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Solar Powered Homes Selling Like Hotcakes.

Slow real estate market isn’t true for homes with solar power. In fact the demand for homes with solar power is going through the roof according an article in the LA Times by Elizabeth Douglas. Even in a slow real estate market buyers are seeking out solar-powered homes. It’s a classic case of differentiation, because of the housing crisis, there is massive inventory of homes, what sets your home apart from the rest of them? Since energy bills are skyrocketing and are going to continue to inflate as we move forward the home with solar panels makes its stand out because of the long term savings a home owner realizes when living in a sun powered home. When the economy is shaky, homeowners are looking for stability and solar power can provide security homeowners are demanding. Still only 5% of new homes in California are built with solar panels. So if your thinking about upgrading your home, think about solar power, it adds more value than adding a new bathroom...

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Fast Solar Powered Speedboat!

The dutch have created a solar powered speedboat that can glide across water at 30 knots. Sure, there are other boats that are much faster….but they also require huge amounts of gas. This speed boat is exclusively powered by the sun and is quieter than traditional gas consuming boats. The body of the boat is made up of lightweight carbon fiber. The boat has great balance of power and weight to make it glide through the water at blazing speeds. The 10 meter vessel, Czeers MK1 is made up of photovoltaic cells, which is basically one large solar panel with seats and a lightweight engine flying across the water. Now only if we could run cars like this, that would be sweet, never have to pay for...

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Apple considers solar power for it’s product line up.

Apple is a master of customer experience and design. The company is amazing because they have created a community of evangelist followers lining up to pay premiums for their products. When I think of Apple, I think of a company of the future, a leader in its domain. Recently the company has filed for a patent for implementing solar cells into their portable devices by integrating the solar cells behind touch sensitive displays. If Apple can pull off using solar cells effectively with small surface areas the concept has gigantic potential of extending battery life for laptops, iPods and iPhones. The most interesting concept within the patent application is the ability use the surface area behind LCD screens to capture the ambient light thats passes through. Apple is just investigating the potential of solar power into their products, although the company is known to innovate. If they can merge their products with solar power, the best outcome would be more of the mainstream public would get comfortable using solar power and then consider going solar for their home or business. Considering solar power, Apple is sticking to its value proposition, “Think...

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Phoenix Mars Lander spreads it solar power wings

Today, NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander successfully touched down, and the first task it completed after it landed was it deployed its solar powered wings. According to NASA’s JPL website, “Power is generated using two gallium arsenide solar array wings (total area 3.1 m2) mounted to the cruise stage during cruise and via two gallium arsenide solar array wings (total area 2.9 m2) deployed from the lander after touchdown on the Martian surface. NiH2 16 amp-hour common pressure vessel batteries provide power during low solar insolation periods and during peak power operations.” Solar Power is wireless power, without solar photovoltaic technology this mission to mars would not be possible. For more info:...

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The White House has solar energy.

The White House in has solar energy, so the federal government has been using solar energy long before the general public, but won’t support the mass adaption of the technology. In 1980, The Regan administration removed working solar thermal panels from the roof of the White House. It wasn’t till 2002 when the White House brought back solar thermal (solar hot water) and a 9 kilowatt of solar panels back onto the White House Roof. The National Park service made the decision on using Solar Energy at the White House complex in 2002, not President...

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City aims to make solar power more affordable for residents

The city of Tucson in Arizona is trying to finance the upfront costs of solar power through long term interest loans paid back through property taxes. Similar to a successful program in Berkley, CA in which the city made residential solar power possible for its citizens. Unfortunately Arizona Law does not allow for these type of loans to be paid through property taxes and is causing a headache for the city council to push through. Councilman Steve Leal, stated he’s not giving up on Tucson’s version of a plan pioneered in Berkeley, Calif. Purchasing solar power is requires a large investment upfront for most people to eliminate their bill, even when half the cost is covered by rebates and tax credits. When the city steps in and helps the citizens it not only stimulates the local economy but helps the city become energy independent. Its great to see all the grassroots, local government supporting solar even though the federal government isn’t supporting solar power as much as they...

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