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. Although solar energy has been around for decades now, its popularity has only started to pick up speed in the residential sense. It is renewable, cleaner and low maintenance, also, using solar energy can save you money on your energy bill.

Benefits of Solar Panels

Living Green & Saving Energy

With the long sunny days of summer still with us, I though it would be worth highlighting the benefits of solar panels. I have a solar photovoltaic system on my roof, so I speak from personal experience on this topic, but providers such as ROI Solar can be of enormous help in guiding you to [.]. solar energy solar panels benefits of solar panels solar photovoltaic

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Save Money Using Solar Hot Water Systems

Living Green & Saving Energy

And solar panels, even when requiring an up front investment, […]. solar energy solar panels benefits of solar panels solar water heating Everyone wants to make their money last longer and provide for more. Bills are going up. In fact, it seems that everything is going up except salaries. One way to save money and lower bills is to look into renewable energy sources for the home.

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Solar powered yacht – sails and moors for off-grid escape

Green Prophet

Consider the Dutch firm who has designed a solar powered yacht that can lower stilts for a more permanent mooring. The solar powered boat is created by the Dutch architecture studio Waterstudio.NL The craft is 75 feet long, is fully solar-electric, mobile and self elevating.

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Catholics in Virginia finance solar energy for churches and schools

Green Prophet

Doing change is much more important than just talking change: seven Catholic community groups in Virginia support renewables through investing in solar energy. The churches there are building and investing in solar energy to power the communities’ churches and schools, creating 1.6

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Win a Solar-Powered Radio

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Win a Solar-Powered Radio with a competition from Green Reviews. green products solar energy green product reviews solar radio

Solar “helicopter” moves quick and in 3 dimensions to catch the sun

Green Prophet

Alexei Grigoriev and his helicopter-inspired 3D solar panel. An Israeli-Russian electro-mechanical engineer has created a new mechanical solution to optimize efficiencies in solar power plants. The new invention spins off-the-shelf solar panels in such a way that they minimize heat exposure and dust, while capturing more angles of the sun. Scientists already agree that when it comes to optimizing solar power efficiencies, two-sided solar panels are better than one.

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Calculate your cities? solar power potential

Green Prophet

There are companies and apps that do it already from the comfort of your own home: you can check the solar panel potential output from your roof. Type of solar panel ? Rather than have the individual homeowner or business brave it alone a new project out of Israel, masters of solar energy innovation and implementation, helps cities decide if they should go solar. Building rooftops are not uniform and the amount of solar radiation they receive is also variable.

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Solar panel “Roomba” Ecoppia gets $40 million investment

Green Prophet

It’s like a Roomba but for industrial scale solar panels. Robotics, we have shown with the Israeli solar helicopter invention to spin panels in 3D , is important in advancing solar energy goals and renewable energy at large. Meet the latest Israeli company making strides in solar. One of the biggest challenges in solar energy is keeping the solar panels clean. Technology desert Energy Efficiency Israel Israel solar power robotics Solar Energy

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Investing in bifacial and tracking solar systems safe bet for future

Green Prophet

Using data from NASA, double sided, tilting solar panels create 35% more energy, on average, than immobile single-panel photovoltaic systems, while reducing the cost of electricity by an average of 16%. So many types of solar energy technology from panels to types of collection methods, have come and gone, or have come and gone but still been built despite no longer being efficient systems. So how do solar energy companies prepare for tomorrow, or at least the next 10 years?

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A Simple, Inexpensive Way to Benefit from Solar Power

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A Simple, Inexpensive Way to Benefit from Solar Power-A solar powered attic fan. eco-innovation green construction saving energy saving money solar energy solar panels lowering carbon footprint solar power solar-powered attic fan

A Simple, Inexpensive Way to Benefit from Solar Power

Living Green & Saving Energy

A Simple, Inexpensive Way to Benefit from Solar Power-A solar powered attic fan. eco-innovation green construction saving energy saving money solar energy solar panels lowering carbon footprint solar power solar-powered attic fan

How You Can Afford Solar Panels For Your Home

Living Green & Saving Energy

I have long been an advocate for rooftop photovoltaic solar panels. solar energy solar panels These emission-free gadgets quietly convert sunshine into usable electricity for your home. You can reduce your electric bill to near zero in the best cases, and significantly in any case. You will save money on utility bills from day one and add value to your home. Here […].

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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. Here are some facts and interesting statistics about solar usage today. The History of Solar Power Image via Flickr by [.]. saving energy saving money solar energy solar panels benefits of solar energy

Ripasso may have Doubled Solar Power

Solar Power Ninja

Swedish company Ripasso may have just doubled solar power technology, increasing it’s effectiveness to an astonishing 34% of sunlight directly in to solar power. Photovoltaic solar panels can turn as much as 23% of the sun in to usable grid power while traditional solar panels convert at around 14% to 16%. New Technology Solar Panels featured gunnar larsson new solar power technology ripasso Ripasso solar power robert sterling Solar Power sterling engine

Solar power myths

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In the time I've spent talking with people about solar power, the same sort of myths and misconceptions pop up, some I had myself before I started fiddling with solar energy components

Green Living with Solar Panels: Economics of Solar Panels | Living.

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Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Green Living with Solar Panels: The Economics of Turning Sunlight into Electricity by greenwise on February 2, 2011 Turning sunlight into electricity is a wonderful idea. Solar panels—and I mean the photovoltaic kind—are a start. But at the moment, using solar panels to generate electricity at home is an investment in green living.

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Beyond Solar Panels: The Next Wave of Solar Power for the Home

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Beyond Solar Panels: The Next Wave of Solar Power for the Home, photovoltaic shingles. eco-innovation energy efficient materials green building green technology saving energy solar energy solar panels photovoltaic shingles Powerhouse Shingles

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Beyond Solar Panels: The Next Wave of Solar Power for the Home

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Beyond Solar Panels: The Next Wave of Solar Power for the Home, photovoltaic shingles. eco-innovation energy efficient materials green building green technology saving energy solar energy solar panels photovoltaic shingles Powerhouse Shingles

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Everyday Solar Cooking

Green (Living) Review

We’ll show you how to build a solar oven, so you can create savory meals while cooking without fuel. Solar radiation is the most prolific source of energy on our planet. Most people settle for gathering solar energy by eating vegetables from their gardens or catching its reflection with their cameras. The functioning principles of a solar oven are simple: concentrate, convert, contain. Then you’ll recognize the basic principles of solar cooking.

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Advantages of rooftop solar power

Green Living Tips

A major solar farm project is impressive, but so is a small rooftop solar power. Those comparatively few solar panels do so much more than just crank out. system in my opinion. free electricity

Solar Generators – Clean Energy At Home

Green Prophet

Technological advancements in the energy sector have made it easier for consumers to access renewable and green energy like solar. Solar-powered generators are a better alternative. However, there are suggested compatibilities of generators and solar panels out there. Solar generators also come in different sizes. It is therefore essential to learn how to identify the solar-powered generator that can meet your needs prior to making a purchase.

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"The Red Faces of the Solar Skeptics"

Environmental Economics

For years, these critics — of solar photovoltaics in particular — have called renewable energy a boutique fantasy. A recent Wall Street Journal blog post continues the trend, asserting that solar subsidies take money from the poor to benefit the rich. But solar-generated electricity is turning into a powerful environmental and economic success story. As their costs per kilowatt hour have fallen through the floor, solar arrays have hit the rooftops.

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Solar Shower Bag Kits

Solar Power Ninja

A Solar Shower is a very cool solar product that uses the sun to heat water for showers, washing dishes and general use. This kind of solar water heating kit is perfect for camping or RV-ing and it doesn’t use any electricity – just the power of the sun’s rays! The solar shower bag holds 5 gallons, has a flexible shower hose and an on/off spigot. Solar shower bags are a very practical and clever solar product.

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Solar Roof Shingles

Solar Power Ninja

Midland-based Dow Chemical is announcing the latest in energy independence, the Powerhouse Solar Shingle. Roofers install the solar shingles just like regular asphalt shingles. Dow Chemical says, it’s the first affordable, neighborhood-friendly solar shingle. ” Solar Panels solar roof shingles Solar ShinglesThey are due to be available in 2010 and readily available in 2011.

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Solar Panels: A Green Home Improvement and Also An Investment

Living Green & Saving Energy

Solar Panels: A Green Home Improvement and Also An Investment. green living solar energy solar panels sustainability Green living home solar panels how to go green photovoltaic panels

Dow Jones Goes Solar

Solar Power Ninja

Dow Jones recently announced that it would be making a “major investment in solar energy.”. The investment in question involves installing solar panels at its South Brunswick, N.J. The Dow Jones solar panels will produce an impressive 4.1 megawatts of electricity to become the single biggest solar power installation at a commercial site in the United States. Solar Panels dow jones

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New Solar Cell Could Be The Game Changer for Broad Use of Solar Power

Living Green & Saving Energy

The biggest problem with solar electrical power is its higher cost per unit of electricity generated compared to alternatives. Even the best solar panels only convert about 20% of the sun’s energy into electricity. alternative energy solar energy solar panels high efficiency solar cell solar powerA big reason for the high cost is poor efficiency. Now a breakthrough by engineers at the University of Missouri may [.].

How Solar Panels Can Save Energy and Money This Winter

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How Solar Panels Can Save Energy and Money This Winter. Solar panels actually work more efficiently in cold weather as opposed to when temperatures are high. That’s right: as the temperature increases, the efficiency of solar panels decreases, so, solar panels provide better-than-expected benefits in winter weather. saving energy saving money solar panels Green living how to go green photovoltaic panels winter benefits of solar panels

Tesla’s new batteries and sustainable home solar

Sustainability Ninja

Last week, Tesla’s founder (Elon Musk) stated that his company was moving in to the home solar business. This is another sign of great things to come for home solar. Improved home battery storage coupled with ever improving solar technology is exactly what is needed to go fully off-grid and not rely on fossil fuels to power every day life’s power necessities.

A Solar-Powered Green Christmas

Solar Power Ninja

So, nowadays as the trend is “going green”, it is not surprising that more homes and businesses prefer the use of solar powered Christmas lights when decorating for the holidays. Since it is solar, it has considerably lesser chemical reactions which are harmful to health and environment. Solar powered Christmas lights are composed of three parts – the solar panel, the battery and the LED light bulb. Solar Home solar christmas lights

Solar power installations suck away the light of the sun

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The council of the US town of woodland rejected the installation of a small solar array along of Highway 258 by reasoning that those photo-voltaic installations suck away the light of the sun but not only that. Along this highway, at the verges, the 21st century was meant to arrive in the form of a solar array. No one could tell that solar panels were not causing cancer. green living solar solar energy solar power sun sunlight USA

Solar Snark

Environmental Economics

  From CNN.com : If you've ever thought, "One day, I'm going to put in a solar energy system," today might be the day. And if the extent of your knowledge of solar energy systems is burning ants on a hot summer day using only a magnifying glass.you might be a redneck. Economic issues across the nation are contributing to the early demise of solar incentives such as tax breaks, grants and rebates. It's been a while since I let my snark out.so

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Solar Software for Solar Installers

Green Living Ideas

Easy Solar offers easy to use solar software for solar installers around the world. The post Solar Software for Solar Installers appeared first on Green Living Ideas. Sponsored Posts cleantech solutions photovoltaic software solar design solar design software solar installation solar installers solar power

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Global Solar Sunlinq Portable Solar Charger

Solar Power Ninja

If you went just ten years back in time to show solar power developers the kind of chargers that would be available in just ten short years, you would blow their science-loving minds. The SUNLINQ USB mini and plus solar chargers were made to charge most cell phones, including your Blackberry or iPhones, ipods, digital cameras and other USB-charging gadgets. These solar chargers can easily roll up for simple transport and carry-with abilities, so you can take them camping or hiking.

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Home Solar: Is it Worth Switching?

Green Home Blog

Home Solar: Is it Worth Switching? Retro-fitting your home to run on solar energy either partially or completely can be a huge undertaking. However, there have been many advances, as well as incentives, when it comes to choosing solar technology. Here are some things to think about if you are considering switching to home solar energy. If you live in a mostly cloudy, weather challenged area you may want to think twice before switching to solar.

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Solar panel basics

Green Living Tips

Continuing my beginners guide series on solar power, learn more about how solar panels work, the different types and costs involved Take a some silicon, glass, aluminium and wiring, apply some rays from the sun and you have a electricity generation system running on renewable energy.

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Church solar project inspires solar for neighborhood

Green (Living) Review

One of the things that has always interested me about solar—and other clean tech—is the potential for them to become contagious. While few of us have the power, or the inclination, to build a coal plant just because the neighbors down the road have one, the distributed nature of solar means that one installation can lead to many more as neighbors get inspired by what other neighbors are doing.

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Green Power for Cars and More: A Garage Door with Solar Panels?

Living Green & Saving Energy

A garage door with solar panels could easily provide the necessary energy for our electric vehicles. If vehicles like the Volt continue to grow in popularity, the garage door made with solar panels won’t be far behind. alternative energy eco-innovation green living how to go green solar energy solar panels electric vehicles green energy solar garage door solar power

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Two Financial Benefits of Solar Panels

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Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Two Financial Benefits of Solar Panels by greenwise on February 4, 2011 The economics of solar panels for the home was the topic of a previous post. Solar panels can be analyzed as an investment because they can be expected to last 25 years or more. An additional financial benefit of solar panels is the increase in value they provide for your home.

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Solar shower bag

Green Living Tips

Consider a solar shower bag - it's an economical, earth friendly, water and energy efficient way of staying clean while out roughing it Like to camp in the great outdoors, but the idea of going for days without a wash isn't for you?

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Tesla’s new batteries and sustainable home solar

Sustainability Ninja

Last week, Tesla’s founder (Elon Musk) stated that his company was moving in to the home solar business. This is another sign of great things to come for home solar. Improved home battery storage coupled with ever improving solar technology is exactly what is needed to go fully off-grid and not rely on fossil fuels to power every day life’s power necessities.

Solar Home Glazed Solar Air Heater

Solar Power Ninja

The SolarSheat 1500G is a glazed recirculation solar air collector designed for space heating applications. Solar Home solar air heaterAir is drawn from inside the room through the bottom of the collector and blown out through a duct in the top. The SolarSheat 1500G can heat an area of the home or room up to 750 ft2 or 70 m2 when the sun is shining. A number of these collectors can be connected together to heat larger areas or rooms.

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