The cleanest of renewable technologies (to date): Hydropower and the Dilemma of Lake Mead.
There are several technologies that currently exist (and scientists are working to find others) that use clean and renewable energy methods to produce energy; notably, electricity. One of the cleanest (thanks to the pioneering work of Nicola Tesla) and impressive is that of hydropower. Given that hydropower is quite simply the harnessing of electricity by the flowing of water, and in the case of L...
Solar lights aren’t just for gardens and patios, they are also used for street lighting!
When you think of solar lights, you may have visions of those lights found around homes and gardens that put out enough light to show you where they are and illuminate just a little bit of area around them on the ground. Furthermore, they usually charge enough to last only one night. So, if it is cloudy or rainy the following day, they may not emit as much free light as after that first full-day's...
Installing your home solar panel system as an off-grid system.
When we hear about people installing solar panel systems on their rooftops and around their homes, we immediately think of what kind of rebates and incentives are they getting by going solar. Well, incentives and rebates are offered by government entities for people who will be connecting their homes to the utility grid system. Meaning that the solar panels on their roof is generating energy durin...
Look no further, solar security lights are here to take you off the grid.
When you think of solar lights for your home, you may think of the ones that are sold at the big box stores. They usually come with 1 or 2 LEDs that put out just enough light to see where they are in your garden, but don't necessarily put out so much light that you can see the surroundings. Given this example, you may not think that a solar light could provide enough light to be considered a secur...
German town of Feldheim is off-grid using wind, sun and biogas (pig manure): Yes, it can be done!
The small (150 people, yes, it is small) village of Feldheim (located 50 miles southwest of Berlin, Germany) is off the grid for their power and energy requirements. In fact, they produce so much energy with their wind farms, solar panels and biogas (via pig/cattle manure and shredded corn) during the colder months of the year) that they are able to sell back their excess energy to the national g...

The perfect gift for Father’s Day.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on May 30, 2010 in Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

Father’s Day is approaching and once again we are starting to think of how we can show our appreciation and love. It is always a task to come up the perfect gift.
This is when many of us run into the problem… What do men like? What would our dads like?
If you think it is a good idea to purchase a pair of socks, tie or fancy liquor, think again!

1. The gift has to be thoughtful, meaning it has to appeal to the taste and personal interests of the men you give it to (Surprise! Lots of us have no idea of what our own fathers would like!).

2. It is nice if it is a long term (lasting) gift. Meaning a gift food basket will be forgotten (and eaten) very quickly.

3. Gifts have to be ready to go out of the box. Don’t give him something that says “assembly required” on the box. This will ruin that special day.

One of the best ideas to give as a gift on the Father’s Day is giving high-tech gadgets. Not all men like tools, but none of them can resist a cool and necessary gadget!

One of the interesting gadgets this year is the Solar Pocket Charger.

Solar Pocket Charger
Solar Pocket Charger. Image by Your Solar Link.

It is a new category of solar products developed to create a more sustainable world.
These stylish, sleek and reliable pocket size solar battery chargers produce enough energy to keep your father’s gadgets going.
In remote locations, on vacation or in an emergency situation, the solar chargers will juice up his electronic devices. When conventional electrical supplies fail or are not available, these solar chargers prove to be reliable and only solution.
He can just keep it on his car dashboard and it will get charged by the sun, no effort is required!

The Solar Pocket Charger is great as a solar phone charger for any type of Mobile Phones, IPhones, PSA, PDA, Mp3 Players, Satellite Navigation, and much more.

Connectors included: Mini USB, Motorolla V66, Nokia 8210, Nokia 6101, Female USB, Samsung D80, Sony K750, Micro USB, LG KG800, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, I-pod, USB Cable, DC Cable.
Includes an accessory bag to keep all your devices in one place and your charger protected.
A Solar Charger is easy to use and ready to go right out of the box.

Read more about Solar Pocket Chargers HERE.
And good luck with your shopping for the Father’s Day!

6 Tips on How to Choose Solar Landscape Lighting.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on in Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: 5 Comments »

You may have recently moved to a new house and decided to add some twinkle to your garden, back yard, lawn or patio. Or maybe it is a place where you have spent all your life and now you’d like to do a few subtle or dramatic changes with outdoor lighting. It could be that you just want to add a bit of creative touch to your apartment balcony where you catch a breath of fresh air after a long day. Your neighbors across the yard have some nice string lights on their balcony and you are starting to think about doing something similar.
Where do you start?

Solar Path Lights
Solar Path Lights. Image by Your Solar Link.

It can be a challenging and at the same time a fun process when looking into creating outdoor lighting for your home, yard or garden. The fun part of the process is that you are in control of creating a unique outdoor environment, inspired by your own imagination. You can create a comforting, welcoming mood with unique and eye-catching outdoor lighting.
However two challenges come to mind – finding a good bargain on the lights themselves, and the cost of hiring a licensed electrician to do the installation.

This is where solar powered outdoor lights step in. Solar lighting has become an increasingly popular alternative to the conventional and costly electric lights that currently illuminate our homes and living spaces.
Solar lights are affordably priced, simple and safe to install yourself (no digging ditches, laying the wire and attaching it to a junction box), and solar lights can be relocated easily, and above all else, you also save on electricity costs.

Solar lights use photovoltaic cells that absorb sunlight during the day and turn it into energy. Rechargeable batteries store the energy, making it available at night when it is needed. LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, which require little power and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, provide the illumination. There is no wiring necessary to connect the lights to each other or to the electric grid.
Until recently, most solar lights emitted only muted light and were not all that reliable. With the latest developments in the solar lighting industry, this has changed and super-bright LEDs have replaced more conventional filament bulbs.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) create light without producing the waste heat of regular bulbs, are very bright, and yet require a minimal amount of electricity to function. The result is a reliable, long-lasting light source that will typically work for the life of the solar light product.
Other progress in solar lighting technology has been made in the development of more efficient, affordably-priced photovoltaic cells, improved circuitry, and more efficient batteries.

When shopping for solar lights, it’s important to match the light to the function you want it to perform. Consider these three primary categories of solar lights for use in the landscape: decorative accent lights, path lights and spotlights.

Decorative Solar Accent Lights.

Solar Butterfly Lights
Solar Butterfly Lights with Amber LEDs. Image by Your Solar Link.

Solar accent lights create an enjoyable and inviting glow for your landscape. They are designed to mark a place. Solar accent lights can be used to mark landscape hazards, such as a step or a rock that could be a hazard in the dark. They also can be used as garden features themselves, such as decorative solar figurines.
This type of solar light is not used to intensely illuminate an object or light up a pathway. But they would be a good choice to softly illuminate shrubbery and low hedges. Due to their low light output, accent lights usually stay lit longer than other types of solar lights. A quality accent solar light can run many nights on just a single day of sunlight charge.



Accent solar lights typically use efficient multi-crystalline solar cells that allow them to charge even on a cloudy day or in partially shaded areas.
Some accent lights utilize amber LEDs to create a softer ambience. Some of them can change colors, blink or flicker to simulate candle light.

Solar Accent Lights

Solar Garden Lights
Color Changing Solar Accent Lights. Image by Your Solar Link.

Amber LEDs use less electricity than the white LEDs, meaning they are going to stay on even longer after a short sun charge.
Compared to the other types of solar lights, accent lights have the lowest light output and are among the most affordably priced.

Solar Butterfly Lights
Solar Butterfly Lights with Amber LEDs. Image by Your Solar Link.

Path Solar Lights.
Path solar lights are good for lighting paths, walkways, driveway perimeters or other regions around your home and in your landscape. They are often used in multiples to guide the way along a set of stairs or a dark walk.

Solar Post Lights
Path solar lights. Image by Your Solar Link.

Path lights usually come with a choice of ground stakes, flange mounts and hanging hooks. This gives the user a wide choice of placing options.
They also have on-off switches, a feature that allows the homeowner to store the electrical charge for a special event and ensure the longest potential run time. Some models may offer options such as high-low power, colored lenses, or timers. Solar path lights are in the mid-range choice in terms of price and light output.

Solar Post Lights
Motion Sensor Path Solar Lights. These Path Lights increase in brightness as people pass by.
Image by Your Solar Link.

Task Solar Lights (Solar Security Lights, Solar Flood Lights and Solar Spotlights).
These solar lights are the brightest group of solar lights and usually carry the highest price tag. They are designed to direct a bright beam of light on plants, statuary or entryways.

Solar Spot Lights
Solar Spot Light. Image by Your Solar Link.

Solar task lights and spotlights are usually designed so they can be mounted in a number of ways and can be adjusted to shine in any direction. Most often, the solar panel can be mounted independently from the light (the two connected by a wire), which allows you to place the panel in a position where it will get the sun, and the light where you need it to shine at night.

Solar Spot Lights
Solar Spot Light. Image by Your Solar Link.

What to consider when choosing solar lights for your exterior lighting needs.

Step 1.
Decide if you need decorative accent, path or task solar lights.

Step 2.
Find out whether the battery needs full sunlight to charge. Some lights charge with partial sun and work great under trees or in areas with low sunlight. This type of solar light can also be charged on a cloudy day.

Step 3.
Consider the operating time. Usually solar lights perform year round and even charge the battery to provide operation during long winter nights. Some solar lights shine for several days before needing to recharge.

Step 4.
Check the type of light bulb the solar light uses. LED lights offer the brightest and most efficient light when it comes to efficiency, size, price and energy usage. Some accent solar lights use amber LED lights to create a softer glow.

Step 5.
Compare extra items like timers or an on-off switch to the cost. Colored lenses change the look of the solar lights without compromising the brightness. Some solar lights mount to your house, hang from trees or can be mounted to your patio rail.

Step 6.
Match the lighting to your landscape theme. Decorative solar lights (figurines) can create an interesting theme for a landscape or lawn, or while positioned next to shrubbery trimmed to your taste. Country style solar lanterns will add that special countryside charm to your garden. Hanging Japanese Soji lanterns on your trees or patio will bring an Asian flare to your outdoors. Modern stainless steel solar accent lights complement contemporary landscapes. An ultra bright stainless steel solar light will be a great choice to light up your flag pole.

The possibilities are unlimited!

Interplanetary Solar Sail Concept Testing in Japan.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on May 19, 2010 in Latest Technology, Solar News, World News - Comments: 2 Comments »

Everyone is familiar with the practical everyday use of renewable solar energy in a form of solar panels on roofs, solar garden lights and various solar gadgets.
Did you know that for many years now scientists around the globe have been working on a concept of implementation Solar Sail technology for space exploration?
The future is here!

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Image from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

If everything goes well, a new Japanese weather probe and its solar sail are scheduled to take off on May 21 2010 for a six-month journey to study Venus.
The launch requires a specific time window each day in order to accomplish a successful course toward Venus.
Watch this event broadcast live HERE.


World’s first interplanetary solar sail spacecraft IKAROS, sail spreading CG image.
Read more about Japanese solar sail concept testing here.

1,100-pound Akatsuki spacecraft, which means “Dawn” in Japanese, won’t take off unaccompanied. Along comes a solar sail named Ikaros (700-pound Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun) as one of five smaller secondary payloads. The four remaining payloads represent small Earth satellites and experiments constructed by private universities and corporations.

Solar sails (also called light sails or photon sails) are a form of spacecraft driving force using the radiation pressure of light from a star or laser to push enormous ultra-thin mirrors to high speeds.
Theoretically solar sail crafts can reach speeds of 20% speed of light, if given enough size and area.
NASA has successfully tested deployment technologies on small scale sails in vacuum chambers.
No solar sails have been successfully used in space as primary propulsion systems before, research in the area is continuing. It is noteworthy that both the Mariner 10 mission, which flew by the planets Mercury and Venus, and the MESSENGER mission to Mercury demonstrated use of solar pressure as a method of attitude control, in order to conserve attitude-control propellant.


Solar Pressure-Powered Sails. NASA “Destination Tomorrow” Segment explaining how solar pressure-powered sails may be used to propel spacecraft deep into space.

6 Major Benefits of Organic Gardening.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on May 17, 2010 in Solar News - Comments: 2 Comments »

In the vocabulary of our modern world, the term “organic gardening” has become widely popular in gardening magazines, books, on the World Wide Web and in everyday conversations.
While growing without chemicals is trendy now, it has been around since ancient times. It was the only way to farm. After all, chemical fertilizers weren’t even a possibility until the 1840’s.
So, what exactly is organic gardening? And how is it beneficial to us?

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Organic Rose Garden in California.

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Organic strawberries grown in Escondido, CA.
Image by Your Solar Link.

In plain words, organic gardens don’t get fertilized with synthetics; only animal or vegetable fertilizers are used.
Natural pest control methods are used, as opposed to industrial insecticides. In other words only natural substances and beneficial insects are used to ward off pests instead of spraying with potentially harmful commercial chemical substances.

organic gardener
Tatiana Starines has been enjoying organic gardening for over 70 years.
And just look at the results!
Image by Your Solar Link.

6 major benefits of organic gardening:

1. The harmful and toxic chemicals that we spray on our produce also seep into the ground, thus affecting insects that are beneficial. These chemicals also find their way into the air, waterways, sewers, lakes and streams. Organic gardeners create a mini “eco-system” that will maintain a healthy balance of soil and contribute to the health of our planet by not putting long-lasting, toxic chemicals into the air, soil and watershed. This makes organic gardening beneficial for everyone.
2. Organic gardeners contribute to preserving diversity. The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing remarkable varieties for decades.
3. It is no-brainer that the natural health of the soil will produce healthy fruits and vegetables for your table. Organically-grown food is more nutritious than food grown using conventional methods. In humans, healthy and balanced nourishment increases strength of the immune system and minimizes the risks of potentially deadly diseases.
4. There is evidence of physical and emotional human benefits with organic gardening. “muscle-power” rather than “machine-power” burns more calories. You definitely will be in great shape and stress-free (horticultural therapy), when you spend quality time in your garden.
5. Organic gardening greatly reduces your exposure to pesticides, which have been linked to many severe health problems.
6. Growing your own healthy produce saves your household money in the long run.

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Another view of Tatiana’s organic garden. Spring 2010.

Organic growing is much more than not using pesticides or insecticides. It is a philosophy that stresses on increasing the natural health of the soil, choosing suitable plants that are appropriate for your area, and working with nature to create a healthy and productive garden.

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Tatiana’s organic garden. Spring 2010. Image by Your Solar Link.

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Tatiana’s organic garden. Spring 2010. Image by Your Solar Link.

It only makes sense to use appropriate and eco-friendly lighting, such as solar lights, in your organic garden. Solar lights are easy to install (no wiring) and they are charged by the energy of sun (free, renewable, eco-friendly energy). Solar lighting is ideal for areas where conventional electrical supply is not available. They are a simple way to accentuate your trees, pathways and flower beds!
With the latest solar technology developments, the solar industry has moved forward substantially. Now we have a cool variety of choices when picking appropriate solar lighting for your organic garden.

Some of them are really bright (solar spot light) and will accentuate the beauty of your trees or large bushes.

solar spot light
Solar Spot Light at night. Image by Your Solar Link.

Others release a soft and pleasantly scattered light that looks great around your pathways and flowerbeds.
A great selection of solar garden lights can be found here. While choosing an appropriate solar lighting solution for your garden, pay attention to the solar product descriptions to make sure you get what best suites your garden needs. See solar gardens image galleries HERE.

Starting and maintaining an organic garden is simple and easy with a little knowledge and patience.
Growing your own organic garden is something you can take great pride and pleasure in.

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Organic gardener.

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Organic garden. Spring. Image by Your Solar Link.

Visit the Organic Consumers Association to learn more.

Where do the Solar Garden Gnomes come from?

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on May 12, 2010 in Solar News - Comments: 1 Comment »

The idea of these small fictional creatures root their origins in European mythology.
In folklore, gnomes are tiny men who live underground or in mushrooms, guarding pots of gold, while also watching over the well-being of our homes. The males have long, full beards and wear tall, pointed red hats. They are generally shy of humans and try to stay out of sight. In modern fantasy literature, gnomes are Santa’s helpers. They are helpful creatures who came from Norway and headed to the North Pole to assist Father Christmas and his Elves in fighting the wicked Goblins.

Solar Garden Gnomes
Solar Garden Gnomes. Image by Your Solar Link.

Gnomes were first introduced as lawn ornaments during the 19th century. After this they became to be known as garden gnomes.
The image of the decorative garden gnome changed during the 1960’s to 1970’s, when the first plastic garden gnomes were manufactured. These gnomes followed the style of the 1937 depiction of the seven dwarves in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Disney. This Disney image of the gnome was based on the illustrated children’s book classic The Secret Book of Gnomes (1976) by the Dutch author Wil Huygen and illustrator Rien Poortvliet, though they claimed that it was written by a Gnome called David.

Solar Garden Gnomes
Solar Garden Gnome with Basket of Daisies. Image by Your Solar Link.

As the solar lights industry evolved, solar garden gnomes were created. What a terrific idea! Now, not only you can have a cute garden ornament (or a lawn ornament), but have a decorative solar feature.

Solar Garden Gnome with Bucket
Solar Garden Gnome with Bucket. Image by Your Solar Link.

Just as gnomes who are the friendly earthy helpers, the solar garden gnome figurines are eco-friendly, using only free energy of the sun to light up our garden pathways, lawns, doorways and flowerbeds. Their cheerful friendly features put a smile on your face every time you walk by.

Solar Garden Gnomes
Solar Garden Gnome Sleeping on Mushroom. Image by Your Solar Link.

See more solar garden gnomes 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


SOLAR PATH 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.

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

SOLAR GARDEN FOUNTAINS.
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!

HOW TO INSTALL A SOLAR PATH LIGHT.

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


DECORATIVE SOLAR ACCENT LIGHTS.

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


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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 http://www.yoursolarlink.com/solar-spot-lights, where we have a great selection of solar spot lights to choose from.

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