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bob villa learns about photovoltaics

I found this video of Bob Villa learning about how solar power works and since many of you out there on there on the Internet are looking for a simple way to under stand how a solar electric system works, this is a simple to understand video of how you can offset your electric bills with solar power. The payback on solar electric systems are becoming more attractive to homeowners since rebates and tax credits are available combined with the falling prices of solar panels while electric rates on continue to inflate. I’m glad Bob Villa made this video since he’s built such a great personal brand in the construction industry, this is the type of coverage that is needed to bring solar panels to every roof across America, what do you...

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solarfun increases solar panel efficiency

SolarFun Power Holding Company is a publicly traded solar panel manufacturer, listed on NASDAQ as ticker symbol SOLF. The company today announced they have increased the efficiency of their solar panels by 5% using their second generation solar cells. The second generation solar cells by SolarFun are called SF2, they’re full monocrystalline squares which take advantage of the entire surface area of their solar panels resulting in a higher power output. The company’s R&D department is dedicated to seek methods for increasing solar cell and panel efficiencies while reducing degradation. What do you think about SolarFun solar...

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apollo solar developing smart grid tie inverter

Apollo Solar has been awarded a contract from the Department of Energy to develop a “smart grid tie solar inverter” The goal of the program is to allow solar photovoltaic systems to be more integrated to smart energy systems for homes and businesses. Compared to a standard grid tie solar inverters the new smart solar grid tie inverter that Apollo Solar is developing today focuses on intelligent system controls which improves the power quality and reliability, increases integration with the existing U.S. electrical grid. The objective of the smart grid tie inverter is to give the solar electric system owner the ability to plan and control the use of power. As the “smart grid” continues to be deployed across the US, it’s about time solar grid tie solar inverter companies have started to think about electrical power more than the contribution from the solar panels. What do you think about “smart grid tie solar inverters” that enable consumers to control their power...

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red robin selects led light bulbs

Red Robin, a popular restaurant in the U.S. has recently upgraded their lighting from incandescent and halogen bulbs to high efficiency LEDs (light emitting diodes) in 150 restaurants. Red Robin transitioned to 7 watt PAR 20 flood and spot lights which are being used at the entrance and lobby areas, lighting over dining room tables, and perimeter lighting. The company expects to save several thousand dollars per year in electric and maintenance costs by upgrading to LEDs Today, more than half of the company owned Red Robins have transitioned to LED light bulbs. Do you think LED bulbs are ready for prime...

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Ohio budgeting for solar panel incentives

One of the largest barriers of going solar is the upfront cost. Many cities in California are now offering homeowners low interest financing for a solar electric system that is paid back through property taxes. The money is raised through a bond and then paid back as the residents make the monthly payments on their solar panels. If the owner of the home decides to sell the home, the payments on the solar electric system are continued by the new owner until the system is paid off. When municipal financing is available to residents the number of solar electric system installations skyrocket. Ohio’s state government has made legislative improvements to allow cities across Ohio to raise money for residential solar installations for it’s residents. What do you think about muni-financing that allows more people to access solar...

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shout out to michael raines.

Have you seen The Colony on discovery channel? If you haven’t you got to check it out! The reality show is a unique experiment that puts 10 people and their skills to the test in a real-life exploration of what it would be like to have to rebuild after a devastating global event. My friend Michael Raines of SunPower Systems was part of the experiment. The second episode aired last night and the survivors had a major challenge recharging the battery bank they managed to salvage. The team was able to pull it off by making a wood gasifier out of the scrap parts to run a gas engine which recharged the battery bank. It was amazing how the team was able to improvise and be able to generate power with the little resources they had access to. Michael surprises everyone with his skills in building alternative energy. He is an inventor who fabricates furniture from both wood and metal, customizes cars and bikes, installs solar panels, and makes bows and arrows from scrap metal. Michael is also quite opinionated and is both a conspiracy theorist and pessimist. He feels he’ll survive in a catastrophe because he has vast knowledge on alternative energy and is a fighter. Do you think Mike will survive? check out the episodes...

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