Tiny House for Off-the-Grid Living

An Egg-Shaped Tiny House Built for Off-the-Grid Living The Ecocapsule includes details designed to boost its efficiency, from a water filtration system to a roof outfitted with solar panels and a wind turbine. If you’ve ever fantasized about going off the grid, that dream could soon become reality. A new housing alternative designed by architecture […]

The Solar Industry Responds to the Increasing Intensity of Natural Disasters

Weather patterns have always been considered when determining solar system lifetimes and performance. Safety is also considered when establishing installation guidelines and product standards. The recent intensity of natural disasters across the country—a direct result of climate change—brings the adequacy of safety and performance standards into question. Are solar installations prepared for the increased frequency […]

What are some practical uses for solar energy?

Most Common Uses of Solar Energy Perhaps the most popular use of solar energy is one that doesn’t involve technology at all: drying wet things. People around the world depend upon the sun to dry everything from laundry to crops. It’s an effective way to achieve a goal without relying upon electricity. It may seem unusual, but solar […]

Can You Save with Solar Power?

How Much Can You Save with Solar Power? Saving with solar power is a no brainer. In practically every state, every situation, home owners will save more money on electricity than they will spend to install a residential solar power system. And though the cost of installation can be steep initially, once all of the […]

Today’s tobacco field, tomorrow’s solar farm

Today’s tobacco field, tomorrow’s solar farm The switch would be a boon for both public health and the planet. Tobacco use among U.S. adults has been on a sluggish decline for some time now, experiencing a rare 2 percent drop between 2014 and 2015. Today, roughly 15 in 100 Americans over the age of 18 […]

Shepherding, a New Job in the Solar Industry?

There’s a New Job in the Solar Industry And it involves shepherding a landscaping crew of hungry sheep On the east side of Kauai, a herd of sheep grazes in an unusual pasture. The low valley, flanked on either side by green mountains, is the site of a 13-megawatt solar farm, where some 300 hungry […]

“Virtual Power Plant” in Australia

Solar power and Tesla batteries will create the world’s largest “virtual power plant” in Australia It’s a rare feat when a government successfully turns a crisis into an opportunity. In the past two years, the state of South Australia has suffered many blackouts, blamed on high demand and poor supply from both fossil-fuel and renewable […]

Tesla Will Sell Solar Panels and Powerwalls at Home Depot

Tesla will sell solar panels and Powerwalls at Home Depot Tesla-branded selling spaces are coming to 800 retail locations. Just how much is the average consumer interested in solar power? Tesla is about to find out, as it is bringing photovoltaic panels and Powerwall batteries to US retail giant Home Depot, Bloomberg reports. Elon Musk’s company will […]

ARP Solar Responds to 30% Solar Tariff

ARP Solar Responds to 30% Solar Tariff At ARP Solar, we’re disappointed with the Trump Administration’s decision to impose a 30% solar tariff on imported solar panels. We are passionate about our work and our industry. We stand by our customers as always in delivering the best solar panels available and maintaining our current prices […]

Anchorage, Alaska, to build first community solar farm

Anchorage, Alaska, to build first community solar farm Under the auspices of the Chugach Electric Association, the 500 kW Electron Village solar farm is expected to produce around 600 MWh per year. The Land of the Midnight Sun is getting what is reportedly its first community solar farm, thanks to the Chugach Electric Association that […]