As with any new technology and when big corporations feel they are threatened they put up resistance. Problem is big corporations control Washington DC. Solar panel feed-in-tariffs are going to be the next big thing in this country. It is small business start ups and local governments though that cut the widest swath to success. In America Florida, Sacramento, California, and Palo Alto, California are saying we can’t wait and are pushing forward past the Feds. [continue reading…]

Blue Pacific Solar, a national organization and online web store for portable solar products, off-grid solar kits and pre-wired power centers is now offering a new line of solar chargers. Goal zero Yeti is a compact portable emergency battery or off-grid power kit. Whether you’re working and playing off-grid or experiencing a power outage, the Yeti 1250 Kit offers the power to get it done. Silent, safe, and easy to use indoors or out. Clean, self-sustaining power generation from wall, car, or sun. [continue reading…]

Midnite Solar Classic MPPT 150 Charge Controller

The Midnite Solar Classic 150 MPPT battery charge controller substantially increases the flexibility, features and range currently found on all other MPPT controllers. The Midnite Solar Classic is the only MPPT controller that has arc fault detection, making this solar controller the safest controller available and a Hyper VOC feature. The solar consultants at Blue Pacific Solar love specifying Midnite solar products, well frankly because they are American Made, are designed for the most durable off-grid conditions and they work. With the Classic 150 ranging up to 96 amps, the Classic 200, 79 amps and the Classic 250, 63 amps, why would you need any other controller? [continue reading…]

With an Air marine and land wind turbines, you have energy wherever you go, whether you’re sailing across the world, setting up your mountaineering base camp or cruising the highways in your RV. Air marine and land turbines are lightweight, easy to set up, and produce clean DC power to directly charge 12V, 24V or 48V batteries to run your lights and charge satellite phones, GPS devices, cameras and other small appliances keeping you connected, charged and ready to enjoy your adventures. [continue reading…]

Self-sufficient with Off-Grid Solar Power

Produce and store your own power, defy grid outages and blackouts or simply be independent from the utility power grid and conventional energy supply. With SMA off-grid systems technology you can set up a solar off-grid power supply with a few clicks of the mouse. Grid interactive and off grid solar both with battery backup provide cost-effective solution guaranteeing a stable power distribution grid at all times. [continue reading…]

Thanksgiving and Solar Panels

For me, the Thanksgiving holiday started on Wednesday with a trip to our mountain cabin. I spent all day cleaning the off-grid cabin because although it was only my kids and husband and I that would be here for Thanksgiving, why do it in a dirty cabin? Our cabin is powered entirely by solar panels with a battery bank to store the energy so when I clean I also have to monitor our battery depth of discharge since it was a very foggy day in the Sierra Mts on Wednesday. In the middle of all that, I got some last-minute groceries, baked some rolls in our traditional wood burning stove and some pumpkin pie custards and generally exhausted myself. [continue reading…]

New Off-Grid Solar Module Homes

California based Newport Pacific Capital Company, Inc., and Modular Lifestyles, Inc. have just announced that they are offering a unique off-grid solar Park Model home for use in communities, events and organizations to promote Green living, solar and propane.

To be featured in an upcoming episode of the TV Production, “How It Is Made”, the off-grid and grid tied solar home was the featured attraction at a national convention held by KOA. Steven Lefler, Vice President of Modular Lifestyles, was the host of the home for Cavco Industries at the convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will also be a feature news item on local TV stations, to be seen by Las Vegas residents in November. [continue reading…]

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released new national polling showing strong public support for solar water heating systems and the perception that solar water heating helps the economy and create jobs. The independent poll conducted by Gotham Research Group showed 74 percent of Americans agree that the solar water heating industry will produce jobs and help the U.S. economy. Positive perceptions of solar water heating systems exceeded negative perceptions by more than 10 to 1 (48 percent to 4 percent). More broadly, solar energy is considered the energy source most deserving of U.S. government support. [continue reading…]

Frequent utility blackouts are the ever-increasing evidence of our changing climate and raises the awareness for having emergency solar backup power in the home. Utilities are having a difficult time repairing what nature can dismantle in a matter of seconds.

Using the battery bank in an emergency solar power center is some of the best technology a homeowner can invest in today. A backup solar generator can keep you out of the dark when the grid goes down. Solar powered generators with battery backup do not rely on fossil fuel to keep electricity flowing to your critical home loads. A solar-powered generator in your home is the ultimate security in emergencies. [continue reading…]