated emergency power needs. The number of batteries will depend on how many panels you use and maintain sufficient amp-hours to run the inverter at the level required to power your appliances. Two types of batteries that work best for solar power storage are golf cart types and deep […]

Another Major City Goes Solar

Another major city adds solar

Milwaukee city officials announced on Tuesday plans to build the largest solar energy system in the city’s history. The 8-acre project will be located close to General Mitchell International Airport, roughly 10 miles from downtown Milwaukee. “This project is a real win for Milwaukee, for the planet and for national security,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett […]

Nevada Utility NV Energy Goes “Solar Plus Storage” in a Big Way

Nevada Solar Power

Customers of Nevada utility NV Energy are going to be getting a lot more electricity from utility-scale “solar plus storage” power plants in the near future—an anticipated 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of solar power generation and 590 MW of battery-based energy storage capacity to be precise. NV Energy recently awarded developers contracts to build out three […]

A Californian Startup Has Created an EV That Never Needs Charging

EV That Never Needs a Charge

An electric car with 1,000 miles of range per cycle and that you never need to plug in to recharge. How does that sound? Impossible? Yeah that was our first thought too, but Californian startup Aptera Motors is adamant that its solar-powered and handily-named Aptera can manage that. You can see renders of the aerodynamic, […]

This Bill Gates Backed Solar Tech Could Beat Price of Fossil Fuels, Cut Emissions

Solar Tech Could Beat Price of Fossil Fuels, Cut Emissions

A startup backed by Bill Gates unveiled a breakthrough solar technology that could free heavy industry from fossil fuels. Heliogen, as the company is called, made itself known to the public with the announcement that it had developed a way to use artificial intelligence and mirrors to reflect enough sunlight to reach temperatures of more […]

Hawaii’s Largest Utility Scale Solar Block

Oahu completes Hawaii’s largest utility-scale solar block

Hawaii is one of the earliest pioneers in solar power, due to an excess of sunshine and high energy costs. Solar companies in the state have led the development of rooftop and behind-the-meter projects. Solar grids are vital to islands that are more likely to experience natural disasters. Hawaii now has one of the highest […]

Anheuser-Busch To Be 100% Solar Powered

Budweiser to be 100% solar powered

The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch has partnered with German renewables company BayWa r.e. for the largest corporate solar energy deal ever. AB InBev, who brews Budweiser and other popular beer brands such as Corona and Stella Artois, “will buy 100% renewable electricity for its operations and will see power supplied from two solar farms with a […]

South America’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic Project

South America’s ‘largest’ solar photovoltaic project is up

South America’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facility will officially open soon.The 475 MW chunk of the Sao Goncalo solar PV plant, in the northeast of Brazil, had been connected to the grid and would be able to produce more than 1,200 gigawatt hours annually when up and running. Work on an additional 133 MW section […]

NYC now requires solar panels on new homes

NYC now requires solar panels on new homes

Staten Island Local laws 92 and 94, which took effect last November, requires “any roof undergoing major construction be covered in either solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or a green roof system (covered in vegetation).” The law applies to new construction, vertical and horizontal extensions, and major modifications to the roof requiring a permit. “Climate change, […]