July 26, 2010

Rheem Provides Solar Water Solutions


Rheem features SolPack active solar water heaters for both residential and commercial needs and can be combined with either a gas or electric system. It goes without saying that the energy efficient devices can save you some funding in the long run as well as a federal tax credit. Rheem promises that the heaters can provide up to 80% of your hot water, depending on where you live. Visit their site if you are thinking of going solar.

(Thanks, Danyell)

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July 19, 2010

LifeVillage Brings Comfort With Solar Power


Envision Solar has created the LifeVillage, a steel framed building run by solar power. Each is 3,500 sq. ft. and can be used for a residence, clinic, schoolhouse or other building and can provide power for surrounding families with solar lanterns, cell phones, etc.

With up to 50kW of generation capacity, a LifeVillage can be installed by unskilled workers in a couple of days. The "solar city" can be used in places like Haiti or Sub-Saharan Africa, where residents continue to live in sometimes deplorable conditions. Contact Envision Solar if you would like more information.

(Thanks, Annie)

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July 12, 2010

DOE To Fund Solar Plants


As part of the Recovery Act, President Obama announced that the DOE is loaning out $2 billion to build solar energy plants. Abengoa Solar will be building one that, when completed in 2013, will power up 70,000 homes. The Concentrated Solar Plant (CSP) will also store part of the energy, a first for the US.

Abound Solar Manufacturing will get $400 million to build plants in Colorado and Indiana. Aside from the obvious clean energy benefit, the plants will create about 1,500 permanent jobs and 2,000 for construction.

Via White House

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July 9, 2010

Sun Dog Solar Mobile Relief for Haiti


There has been so much bad news of late that it is nice to hear something good is headed to Haiti. Sun Dog Solar, located in Chatham, NY, has built a mobile relief station built out of an old shipping container. The 20 ft. box is wired to solar panels to bring free energy for cooking and boiling water to a village named Merger, right outside Port au prince.

The company will also be donating wheelchairs, shoes, clothing, tents, dry food and other necessities. They would also like to build solar ovens and panels for the country that could still use an assist. Contact Sun Dog Solar if you would like to help the cause.


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July 7, 2010

Hiking Solar Gnome Leads the Way


What could be better than adding a Garden Gnome to your yard? How about one that also sports a solar mushroom lamp for weary travelers, stray pets or nosy neighbors. Standing 10" tall, the figure is made of painted resin. He will catch rays during the day and emit a soft yellow light at night.

Via Solar Gnomes

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July 5, 2010

Eltek Valere Releases Solar Inverters


Eltek Valere, a company already involved in solar products, recently debuted their Theia HE-T line of isolated inverters. Available for both commercial and residential applications, they will work with crystalline and thin-film panels and maximize power. EV promisies 97% efficiency, so contact them for more information and price. Shown here is their Theia TX, a 3-phase central inverter with transformer.

(Thanks, David)

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July 2, 2010

Solar Swimming Pool Rings


These 5' Sun Rings float atop your swimming pool's surface and each one generates up to 21,000 BTUs during the day while reducing evaporation at night. Because each ring attaches by magnets, they can easily disconnect for various shaped pools.

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