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get ballpark figures for your solar electric system

Ever wonder how much a solar power system would cost you? Well you don’t have to get a quote from a professional if your just looking for ball park figures of the cost of a system after tax credits and rebates. Sharp Solar’s clean power estimator not only helps you answer the question, “I wonder how much it will cost to solar power my home?”, the online estimator will help you realize all the variables that effect the performance and rate of return on your investment in a solar electric system. I recommend everyone who is just getting started researching a solar electric system for their home should start with the online estimator, it’s a great starting...

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Schüco ezFlatroof-Light

Schüco USA at Intersolar this week showed off their Schüco ezFlatroof-Light which they claim to be one of the leanest racking systems for quick and simple installations. The racking solution can be used with framed or frameless crystalline and thin film solar panels. The racking solution can be tilted in angles of 7.5, 15 and 20 degrees or any pitch you need to maximize your harvest based on your project site. Schüco developed ezFlatroof-Light to reduce costs of solar panel installation, make the process easier and allow scalability of the base system while maximizing the roof area available for the solar panel installation. The system is versatile enough to be installed on a private residence with a flat roof or a standard commercial flat...

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first liquid cooled LED light bulb

The two major problems with LED lights are they are very directional light source and the LED chips can get hot when operating for a long time which can potentially shorten lifetime if the LED bulb is not cooled properly. Eternaleds introduced the first liquid cooled LED bulb called the HydraLux-4 which uses a fluid inside the LED bulb to not only cool the bulb but disperse the light 360 degrees around the bulb. The 4 watt bulb is equivalent 24 watt incandescent bulb and is offered in two colors, Warm White and Daylight White. By the end of this year the company is expected to release a 8 watt, 12 watt and 16 watt versions for people who want more light output. The HydraLux-4 only cosst $1.75 per year to operate and over the lifetime of the bulb can save up to $157 in electric and replacement costs compared to an incandescent. what do you think about the Eternaled...

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sharp’s new high power solar panels

Sharp has recently announced their new high output 230w (NU-U230F3) and 235w (NU-U235F1) solar panels are available for purchase this month. The Sharp 230w solar panel combines both performance and aesthetics by offering a high output and a black frame and backsheet to meet the high expectations of residential customers. The 235w solar panel offered by Sharp is geared towards commercial systems and includes a white backsheet to reflect more light into the solar cells which increases power output. Sharp solar consistently improves their product line by considering customer feedback. Sharp solar offers a 25 year warranty on their solar panels, similar to other solar panel manufacturers although Sharp is a reputable brand name and a customer can have confidence in the warranty. check out the spec sheet for the Sharp 230w solar...

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products at Intersolar 2009, day two.

Day two at Intersolar 2009 was action packed. I had a really busy day but managed to get you’ll some shots of some really cool products right from the tradeshow floor. A “green” solar panel Symphony Energy has released the first “green” polycrystalline solar panel. Typically solar panels have either a blue or black color to them, although Symphony decided to change up the color for aesthetic reasons. Walking around the trade show floor, I noticed all the solar panels started to look the same. By changing the color of the polycrystalline to green the company made their product standout. Their putting the words “going green” in their product literally. What do you think about green solar panels? Would you put these on your roof? Solar panel security alarm I wrote about Gridlock Solar Security a few days ago, today I got to meet them in person to talk about their advanced solar panel security device. Similar to a burglar alarm, once the alarm has been triggered the unit not only flashes and sends out an annoying siren but contacts the police and dials telephone numbers that you can program the unit with. This is one of the most unique products I saw at the show because it really focuses on reducing a big problem in the industry, solar panel theft. produce electricity and heat water The limitations of solar panels today is there are two different types of systems. photovoltaics generate electricity while solar thermal heat water. What if you can have one system that can both produce electricity and provide you with your hot water needs? PVTherm is doing just that, they’ve created a solar panel that heats water and produces power with the same solar panel! You can maximize surface area by having one system that take cares of two needs. Monster solar panel, ahhhhh! Typically polycrystalline solar panels that are on rooftops are a couple hundred watts but this monster solar panel from Best Solar is 370 watts with a huge footprint. So massive it would be impossible for a couple people to carry this up to a roof. You would need a crane to get this solar panel installed. We asked the Best Solar representative what type of applications this large of a solar panel would be used for and he said that these solar panels are made for utility scale projects since these monster solar panels produce a lot of power and make it more difficult to steal. Intersolar 2009 has been a great trade show so far, we’ve seen a lot of the same but there has been a handful of unique...

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