Will adding solar to your property save you money monthly, and will it increase the resale value of your house? It’s important to dig into the details about how much you might expect to see as added property value for using solar panels. There are so many benefits of solar power at home. The most important
Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Formally blessed and sanctified, 150 solar panels forming a 38 kW array have been pressed into religious service at the iconic Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucestershire, England. Dubbed the oldest cathedral in the world to install solar panels, the new photovoltaic system will help reduce the ancient cathedral’s energy costs by 25%.
Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Navigating through the icy waters of the Arctic, the Greenpeace ship “Arctic Sunrise” is delivering solar panels to the Inuit community of Clyde River, Nunavut. Delivering solar panels and a team to install the systems for the Clyde River community is Greenpeace’s way of offering a better solution to meet increasing
As international interest in renewable energy grows, I want to send thanks to SaveOnEnergy for providing this infographic about how solar panels work. How Solar Panels Work “Solar power is talked about a lot these days. Whether it’s a new solar panel installation on your neighbor’s roof or one of the growing numbers of solar
Almost one year ago in its annual report, troubled Chinese solar panel manufacturer Yingli Green Energy told its investors the company was facing troubled times: “Facts and circumstances including recurring losses, negative working capital, net cash outflows, and uncertainties on the repayment of the debts raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a
Solar power is green and clean, but how does it work? We walk you through the inner workings of a solar panel.
Already dedicated to protecting oceans, waves, and beaches around the world, now Surfrider Foundation members can help mitigate global warming and reduce their carbon footprints by going solar through a new partnership with SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR). SunPower is offering a $500 Mail-In Rebate to Surfrider Foundation members and a $1,000 donation to the Surfrider Foundation
Originally published on SolarLove.org An innovative partnership has been sparking children’s creativity across the UK, encouraging them to “get creative” about renewable energy, solar power, and climate change. Good Energy, 10:10, and Solar Schools held an exciting competition for the kids and provided £9,000 ($13968.32) in cash for prizes, to go towards the award-winning schools’
Reinforcing its long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in solar technology, IKEA officially plugged-in the largest rooftop solar array in Kansas. The huge solar array will support the recently opened 359,000 square-foot IKEA Merriam and its 1,200 parking spaces soaking up the rays on 19 acres along the eastern side of I-35 eight miles southwest
Fully funded by the Chinese government, Yingli Solar announced that Pakistan’s Parliament House in Islamabad will be powered by 1 megawatt (MW) of high-efficiency multicrystalline Yingli Solar panels. Inaugurated by the leaders of China and Pakistan on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the new system is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2015. Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE), also
Quickly learn how solar power works as well as a number of fun facts in the article and videos below. Solar power is taking the world by storm. The cost of solar panels has come down so much that hundreds of millions of people can probably benefit financially from going solar. It’s an exciting time,
If you’re in Florida and hope to live a more sustainable “off the grid” lifestyle that’s free from the influence of energy companies and massive agricultural conglomerates by adding solar panels to your home, harvesting rainwater, and planting an organic garden on your property- watch out.
You often have to invest money (or time, which is money) in order to make money. Some investments are smaller and have quicker payoffs, while some investments are larger and have longer (though, often more significant) payoffs. The nice thing about money-saving investments in the home is that these investments often also save energy —
We’re trying to get more solar energy stories going here on Planetsave. To catch readers up, I’m doing a short series on the top 50 solar energy stories of 2013 so far. Learning from the Top 33 EV Stories article I recently published, I’m splitting this one into 5 posts. Otherwise, the page would take forever to load.
In 2013, we’re all aware of the environmental dangers that the planet is currently facing. The trouble, however, is that not enough is currently being done about it. Thankfully, there are small, relatively new inventions that are already on the market that, if bought by everyone, could help the planet in a big way as
Editor’s Note: Thought solar panels were just useful for creating electricity or heat for hot water? Apparently not. Stanford researchers have found a way to create “solar cooling panels” or “radiative cooling panels” that shoot heat away from the building. According to the researchers, just covering 10% of a roof covered by these solar cooling
Clean energy is in everyone’s best interests. Not only does it save you money, but it also helps to save the future of the earth’s resources and ecosystem. Finite energy sources will not be around forever, and their production is harmful to the earth’s atmosphere. Luckily, some real progress has been made regarding clean energy,
With the current economic climate, it is important that you try to save money in every way you can. As a homeowner, there are many different steps you can take to ensure that you run an eco-friendly home. Even if you make small adjustments and changes to your daily routine, you are sure to make
The U.S. company Solar Junction set the gold standard for solar cell efficiency last year at 43.5 percent, a worldwide mark that it has just shattered with a new solar cell efficiency record of 44 percent. This baby ain’t no hothouse flower, either. All the lab work is behind it and it’s ready for
The global solar power industry has experienced remarkable growth since the 2009 recession. The growth rate each year between 2007 to 2011 was around 70%. At the end of 2011, the total GW of solar panels installed worldwide was 62, divided between residential roofs, commercial buildings, and utility plants. With increasing pressure for the
At Solar Power International (SPI) 2012, Hanwha Solar, a leading manufacturer of silicon ingots and photovoltaic panels introduced a new range of solar products specially designed to deliver flexibility with energy storage, better module designs to provide high energy output, and cost reduction through Epi thin-film technology. The products were launched in partnership with
As household budgets continue to be squeezed and the economy staggers on, the environment struggles to cope with the demands put on it by modern man. With all this in mind, there is every reason to look to alternative energy sources to meet the needs of our high standard of living. Solar energy is one
Today, more and more home owners are becoming increasingly energy conscious. Stories about climate change have been over the news for the past decades, and there are many changes from large to small that you, as a home owner, would be able to make that can not only ensure you home is more green,
New solar panel designs that are intended to reduce the installation time and cost of solar power systems hae been created by a German and a Chinese partnership. Installation Cost The cost of installing solar panels can exceed the cost of the solar panels themselves, including the cost of the other equipment, such as
By Zach Richard, Content Writer at Total Mortgage Services As the dominant species on this planet, human beings owe a duty of care to future generations to preserve and protect our environment to the best of our ability. We understand that it’s tough to make time to save the environment when we hold full time
As energy demand worldwide increases, alternative energy sources such as solar power continue to gain popularity. There are many benefits to the science of harnessing the sun’s power in order to convert it into usable energy. Here are just a few benefits that you may, or may not, know: Solar panels aren’t just for powering
It is hardly a surprise that recent developments in methods of power have set standards in ways to generate power. Home owners continue to invest monies to utilize several different forms of power generation, one of which is solar energy. The sun has been with us for millions of years, but coming up with
A U.S. solar startup named Twin Creeks Technologies just “unstealthed” yesterday, and it did so in a big way. The solar startup is looking to make solar considerably cheaper with breakthrough/disruptive changes to the solar cell manufacturing process. There’s more detail on this solar startup’s cost-cutting solar cell manufacturing process available on sister site
I want to start covering clean energy news much more here on Planetsave, but as they say, “so much to do, so little time.” Also, since we cover that extensively on sister site CleanTechnica, I just sort of assume you all can easily pop over there and subscribe to that page for news on this
You know it as well as I do—the home solar trend is taking off, as concerns about climate change and rising electricity costs point to clean, renewable solar as a solution. And even though residential solar has never been more efficient or affordable, disturbing myths and misinformation still abound. Here are seven persistent myths about
The whole key to an efficient rooftop solar power system is finding the right roof in the right spot with the least shade, and now a team of scientists has developed a new system (a solar calculator) that can provide visual images of the rooftop solar potential for any existing building….
One of the biggest green living stories of the past several days is one of a a 13-year-old, Aidan Dwyer, who reportedly created and filed a patent for a groundbreaking, super energy-efficient solar panel array setup based on the Fibonacci sequence of some tree branches. The system was supposedly 20% more efficient than traditional, flat solar panel arrays, in general, and 50% more efficient in winter.
Cities around the world have blossoming bike sharing programs. But unlike blossoming flowers, these programs will both make people smile AND reduce their allergies. How, exactly? Well, increasing allergies is one predicted (and I think already occurring) result of global climate change. And bicycling for transportation purposes is one of the best options for combating climate change.
Many homeowners are accustomed to seeing their electric meter spinning forward, measuring the energy a home is consuming at any given moment. Scott Gordon is more used to seeing his meter spin backward, counting the watts being sold back to the electric company, and putting money into his pocket.
OS – a Japanese company that makes retractable screens for projectors – has invented this very handy portable solar power-on-the-go device, that sells for ¥60,000 – or about $730.
Sailing ships once carried much of the world’s cargo across the seas, until canvas sheets were replaced by low-grade “bunker” oil. Now it appears that wind power is about to make a comeback, in the form of rigid “sails” that double as solar panels. The patent-pending technology, called the Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power
Ryan Adams is a massive fan of solar power and other forms of renewable energy. Many countries around the world are experiencing a boom in roof-top solar panel installation on residential premises. In Australia, for example, the Clean Energy Council has reported in their “Clean Energy Australia Report 2010” that 105,520 solar power systems were
Yeah, that’s right, a Beijing architect has built an environmentally-friendly egg-shaped house on the sidewalk in Beijing… and is living in it! The 24-year-old architect is Dai Haifei.
Benefits of Building Your Own Solar Panels Making solar panels for your home is a popular option for a lot of people because: you can cut out the middle-man, the installer, potentially saving a ton of money; learning how solar panels work and how to build solar panels is fun and empowering; who
Following up on global warming news of the week (one of the biggest environmental problems), here is some uplifting green tech and green living news from this week.
The Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team has announced that they will be installing 1,125 solar panels on their parking garage to help power their arena. The clean energy project will cost about $1.5 million and will reportedly not increase ticket prices for fans. The 194 kilowatt solar power system will provide an equivalent amount of