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Understanding How Solar Energy Works

Solar power is the most abundant, most renewable resource we have. The sun has produced energy for billions of years and naturally energizes all of the plants on the planet, these plants give energy to animals and power the human body. For decades now scientists have unlocked the secrets of how a plant creates energy through photosynthesis and can duplicate their process using modern technology. Watch the video and find out more about solar energy.

André Borschberg & Bertrand Piccard

From Oman to India: A Solar Flight Record for Solar Impulse

The record-setting 1,468km (912 mile) flight from Muscat, Oman to Ahmedabad, India took just over 15 hours. It was the second of 12 proposed legs in a historic five-month journey around the world, the first in a plane powered only by solar technology. Piccard and Borschberg will spend four days promoting clean technologies in Ahmedabad and in other regions around India. They will also spend time preparing for the next leg of the trip, from Ahmedabad to Varanasi in the northeast of the country.

PROS AND CONS OF SOLAR LEASING

Many people want to go solar to hedge against volatile energy prices and reduce their carbon footprint. However, not everybody wants to take the high initial costs and lower their monthly electricity bill – but they are reluctant or just can’t afford to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a pv solar system. For those people the solar industry has come up with some interesting financial vehicles to meet the growing demand for solar: solar lease.

THE VALUE OF SOLAR IN UNLIKELY PLACES

THE VALUE OF SOLAR IN UNLIKELY PLACES Most people assume that solar panels offer the greatest benefit in places with a significant amount of sunshine.  However, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say that solar energy actually provides the most benefit, in the means of improving human health and minimizing pollution by  reducing the number of coal plants, in cloudier locations like the East and Midwest.  The researchers found that by replacing coal with solar in a state like New Jersey or Ohio, the solar system “would be 15 times more valuable than that same solar system in Arizona.”  In other words, phasing out coal plants and transitioning to solar energy provides greater benefit than bringing solar energy to a sunny Southwest state where solar would mostly replace clean-burning natural gas.

CHILLING WITH THE SUN

CHILLING WITH THE SUNAs we get into the hottest part of summer, more and more people are turning to the sun, not only to warm up but also to cool down.  Solar panels can be used to capture the sun’s rays and convert them into electricity for central air conditioning units, or solar a/c devices can be installed for those still deciding on a solar array.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners not using solar energy spend roughly $11 billion to run their air conditioners each year and release 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air.  Solar air conditioning solutions are a great alternative that can not only help people save money but also be more beneficial for the environment.

WYSIPS TECHNOLOGY, INVISIBILE TO THE EYE BUT FULL OF POWER-GENERATING CAPACITY

Wysips, the abbreviation for “What you see is photovoltaic surface,” is a transparent layer that can be used to generate power and charge the battery of the device in which it lies.  One idea French solar energy experts at SunPartner have is to use Wysips as a battery charger for mobile phones.  The see-through material, composed of micro-lenses and photovoltaic materials, can be installed beneath the screen of mobiles, built into add-on chargers, used in building windows, and in the future may even power watches, tablets, and laptops.

SOLAR ENERGY PAYS OFF MORE THAN OTHER INVESTMENTS

SOLAR ENERGY PAYS OFF MORE THAN OTHER INVESTMENTSA recent survey by New England Clean Energy showed that for Massachusetts homeowners using solar power, seven out of ten stated that solar energy is a better investment that home renovation or purchasing a car. They were also given the opportunity write their own comments, where many elaborated on their rationale for believing a solar investment offered the greatest rewards. Some said that pros to solar are the immediate benefits such as raising the value of the home, it reduces monthly expenses unlike home renovation or car purchase, and it is more of a guaranteed successful investment.