Before installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at your home or business, it's important to know as much as you can about how the system actually works. This way, when you get solar home energy quotes, you'll know exactly what they're talking about and won't drown in a sea of foreign vocabulary.
Just last week, we introduced you to the LED solar pebble -- a dependable and easily transportable solar-powered light that can be used in rural areas that lack a steady source of electricity. Today, it's the solar refrigerator -- an equally fascinating and useful development that is also made for those same remote areas.
Biennially since 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has held the solar decathlon, a competition between 20 university teams from around the world that design, construct and operate homes that are affordable, energy efficient and attractive.
We sometimes see it: homeowners don't want to invest in a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system because they fear a better, more efficient system will available as soon as their system is installed. It's the same reasoning some people use when the opt against buying a new computer or cell phone. Why trade up now when new technology will be available in six months or a year? When it comes to installing solar panels, however, there are a number of considerations that make the solar purchase decision unique.
California's Lodi Wine Region is catching on to the solar energy craze and energy efficient frenzy that her permeated throughout the rest of the state. Granted, it took a solar energy pioneer to get the ball rolling.
Google's foundation, Google.org, has made it widely known that it intends to aid the progression of renewable energy development in any way possible. The company is pushing for quicker development of rechargeable vehicles through its Recharge IT Project and, though its RE<C program, is trying to develop one gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy capacity in the next few years at a price that is cheaper than one GW of coal-based electricity. (One GW is enough to power a city roughly the size of San Francisco for a full day.) Each of these initiatives is part of Google.org's Clean Energy 2030 Plan -- a proposal on how to shift the global economy from one that depends on fossil fuels to one that is based on clean energy.
If we're going to secure a clean energy future, education is key. The more young people know about solar energy, the better. So what can we do to teach kids about solar energy? Here are some ways you can help out, along with a few examples of activities that are already underway.
Some of the best states to install a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system are in the northeast: Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania come to mind. At this time of the year, these states are also known for their heavy snowfall. Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks, you've probably heard about the record-setting blizzard blowing through the northeast.
A rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system is a long-term investment in your property: that the typical warranty on a solar PV panels is 20 to 25 years. One can do a lot over the course of two decades, including change your address. So what happens to that solar home energy system when you sell your house?