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Solar Power’s Gutenberg Moment

Solar Power’s Gutenberg Moment

Take a look at that chart up there. Crazy, right? Do we really think solar power will be 100% of the world's energy supply by 2030? Well... there are some compelling reasons to believe it, and they come from a man named Tony Seba. But we'll get back to him later. Right now, let's talk about Gutenberg. What up, Johannes? Back in the mid-15th century, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, started printing bibles, and the world went crazy. That's the story, right? One visionary invention changes everything. But that...
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Will solar panels survive a nuclear EMP (and dear God, why do we have to think about this?)

Will solar panels survive a nuclear EMP (and dear God, why do we have to think about this?)

With what seems like daily news headlines about the unstable leaders of rogue nations threatening nuclear attacks, people are understandably worried that civilization might end soon. Some other people have opined that civilization hasn't felt very civilized lately, and maybe it might time for it to either improve drastically or get the ending over with, already. Whatever your take on our impending doom, fear of the indirect effects of a nuclear attack has led more than one of our readers to ask whether and how solar panels might survive. Good...
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Infographic: Solar vs. Coal, a Tale of Two Trains

Infographic: Solar vs. Coal, a Tale of Two Trains

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The cost of solar panels will likely double next year

The cost of solar panels will likely double next year

The cost of solar panels will likely double next year. This is not a drill, people; this is real life. Last week, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that suppliers of inexpensive solar panels from other countries had caused "serious injury or threat of serious injury" to manufacturers of those products here in the U.S. The next step of the process is for the ITC to make recommendations to the President for a "remedy," and for the president to decide whether to implement that remedy. They'll make those...
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3rd-party solar loans: know what you’re getting

3rd-party solar loans: know what you’re getting

Photo: Senthil Balasubramanian Say you've found a great solar installer, and you've gotten a quote that looks good. You'll be saving oodles of money on your electric bill over the next three decades, but there's one catch: you don't have $15,000 to plunk down. "No problem!" says the salesperson; "We work with a solar loan provider who can finance the installation with no money down, and offer you monthly payments that are smaller than your solar savings over a 12- or 20-year term!" Wow, that sounds great! Free solar, and...
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Solar panels are ready for their close-up

Solar panels are ready for their close-up

A while back, some smart person at the U.S. Department of Energy realized that many of the freely-available stock photos of solar panels were ugly at best, and actively harmful to the goals of the industry at worst. So the Department organized a contest for photos of solar panels called "Hit Me With Your SunShot." The contest ran from July 17th through August 17th, 2017, and winners were announced just days later. Every image that was submitted was entered to win one of several cash prizes, up to $500 for...
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What happens to solar panels in a hurricane?

What happens to solar panels in a hurricane?

PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS Hurricanes are nature's wildest storms, with winds whipping around at up to 157 miles-per-hour or more. All that wind can blow trees down, destroy mobile homes, and whip debris around, causing major problems. But how do solar panels fare in a hurricane? Surprisingly well, it turns out. Solar is built strong Solar panels are like any other product. The good ones are built to last, while the cheap ones can be pretty flimsy. The above image comes from a promotional video for SolarWorld's excellent panels, which undergo extensive...
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Solar payback will be worse next year for people in states around the country

Solar payback will be worse next year for people in states around the country

All around the country, utility companies have been busy worrying about what home solar power will do to their bottom lines, and in several states, they've taken actions that will have immediate consequences for people who install panels on their roofs. Sure, utilities say what they're really worried about is how customers with solar panels on their roofs aren't paying their fair share of costs to maintain the grid, but if they were really concerned about that, they might pay attention to all the studies that say rooftop solar is...
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Should you install more solar, or add batteries?

Should you install more solar, or add batteries?

We recently got this question from a reader named Ellen: Q: I'm getting 16 solar panels installed on my house. I can get more panels (up to a total of 30) or I can buy a battery. Which option would save more energy? The answer is actually pretty simple: Most batteries receive energy from solar panels, store it in chemical form, then convert it back to electrical form to be used when you need it. That process of converting the energy back and forth (and sending it along the wires)...
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A San Diego Solar Company is Giving Back to Military Families by Offering Free Home Solar

A San Diego Solar Company is Giving Back to Military Families by Offering Free Home Solar

Attention, San Diegans with current or past military service: Palomar Solar, a San Diego solar company in operation since 2009, is offering an amazing Sweepstakes drawing for a free home solar system, designed to offset up to 95% of your family's energy needs! The details The sweepstakes is available to residents of San Diego county. The system will be roof-mounted with a size of up to 7-kW. The final design depends on the size of your roof, your energy needs, and your main electric panel's ability to handle the voltage....
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