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Once primarily installed in locales where grid-tied lighting was considered impractical or too costly, solar-powered LED streetlights have become increasingly visible in parks, along trails, private streets, and both college and corporate campuses. These grid-free lighting structures have been adopted by private and municipal venues that seek lighting but not at the expense of uprooting existing landscaping or pavement.  Developing countries with little or no electrical infrastructure have also embraced these lighting fixtures as a cost effective alternative to constructing miles of wire and fossil fuel powered electrical generators. A Symbiotic Relationship Emerges A steady increase in the efficiency of batteries, PV solar panels, and a corresponding drop in the cost of LED lighting systems have fueled an almost inexorable rise in the presence of LED street lights. In the last two decades, cities like Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, San Francisco and Tucson have installed these sustainable lighting systems in many parts of their city.  New streetlights powered by PV solar panels and rechargeable gel-cell deep-cycle or lead acid batteries have become as common as parking meters. Many,… Read more

You’re out with your friends, ready to take some great selfies, when your Smartphone battery flashes that annoying “low batt” signal. You need a charge and you need it fast.  If you’re lucky, one of your friends is tech savvy and just happens to have one of many super-lightweight solar chargers handy. From solar chargers for in-city emergencies to heavy duty chargers for extreme adventurers, companies are scrambling to hit the market with a solar charger to fit every need and budget.  World’s Fastest Solar Charger Products like Evolution Wear’s RapidSol charger represent the new breed of solar chargers that are both fast and entirely powered by sunlight. In the case of the RapidSol, you get a 2.7 amp USB power outlet that can juice up your smartphone, tablet or other portable device in a very short time—for phones, it’s a full charge in less than 60 minutes, or up to 3% per minute. Evolution Wear claims that their Solar Wafer and circuits offer increased efficiency and stability, stating that their raw wafer efficiency as high as 24%, compared to… Read more

The strength and viability of a solar system comes down to the sum of its parts. Thus far, the components have been physically distinct and separate components—PV solar panel, battery and system software. And while PV solar technology has made leapfrogging advances, battery tech and “smart home” system software have often lagged behind. SunCulture believes it has the solution in a new device called SolPad. It integrates solid-state batteries, an inverter, and "intelligent software" that communicates with homeowners and their home's systems. Imitating the Mobile Phone Model Besides uniting the key elements of a PV solar system into a single unit, the SolPad device makes solar more accessible for increasing numbers of homes throughout the world. Most of the world—especially the third world—lacks the funds to build costly grid infrastructure needed to supply these regions with electric power. But thanks to component miniaturization and integration, the SolPad device has changed the dynamic—not unlike what has occurred with smartphones, which have successfully integrated phone, camera and many other functions into a single unit. The result is an inexpensive, powerful device that’s… Read more

Who knew that drones would someday help improve the inexorable drive toward solar? For both large-scale site analysis and rooftop panel placements, drones are making a difference in solar installations across the world. Their flyovers are becoming invaluable in determining the best geographic location of solar farms and in optimizing the location of solar panels on residential rooftops. Drones Scout Rooftops for Best Solar Panel Placement  While the technology of solar panels may be dropping, installation and scouting costs stubbornly resist any real declines. A key contributor to these soft costs remains the surveying that’s required to determine the best place to install solar panels. Scouting a rooftop for optimal solar panel placement calls for workers to physically climb onto a roof. This adds not only man-hours of costly labor, but also includes insurance costs and losses due to accidental equipment dropped and roof damage (particularly half-barrel tile roofs). Drones solve these problems by keeping workers off ladders and roofs. Drones weigh a fraction of any worker, they’re easy to operate, and they acquire the data needed in far less… Read more

It’s a product combo whose time has come: a new, aesthetically pleasing solar panel design teamed with a highly efficient electric storage system. The integrated Tesla/SolarCity solar roof does away with traditional solar panels. Instead, property owners get an attractive roof that’s both functional and efficient in collecting sunlight. This is supplemented by an energy storage system that also combines performance and aesthetics. The new combo system meets the needs of property owners looking to break free from costly unsustainable utility supplied electricity. Need a New Roof? Replace it with Solar Shingles The solar roof was designed to address the needs of homeowners who may be reluctant to add solar panels because they need a new roof first.  Or perhaps their roof needs repair, and adding solar panels would first require expensive repairs. These are understandable cost restraints that have kept and continue to keep property owners from going solar. The solution? Offer a roof with photovoltaic cells embedded directly into traditional roofing tiles. And supplement that with a cleanly designed wall-mounted storage system. This takes the sting out of… Read more