Maintain Your Solar System Year Round

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Solar panels require very little regular maintenance. Generally, any failures that do occur are related to electricity production or corrosion in the wires that tie your system to the inverter, rather than with the panels themselves. Remember, though, that solar panels produce electricity only if the sun is shining directly on them. Any obstructions from […]

The Cost Benefits of Schools Going Solar

benefits of schools going solar

As solar has entered the mainstream in the past decade, corporations and institutions with massive energy bills have started to realize how much money they can save by switching to solar power. There’s already a strong case for residential rooftop solar, but you can make an even more convincing argument for solar in the commercial sector […]

Ikea’s Innovation, Making Solar More Accessible

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It’s undeniable that humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels needs to change if we are going to mitigate the disastrous impact of climate change. One of the best alternative energy sources is solar power because it is so plentiful–to meet the Earth’s current energy needs, we would only need .025% of the energy the sun emits […]

A Solar Power Station in Space?

solar in space

China is planning to build the world’s first solar power station in space to provide “inexhaustible clean energy” according to a story in Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology. They claim to be already testing the technology and intend to build the station by 2050. Xie Gengxin, deputy head of the Chongqing Collaborative Innovation […]

Interest High for Community Solar Projects

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Beginning later this year, a new commodity will be planted in fields and open areas across Illinois that likely will change the landscape. These “farmers” are energy companies from throughout the U.S. that have flocked here seeking state incentives to install community solar projects intended to produce clean electricity, lower prices for consumers and create […]

How Do Block Chain and Solar Go Together?

block chain and solar

Bitcoin uses huge amounts of energy Many of us entered the solar industry to make a positive difference in the world—including helping to tackle climate change. But energy consumption for bitcoin mining could negate climate gains made with clean energy. As bitcoin becomes more and more popular the amount of energy being consumed to create […]

Solar Envy?

community solar

Want to gain access to solar energy but don’t have a rooftop suitable for holding solar panels? The emerging community solar movement may be your ticket. Under community solar, various communities or entities can band together to subscribe for a chunk of the power produced by solar arrays elsewhere. The program expands solar energy access […]

Is your home solar ready?

Is your house Solar ready

So, you’ve made the decision to go solar. Great! You’re on your way to lowering your  utility bills and improving the environment. Many homeowners are considering putting panels on their home since the cost of solar has decreased and solar technology has become more efficient. But, before you can start saving the world, you have to actually […]

Renewable Energy and Agriculture

Renewable Energy and Agriculture

Many farmers already produce renewable energy by growing corn to make ethanol. An increasing number of farmers and ranchers are now adding to their incomes by harvesting the wind that blows across their land to make electricity. Renewable energy and farming are a winning combination. Wind, solar, and biomass energy can be harvested forever, providing […]

Costa Rica, A Pioneer Of Running Solely on Renewable Energy

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You probably didn’t think it was possible but it’s true: for 75 days straight, Costa Rica ran on 100% renewable energy. Then, they did it again  in 2016 for 76 days straight. But that isn’t the only thing they’re doing in this field… Costa Rica is pioneering the future of running on renewable energy and […]