Solar Power – Solar Lighting – Advantages and Disadvantages by Kriss Bergethon

Solar power is becoming more and more an acceptable and preferred renewable energy source. Developers are finding many uses for the power of the sun, and lighting may in fact be the quickest growing solar industry. With the push toward green living and a consumer’s need to save money, solar powered lighting may just be the right option. There are many advantages to Continue reading Solar Power – Solar Lighting – Advantages and Disadvantages by Kriss Bergethon

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Solar Power – Using Solar Power During An Emergency

Using Solar Power During An Emergency

At times you are going to be in an disaster or emergency of some sorts. Most of these will be rather mild emergencies like weather related events. Much of the time this might be like a tornado, thunderstorm, storm storm, flood, or other event. You might find yourself without power during one of these which can be a problem Continue reading Solar Power – Using Solar Power During An Emergency

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Solar Power – Latest Solar Power news – Watch and help? safe solar hack?

Ok so 3 more posts today that I’ve dug up – I’m an information JUNKIE on this stuff lately. Give em a browse and let me know what ya reckon. They’re just from a few different sites I’ve been surfing lately that are generally good for information like this…

Watch and help? safe solar hack?

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Solar Power – YouTube – Solar Power


If you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts lately you’ll know I’ve come to adding a few news posts from around the web on this subject. I’ve got a couple more today that are new and updated, so let me know what you think of em…

Buy Solar Power, Get a Free Gun!

If you buy a $3000-plus solar power system from Bland Solar, they’ll throw in a gun for free. Hilariously promotional juxtaposition? Sure! But it also makes perfect sense.

Space-Based Solar Power: a solution to our burning need for energy …

Of all the alternative energy sources, solar and nuclear power are the most appealing to me. When you think about it, there are really only two sources of energy here on the Earth: radioactivity and solar. You may protest and say “what …

EU sees solar power imported from Sahara in five years – EurActiv …

SunPower Corp. will install a high-efficiency solar power system totaling 4.1 megawatts at Dow Jones & Co. ‘s corporate office in New Jersey, the companies said Monday. The system from San Jose-based SunPower (NASDAQ …

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Solar Power – YouTube – Bertrand Piccard’s solar-powered adventure



How about these right… I think you’ll find the following nuggets of wisdom particularly insightful. Leave your comments below. Check out the second one in particular…

Siemens Receives Order for Six Solar Power Plants | Renewable …

Siemens Energy has received its first large-scale photovoltaic order from French firm Eco Delta Développement (EDD), whose subsidiary Delta Solar is developing a 30-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic park.

Imagination Sparks Growth In Solar Power Uses | MidnightEdition

People are rapidly learning that they can use the power of the sun for more than just getting a good tan. Converting the power of solar energy into electricity has enabled many to discover many solar power uses, to help save renewable …

Clean energy firms choose summer solstice to promote solar power

On the summer solstice, clean energy companies promoted tax-equity programs for solar power and highlighted public demand for renewable energy.

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Solar Power – The History Of Solar Power

The History Of Solar Power

With the recent rise in energy costs many people have been looking to alternative sources of energy. One of the greatest energy sources (our sun) is readily available for the taking. We just need to be able to harness it’s power. For those interested, below is a brief history of how solar power came to be.

The history of photovoltaic Continue reading Solar Power – The History Of Solar Power

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Solar Power – Solar Power For Home – Build Your Own Solar Panels Easy, Cheap And Fast

Solar Power For Home – Build Your Own Solar Panels Easy, Cheap And Fast

You are searching for alternative renewable energy source to supplement and eventually replace your power grid supply. Yet you are constantly put off by what you hear about expensive solar panels in the market, and you are not alone. Many have shelved their home solar energy projects Continue reading Solar Power – Solar Power For Home – Build Your Own Solar Panels Easy, Cheap And Fast

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Solar Power – Solar Power In The Home

Solar Power In The Home

The worlds energy crisis has brought us to a point where we need to consider investing in alternative power solutions for our homes. It is one way of helping the government cope with the energy crisis and at the same time helping to save power for the rest of the world. You could consider the installation of an alternative energy solution Continue reading Solar Power – Solar Power In The Home

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Solar Power – Alternative Energy Sources For The Home by Julian Kane

The trend toward homes that are powered by alternative energy sources, ranging from wind turbines and solar collection cells to hydrogen fuel cells and biomass gases, is one that needs to continue into the 21st century and beyond.

We have great need of becoming more energy independent, and not having to rely on the supplying of fossil fuels from unstable nations who Continue reading Solar Power – Alternative Energy Sources For The Home by Julian Kane

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Solar Power – YouTube – DIY My small home solar power system



Solar Power On A Budget

Solar power for those of us on a budget may seem like the impossible dream ,we’re being told to reduce our carbon footprint , but the cost of going solar puts it beyond the reach of many . For those who look in purely financial terms , forgetting the environmental factors , the cost/benefit analysis shows a pay back stretching way out into the future , and further still for those who live in the more northerly or southerly parts of our planet , where the investment required is greater to cope with lower overall light levels .There are a growing number of Solar installation companies who will happily come along to sell and install their products , but do you know for certain that what they’re selling you is the best thing for your situation ? Have you really gone in to this thoroughly ? The chances are you don’t know what is best for your situation , and your either going to take these folks on trust , or decide that the whole thing is just far too expensive . Had you gone into to this thoroughly , and looked at the cost implications it’s unlikely that you would have been talking to one of these firms at all . Happily there are much more cost effective ways of going solar , although they do require you to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in . If the cost of going solar were $2000-$3000 instead of $10,000-$20,000 would this not make the whole exercise a much more realistic proposition ? Today all of the components to assemble a fully functional solar power system are easily available to ordinary folks , armed with good quality information and the will to succeed , going solar is a realistic proposition for most house holds-good news for your energy budget ,and good news for the planet.

As with all projects the secret to success lies in good planning , and in order to plan a solar power system good quality information is needed . Describing all the steps in detail is beyond the scope of an article such as this ,what follows is an outline of the steps to be taken with a link to further information below.
The initial step is to calculate the amount of power needing to be produced , (this one action may lead you to review the whole issue of power usage in your home) , are you properly insulated ? are your appliances up to modern efficiency standards ?, are you using low energy light bulbs etc ? The two fig
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ures you’re most interested in are average usage over the course of a year and peak usage .The answers will help determine how to size your solar installation and what kind of ongoing relationship you will have with your existing power supplier .You can either become completely self sufficient , or have a two way deal with your power company,( you buy all you use from them ,they buy all you produce ,this way you don’t have to size your system for peak usage ,and provided your system produces more than your average usage you end up in credit). Another decision to make at this stage is to decide how you will make and store hot water . In some households especially those with young children or teenage daughters this can be a big energy user.
The choices are to use part of the solar catchment available to heat heat water directly through an appropriately sized solar hot water panel , to heat with electricity (not an issue if you’re making enough),or some other means ( a back boiler,or wetback on a log burner).In more northerly or southerly latitudes it is likely that a combination of methods will be needed to cope with long winter nights.

The next step is to carefully assess the available solar catchment,in other words , just where will the solar panels be fixed . This is nearly always a compromise , they should face south in the northern hemisphere and north in the southern hemisphere and be fixed at an angle roughly equivalent to
latitude of the installation , this way they will make the most of the available sunlight . Rooftops are often chosen to avoid shading from neighbouring properties ,this is not always ideal as the panels will need periodic maintenance. A careful assessment of the local micro-climate is also called for , solar panels located in Jedda (Saudi Arabia) will under average conditions and over a period of time produce just over twice as much electricity as they would were they to be located in London (UK). Records of Solar radiation should be available for your location from your National Weather (Meteorological ) office.
By now We know how much power we need to produce and we have taken into account our latitude so we know how many solar panels will be needed the next step is to acquire them . There are two choices here , buy them or make them , as we’re focussing on budget solar power making them has to be the preferred option .Home built solar panels can be made at a fraction of the cost the Solar Power companies charge for them ,essentially they consist of solar cells soldered together to produce an output or around 18 volts (needed to charge 12 volt batteries),a heavy duty diode,(to prevent the batteries discharging during darkness)and a weather proof cover with a glass or plexi glass top.

A full and detailed description and videos of construction methods can be found by clicking on the link below. Once the required number of panels are made ,mounted and linked together they are connected to a charge controller that in turn charges an appropriately sized bank of deep cycle batteries. The batteries are connected to an inverter whose specifications must be matched to the overall capacity of your system and your local voltage and frequency ( the function of the inverter is to turn D.C. electricity from the batteries into A.C. Electricity). Finally a professional electrician will be needed to make the connection into either your own ring main or to a two way metering device provided by your power company. Remember that whilst solar power is the most convenient form of free renewable energy to collect and make use of , there are others , and as everyone’s situation will be different , some may find it appropriate to integrate wind turbines , hydro-electric ,and or geo thermal energy into to their systems. Again with the appropriate research and guidance these other forms of renewable free energy can be tapped into at low cost .

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The author is a keen advocate of renewable energy on environmental grounds , but in recent times has seen a growing economic case for ‘going green’. No matter what your views are on global warming , the economic case for using renewable energy and in particular solar power has never been so strong and will continue to strengthen as time rolls by . For more information , instructional videos , sources of solar power equipment, downloadable e books follow the link below.

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