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Are we on the brink of a Solar Revolution?

Are we on the brink of a Solar Revolution? With the lowering cost of photovoltaic panels, Michael Boxwell argues that we could be on the verge of changing the way electricity is thought of forever.
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Alternative Energy News

19 May 2015

A quick shout out to Alternative Energy News, the website that always has the up-to-date stories and information on renewable energy systems, including solar, wind and hydro.
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Peru to provide free solar power to its poorest people

2 Apr 2015

Only two-thirds of Peruvians have access to electricity. Now, the Government in Peru has announced that they are providing free solar to more than two million of its poorest citizens in a move that will bring electricity to 95% of the population by 2016.
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A solar powered electric delivery trike now on sale in UK

27 Apr 2014

British electric vehicle company Bluebird have announced a brand new ultra-lightweight electric delivery trike. Designed for inner city deliveries, one option is a solar panel on the roof that the makers claim can give a range of between 20-30 miles (30-45km) per day purely on solar power.
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See-through solar panels could make solar windows possible

27 Apr 2014

Wouldn't it be good if every window could be a solar panel? 'Quantum Dot' technology, developed in Italy, could make it possible in the future. Whilst the amount of energy harvested would be lower than in conventional panels, their potential low cost and ease of integration could open up lots of new possibilities for solar in both new and existing buildings.
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Grid tie calculator improved

5 Aug 2013

The Grid Tie calculator on this website has now been improved, with updated figures. It now works for the United States, resolving the problem we have had for the past few months.
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Solar powered city car developed in Italy

5 Aug 2013

Only at prototype stage, but a solar powered city car has been developed in Italy. Weighing less than 600kg, it has a top speed of 100km/h and a solar only range of up to 20km a day.
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Solar Gadgets

Solar gadgets: from solar powered straw hats and bird houses to solar powered underwear, as soon as solar power became affordable the era of the useless solar gadget was inevitable.
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The rapidly changing world of solar energy

The rapid improvement in the technology and the freefall in costs since early 2009 have transformed the industry. Systems that were completely unaffordable or impractical just two years ago are now cost effective.
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Looking after your solar batteries in winter

Winter is a tough time for solar power: less sunshine, lower solar irradiance and shorter days mean significantly less power generation, and if you have an off-grid system, you have another issue as well - cold batteries.
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Why I wrote the Solar Electricity Handbook

Why I wrote the Solar Electricity Handbook. When I first started investigating and using solar power, I looked for a book to help get me started - a solar book that would teach me the fundaments of the technology: to explain how solar worked and help me avoid the mistakes that others had made. To my surprise, no such solar book existed. » Read the article »

How to make your own power

If you are interested in how to make your own power or micro generation. There are lots of ways you can make your own power, deciding which one is the right one for you will depend on what you want to achieve, the characteristics of your location and the amount of money you want to spend. » Read the article »

Wind Turbines vs Solar Panels

I am often asked which is better - wind turbines, or solar modules. The answer, of course, is that it isn't as simple as stating which technology is better - both have their benefits and drawbacks and which technology is best depends very much on the application and the location of the system. » Read the article »

Build your own solar panels? Proceed with caution

There have been many claims made from certain web sites that say it is possible to build your own solar panels and run your entire house from solar panels for an outlay of $200 or less, sell excess power back to the utility grid and even generate an income from solar. Most of the claims made by these websites are either false or misleading. » Read the article »


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