Solar Power

Solar plus Heat Pump Water Heater – Smart Solar

(An update from our June 2013 blog) Solar is becoming more widely known as a practical way to save money on your electric bill, by making some of the power yourself rather than buying it all from the electric company….
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Top 5 Solar Myths Debunked

1. It takes more energy to make solar panels than it saves. Solar panels only work for a short time and wear out and have to be replaced. The Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of the processes…
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Roof Top Solar Power Installs in New York

Solar Power In New York Just Got More Affordable

I invite you to play along with one of my favorite online games, “Find the Solar Roofs.” All you need to play is Google Earth and a keen eye. Now thanks to new incentive programs in New York, that game…
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DIY emergency preparedness solar power system

A Small, Inexpensive DIY Solar Powered Emergency Backup System

Winter is Coming, Solar to the Rescue. You know what winter means for those of us in non-tropical locations. Power lines downed by snow and ice can wreak havoc on the power grid, knocking out power for days or even…
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Pure Sine Wave vs. Modified Sine Wave - What's the Difference?

Pure Sine Wave vs. Modified Sine Wave Inverters – What’s the Difference?

Inverter The primary job of an inverter is to convert the DC (Direct Current) power from the battery bank or solar panels to AC (Alternating Current) power needed for most appliances. To do that, it must take the constant DC…
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Deep Cycle Batteries - Part 2

Understanding Deep Cycle Batteries – Part 2

We went over the basics of deep cycle batteries in an earlier blog, Understanding Deep Cycle Batteries – Part 1. Now let’s go a little deeper into understanding the terms used when describing actually using the batteries, charging and discharging…
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How do Solar Panels Work?

How do Solar Panels Work?

Photovoltaic Effect of Solar Panels Solar panels generate DC electricity when exposed to sunlight via the Photovoltaic Effect, first observed by a French physicist in 1839. A simple explanation is that the photons from sunlight are absorbed by a semiconductor…
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Deep Cycle Batteries Part 1

Understanding Deep Cycle Batteries – Part 1

Deep cycle batteries  are a critical component in off-grid solar or hybrid grid tie solar power systems. We thought we’d go over some of the common terms with you to help wade through all of the information. It is possible…
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New Samlex EVO Inverter Charger

The New Samlex EVO Inverter/Charger and Its Benefits

Samlex has recently released a new inverter/charger called the Samlex Evolution, or EVO for short. Let’s take a closer look to see what’s new. The EVO is an all in one solution – a pure sine wave inverter, multi-stage battery…
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First Steps For Planning An Off The Grid Solar Power System

First Steps for planning an Off The Grid Solar Power System

There are several reasons why people consider installing an off grid solar system. Most often, it is because it is in a remote location that would either costs tens of thousands of dollars to install the grid, or connecting to…
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