With the start of spring comes the rise of annoying pests. Now, you can rid yourself of the flying variety (we’re looking at you, mosquitoes!) in an eco-friendly way with the Solar Insect Zappers. You may have been hesitant to plug in one of these bug zappers before due to their power consumption, but since this set of four harnesses the sun’s energy, feel free to leave them running all night long. Outfitted with a UV bulb, the Solar Insect Zappers turn on automatically when the sun goes down and gets rid of 100 different types of flying pests. And don’t worry, these bugs won’t feel a thing – they are eliminated instantly thanks to a 300-volt electric charge, so you can enjoy the spring and summer nights without getting bitten. Running 8 hours on a full charge, the Zappers only needs minimal sunlight to power itself, and can turn to accent lighting with the push of a button. Buy them at Hammacher Schlemmer for $99.95.
Via Coolest Gadgets.
14 Apr 2009 | Solar Power |
Scare away would-be thieves while impressing them with your energy conservation with the Solar Motion Sensing Security Light. With no hardwiring to set up, this motion sensor can be installed in minutes just about anywhere you need to spotlight security. Equipped with an infrared motion sensing element that extends 39 feet with a 180° field of view, it beams bright with a 10-watt halogen light. To power it up, just place the solar panel on your roof so it gets the full benefit of the sun, and plug it in with a 16-foot cord. Its rechargeable battery provides up to 300 30-second illuminations, once the solar panel has been exposed to sunlight for 15 hours. Pick one up for $79.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer.
via Gadget Grid.
11 Mar 2009 | Solar Power |
Jumping on the Green bandwagon, Ikea has just released its new line of solar powered indoor and outdoor lights. Available in a range of colors and uses, these solar powered lights are as handy as they are adorable! With nine different products to choose from, Ikea’s lights feature replaceable and rechargeable batteries. And since they have LED lights, they use 70% less energy while lasting four times as long as regular blubs. If you’re thinking of putting them outside, you’ll be pleased by the fact that you won’t need any electric outlets or cumbersome buried wires to deal with – just place them along your path or deck for all-night lighting. Plus, with prices from $6.99 to $19.99, you can’t go wrong. Ikea.
9 Mar 2009 | Solar Power |
Imagine harnessing the heat of the sun to cool your home – it’s possible with Solarstar’s Roof Mount Solar Attic Fan. Combining ventilation technology and environmentally friendly benefits, the solar powered attic fan is installed onto the highest point on your roof (either as a low profile, pitched or high profile, depending on where you live and how your house is designed) and is used to circulate air and ventilate your attic space, which in turn provides cool air to the rest of your home. Powered by a 10-watt solar panel, the fan also battles moisture that rises through the ceiling to the roof, further protecting your home from fungus, saturated insulation and plywood delamination. This system installs easily in about half an hour, can withstand any kind of weather condition and best of all, costs nothing to operate! Prices start at $300. Solatube.
4 Mar 2009 | Solar Power |
Affordable and innovative SolarStore Inflatable Solar Collector by IDC (Industrial Design Consultancy) was made for the value-conscious environmentalist in mind. Made in the UK, the SolarStore uses solar heat to warm domestic water – in fact, it can heat up to three full tanks of water, reaching temperatures close to 80°C! Selling for under £100 (about $150 US), the inflatable solar collector is not only cheaper than conventional solar hot water systems on the market (compare at $2,000-$3,000), but can also be used in developing countries as well as on camping trips. Using the process of heat transfer, sunlight passes through the SolarStore’s clear outer layer, and travels down to a black inner layer that holds the water. To keep water hot, it uses the surrounding air between the clear and black layers as insulation. The SolarStore is set to hit the market in the spring of 2009. Industrial Design Consultancy.
3 Mar 2009 | Solar Power |
Clean, renewable electricity is within reach, thanks to BP Solar Home Solutions System. A lot of homeowners are scared away from using solar panels because the technology is complex, but BP Solar has made their Home Solutions System easy to install, use and maintain. Solar panels first transform sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity, and an inverter converts it to alternating current (AC) electricity that you can use in your home. One of the benefits of using the System is that if your home produces more electricity than it needs during the day, it will store the extra electricity in a utility grid, and you’ll actually see a credit on you electric bill! When the sun goes down at the end of the day or if it happens to be cloudy, the system draws on the extra electricity in the grid to power your home. This system can be mounted on both flat and tilted roofs, and works best on roofs that are unobstructed and not shaded during the sunniest hours of the day. Calculate how much it will cost to install BP Solar Home Solutions System by clicking here. BP Solar.
2 Mar 2009 | Solar Power |
Designed to visually blend with your home’s architecture, Kyocera’s MyGen Meridian built-in solar electric system installs flat with your existing concrete roof tiles. This solar system becomes integrated into your roof - it actually replaces some of the tiles as shown below. Meridian can be installed on a conventional roof of any pitch and is compatible with several manufacturers’ flat roof tiles. Assembled from high efficiency d.Blue solar cells, the system uses photovoltaic modules to convert sunlight into electricity, and is quick and easy to install and maintain. First, the frames are installed independently of the modules, and then all electrical connections on the roof are made via multi-contact connectors. Finally, the installed modules are blended with the roof to create a seamless and environmentally friendly built-in solar electric system. Here's one example of how it was done in Elk Grove, California...
26 Feb 2009 | Solar Power |
The need to reduce power bills and a growing need for clean electricity are the forces behind Kyocera’s MyGen Grid-tie Photovoltaic Solar Power System. A value-added, environmentally sustainable solar electric system, MyGen comes in five different packages that use Kyocera KD180 modules in a variety of PV array configurations. Consisting of photovoltaic modules, a direct current to alternating current (DC-to-AC) power conversion device, DC wiring and protection, AC wiring and protection, lightning protection, component mounting and mechanical support, this interactive unit comes with everything you need to generate your own electricity. Another plus of this Kyocera solar system is that it is compatible with a wide variety of roof types and materials, and it can be sized to meet power requirements for maximum flexibility. Kyocera.
25 Feb 2009 | Solar Power |
Through the use of a proprietary process, PowerFilm is the first – and only – company that manufacturers and sells flexible solar panels - "monolithically-integrated solar panels on plastic using a true roll-to-roll manufacturing process”. Former 3M research physicists, Dr. Frank Jeffrey and Dr. Derrick Grimmer, founded the company in 1988 with a goal to develop and manufacture thin film panels in high volume and at low cost. The two scientists have a combined 65 years of experience in the semiconductor and solar energy research and development fields.
The benefits of this product are numerous. Roll-to-roll manufacturing decreases material handling costs, printed interconnects enable automated connection of individual cells, and the production of flexible solar panels requires as little as 1% of the amount of silicon used in rigid crystalline panels. In addition, the sunlight absorber layer is cadmium free (environmentally friendly), as well as a commercially viable, low cost technology. PowerFilm panels are 13 inches wide and can be up to 2,400 feet long.
Photos courtesy of PowerFilm
It’s now possible to retrofit an existing heating system by installing a Solarsheat heating solar panel package. The Solarsheat Furnace Retrofit consists of (a minimum of) four panels, a solar fan and a solar thermostat. When installed with additional R12 insulated duct, the system boosts – or replaces - an existing heating system with pre-heated air produced by the solar heating panels.
The retrofitted insulated ducts attach to the furnace’s cold air return. When the solar thermostat calls for action on a sunny day, solar and furnace fans activate and blow solar heated air through the existing duct work. The result: a substantial decrease in energy costs due to retrofitting an existing heating system with solar panels. Solarsheat is Energy Star and SRCC certified.
Photos courtesy of Your Solar Home, Inc.
30 Jul 2008 | Solar Power |
AlernativeEnergy.com offers several solar installation kits, including the Quickmount 1.1kW grid-tied photovoltaic power system seen above. This is the lowest priced (and smallest) system with kits for shake, compost and tile roofs priced at $8,503. The kit includes 6 Evergreen solar panels, a 12-pack of QuickMount PV, a Kaco a Blue Planet 1501xi 1500W inverter and 2 UniRac Solarmount rail sets, as well as the other miscellaneous items required for an installation.
24 Jul 2008 | Solar Power |
Solar roof panels are an excellent option for reducing your carbon footprint and decreasing your dependence on power supplied by utility companies, while saving on monthly bills. However, the initial financial output required can create a roadblock for many homeowners. SolarCity has introduced a new solar system leasing program that may benefit those who wish to avoid a substantial upfront expenditure.
15 Jul 2008 | Solar Power |
Concerns with both increasing utility costs and a smaller carbon footprint are leading larger numbers of homeowners to investigate the benefits of installing solar panels on the roof. Sunpower offers sleek, black, high-efficiency residential solar panels that deliver superior results in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.
Although the initial financial output may be a bit daunting; calculating the economic return can help ease a case of sticker shock. Sunpower’s site provides a Solar Calculator feature to help potential clients analyze the cost of a residential roof installation, applicable tax credits and projected savings for their particular location.
Sunpower's success stories include a testimonial from a Saratoga, California homeowner with a 56-panel installation who saved 98% on his electric bill in first year, a Westport, Connecticut homeowner who saves 84% annually and a Los Gatos, California homeowner who enjoys a reduction of 83% per year.
9 Jul 2008 | Solar Power |
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