Category Archives: Solar News

Green Energy Sources Driving Growth in Business

The business leaders of the world have been revising their strategies since the great economic crisis of 2008. We should have clear-cut plans for growth for the long term, and having poor plans will cause disastrous results. This was a lesson we learned from the various causes of the financial crisis, including the real estate bubble. Since 2008, people and government leaders have been looking for growth plans involving sustainable energy sources. In this article, you will learn about how green energy can steer overall business development. Continue reading Green Energy Sources Driving Growth in Business

Japanese Wins Australian Solar Panel Powered Car Race

A team from Japan won a world race from cars power by solar panels. These solar panel powered cars had to race through Australia’s outback after battling more than 1,800 miles of remote highways, dodging kangaroos and other wildlife and avoiding a bush-fire. These races are more than a sporting event. They are a great way to inspire new solar technology and kick-start higher solar technological development. The team from Tokai University finished the solar race from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide at about noon on Thursday. Continue reading Japanese Wins Australian Solar Panel Powered Car Race

Off-grid Solar Solutions Without Backup Batteries

There continues to be ground breaking technology research in the area of off-grid solar products. Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute has developed an off-grid solar solution to maximize utility of power supply while minimizing the need for storage solutions. In rural areas and in developing countries the potential for off-grid solar applications is great. However, the initial costs can prove to be an impediment to more widespread usage. Continue reading Off-grid Solar Solutions Without Backup Batteries

Solar Farming in India is a Game Changer

Imagine a crop that can be harvested daily on the most barren desert and arid land, with no fertilizer or tillage, and that produces no harmful emissions. Imagine an energy source so bountiful that it can provide many times more energy than we could ever expect to need or use. Imagine that an hour’s worth of sunlight bathing the planet holds far more energy than humans worldwide could consume in a year. You don’t have to imagine it — it’s real and it’s here. Solar energy is an abundant enormous resource that is readily available to all countries throughout the world, and all the space above the earth. It is clean, no waste comes from it, and once a system is in place, it’s “free.” Continue reading Solar Farming in India is a Game Changer

Solar Installation Boosts Home Resale Prices in California

In the midst of the catastrophic housing market collapse comes a bright spot for residential solar installers. A new study found that home solar systems boosted the resale prices of homes in California and other markets around the country.

A study at the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that homes with solar systems installed sell for a premium compared to homes without solar. The study is one of the first comprehensive looks at the impact of solar systems on home sale prices in the country. Continue reading Solar Installation Boosts Home Resale Prices in California

Oil Giant Gains Control of Solar Equipment Company

The French oil and gas giant Total (the world’s fifth-largest), shelled out a cool $1.38 billion for a controlling 60 percent stake in SunPower Solar Corporation. Based in San Jose, California, SunPower’s deal with Total is already having repercussions across the entire market. Solar, like wind and geothermal, can be a capital-intensive business. Continue reading Oil Giant Gains Control of Solar Equipment Company

Wind Turbines With Spinning Solar Blades, Renewable Technology Picking Up Speed

Solar panels embedded into the blades of wind turbines? It seems the argument of solar power Vs wind energy is merging, or at least the technology is. Solar installers have teamed up with scientists from the University of Liverpool and are developing solar PV on the blades of wind turbines.

Why settle for one form of renewable energy when you can produce power with solar and wind combined? That’s exactly what scientists from the University of Liverpool have done by upgrading an everyday wind turbine with a new set of spinning solar blades. Continue reading Wind Turbines With Spinning Solar Blades, Renewable Technology Picking Up Speed

Very Cool Solar Canopy Using Sanyo Bifacial PV Panels

To much of the solar world this is old news, but it is still new exiting news to most Architects and high end homeowners. It was also exciting to see the technology which was part of a Sanyo continuing solar education credit course we took last week in Sacramento. Sanyo Solar teamed up with Florian Canopies to produce a hybrid solar roof that is truly cutting edge. Continue reading Very Cool Solar Canopy Using Sanyo Bifacial PV Panels

Solar Panels Powering Saudi Arabia? Cheap Electricity Driving Saudis to Photovoltaics

Solar powering Saudi Arabia? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, let it be said, let it be so. As oil supplies decline, Saudi Arabia’s own electrical energy is becoming expensive. By one estimate, it’s as much as 25 cents a kilowatt-hour, at wholesale. Saudi Arabia gets all of its electricity from the oil field. Flared gas provides 45%, heavy fuel oil provides 13%, diesel; 22% and crude provides the remaining 20%. So as oil prices rise, its domestic desalination and electricity costs rise too.

But the kingdom has solar insolation that is the envy of the world. So the Governor of the state power company ECRA (Saudi Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority) is hoping to get state approval for solar incentives to help solar begin to power some of the kingdom’s 50,000 megawatt electricity needs, according to ArabNews. Continue reading Solar Panels Powering Saudi Arabia? Cheap Electricity Driving Saudis to Photovoltaics

Portable Solar Lights Provide Safety in Haiti

Traveling the Haitian countryside before the January earthquake no one would have had to tell me that only 12.5% of the population was connected to public power. Portable solar and solar thermal was about the only way you were going to get electricity and hot water for a shower.

The earthquake leveled the country and created even more hardships for the lovely people of Haiti. Portable solar and solar generators are playing an important role int he countries recovery. With diesel difficult and expensive to come by, solar is coming to the rescue. Continue reading Portable Solar Lights Provide Safety in Haiti