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mounting solar panels hasn’t been this easy

Veranda Solar, a start up company is developing a plug and play solar panel system that can be easily clipped to gutters and balconies or may be hung from your window. The unique looking solar panels can snap together and is similar to a solar power appliance which can be installed in a couple hours. The company was founded by two students at Stanford University in spring 2008 who developed their unique solar panel design as a product design thesis, according to their website they expect to have their system on the market by the end of 2009. This concept looks really good, but I think they will have challenges with making sure the solar panels can resist high wind loads and also connecting the solar panels to the grid, how will they interconnect? Will they use a plug n play grid tie inverter? The current grid tie inverters on the market that can be plugged directly into an A/C outlet are not UL listed. I wonder how efficient the solar cells are? Will the mounts be able to tilt the solar panels in the optimal degree to maximize power generation? There are just so many unanswered questions today with this product but I think this company is on the right track by developing products that make solar panels more “plug and play”. What do you think about this unique small scale solar power...

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securify your solar panels

(Photo Credit: J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times) With the economy nosediving we’ve been seeing an increase in solar panel theft. That’s right thieves are trolling around town eyeing the solar panels on top of your roof. There have been police reports filed claiming that thieves have climbed on top of roofs at night and under one hour have weaseled away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of solar panels. The majority of solar panels on roof tops do not have any security devices besides the homeowners insurance that provides protection therefore it takes very little effort for a thief to get away with some very valuable solar panels they can easily sell at a flee market. Heliotex, a company based out of Palm Desert, CA has recently announced their solar panel security fasteners product line which stops thieves dead in their tracks by creating a lock and key bolt that only the owner can unscrew. Obviously this solution is not bullet proof, a thief has the option to use a saw to cut the security fasteners, but it’s going to make the job of stealing your solar panels much more difficult and hopefully it will deter people from stealing solar panels. It’s about time that a company focuses on simple yet effective solutions to add value to a solar electric system. The security fasteners as simple as they are add so much value to a solar electric system and is a good example of how much room for innovation is left for solar panel systems. What do you think about security devices that help mitigate solar panel losses? Will these security fasteners be a fire code issue, since firefighters would have a difficult time removing solar panels incase of fire? please share your...

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small solar panels make a big impact

I wanted to take today to highlight the important work of one of our 501(c)3 non-profit customers the Mujeres de Maíz Opportunity Foundation based out Sequim, Washington. The organization’s mission is to improve the lives of the indigenous young women of the Mujeres de Maíz en Resistencia Cooperative in one of the poorest states in Mexico called Chiapas. The cooperative is a group of seamstresses from eight villages in Chiapas, who get together every couple months to exchange knowledge and practice computer skills. Many of the streamstresses have to sew through the night which is difficult due to the lack of electrical power, which forces the streamstresses to use expensive and dangerous kerosene lamps. The Mujeres de Mujeres de Maíz Opportunity Foundation took an interesting approach to solve the lighting problem for the streamstresses by donating Everlite Solar Compact Spotlights which are basically a highly efficient LED light with a nickel-metal hydride battery and small solar panel. Now, thanks to the Mujeres de Maíz Opportunity Foundation, the streamstresses have access to solar electricity which replaces kerosene oil, an expensive item for the poor women to purchase. This is a great example how even the smallest scale of solar power can make a big impact for people in developing countries, don’t you agree? I think solar power has the largest opportunity to help the billions of people in the world who have no access to power, what do you think? Make a donation to Mujeres de Mujeres de Maíz Opportunity Foundation, as you can see from the foundation’s work they can turn a small donation into a big difference. A little money goes a long way in...

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tax refunds for solar and wind power?

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) had a conference call recently to talk about restructuring of the wind and solar tax credits to make them more favorable in today’s bear market. In October of last year, congress extended wind and solar power tax credits and removed the $2,000 cap on residential installations. Although the extension of the tax credits for wind and solar power was a positive step towards helping renewable energy become mainstream, not everyone can take a tax credit, you have to have a tax liability to take advantage of a tax credit and putting today’s economy into perspective, not many people are going to be able to take advantage of the credit. The solar and wind industry associations are encouraging Congress and the Obama administration to covert the tax credit into a tax refund. A tax refund is the mother of all financial incentives because it would mean the federal government would send you a check for installing a wind turbine or solar panels, the results of converting the tax credit into a refund are obvious. Do you think the solar and wind power can convince the federal government to pay you to install a clean energy...

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Happy Holidays!

One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to say Thank You for supporting Every good Wish for your Happiness this Holiday Season from our entire team. Enjoy the...

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