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IKEA Selling Affordable Solar Panels to Consumers Across the Pond

October 16, 2013 1 Comment
IKEA Selling Affordable Solar Panels to Consumers Across the Pond

IKEA Corp., the Swedish housewares giant, is now selling solar panels in Britain through a new partnership with global solar giant Hanergy. Hanergy now offers British IKEA shoppers in-store consultation and design service and expert installation, maintenance, and ongoing energy monitoring. Consumers in the UK can now purchase a standard 3.36kW photovoltaic (PV) system for […]

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Using Solar Geo-Engineering To Slow Climate Change

September 30, 2013 0 Comments
Using Solar Geo-Engineering To Slow Climate Change

Q: What is solar geo-engineering and how can it help stave off global warming? Solar geo-engineering is a term describing any of various techniques for reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth and its atmosphere. Researchers are exploring the feasibility of utilizing solar geo-engineering to reflect some of the sun’s heat back into […]

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Should You Buy or Lease Solar Panels?

September 19, 2013 0 Comments
Should You Buy or Lease Solar Panels?

If you have dreamed of using solar energy to power your home, but have been unable to outlay $18,000 to $40,000 to purchase and install the typical rooftop solar energy system, new leasing options may be your answer. In recent years, several companies have started to provide zero-cost options to U.S.-based homeowners to install and […]

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Haitian Hospital Powered by 1,800 Solar Panels

June 12, 2013 1 Comment
Haitian Hospital Powered by 1,800 Solar Panels

Hospitals require electrical power 24/7 because of all the medical equipment that runs on electricity. The electricity in Haiti is very unreliable – power often goes down for several hours a day. This means that hospitals that rely solely on grid power are incredible fragile for their patients. This newly built 205,000 square feet hospital […]

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EPA Tool Determines Viability of Solar Projects on Contaminated Sites

June 4, 2013 1 Comment
EPA Tool Determines Viability of Solar Projects on Contaminated Sites

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have jointly created a tool to make it easier to judge the viability of contaminated land for use in solar and wind energy projects. Designed for energy developers, the “decision trees” (solar_decision_tree.pdf) enable state and local governments, landowners, and clean-up project managers to evaluate the 11,000 […]

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Solar Powered Picnic Tables Coming to College Campuses

May 22, 2013 0 Comments
Solar Powered Picnic Tables Coming to College Campuses

They may look like picnic tables, but these aren’t your ordinary run-of-the-mill wood tables sold at your local home store. Maryville College in Tennessee has become the latest college campus to install “Solar Doks”, off-grid solar powered picnic tables made from recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and equipped with three 45-watt solar panels per side and […]

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