8 Practical Ways to Use Solar Energy

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Solar energy refers to electricity derived from sunlight with the use of photovoltaic panels – this type of energy is effective at powering almost every application that relies on traditional energy. Read on to learn of a few practical ways to use solar energy.

Solar Energy: Shining Light on the Color Green

Living Green & Saving Energy

You’ve seen the large solar panels that appear on roofs; maybe you have even tinkered with a kid’s solar-powered bug toy. However, you probably don’t realize how vast solar energy’s reach has become in our culture.

Solar Energy Pros and Cons – The Ultimate Guide


source of renewable energy on our planet, and it’s no secret that recent technological innovations have made solar power affordable to more and more people [1]. Solar power has even become the fastest growing energy generation source. PROS OF SOLAR ENERGY.

What Are the Health and Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy?


accessible, making it a perfect source for generating energy—particularly when compared to fossil fuels, which need to be mined, extracted, and transported, leaving behind a trail of pollution and environmental degradation. Why is solar energy good for the environment?

Can Solar Energy Ever Replace Fossil Fuels?


Around 80 percent all our energy demand is covered by burning fossil fuels. Maybe it’s time we wake up and start looking up for our energy needs instead of looking down. The potential of solar energy to power our future is undeniable. Solar Energy

Are Wind and Solar Energy Really Green and Sustainable?

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Green, sustainable energy is much in demand and much talked-about. And when green energy sources are mentioned, most people think about wind or solar energy. alternative energy renewable energy solar energy sustainability wind energy natural gas energyAfter all, wind and sun are free, and free sounds great. But the devil is in the details, and we need to be honest about those details. Converting wind and [.].

Best Ways to Store Solar Energy


The Sun is a great source of energy. With the latest technology developments , it has become possible to generate electricity from the solar energy with the use of photovoltaic systems (PV), and bring this energy into the residential, commercial and industrial sector.

Solar Energy Experts Navitron Predict a Return to Solar DIY

Green (Living) Review

Despite the subsidy cuts for solar energy which were implemented late last year, it seems like interest in solar power continues to grow, as the UK saw a new record in April, with solar power surpassing coal for 24 hours, according to a recent article by The Guardian.

Storing Solar Energy in Rust, From Israel

Green Prophet

Scientists at Technion, Israel’s institute of technology recently found a new way to store solar energy. The hydrogen can then be stored and used to generate energy when the sun isn’t shining.

New Technologies in Solar Power Generation: Learn about Advances in Solar Energy


One of the most abundant and free energy. resources in the universe is the solar energy. The Sun emits visible light and infrared energy within a specified range of solar radiation spectrum. This radiation spectrum can be used for energy production [1].

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10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about Solar Energy


Without the heat and energy of the Sun, life on Earth would not be possible. Without its gravity, our solar system would not hold together. No wonder some of the greatest minds of our history expressed their beliefs of the tremendous potential of harvesting solar energy.

Solar Energy Women Wanted East!

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Women in the Middle East are being encouraged to take up a career in renewable energy, thanks to a new initiative. The Women in Solar Initiative is aimed at engaging more women into roles within engineering, as significant growth and change takes place within the sector. Energy

SolView’s targeting solar energy rooftop potential on a massive scale

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Solar energy panels are an important investment for planet earth, but also for residential homeowners that want to cash in on attractive feed-in tariffs. And not all homes are suited for solar panels. He says there is a booming solar energy market in the US for residential use.

Morocco heats up with 16 new solar energy plants worth 25 gigawatts

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Solar energy companies like Martifer Solar ( www.martifersolar.com ) from Portugal already has business in the United Arab Emirates. This seems to be the only way forward to advance solar energy in the Middle East, always rife with conflict and instability.

How Does It Work: Solar Energy

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How Does It Work: Solar Energy. Finding a way to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels is one of the most important environmental challenge we face today, and what better way to green our electricity than with nature’s own energy source: the sun. How does solar energy work?

Seattle Seahawks to get largest solar energy roof- 2.5 Acres of it

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Professional sports teams the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC have announced they will install the largest solar energy array to date in the state of Washington. The huge solar installation will cover over 2.5

America’s Real Problem with Solar Energy

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Each day, our industry sits down and whittles the unsightly knots off the tree we call solar energy. Not that those things wouldn’t further bolster our industry, but go out and ask your friends and family about solar energy. Solar panel image via Shutterstock.

Luxor’s 160 kW solar energy plants would make sun god Ra proud

Green Prophet

Luxor home to some of Egypt’s greatest temples has something to solute over: the city has started its first 80kW solar energy plant, worth about $530,000 US to power lights at Luxor University and surrounding streets. Energy Egypt Solar Energy

IBM’s Water-Cooled Solar Energy Microchips Also Desalinate H20

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IBM has unveiled a water-cooled microchip that produces solar energy at greater efficiencies than most cells and the waste water can be used to power desalination facilities. Image credit: Parabolic solar dish , Shutterstock.

Japan Is Building Solar Energy Plants On Abandoned Golf Courses


Faced with too many abandoned golf courses, Japan has now turned to transforming them into solar energy plants. So huge that Read More The post Japan Is Building Solar Energy Plants On Abandoned Golf Courses appeared first on Ecorazzi.

List Of Solar Energy Government Tax Breaks

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American solar energy incentive programs are increasing every year. California’s Million Solar Roofs initiative is the latest of a number of solar energy tax breaks being legislated in the US. Corporate Exemption: Residential Energy Conservation Subsidy Exclusion (Corporate). Solar and Geothermal Business Energy Tax Credit. Federal Grant Program: Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program.

Germany now has 1.3 million solar energy systems

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million solar energy systems which generated 28 billion kilowatt hours in 2012 by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There are now some 1.3 According to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar), Germany now boasts 1.3 Germany now has 1.3

Jordan’s 52.2 MW Shams solar energy PV plant built with First Solar

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Two years after passing its Renewable Energy and Efficiency Law (REEL) Jordan is moving forward with what will be the largest largest solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in the Middle East. Shams is the Arabic word for “sun” US-based First Solar, Inc.

Bureaucracy Slows Israel’s Solar Energy Progress

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Israel’s research labs such as National Solar Energy Center, Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP) and companies such as Zenith Solar and Arava Power Systems are developing advanced solar energy technology which is nearly cost-competitive with fossil fuels.

Bureaucracy Slows Israel’s Solar Energy Progress

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Israel’s research labs such as National Solar Energy Center, Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP) and companies such as Zenith Solar and Arava Power Systems are developing advanced solar energy technology which is nearly cost-competitive with fossil fuels.

Is PSE Overlooking Solar Energy?

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A tremor in the world of electric utilities is shaking these usually steadfast institutions to their foundations: solar power is rapidly dropping in price and utilities across the country are panicked about what it might mean for their future. Solar is no different.

Car Bodies and Windows As Solar Energy Panels to Recharge Lithium Batteries?

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What would you call solar panels if attached to this Tesla S2 sports coupe: spoilers ? Solar “spoilers&# , Palestinian style. But in doing so, more aesthetic ways of integrating solar panels into either the car’s body or window glass have to be found.

Akon’s Charity to Bring Solar Energy to Africa


The ‘Smack That’ singer is working to bring solar power to over Read More The post Akon’s Charity to Bring Solar Energy to Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi. Singer Akon is used to the spotlight and thanks to him many people in Africa will be too. Causes Entertainment Environment Music News People Top News akon

Masdar sues Spain over solar energy subsidy cuts

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The multi-pronged company funded in part by the government of Abu Dhabi helped build the world’s first 24/7 solar power plant in Spain , a feat made possible in part with subsidies. But Spain has now cut incentives for renewable energy , which eats into Masdar’s investment.

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Solar energy improved by sound.


A curious study by scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London has found that the music that inspires so many of us may exercise too also makes solar panels work better.

UK's Leading Solar Energy Website Releases New Statistics Showing Why Solar is Still Worth the Investment

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Solar panels have been one of the most successful renewable energy sources for individual households in the UK, with government estimates suggesting that nearly 4 million UK households will have solar panels fitted by 2020.

Another Hollywood Film Studio Embraces Solar Energy


Yesterday was James Cameron’s moment to shine with news that his “Avatar&# sequels will be solar-powered. In addition to a geothermal energy system, the studio also recently unveiled a new 216 kilowatt photovoltaic array.

‘Queen of Mean’ Leona Helmsley’s Trust to Fund Solar Energy Research in Israel

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And $15 million of that, the trust recently announced, will be used to fund a dynamic joint program between the Weizmann Institute of Science and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to accelerate renewable energy research.

Dubai’s MENASOL conference unites solar energy in the Middle East

Green Prophet

Over 400 senior executives will descend on Dubai this week to learn how best to develop and construct photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plants in the region’s top markets including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Morocco.

Poll Reveals Strong US Bipartisan Support for Solar Energy


to develop and use more solar energy. 85 percent of voters view solar energy favorably (60 percent very favorable). 78 percent of voters say government should support growth of solar energy with incentives.

Barcelona: Leader in solar energy

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Sustainability regulations in Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona, require solar panels to be fitted to all large buildings. Barcelona is showing the way for the popularisation of renewable energy, and 20 Spanish towns and cities have already followed suit.

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Solar Energy Costs

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First Solar has recently announced that it reduced it's cost to $0.98 Combined with breakthroughs in PV technology, conservation and "smart grids" an alternative energy future looks promising. The price of alternative energy is the deal breaker for mass adoption. Tags: renewable energy alternative energy solar energy per watt. They are also close to producing 1 gigawatt of panels per year.

Solar Energy to Light Up Myanmar

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government began to ease sanctions in 2012, ACO Investment Group signed an agreement with the Burmese Ministry of Electric Power to build a $480 million solar power project in the Mandalay region. The proposed solar project will not only help address Myanmar’s growing power demand, it will also create an estimated 500 jobs. Energy Solutions International  Myanmar is on its way to a brighter future. In one of the largest U.S. investments in Myanmar since the U.S.

Jordanian Villagers Trained to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Areas

Green Prophet

Here’s a heartwarming story published in the Jordan Times yesterday that can distract us for a few moments from the human and environmental catastrophe in Japan: A new grassroots program in Jordan aims to bring solar power to rural areas. Energy Jordan solar power

Solar Energy: A Guiding Light To A Brighter Future

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However, the most promising change may just be in how we gather and generate energy. Meet AGL Solar. AGL has been providing and meeting their customers energy needs for the last 175 years and that has required a great deal of flexibility and, you guessed it, change.

Pythagoras Solves Solar Energy Equation at Sears Tower

Green Prophet

A solar window that potentially turns any skyscraper into a into massive power producer has just installed a pilot test in Chicago, at the landmark Sears Tower, according to Jetson Green. Cleantech, Science & Technology renewable energy solar power

Solar energy powered the 2014 World Cup final

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Solar panels have been installed on both the Arena Pernambuco and the famous Estádio do Maracanã by Yingli Solar, the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer and a FIFA World Cup Sponsor. The solar panels are expected to generate more than 1MW per year of clean electricity.

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Solar Energy To Help Sustain Indian Tribe

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Indian tribes have numerous involvements in renewable energy, from producing it to trying to preserve proposed land for such projects like those in Cape Cod. In order to remedy this problem, many tribes are turning to renewable energy. Solar Power