New Solar Energy Possibilities for Homes
Guest Contributor post by Matt J @ South Shore Roofing A renewable energy system can be used to supply some or all of your electricity needs, using new and eco-friendly technologies. There are many different systems and technologies for powering your house while being eco-friendly and saving energy. One of the most popular and efficient systems is solar electric system, which includes solar...
Full mAh capacity range of NiMH (the good chemistry) rechargeable batteries for Solar Lights are now available!
Solar lights for the home and garden come with pre-installed, pre-charged batteries from most (safe to say, all) manufacturers when you buy them online or directly at stores. What many people don't realize is that these rechargeable batteries will eventually run their course and lose all of their effective capacity after about 2 years of nightly use. These solar light batteries are almost always r...
CES 2016: Solar Powered Gadgets of the Future.
by Maria Juniper, Contributing Editor The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a prominent global electronics and technology focused trade show that takes place every year in Las Vegas. Held in January each year, it is known for introducing the latest technology trends and most innovative electronics. This year, solar energy was at the forefront with a huge variety of tech that uti...
Holiday Gift Guide: Solar Tech for your Home, Kids, and the Outdoors.
by Maria Juniper, Contributing Editor The gift that keeps on giving has never been greener, and the time to buy one for your friend or loved one is quickly approaching. This year for the holidays, instead of giving some trite piece of clothing or kitchen appliance, try looking for the perfect gifts for those eco-friendly friends who wants to help benefit the environment, or perhaps for a family...
The Benefits of Floatovoltaics.
by Maria Juniper, Contributing Editor Now that most governments, environmental organizations, scientists and even the Catholic Church have agreed on the need to combat climate change, innovative solutions are being sought in many quarters. The old ways of doing things simply won't cut it now that we're aware of the harmful effects of traditional means of power generation, such as the burning of...

The wind turbine sits on top of a set of solar lights.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on January 28, 2010 in World News - Comments: 2 Comments »

IF you have driven along Barnes Creek Road recently you may have noticed a bizarre contraption resembling an airplane – you are not the only one.

The wind turbine sits on top of a set of solar lights at the road works near the Forgan Bridge Replacement project, helping decipher changes in lighting.

According to a Main Roads spokesperson, yesterday the temporary solar street lighting was installed along Barnes Creek Road and at the Kooyong intersection as part of the Forgan Bridge Replacement and Duplication Project.

“These solar lights are being used on a temporary basis during construction works, due to a host of different lighting requirements when speed restrictions and changed traffic conditions are in place,” the spokesperson said.

“However, they do not meet height and illumination requirements for permanent use, as per Australian Standards for road lighting. Permanent street lighting will be installed in the centre medians in the later part of this year.”

The solar light at the Kooyong intersection is supplemented by a wind generator as a secondary energy source for charging the battery, the spokesperson said.

“This helps to ensure this intersection is lit at all times.”

The Forgan Bridge Replacement project is the largest bridge and road construction project in Mackay Australia.

Work commenced on the $148 million project in May 2008 and once completed, the new four-lane Forgan Bridge will reduce congestion on the busy commuter route while improving safety and network efficiency.

Traffic is expected to be traveling on the new bridge in April this year, weather permitting.

solar street light
© Image by Shandong Jingchuang Solar Technology Co.,LTD.
Solar Street Lights similar to this one were installed temporary along Barnes Creek Road and at the Kooyong intersection as part of the Forgan Bridge Replacement and Duplication Project.

Article by Fallon Hudson.

My first solar light purchase.

Posted By: Perry Watson on in Solar Products Customers' Reviews - Comments: 1 Comment »

I want to tell about my first solar light purchase.
I got a “Color Birds String Solar Light” set right before this past holiday season. I am very impressed!!! Let me say, these bird lights are as bright as other electric sets I used to decorate my yard this Christmas. Also I am from CA. So, this last storm when it was raining a lot and cloudy for about a week, the lights still had enough charge to light up at night! Also light is kept inside of each of the bird figurines thus it makes it brighter…

The AirTraffic team presents how the global air traffic depends on sun cycle.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on January 26, 2010 in World News - Comments: No Comments »

Global air traffic over a 24-hour period during northern hemisphere summer. See how global air traffic follows the cycle of the sun. Simulation over 24 hours.

Entrepreneurial US Company sheds new light on City of Sustainability.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on January 25, 2010 in Solar News - Comments: 3 Comments »

(openPR) – U.S Green Technology Opportunities Expand Internationally as SolarOne® Solutions Ships “Zero-Carbon” Streetlights to Masdar.

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© Image by Solar Street Lights. SolarOne® Shoebox Series (LOS).

The world’s first completely zero-carbon footprint city, Masdar, located in the United Arab Emirates, will use solar powered LED streetlights purchased from Massachusetts-based technology company SolarOne Solutions to illuminate its roadways. Solar powered streetlights that illuminate the roadway at night are powered by sunlight during the day. The SolarOne lights were selected after engineers evaluated solar-powered fixtures from several world-class manufacturers. After a sandstorm and several cloudy days, only the lights from SolarOne Solutions remained lit. This success was the result of an intelligent management system, called SO-Bright®, which is “designed to ride through several days of inclement weather”, according to Moneer Azzam, President of SolarOne. Philip Parker, Commercial Director of Al Jaber Energy Service Group, the company that installed the lights, said that his company was “delighted that we were able to offer Masdar a sustainable lighting solution…at a savings.”
For the first time ever, 50,000 people and 1,500 commercial businesses will inhabit a 6.3 square km. completely carbon neutral community. SolarOne Solutions is bringing first light to the fledgling city and vision of Masdar, with solar powered LED streetlights providing the lighting for the roadway surrounding the community, as well as for the driveway and parking lots at the Masdar site offices.
With the construction of this sustainable city comes the growth of green companies worldwide, including SolarOne Solutions, which doubled in size last year.
Even though the streetlamps traveled to the Middle East from Massachusetts, the fixtures started arriving on site within eight weeks from the initial order. And, because SolarOne streetlights operate completely independent of any electrical grid, they were illuminating the roadway shortly thereafter. This is confirmed by Parker, who says that “by using solar lights we’ve managed to get rid of all the underground cabling and ducting…which was excellent, and meant we could install the solar lights a lot quicker than traditional lights…as a result we were able to deliver savings to Masdar”. The color and uniformity of the SolarOne broad spectrum LED lighting represents a significant departure from the intense, yellow High Pressure Sodium lights that light up Abu Dhabi roadways, offering a more attractive, broad, white light for enhanced visual comfort, using just a fraction of the energy.

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© Image by Solar Street Lights. SolarOne® Shoebox Series (LOS).

About SolarOne:
SolarOne® Solutions, Inc. (“SolarOne”) is the leader in commercial-scale solar-powered LED lighting systems. The company combines highly efficient LED lamps, with its patent-pending SO-Bright® technology, to provide performance and reliability at levels comparable to commercial grid-connected lighting. With systems operating in a wide range of environmental conditions since 2004, SolarOne established itself as the first to develop and deploy solar powered area lighting systems using white LED technology. Today, SolarOne and its SO-Bright® Technology is the choice of many well established municipalities and institutions including the City of Toronto, City of Los Angeles, United State Air Force and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. SolarOne and its SO-Bright® Technology has also been chosen as the solar lighting partner by several major lighting and shelter companies, including Philips Lighting and Provincial Sign systems, and has representation across North America and the UAE.

solar street lights
© Image by Solar Street Lights. SolarOne® Shoebox Series (LOS).

About Masdar Initiative:
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is investing in long-term strategic development of sustainable future energy technologies. The Masdar Initiative, driven by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, is a global stage for world-wide cooperation and engagement in developing solutions for: energy security, climate change and the development of human expertise in sustainability. The city is planned to cover 6.3 sq km. and will be home to 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses, primarily commercial and manufacturing facilities specializing in environmentally-friendly products, and more than 60,000 workers are expected to commute to the city daily.

About Gargash Lighting Systems L.L.C.:
GLS is one of the leading lighting companies in the Gulf region based in Dubai and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the well known Gargash Group of companies that has been in existence for over 50 years. GLS represents some of the well known lighting companies of the world. Gargash Lighting Systems LLC (GLS) has a team of well qualified and experienced professionals who have expertise in various disciplines of lighting and lighting control systems from concept design through installation. In addition to the Masdar project, the GLS team has to its credit some of the most prestigious in the UAE including the Shams Abu Dhabi, Atlantis, Dubai Metro, Abu Dhabi shopping mall, Emirates Headquarters Building, Dubai. GLS recently announced a joint venture with the Al Fahim Group in Abu Dhabi that will go by the name of Marjan Lighting Systems (MLS) dedicated to serving the Abu Dhabi area with lighting solutions.

SolarOne® deploys Lighting and Harvester systems across the globe for a wide range of applications and customers that include major college campuses, government laboratories and municipalities.

SolarOne® lights operate independent of the electric grid, relying on a solar panel for their power source. This ensures that they will remain lit, even during grid-connected power shortages. Additionally, their independent power source enables them to be sited flexibly and installed easily, without incurring the significant expenses of trenching and repaving. SolarOne Solutions offers SolarOne® overhead lights for pathways, sidewalks, parking lots, and bus shelters.

Article by Bob Havard.

Solar-Power Innovations Helping Haiti.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on January 22, 2010 in Solar News - Comments: 2 Comments »

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th, caused not only a tremendous loss of life, but considerable damage to the nation’s infrastructure. As people around the world watch the heart-wrenching images coming out of the earthquake ravaged nation, donations are pouring in.

But getting aid into Haiti has been a slow-going process, especially when the lines of communication are interrupted. Communication is critical in getting humanitarian aid, services and information into the disaster area.

But despite the overwhelming obstacles and destruction, Haiti does have one bright spot – the sun. Besides food, water, shelter and medical supplies, solar-powered devices are also being distributed – many of which will have long lasting benefits beyond the immediate crisis. Solar lighting, water purification systems, mobile phones, laptops and even Audio Bibles powered by the sun, are all being donated.

Solar-Powered Sun Ovens.

solar ovens
© Image by Solar Ovens.

On January 28th, Sun Ovens International, partnering with Friends of Haiti Organization (FOHO) and Feed My Starving Children, will send nearly 300,000 meals and stand-alone solar-powered Sun Ovens to Port-au-Prince.

Sun Ovens, insulated boxes surrounded by panels of highly polished aluminum, get hot enough to boil, steam, roast or bake food at temperatures up to 360 degrees F. One commercial-sized solar oven, which can make 1,200 meals every eight hours, is already in place with two more commercial ovens en route.

A donation of $40 will purchase one solar cooker kit for a family. One hundred percent of all donations are used to send the ovens to Haiti – no expenses are deducted. Additional shipments of the Sun Ovens are being planned.

Solar-Powered Water Purification Systems.

solar water purification systems
© Image from Solar Water Purification System.

After the earthquake, a solar-powered mobile water pumping and purification system was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building and moved to the International Red Cross base. The Mobile MaxPure system has been converting 30,000 gallons of contaminated water into drinkable water every day. The mobile system, from WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc., also supplies 3.3 kW of electric power for lights, tools or satellite communication systems.

And in an effort to send more solar-powered water purification systems to Haiti, WorldWater launched its non-profit WorldWater for Haiti campaign Wednesday.

Solar-Powered Cell Phones.

solar powered cell phone
© Image from

Communication is critical in a crisis. Intivation, which developed solar power systems for mobile devices, and mobile network operator Digicel Group, are sending 1,000 solar-powered mobile phones to Haiti. The phones, equipped with built-in solar chargers, can operate in locations without any electricity. The phones will be distributed to aid workers and survivors. More than half a million of the phones have been sold since launching in June.

According to the company website, Digicel, the largest mobile network operator in the Caribbean, has donated $5 million in cash towards the relief effort. The company will use two of its private planes to transport the phones and other goods to the area.

Solar-Powered Lighting.

solar light system
© Image from Sol Inc. offers solar light systems to aid rescue operations in Haiti.

Florida-based Sol Inc., is donating more than $300,000 in solar lighting to Haiti. The solar-lights will provide much needed lighting for relief workers who work day or night and will provide additional security as well. The first shipment of lights will be installed at a medical clinic and orphanage. The lighting systems will also be installed at food distribution centers, relief camps and hospitals. The Tropical Solar Light Systems (TSL), take less than an hour to install and can withstand hurricane force winds.

For each donated TSL, the company will donate a second light as part of the Sol’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Matching Program.

XO Laptops.

xo laptop
© Image from Haiti – One Laptop per Child.

xo laptop
© Image from XO Laptop.

Voltaic Solar Charging Backpack
© Image from Voltaic Solar Charging Backpack.

According to the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) blog, the non-profit organization will be sending a consignment of free, ruggedized XO laptops to aid and reconstruction groups in Haiti. Free solar-charging backpacks are available.

Solar-Powered Audio Bibles.

Many of the survivors have lost everything and many thousands are sleeping on the street. Faith Comes by Hearing, a provider of audio Bibles, is offering its own form of hope and comfort to the millions of people affected by the disaster. It is partnering with disaster relief organization Convoy of Hope to distribute 600 portable, solar-powered Audio Bibles. This device, called The Proclaimer, has a built-in generator and solar panel to charge the battery, which can play for 15 hours. The organization is hoping to donate another 2,500 solar-powered devices.

Article by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway.
Read more here.



Juicebar Pocket Solar Charger.
This stylish, sleek and reliable pocket size Universal Battery Charger (Juicebar Solar Charger) is proven to be your best friend in a situation when conventional electric supply is not available or if you are trying to use eco-friendly renewable power supplies.
Great as a solar phone charger for any type of Mobile Phones, IPhones, PSA, PDA, Mp3 Players, Satellite Navigation, and much more.
Get it HERE.

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Solar Garden Lights

Stainless Steel Conical Solar Path Light (Set of 2).
Path solar lights are an excellent choice for lighting your garden paths, walkways, driveway perimeters and other regions in your landscape. They are often used in multiples to guide the way along a set of stairs or a dark walk.
Featured Stainless Steel Solar Light set uses 2 ultra-bright LEDs for maximum light output and minimum battery usage.
The lights are safe around kids and pets and water and corrosion resistant.
Read more HERE


Stone Solar Spot Lights (also known as Solar Rock Lights) completely camouflage with existing landscapes and look like any other rock in your garden.

Green Gardener Corner

Solar Fountain Pump System

How to start using ecologically friendly energy to power up your garden fountains and other garden water features?
Why not go with a solar powered water pump?
To accommodate your needs the Solar Fountain Pump Systems we carry range from 2 to 8 Watt. Browse our collection of solar water pumps for your fish ponds and solar fountains.
Enjoy your garden water features and your energy savings at the same time. Make a note of the various power levels and the flow rate of the solar water pumps before your purchase.
Please write us your review after your purchase. Your opinion is important to us!


Stone Cylinder Solar Path Lights (Set of 2).
See how easy it is to install a solar light. No wiring required!
In this particular case a ground fastener and a stake are included for quick and easy installation. Read more HERE



Solar accent lights (Set of 2) create an enjoyable and inviting glow for your landscape.
They are designed to mark a place.

Super High Output Spot Light

Solar Spot Light - $26.99
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Solar spot lights like this one rely on energy from the sun to charge their batteries and provide light throughout the night.
This means that there is no need to tap into the electrical grid for these lights to operate.
The solar spot lights will work consistently, even if the whole neighborhood is dealing with a power outage.
Learn more about Solar Spot Lights at, where we have a great selection of solar spot lights to choose from.

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