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"Free electricity" from the Sun claim is exaggerated.

I’ve been seeing many news articles and blogs that claim once you buy solar panels you are getting “free electricity”, well it’s true the Sun emits free energy down to Earth everyday, but the equipment needed to harvest the “free energy” into electricity to power our lives or provide hot water for our homes requires a financial investment. In reality, until you break even on the solar power system you invested in what you have done in reality is pre-paid your energy expenses and hedged yourself from raising energy expenses. Solar Panels are very reliable because there are no moving parts, the systems can last over 30 years. So after you break even on your solar power investment then you can truly say that the sun is supplying you with free electricity. States that offer incentives and rebates combined with the increased federal tax credit next year for solar power systems, most systems will break even faster moving forward in 2009. Solar Power will become a more sought after investment. How do you feel about people making claims about solar panels giving you “free electricity”? Please...

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More people are installing solar panels and wind turbines

According to an article, titled “Private wind power, solar pan use grows“ by Andrew Ostroski a staff writer for Del Marva Now states that more private residences are turning their homes into power plants through solar panel and wind power technology. Andrew states that renewable energy in Del Marva, a coastal community is becoming a more popular option for homes. Solar Panels and Wind turbines are showing up around the city, although home owners still had a challenge installing wind turbines due to city zoning law. The article interviews a couple of Del Marva residents who have either installed wind power systems or solar panels on their property and the most interesting interview note was the fact that a resident points out that there is a common misconception about wind turbines being noisy, although the resident points out that small scale wind turbines are often more silent then air conditioners. I think in 2009, since the US federal government removed the $2,000 cap on residential solar power system installations, we’ll finally see more private residences right here in the USA with renewable energy...

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Enjoy power while your neighbors sit in the dark.
Oct19

Enjoy power while your neighbors sit in the dark.

This year in the USA, there have been countless natural disasters that have had many Americas sitting in the dark for weeks without access to the energy resources we don’t even appreciate everyday, until they are gone. From the flooding in the Midwest to the hurricanes in Florida and Texas many people that had gas generators thought they would be safe but found themselves paying ridiculous prices at the pump or found it hard to fill up their gas tanks due to the availability of gas during a natural disaster. A solar powered generator can provide reliable electricity for emergencies without the need to refuel. A solar powered generator can recharge itself through the sunlight and can be a tremendous source of electricity for your most critical loads when you most need it. Many customers just don’t like the fumes that traditional gas generators and rather switch to a clean solar powered backup generator to just avoid noxious fumes. Based on customer feedback, we have created a new kit to help people get started with a solar power generator. Our 80W Solar Electric Backup Generator Kit is affordable, easy to setup and includes a high quality battery, inverter, Sharp Solar Panel and charge controller to keep your home or business going through a blackout. Obviously this generator does not have the capacity to power your air conditioner or your entire home for long but its great to keep the lights on, have access to a computer and a cold refrigerator when the electric gird is gone. During an extended blackout, its best to conserve energy and make temporary lifestyle changes until the power is restored. The solar powered backup generator will keep you prepared for the worst case scenarios and being prepared will pay off when your home is the only one on the block that has it’s lights...

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Kicking off Solar Power International 2008!

We’re in Sunny San Diego this week to report all the new product activity that will be taking place at the Solar Power International Conference this week. More than 15,000 people are registered to attend the event, and 425 companies will showcase their solar technologies at the trade show. The conference is a sell out and excitement is in the air since the solar tax credit was extended for 8 years by congress recently. Tonight, Governor Schwarzenegger will address conference to showcase his support for the solar industry at the evening kickoff reception. This conference is not only for industry professionals but, If you are a member of the public and are interested in attending the public night on Wednesday, October 15, From 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. there is a free public night on the expo floor. No registration is required. Three public seminars include: 6-7 p.m. on solar electric for the homeowner; 7-8 p.m. on solar water heating for home owners; and 6:30-8 p.m. and finding your solar dream job. If you are going to be here please contact me, I would love to meet you. Until tomorrow, when the real fun starts, check back often as we update our blog with the newest products the solar industry has to offer...

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Schott Solar to unveil new solar panels

Schott Solar, a leading German company that manufacturers solar panels will showcase a new 225-watt, polycrystalline photovoltaic solar panel at the Solar Power International show in San Diego, CA October 14-16th. The new solar panel will be made right here in the USA at Schott’s planned factory in New Mexico. The company is investing $100 million to build a 200,000-square-foot plant at Mesa del Sol in south central Albuquerque that will open early next year. The facility will manufacturer both photovoltaic solar panels and concentrated solar power collectors. The proposed plant has a capacity of manufacturing 70 megawatts of solar panel per year. The new Schott Solar panels will be marketed under the product line name of, Schott Solar Poly 225, the product line will complement the 310 watt solar panels manufactured at Schott’s factory in Billerica, MA. According to Mac Moore, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “The introduction of a 225-watt module to the North American market enables us to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse marketplace,” Moore said. “A module of this size is ideal for a wide range of commercial and residential applications.” This is very interesting, now we’re seeing panels that are in the 225 watt to 310 watt range! As the rated output of panels become larger, homes and businesses will need less panels to meet their energy production goals. Every trade show we attend, we see a higher rated output for solar panels which is a trend in the industry. Pretty soon we’ll see panels with ratings over 400 watts...

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