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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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What Are Solar Roof Shingles?

April 1, 2013 0 Comments
What Are Solar Roof Shingles?

Q: I’m getting my roof redone and have heard about solar roof shingles. Are they available—and are they practical for the Northeast? Solar shingles are photovoltaic cells designed to look like and integrate with conventional asphalt roof shingles. First commercially available in 2005, solar shingles were much more costly than traditional “bolt-on” photovoltaic panels, and […]

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Nanocrystal ‘Solar Paint’ Could Replace Panels and be Applied to Any Surface

February 21, 2013 1 Comment
Nanocrystal ‘Solar Paint’ Could Replace Panels and be Applied to Any Surface

If the thought of installing an array of solar panels on your roof in order to harvest solar energy doesn’t appeal to you, fret not; you could soon be applying “solar paint” to all the exterior surfaces of your home instead. By adapting existing technology already in use to generate electricity, scientists at USC and […]

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