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Ingenious Solar Panel Racking System On the Ranch!

Ran across this new video on the ol' Youtube machine and thought it was really freaking cool and wanted to make sure you got to see it in action. This is an idea for how to rack up some solar panels out on the ranch.  Youtuber engineer775 came up with this amazing idea for racking a [...]

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​Why Your Home Should Have Solar Panels

Something DifferentIf your home already isn’t using solar energy, you really should consider it. Why? What about the time, the worry, and of course, the money? Well, all of this will pay off in the end – the money literally will. Likely what you really fear anyway is the change. Fear of change is often at the bottom of various [...]

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VIDEO: Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Solar Charging Station

This is a great video set of a DIY solar recharging system that anyone can put together in just a couple hours.  I've followed this video to build my own mobile solar charger system and have found it very useful.  It has proven especially useful as a way to power things while camping including a [...]

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Top Four Tips for Financing Your Solar Power System

Investing in a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can seem daunting. Let’s face it – solar PV isn’t a small ticket item. Most residential systems will end up costing you around ten thousand dollars or even more, depending on your electricity needs. Figure 1 shows that in 2011, the average cost of a residential solar PV system was approximately $17,000, but that costs [...]

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How to Make Money on Your Solar Investment

We all know that one of the main benefits of “going solar” is that it gives home and business owners more independence from their utility company by enabling them to tap into free, green energy from the sun – in this way, solar panels can significantly lower monthly energy bills saving hundreds of dollars each year. But not everyone is aware [...]

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Off-Grid Solar Has Many Uses Beyond Powering Your Home

Most consumers are familiar with solar power systems that are connected to the grid – perhaps visions of solar panels on rooftops come to mind in which the solar photovoltaic (PV) system is connected with the utility wires running into a home. But what many people do not realize is that solar power systems have many off-grid applications. By “off-grid,” I [...]

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The Evolution of Solar PV

Harnessing solar energy for heat and power isn’t a new concept. In fact, as early as the late eighteenth century, scientists began experimenting with ways to capture solar rays to be used for heating. The earliest solar technology was known as the “solar oven,” which used an insulated box and layers of glass to achieve temperatures as high as 230 degrees [...]

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The #1 Obstacle to Full-Scale Renewable Energy....

Mother Nature’s NatureIn any given hour, the sun and wind are capable of providing us with more energy than we could use in a year. Obviously, the sun isn’t always shining, nor is the wind always blowing. So, the biggest obstruction on our path to a full-scale transition from burning fossil fuels to using solar, wind and [...]

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Taking the Mystery Out of Grid-Tied Solar Power Systems

A main concern for many individuals who thinking about investing in a solar photovoltaic (PV) system is whether or not the electricity it provides will be constant enough to meet their electricity demands. This is a valid concern considering that the sun doesn’t shine all day long, nor does it generate the same quantities of radiant heat at all hours of [...]

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An Introduction to Solar Power System Components

Many home and business owners who are thinking about going solar are intimidated by solar technology; they don’t understand what it really is or how it works and this can be a major deterrent from taking action, since not understanding something can lead to disbelief in how it will really works. Fortunately, the reality is that solar photovoltaic technology – technology [...]

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