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What Countries are Leaders in Solar Power Production?

The benefits of solar power for individual households should not be underestimated. You could save substantial amounts of money from energy saved by offsetting electric with solar panels. You do have to pay for installation, but there are several different schemes, subsidies, and support programs to help manage the costs.

July 21st

Six Reasons To Go Solar

The sun is finally shining on solar energy. In the last few years, more and more households and establishments have adapted the use of photovoltaic (PV) systems. In the past year alone, users of PV systems grew by as much as 26% compared to the previous year. The primary driver behind that growth is the […]

July 29th

Solar Powered Toilet Makes Biochar from Human Waste

A new type of solar-powered, waterless toilet that creates biochar from human waste could be a game-changing sanitation solution, providing a self-contained safe and sanitary toilet facility and producing a valuable agricultural resource. Those of us living in the developed world don’t often realize how good we’ve got it, and how many everyday items we […]

March 18th

The Benefits of a Free Solar Site Evaluation

If you’re curious about getting a solar power system installed on your home or business, one of the first steps that you’ll want to take is to have a free solar site evaluation done. This will give you a good idea about the potential for a solar photovoltaic (PV) array at your location, as well […]

March 17th

Solar Hacking Kit Makes any AA or AAA Device Solar Powered

While there are a number of solar chargers and solar gadgets already on the market, sometimes you just want to convert a device to be solar powered. But unless you’ve got some technical skills and know exactly what materials you’ll need, turning a battery-powered device into one that’s powered by the sun isn’t nearly as […]

March 11th

Purdue Develops Low-Cost UV Water Disinfection System

For close to a billion people in our world, access to clean, safe, drinking water isn’t easy or simple. There are plenty of systems for purifying water, but many of them rely on costly technology or other inputs (chemicals or power), so coming up with an effective and low-cost water disinfection method could make a […]

October 29th

Go Carbon Neutral (or Better) with Pear Energy: CEO Interview Series

Businesses and families looking to cut their carbon emissions have a lot of options these days. One inexpensive and extremely effective way to cut carbon emissions and help fight climate change is to offset your company or household footprint with carbon offsets. Pear Energy is a company that provides carbon offsets for businesses and homes. For the cost of a couple of cups of coffee a week, most businesses can go carbon neutral with Pear Energy and help the company drive investment on a large scale into new renewable energy projects.

March 20th

Mexico’s Solar Energy Investment and Capacity Doubles

According to solar and wind systems producer, Conermex, Mexico will reach a total of 12 MW of electricity generated by solar energy by the end of 2012, doubling its current potential.
Mexico currently has 6 MW of solar energy capacity installed, but with a growth spurt in investments and new projects, Mexico will reach 12 MW of solar-powered electricity by the end of the year.

June 20th

Cheap Pay-As-You Go Solar for Developing Countries

When you switch on a light- you have power! Quite literally. The power to connect, to use modern technology, listen to music, run advance cooking appliances. But the same power also ends itself to some very basic needs like plain and simple light- to read, study, cook. More than half a billion in sub-saharain Africa lack grid power and spend more on fuel than most developed nations in terms of salary percentages. The issue with renewables: upfront costs and Eight19 is solving this problem through an innovative pay-as-you-go solar.

June 14th

OpenEI: Open Energy Information for Entrepreneurs, Scientists, and Community

Open Energy Information (OpenEI) is a knowledge sharing online community dedicated to connecting people with the latest information and data on energy resources from around the world. By providing access to energy-related information via geographic discovery, unique visualizations, and topic-oriented gateways, OpenEI can help you find the answers you need to make better, more informed decisions.

May 31st

Bill Gates Never Ran an Energy Company

Last year, Bill Gates noted in an interview with Alan Murray of the Wall Street Journal that technologies like solar photovoltaics and LED lights were “cute” but could never deal with the bigger issue of climate change and powering the developing world.

And, this week, writer Marc Gunther wrote in his postthat “Germany, once the world’s leading market for solar power, is pulling back its subsidies. Q Cells, once the world’s largest solar company, just went bankrupt.’ This isn’t happy news.”

So, I am writing to point out three things:

April 15th

Can A Landfill Generate Renewable Energy in its Afterlife?

Landfills are eyesores but they present a harsh reality of our wasteful ways. Even though we all are recycling like never before, what happens to all those acres of land that are now- landfills. I came across a great video that talks about how landfill owners are now installing solar panels on the acres of barren land devoid of trees.

April 4th

Sun Devils Live Up to Their Name: ASU is First Higher-Ed Campus With 10 MW Solar Capacity

The Sun Devils surely started the season right this year but in even better news, Arizona State University (ASU) has become the only higher education institution in the United States to have a solar-energy capacity exceeding 10 megawatts (MW). This is enough energy to power 2,500 Arizona homes and represents roughly 20 percent of ASU’s peak load, reducing the university’s carbon footprint between 5 to 10 percent.

September 7th