Category Archives: solar-PV

GoSol: solar can also cook, bake and steam!

Solar electricity is an unstoppable force all over the world.  Both in large scale solar farms and for the home-owner.  But the energy from the sun can be used in many more creative ways.  From drying your clothers, or drying … Continue reading

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Solar Energy for home owners by the Rocky Mountain Institute

Solar energy doesn’t only come in the form of solar panels.   From shading to skylights or drying clothes, there are a multiple of applications that take advantage of solar energy.  Below is a great info-graphic by the rocky mountain … Continue reading

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Best solar panel direction – Can West beat South?

When initially planning a solar panel installation for your house, your first thought might be: “is my roof right for solar panels?”. Like most people, you probably consider south-facing solar panels to be the best for generating energy. In fact, … Continue reading

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New world record on solar panel efficiency

A few months ago we blogged about the rapid decline of solar panel prices in the last 35 years. Recently, a new world record has been achieved in solar cells efficiency, so we wanted to share the good news with you. The … Continue reading

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Investing in solar according to Massachussets

Here is a great explainer video from the Massachussets Government. Watch them explain residential solar panels from the point of view of homeowners, installers, DOER and MassCEC.

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interview: Alan South from Solarcentury

At Ecobuild 2013, we had the opportunity to talk to various members of Solarcentury, the UK’s most experienced solar energy company and a beacon of innovation.  Among them Alan South who has over 20 years technical and leadership experience in … Continue reading

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Solar photovoltaic price free falling

This picture illustrates the dramatic fall of solar photovoltaic prices in the last 35 years.  Around the time when I was born, 34 years ago, a 3kW system for a home would have cost about £79,000.  Today the same system … Continue reading

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New Zealand on its way to 90% renewables

When flying to New Zealand’s capital Wellington, two major aspects regarding domestic renewables in this country become immediately apparent. First of all, New Zealand possess a huge potential of wind power. This will become evident during the plane’s approach when … Continue reading

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which solar panels?

Here’s a nice video by the guys at showing an installation using roof hooks bolted to the roof. Professional roofers on a simple roof can get the job done in just a day.

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making electricity out of sand: a short history of solar PV technology

To wrap up the series on solar PV, here’s a rundown of the science, brought to you by Alvaro. See this article if you’re looking for a practical introduction to solar PV.   In 1839, at age 19, a French physicist … Continue reading

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