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Solar Energy Advantages and Disadvantages (8-0)

Solar energy has very, very broad support. As I wrote last month, you, your family, your friends, and even your “enemies” love solar. Clearly, most of these people are not solar energy experts and are not aware of all the details of solar energy advantages and disadvantages. Most probably just assume that solar energy is …

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July 22, 2013

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Cost of Solar = Negative $20,000 (Double Negative = …)

I’m sure everyone remembers from elementary school what a double negative equals. A double negative equals a positive. A cost is clearly something we have to pay (a negative on our bank balance), so a negative cost is clearly more money in our bank or pocket. So, a negative solar energy cost of $20,000 is …

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July 20, 2013

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Must See Video: California Governor Jerry Brown On Solar Revolution

One of the biggest solar power conferences in the world was held in San Francisco last week — Intersolar North America. California Governor Jerry Brown gave the keynote address. I think it’s a must watch, so before highlighting some key quotes or adding on to Governor Brown’s statements, I’m dropping it right here: Join the …

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July 17, 2013

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10,000,000,000 Watts of US Solar Power Now Creating Electricity

Within the energy industry, we often write in megawatts (1 megawatt = 1,000,000 watts) and gigawatts (1 gigawatt = 1,000,000,000 watts). Clearly, that makes more sense when writing about such large amounts of power. However, to the average Joe and Josephine, megawatts and gigawatts don’t make much sense — watts and kilowatts are much more familiar. So, …

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July 16, 2013

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Solar Cars Prepping For Solar Car Race In Australia

The World Solar Challenge is a bi-annual race where solar cars zip (or coast) across 3,000 kilometers (1864 miles) of the Australia Outback to claim prizes in the Challenger Class, Cruiser Class, and Adventure Class… or not. The 2013 World Solar Challenge is to take place October 6 through 13. As we get closer to the …

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July 15, 2013

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Germany’s Solar Power Systems Set New Solar Record (Germany Crushing US in Solar Power)

On Sunday, Germany set a new world solar record for electricity produced from solar PV systems at one point in time. It was breaking its own record in the process, as it has done several times. The country’s 1.3 million or so solar PV systems put out 23.9 GW of power. Here’s a screenshot of …

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July 12, 2013

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Solar Panels Cost Less Than Grid Electricity (+ Infographic)

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has published some wonderful reports on the solar rooftop revolution. It has also published numerous articles, charts, and graphics on this. Below is its Solar Rooftop Revolution infographic focused on when we’ll see solar panels cost less than grid electricity across the US (without subsidies). It’s a great infographic based on …

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July 10, 2013

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Solar Power Companies Leading The Market

What are the best or top solar power companies on the market? Well, it depends on what kind of solar power companies you’re talking about. Solar module companies? Solar developers? Solar installers? Residential solar installers? It also depends on what type of leadership you’re referring to. Sales? Efficiency? Worth? Below, I’ll run down leaders in …

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July 8, 2013

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Emancipate Yourself From Electric Slavery

US Independence Day got me thinking a bit this week, and then a popular Bob Marley lyric came to mind that sealed the deal for this article (that is, convinced me that I had to write it). I think it’s one of Bob Marley’s most famous lines (I’ve seen it on many a bumper sticker) …

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July 5, 2013

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It’s Time To Do The Obvious

Where does the energy we need, animals need, and plants need come from? Largely, it just comes from the sun. Plants use solar energy to grow and develop, and animals and humans then get that energy from plants. It’s an amazing thing that we generally don’t give much thought to. Interestingly, a similar thing we …

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July 4, 2013

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