Solar Power Is Burning Bright. But It’s Hardly Twilight for Fossil Fuels.

Solar Power Is Burning Bright. But It’s Hardly Twilight for Fossil Fuels. Solar panels are everywhere: perched on thatched roofs in rural Kenya, helping Indian farmers pump groundwater for their fields, and powering United States military bases. Solar power accounted for more than a third of all electricity generated from energy sources that came online in […]

Solar Technology for Farming and Urban Gardening

Solar technology for farming and urban gardening Solar-powered devices aren’t just for the off-grid adventurers and power-hungry gadget-loving crowd, they’re also quite useful in the farm and urban garden, as they can provide the juice needed to fulfill many basic functions for the small grower and farmer alike. Alternative energy has a long history on […]

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 […]