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A User-Friendly Guide to Solar for the Home

Until quite recently, most people thought of solar panels as expensive and impractical. However, thanks to several significant tax breaks and advances in solar technology, solar power is no longer the sole possession of the elite. More and more people are opting for the clean, environmentally-friendly energy offered by solar panels for the home. If Read the full article…

Hopeful plans for the future will bring solar energy to low income housing. | @ fotolia / Prod.

Solar Energy Plan for Low Income Homes

The White House has recently announced its intentions to make renewable solar energy a more viable option for owners or renters of low income housing. Part of a larger initiative to strengthen the state of renewable energy, this goal involves increasing the use of solar energy in federally subsidized homes by three times the amount Read the full article…

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Tesla Offers Home Batteries for Solar Panels

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motor Company, has announced that the same battery technology behind the Tesla car will now be available for homeowners who want to extend the power of their electric solar panels. The goal of these new batteries is to more evenly distribute home energy use between peak solar energy production Read the full article…

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.


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.


SOLAR PLANE SHOWS THE SKY'S THE LIMIT FOR SOLARThe Solar Impulse plane has successfully landed at Washington D.C.‘s Dulles Airport after making its cross-country journey from San Francisco.  The plane does not have the normal jet engines, nor does it use an ounce of fuel.  Rather, the Solar Impulse plane is powered solely by the sun.  This single-passenger aircraft is part of an experimental project designed to highlight the possibilities for solar energy in the U.S. and worldwide.


SOLAR PANELS HELP STOP MALARIARusinga Island, located in the eastern part of Lake Victoria in Kenya, is having solar panels installedon homes to not only provide electricity but to aid in the fight against malaria.  Malaria kills an estimated 1.2 million people per year and is a big problem for the 30,000 inhabitants of Rusinga Island.  If fitting homes with solar panels that power insecticide-free mosquito traps proves successful in combating malaria, this project could be replicated in other remote areas of the world plagued by this disease.