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 cleanest of renewable technologies (to date): Hydropower and the Dilemma of Lake Mead.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on October 31, 2014 in Solar News, World News - Comments: No Comments »

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 Lake Mead and its corresponding Hoover Dam, falling water. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the US by volume and serves as a source of water and electricity generated by the dam supplies private and public utilities in Arizona, Nevada and California. Furthermore, Hoover Dam is a major tourist attraction that brings in nearly 1 million visitors per year. However, with the current drought that is impacting the Southwest, this feature is rapidly depleting, thus will affect all the above industries and the recipients of water and electricity downstream.

Hoover Dam.

Hoover Dam just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Image courtesy of www.qtlv.com.

With the dam producing an average of 2,000 megawatts of power, a halt in the water going through the dam’s turbines will have significant consequences. No water, no electricity. To put this into perspective, the Agua Caliente facility in Arizona (the largest solar array system in the world with more than 5 million solar panels) produces about 290 megawatts of power. So, it would take almost 7 Agua Caliente’s to meet the output of 1 Hoover Dam. It can be done, however, the dam provides more than just electricity. The tourism and most importantly, the water is of the highest priority to inhabitants in the region. What can be done to curb this crisis? Appropriate technology, passive design of homes and offices, energy efficient appliances and a revolution in the way we live our lives are all measures that we can take as a society to ease the demand of electricity and keep progressing into a positive future. Certainly, properly designed cities that take into account the size of the population and productivity are a must and can be done by our city planners. It just takes the will to do it and the courage to make it happen.

Agua Caliente solar array facility.

Agua Caliente solar array facility in Arizona. Image courtesy of www.scientificamerican.com.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Stainless steel solar wall light.

Stainless steel solar wall light from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Solar lights aren’t just for gardens and patios, they are also used for street lighting!

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on October 30, 2014 in Community Action, Creative Solar, Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

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 charge. Well, there are solar lights out there that are powerful enough to compete (and surpass) with the scale up to traditional street lights. SolTek Renewables is a company that supplies these powerhouses to customers around the globe.

Supera 60 solar street light.

Supera 60 solar street light at night along rural road, case study. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

With each light containing all of its own components to be stand-alone units, they are a practical and economic solution that are finding their way onto city streets and parking lots, eventually saving users (taxpayers) millions in electricity usage fees by going off-grid entirely. These solar lights are so efficient that they maintain system autonomy for anywhere between 3-6 days (typically longer). This means that if they charge under one day’s requirement (between 2-4 hours) of sunlight, then they will continue to illuminate as specified for 6 nights under total cloud cover. In regions such as the Southwest, a week with no sun is a rare occurrence. Additionally, the solar panels are efficient enough to gather some charge even under cloud cover. So, there is no stopping these street lights from operating as a serious contender to grid-tied lights. Users are guaranteed that the lights use renewable energy (local utilities can’t guarantee that 100% of their electricity comes from renewable resources) and that each light has a zero-carbon footprint.

Lumina series solar street lights.

Lumina solar street lights at a mobile home park in Santee, California. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

The wave of the future is keeping things local. And solar street lights do just that. Just another way to make things work for the better and progress into a positive future.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Solar path lights.

Solar path lights from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Installing your home solar panel system as an off-grid system.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on October 29, 2014 in Creative Solar, Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

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 during the day that is ultimately feeding the local utility company with free energy, many times is the case that a home may produce more energy than what the home is using over a given year. When this occurs, the local utility company will issue a “refund” back to the home owner based on the utility company’s calculation of what the homeowner “deserves” as a reward for producing excess energy (that the utility company ultimately sold to another customer who doesn’t have a solar system on their roof/property). Free energy, right? Right!

UltraBattery schematic from Ecoult.

Ecoult's UltraBattery schematic demonstrating the next wave of battery. Image courtesy of www.ecoult.com.

So why not, as a homeowner that produces more than they use, just take their home off the grid and store their excess energy in rechargeable battery systems that are designed to do so? Well, they can and sometimes do. But utility companies are quick to divert this possibility with rhetoric that is unfounded and impractical. With the continuing and fast-developing storage capacities of rechargeable batteries, the reality of taking homes off the electricity grid (sewer and water is still on the municipality’s bill, so we are not completely “off-grid” just yet). Companies such as Ecoult (Australia) are developing very real options of what they call the “UltraBattery”; a battery that couples lead-acid batteries with ultra capacitors. The result is a long-lasting (up to 10 times longer than typical lead-acid) battery that is made of relatively benign materials that can be recycled at the end of their life. For instance, solar street lights from SolTek Renewables use lead-acid rechargeable batteries in their system with a life-span of 5 to 7 years before the battery needs replacement. With an UltraBattery, that replacement may not occur for up to 50 years! Now, take that battery capacity and put it into your home system. That means that if you were to bank your energy generated by your solar panels, you wouldn’t need to replace the batteries for potentially 50 years down the road! Now, who’s in control of your energy? That’s right…. it’s you!

Solar street lights from SolTek Renewables.

Solar street lights from SolTek Renewables. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Solar string lights.

Solar string lights on patio foliage. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Look no further, solar security lights are here to take you off the grid.

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on October 28, 2014 in Creative Solar, Solar Gardening, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

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 security light. Well, look no further. Your Solar Link offers solar security lights that are at and above the performance of grid-tied security lights for your home and office.

36 LED solar security light from Your Solar Link.

36 LED solar security light from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Going solar doesn’t have to mean that you compromise performance. The incorporation of LED technology and high-performance rechargeable batteries are the primary components that make solar powered lights a viable, practical, versatile and economical option that you can install without the services of an electrician and that eliminate expenses incurred by your local utility company. Low-voltage security lighting is safe for you to install yourself, safe for use around children and pets, and good for the environment. You know the energy you use is renewable and is never affected by power outages or fee hikes from the utility company.

32 LED solar security light with lead-acid battery from Your Solar Link.

32 LED solar security light with lead-acid rechargeable battery from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Stay safe this winter with the renewable energy option of solar security lights from Your Solar Link. If you have any questions or need assistance with which light is a best-fit option for your home or office, contact Your Solar Link today! They will gladly assist you and get you up and running with a security light solution that is sure to keep your home and office lit with automatic illumination and sustainable lights.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Solar accent light from Your Solar Link.

Solar accent light from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

German town of Feldheim is off-grid using wind, sun and biogas (pig manure): Yes, it can be done!

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on October 26, 2014 in Community Action, Creative Solar, Solar News, World News - Comments: No Comments »

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 gird. A simple solution to an unnecessarily complex problem, and it is starting with small towns and villages around the globe.

Feldheim solar panels and wind farms.

Solar array systems and wind farms in Feldheim, Germany. Image courtesy of www.midori1kwh.de.

A great advantage to having smaller towns and villages generate their electricity is the elimination of high-voltage transmission lines throughout the countryside. If a town proves itself sustainable, then there is no reason to “wire in” the electricity demands of said town. True sustainability and appropriate technology will be the wave of the future for those who progress toward a positive and environmentally-friendly future. Efficiency and passive design will also help to usher in the wave of the future of energy independence and a pleasant environment for all creatures great and small.

Welcome sign for Feldheim, Germany.

Welcome sign for the sustainable village of Feldheim, Germany. Image courtesy of www.resilience.org.

Just another way to make it happen, Feldheim is pioneering the way for the rest of us in this age of technology and high energy demand.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Garden solar lights.

Garden solar lights from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.


 
 


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SOLAR PATH LIGHTS.
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SOLAR GARDEN FOUNTAINS.
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DECORATIVE SOLAR ACCENT LIGHTS.

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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.
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