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Fascinating Solar Energy Facts for Children

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Fascinating Solar Energy Facts for Children Are your kids asking questions about solar energy? Solar energy is something all kids should understand. After all, they can’t really miss it – it’s all around us! You might be surprised how much your kids already know about solar energy. Maybe they’ve spotted solar panels on their friend’s roof or […]

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Health & Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy

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Homeowners and utilities alike are choosing solar energy at a faster rate than ever before in the United States. The explosive growth of solar power is partly a result of the falling cost of solar panels. Rebates and incentives have also contributed to the United States’ biggest year ever for solar. But decreasing costs are only one […]

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Solar Technology for Farming and Urban Gardening

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Solar technology for farming and urban gardening Solar-powered devices aren’t just for the off-grid adventurers and power-hungry gadget-loving crowd, they’re also quite useful in the farm and urban garden, as they can provide the juice needed to fulfill many basic functions for the small grower and farmer alike. Alternative energy has a long history on […]

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Tiny House for Off-the-Grid Living

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An Egg-Shaped Tiny House Built for Off-the-Grid Living The Ecocapsule includes details designed to boost its efficiency, from a water filtration system to a roof outfitted with solar panels and a wind turbine. If you’ve ever fantasized about going off the grid, that dream could soon become reality. A new housing alternative designed by architecture […]

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The Solar Industry Responds to the Increasing Intensity of Natural Disasters

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Weather patterns have always been considered when determining solar system lifetimes and performance. Safety is also considered when establishing installation guidelines and product standards. The recent intensity of natural disasters across the country—a direct result of climate change—brings the adequacy of safety and performance standards into question. Are solar installations prepared for the increased frequency […]

What are some practical uses for solar energy?

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Most Common Uses of Solar Energy Perhaps the most popular use of solar energy is one that doesn’t involve technology at all: drying wet things. People around the world depend upon the sun to dry everything from laundry to crops. It’s an effective way to achieve a goal without relying upon electricity. It may seem unusual, but solar […]

Can You Save with Solar Power?

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How Much Can You Save with Solar Power? Saving with solar power is a no brainer. In practically every state, every situation, home owners will save more money on electricity than they will spend to install a residential solar power system. And though the cost of installation can be steep initially, once all of the […]

Today’s tobacco field, tomorrow’s solar farm

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Today’s tobacco field, tomorrow’s solar farm The switch would be a boon for both public health and the planet. Tobacco use among U.S. adults has been on a sluggish decline for some time now, experiencing a rare 2 percent drop between 2014 and 2015. Today, roughly 15 in 100 Americans over the age of 18 […]

Shepherding, a New Job in the Solar Industry?

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There’s a New Job in the Solar Industry And it involves shepherding a landscaping crew of hungry sheep On the east side of Kauai, a herd of sheep grazes in an unusual pasture. The low valley, flanked on either side by green mountains, is the site of a 13-megawatt solar farm, where some 300 hungry […]