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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…

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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…

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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.

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.