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Ralph Lauren Solar-Powered Backpack Carries, Charges Your Stuff

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, April 11 2011 under: Ralph Lauren, Solar Gadgets, Solar Backpack, Solar Technology

In our four years as a blog, we've seen just about every solar-powered gadget out there, including solar surfboards, solar suitcases and a solar helmet. So, when Ralph Lauren recently announced the release of a solar-powered backpack, we weren't exactly surprised.

The bag is part of the designer's RLX line, which offers buyers "exceptionally luxe lifestyle apparel and innovative athletic gear." It is perfect for me, in other words. Next time I'm exploring the Amazon, I can both (a) look great and, thanks to the backpack, (b) get enough juice from its 2.45-watt solar panel to charge my GPS device and iPod.

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Google Announces $5 Million Germany Solar Project

Posted by Adam Sewall In Friday, April 8 2011 under: Solar Power Info, Cost and Financing, Google

Google is up to it again. The search giant recently announced plans to invest five million big ones in a solar energy park in Germany.

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5 Reasons Solar Power Beats the Pants Off Coal

Posted by Adam Sewall In Thursday, April 7 2011 under: Solar PV Panels, Coal

Looking at the following chart, it's pretty clear we get way more of our electricity from coal than we do from solar power. I mean, solar doesn't even show up when compared to the Goliath that is coal:

Crazy, huh?

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Tufts Energy Conference to Feature Top Speakers, Cocktail Party

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, April 6 2011 under: Massachusetts Solar, Tufts Energy Conference, Boston, Solar Power Info

What follows may or may not be a shameless plug for my alma mater. Regardless, it's a great annual event that deserves a bit of press...

The Tufts Energy Conference, now in its sixth year, offers attendees the chance listen to (and mingle with) some of the foremost thinkers in energy-related fields.

Plus, this years there's a cocktail party (taking place Friday, April 15)... what more could you want?

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Chu Announces Funding for SunShot Solar Energy Manufacturing Projects

Department of Energy head Stephen Chu yesterday announced over $110 million in funding to support the development of advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing techniques.

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Next 10 Years: Cost of Solar Will Drop by Half, U.S. Will Build 5 Nuclear Power Plants

Bloomberg New Energy Finance this week is having its annual conference in New York. Among the tidbits making their way through the Interwebs, I found the following particularly interesting:

(1) Michael Liebreich, chairman of the research group, noted in a talk that he expects the cost of developing a solar power project to drop by half in the next decade, worldwide. New Energy Finance numbers suggest the cost of large solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to decline to from around $3.00 per watt today to $1.45 per watt in 2020.

A reduction of that magnitude would make solar energy more competitive with fossil fuels.

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More Solar Power Coming to Sacramento, California

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, April 4 2011 under: Solar Power Info, SolarCity, Sacramento, California Solar

SolarCity, a fast-growing company that provides solar lease options to homeowners in many parts of the country, today announced it plans to install more than 8,000 solar panels for the City of Sacramento, California.

At 1.9 megawatts (MW), the solar panel installation would be the largest such facility in the city and would produce around 2.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) in the first year of operation -- enough to power roughly 235 typical American homes.

“This project is a triple win for Sacramento -- it will save taxpayers money by lowering the city’s energy costs, reduce pollution by generating renewable power, and create more local jobs to install the panels,” said [Sacramento] Mayor Kevin Johnson. “It’s our goal to become a greener city and generating clean energy on our facilities is keeping with that commitment.”

Go Sacramento!

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Special SPF Sun Block Electrifies Skin in Tests, Paves Way for Body Solar Panels

Posted by Adam Sewall In Friday, April 1 2011 under: DermaVolt, Solar PV Panels, Solar skin, Solar Technology, April Fools' Day

It seems April Fools' Day this year got very popular with corporate America and media outlets:

From a new “body controlled” email system to the purchase of Pluto to a royal wedding–themed car, companies and media outlets have been busily pranking this April Fools’ Day, lightening up an otherwise grim news flow focused on violence in Libya and the ongoing disaster in Japan.

The MarketWatch story linked to above references the day's gags from Google, Groupon and Virgin, among others. We here at GetSolar would just like to inform our readers that we were hip to the April Fool's thang way back in 2009:

A Spain-based firm, Derma-Volt, is developing a suntan lotion that, when applied, will cause the underlying surface to generate electrical current.

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Non-Nuclear Clean Power to Double by 2020, Report Says

A report out Monday sees non-nuclear clean energy sources growing two-fold over the next ten years, via USA Today.

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Solar Power Advantages and Limitations: Why You Should Install Solar Panels

Posted by Adam Sewall In Thursday, March 31 2011 under: Solar Commentary, Solar PV Panels

Over the past year, we've witnessed terrible accidents in "the big three" energy sectors: the Massey coal mine explosion in West Virginia, which killed 25 miners; the explosion of the drill rig Deepwater Horizon, which killed eleven and caused billions of dollars of damage; and the on-going nuclear crisis in Japan, which is prompting many to reassess the probability that a similar disaster occur here in the United States.

If anything is clear, it's that there are risks associated with the extraction and production of energy -- and that all sources of energy come with costs and benefits.

With that in mind, let's take a quick look at the benefits and costs solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.

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