TAG: Solar panels

Solar Power on a Canal

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Gujarat, a State in India known for its medium and small scale industries is becoming a front-runner of clean energy compared to other states and recently a canal-topped solar power plant was inaugurated under its visionary chief minister Narendera Modi. This dual purpose project has grabbed the attention of the internet and other media sources recently making it trending news. This plant can generate 1 MW of power and the beauty is that it doesn’t require any land for solar panels! The entire solar panel is constructed above a 750 meter canal which passes through remote village of chandrasan. The entire cost of the project is… read more

Smarter Living

Energy saving ideas at home

Transforming your home into an eco-friendly residence is both cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing. Many new technologies created for indoor energy-saving have both functional use and artistic appeal. If you find yourself trying to choose between creative devices and ones that actually work, then compromise no longer. In today’s market, you will discover that art has finally been married with technology, permanently. One way that homeowners squander energy is through wasteful misuse of heating/cooling. Tech mogul Apple Inc. has created a solution with their Nest Learning Thermostat. It tracks your energy habits and can be adjusted and programmed both physically and remotely through… read more

A Green Economy

Renewable energy power

Given the slow recovery of the U.S. economy, every economic solution must be explored. Obviously, there are solutions that are more credible than others. The legitimacy of oil and nuclear energy has greatly diminished by the negative effects they have on the environment, people, and recent disasters. On the other hand, renewable energy has had its credibility strengthened by technological advancements and the fact that these energies are renewable. There are many obstacles renewable energy implementation faces, but the foundation of these obstacles is that a strong, robust renewable energy economy requires an energy revolution. Opponents of renewable energy are… read more

Efficiency By Design

Low usage and high efficiency homes

Buildings are by far the most important venue for efficiency by design. More energy and materials are used in their construction as well as energy consumed during their lifetime, consequently their design and construction practices should be implemented in the most sustainable way possible to attain the goal of carbon neutrality and only natural materials used. The structure of our buildings and homes should be made from sustainable materials bought regionally to increase the economy and increase longevity of the structure. As an example, standing seam metal roofs last longer and can actually reflect solar radiation, keeping your attic and… read more

Low income solar

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Silicon Valley based SunPower, has announced a partnership with GRID Alternatives to provide solar panels for low-income housing. GRID Alternatives is a non-profit solar installer that trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar power for low-income families throughout California. SunPower will provide GRID Alternatives with solar panels through a combination of donations and fair market value sales. The two companies have worked with each other the past six years, assisting hundreds of families in need and providing more than 1,000 employee volunteer hours, philanthropic gifts, equipment donations and sales. The partnership is expected to generate… read more

Capital for Solar Panels

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Solar-panel maker MiaSole has raised $55 million in venture capital to help it ramp-up production and sales. MiaSole is based in Santa Clara, California, where it makes next-generation solar thin-film panels using copper, indium, gallium and selenium instead of silicon, making them much cheaper to manufacture. The latest funding round included VantagePoint Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bessemer Venture Partners, Firelake Capital Management and Passport Capital. As the heat has left the IPO market for renewable energy companies, MiaSole is more likely to be sold to a larger company than listed. Solar-panel maker SunPower, of San Jose, California,… read more