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Why Solar Outdoor Lighting?

Why Solar Outdoor Lighting?

Not only is solar power a renewable energy source and environmental friendly, it is also much easier to add accent and decorative lighting to your home.  With solar power becoming more popular each year, the price to buy solar powered features continues to fall.  The question many ask is “why should I choose solar powered outdoor lighting over others?”  Below we will discuss the various aspects of this question and the concerns that continue to arise.  To read about how outdoor solar power lighting features work please read “Solar Power for Your Outdoor Lighting”  Are...
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Solar Thermal Energy

Solar Thermal Energy

Have you ever heardofsolar thermal energy (STE) but weren’t exactly sure what the person was talking about?!  STE is a highly efficient technology created to capture solar energy from the sun’s heat which is then used to run a heat engine which generates electricity.  STE is not the same as photovoltaic (PV) energy or solar panels which capture solar energy through the sun’s light and heat turning it directly into electricity.  Collectors of STE can be classified as low-, medium, or high temperature collectors.  These solar collectors are also commonly known as solar hot...
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DIY Solar Panels

DIY Solar Panels

Are you a Pinterestor YouTube freak?! Or love to work on do-it-yourself (DIY) projects?  Today so many things can be done from home as DIY projects in order to help budget your finances and cut down on monthly bills.Sites like Pinterest and YouTube provide the public with free DIY tutorials that allow you to create things you would like to have or need to have at a much cheaper price. That means that you should be able to create solar panels at home by yourself too right?!  Of course there is the option to purchase DIY kits from IKEA or other home appliance stores, but...
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How Much Does Solar Energy Cost?

How Much Does Solar Energy Cost?

Many people see solar power as a very costly investment.  This is true however, the prices continue to fall each year making solar power and photovoltaic (PV) panels more cost friendly to the general public.  It has been predicted that the year 2014 will be a major stepping stone in the movement of photovoltaic (PV) energy.  According to the NPD’s latest research, it is estimated that one solar PV will have an overall cost of $0.20 per watt.  With costs expected to fall 6% throughout the 2014 year.  When comparing this to 2008, one solar PV cost approximately $0.60 per...
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Solar Power in the UK

Solar Power in the UK

Solar panels within the United Kingdom (UK) like any other solar power area use photovoltaic (PV) panels or solar thermal energy to capture the sunlight and turn it into energy.The most common being PV panelsor solar panels as they are what are used to light and heat your homes.  If you read “Solar Power for Your Outdoor Lighting”< insert link> you are aware that panels need to remain cool in order to perform “top notch”.  Much like Germany, the UK has higher wind speeds than other countries in the surrounding area allowing the PV panels to stay cool while capturing...
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Solar Power for Your Outdoor Lighting

Solar Power for Your Outdoor Lighting

I know you have all seen those cute little garden or lawn décor animals that are solar powered, how impressive right?  But how exactly do they work at night since the sun is not shining?  Like other solar panels or cells the sun is captured during the day and stored in the battery of the product, which is then released when needed.   For outdoor solar lighting, the battery releases its stored energy (aka sunlight) at night in order to light up your sidewalk or individual decorative light. Outdoor Solar Lights How is the Sunlight Stored? Solar lights or panels contain...
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Is There Really Such a Thing as Renewable Energy?

Is There Really Such a Thing as Renewabl...

Yes, there is such a thing as renewable energy.  Renewable energyis defined both politically and socially as a category of energy sources.  These sources include anything that is naturally and continuously capturing and replenishing energy.  For example rain, sunlight, wind, biomass,waves/tides, and geothermal heat.  You may be thinking “hmmm, what is biomass and geothermal mass?”  Biomass is an organic matter that can include biological materials from recently living or currently living organisms.  Examples of biomass include: wood, waste, and alcohol fuels.  Geothermal...
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What is Solar Energy (Sonnenenergie)?

What is Solar Energy (Sonnenenergie)?

Over the past few years solar panels and solar energy have become a very popular trend around the world due to it being “green” and environmental friendly.  But what exactly is solar energy?  Solar energy is the radiating heat and photons (light or radiation)from the sun that is captured using the wide array of technology available today.But, how does it work?  Every second the sun is shining, the light and heat that it provides is either scattered, absorbed, reflected, or transmitted.  As we all know the environment absorbs a large amount of sunlight in order to help...