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on demand solar power

Sunpods is a company based in Northern California that is simplifying the solar panel installation process through “pre-fabrication”. What different from solar power kits that typically come in multiple parts and as assembled at the project site, Sunpods are ready to power on delivery since they come assembled from the manufacturing plant. Once the Sunpod arrives at your location, all you need is a electrician to plug hook up the grid tie inverter to the grid. The “plug n play” design of the Sunpods reduces the needs of site-preparation, engineering and installation. The simple installation process of the Sunpods reduces labor costs and time to commission projects from days to just hours. Sunpods are available in many configurations including ground mounted, roof mounted, battery based, grid tied or even systems made specifically to charge electric vehicles. What do you think about the Sunpod? Will we see more pre-built solar power solutions in the...

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New Sanyo HIT N series solar panel

Sanyo is a leader in highly efficient solar panels, has released their N series solar panels now with 72 solar cells that are 5 inches in size. The new Sanyo HIT N Series comes in 205W, 210w, and 215w power outputs and are made of hybrid technology which allows them to perform better in higher temperatures compared to traditional crystalline solar panels. Even though Sanyo is a Japanese company the wafers and ingots that the Sanyo HIT N Series are composed of are made right here in the USA. Since Sanyo solar panels are high efficient that means you produce more watts per square foot. The great aspect of Sanyo solar panels is you receive a minimum guaranteed power, meaning you can be confident that your solar panel will produce at least the nameplate STC (standard test conditions) or better. The 72 solar cell configuration has lowered voltage of each solar panel compared to previous higher voltage models, now you can string up to 10 solar panels in a string. check out the PDF below that compares a Sanyo HIT N Series solar panel versus a traditional crystalline solar panel, do you think Sanyo solar panels are worth the extra price for the premium power output you’ll...

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advantages of thin film solar panels

When people think about thin film solar panels the first thing that comes to mind is the lower cost, but that’s not the only advantage of thin film solar panels. Thin film solar panels perform more efficiently than crystalline solar panels in low light or shady conditions. They weigh 10% less than traditional silicon based solar panels and can be flexible which allows them to be installed on various surfaces. Thin film solar panels are more resilient to hail, rocks, golf balls…etc. If part of a crystalline solar panel is damaged, the whole solar panel will stop working…on the other hand a thin film solar panel will continue to operate at a lower output if a part of the solar panel is damaged. The downside of thin film solar panels is they’re less efficient than traditional crystalline solar panels, you will need more surface area to work with. Silicon based solar panels typically produce more watts per square foot. What type of solar power projects do you think thin film solar panels are a good fit...

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Oncor opens the flood gates on solar rebates

Oncor, an electric company that serves Texas launched their “Take A Load Off, Texas” solar rebate program to motivate homes and businesses to embrace solar panels. Oncor’ generous rebate of $2.46 per DC watt up to a maximum of $24,600 for homes and and up to $246,000 for commercial and public projects will stimulate the local economy due to the surge of demand for solar panel installations. The program is funded with 16 million dollars and will run for four years, Oncor expects to have 1,400 solar power systems installed by the end of their solar rebate program. Last time I posted about Oncor’s solar rebate program, a couple community members found out that Oncor does not extend the rebate to owner installed systems, the solar power systems would have to be installed by a solar contractor that is approved by Oncor. Later this year Oncor will also offer more incentives for energy efficiency, they’re on track to becoming the most aggressive electric company in Texas promoting energy efficiency and clean power. I say its about time, since Texas has above the national average electric rates and plenty of solar irradiation. What do you think about Oncor kicking off “Take A Load Off, Texas” rebate...

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are solar panels bad for the environment?

I’ve been seeing an increased number of articles and news stories on TV about how “green” solar panels really are. There is a group of people out there discrediting the solar power industry, since manufacturing process is very chemical intensive. Yes, it’s true that chemicals that could hurt the environment, but only if the company manufacturing the solar panels have bad practices of handling and disposing of the chemicals. Many of the solar panels that are made here in the USA have strict standards of how to handle waste. In fact, Evergreen Solar claims their manufacturing process is the most environmentally friendly because of their high standards towards chemical disposal and unique manufacturing processes. On the other hand, some Chinese solar panel manufacturers last year got caught red handed dumping chemicals into nearby villages. But I suppose Chinese manufacturers in general are notorious for poor environmental standards, don’t you agree? Even though Chinese solar panels are some of the most cost effective on the market, depending on the company, there might be an environmental impact behind the lowest cost. The standard crystalline solar panel have an extremely long life time, they last for at least 25 years and upwards to 50 years and 95% of the solar panel is recyclable including the silicon, glass, metal frame and copper wiring. Not to mention the years of clean energy the solar panel would produce offsetting coal powered generation. So even though the process of making a solar panel is chemically intensive, on the flip side each solar panel once installed and generating electricity is helping clean up the environment. What do you think? Is the media just blowing things out of proportion or do they have a valid point? please...

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