Tag Archives: solar energy

Solar powered LED light in a jar

We love finding products that make great use of solar electricity and our electronic components. How about a solar powered LED light in a mason jar? Perfect for your backyard porch or for mood lighting at a party - or even as a night light in your bathroom, bedroom or kitchen! The ones we found at MyGrillfriend.com give you a choice - it can be a soft deep orange colored light (referred to as a 'sun jar') or a beautiful shade of blue (called a 'moon jar') just by flipping a switch. The solar panel Read more [...]

How about a solar energy bikini for this summer?

We thought we'd seen just about everything powered by solar panels or solar film until we came across this bikini. Made by Solarcoterie, this bathing suit is made of photovoltaic film strips sewn together in series with conductive thread! With a USB connection you could be laying on the beach and powering your iPod at the same time. The suit is constructed of 1" x 4" solar strips which terminate in a 5V regulator and a female USB connector - perfect for powering your iPod. The down side is that Read more [...]

Solar Energy – a beginner’s look

Solar energy is an exciting field for both scientific study and home and office use, representing the modern drive to find clean, sustainable ways to power everyday life while protecting the planet for generations to come. Solar energy is created by the sun, which plays host to constant explosions of heat and energy. This energy radiates light that eventually reaches Earth, where water, land, and the clouds in the atmosphere absorb a portion. This light manifests as heat and helps to regulate Read more [...]

The New York Jets are green on and off the field

With the installation of an array of 3000 solar panels, the New York Jets have really set themselves apart from other professional sports teams. Their team headquarters and 120,000 square foot training facility will be powered by the solar panels that will generate an estimated 750,000 kilo-watt hours of electricity. Other sports teams have installed alternative energy systems at their training camps and stadiums, but the system at the Jets facility is the largest to date. The New York Read more [...]

The future of solar power: Flexible solar panels

As the popularity of solar energy grows, so does the selection of solar equipment that is made available. The big trend in solar energy right now is flexible panels. Flexible solar panels have many advantages over traditional framed solar panels. The flexible solar panels are lightweight so there is less worry in the installation process and during use. They can also be installed on a semi-permanent basis because they are very easy to remove and install elsewhere. Probably the biggest advantage Read more [...]

Auctions benefit the Portable Light Project

Feeling charitable? You will when you view the ebay auctions that benefit the Portable Light Project. The Portable Light Project is a non-profit headed by architect Sheila Kennedy. Last September, Elle Magazine profiled Sheila's very cool solar powered invention - it was a messenger bag that held a small solar panel, an HBLED light, a battery pack and a USB port. What does this power source do? In technologically advanced countries, it is used as an backup or emergency source of power for Read more [...]

Deal Alert! 50W Solar Panels Prices Slashed!

Don't you wish you could save some money heating your house? Here's a super deal you won't want to pass up. If you've been waiting to start building a solar energy system, you're in luck. We are offering our 50W Mono-Crystalline Solar Panels at a outrageously low price of $299.99. We only have 6 4 left, so don't delay! We expect the 50W solar panels to sell out quickly at this price. We're trying to get more, but we can not be sure we will be able to. Multiple 50W Solar panels can be connected Read more [...]

Choosing Batteries for a Solar Energy System

When putting together a solar energy system, like any other project, having the proper parts and tools for the job is paramount to overall success. With quality components and a little bit of know how, you can design and install your very own solar energy system whether for dedicated appliance use or as a complete replacement for conventional electric energy. Choosing the right parts is a big step in the process, and once you've decided which type of solar panels to use and how many you'll need, Read more [...]

Solar Panels for Boats

Solar panels can easily be installed and utilized on boats for power. There is very little maintenance required to keep them in working condition and if properly installed, the solar panels should last 10 years or more. The first decision is what kind of solar panels to buy. The most efficient option are mono-crystalline solar panels. Not only are they efficient, they are the most widely available. You might also consider using poly-crystalline panels which are slightly less efficient as the mono-crystalline Read more [...]

Grounding Wire in Your Solar Energy System

As they become increasingly popular among both homeowners and businesses, solar energy systems are helping to create a world full with the possibilities of clean, renewable energy. The efficiency, affordability, and environmentally friendliness of solar panels and accessories are a far cry from the costly, wasteful, and polluting methods of power generation traditionally used to secure energy for the booming population around the world. But this innovative technology is not without its perils, Read more [...]