September 27, 2010
Elite Preserve Community Offers Solar Option Homes
SunRun, a major player in the home solar market, and builders Toll Brothers, recently cut the ribbon on their new Preserve community, located in Vista Del Verde, Yorba Linda, CA. While we are not all that crazy about the name if someone who is retired wants to move there, we are jazzed that one of the options is to sign up for solar power for $0.00, as opposed to investing up to $30,000 for a system.
The service will run about $42.00 a month, which should lower power bills by $50 - $100 per month, depending on how much is used. It is no surprise that of those who have already purchased a home, 90% have opted for the solar deal. The panels have been integrated into roof tiles on the residences.
There are several models to choose from in the upscale community that has access to the Black Gold Golf Club, two parks, and walking and equestrian trails. Housing is priced at around $600,000 for 2,160 - 2,450 sq. ft. for up to 4 bedrooms that also features energy-saving devices like tankless water heaters with on demand hot water, dual pane low E Max Glass and Energy Star Appliances.
Via Vista Del Verde
September 20, 2010
Kikkerland Dynamo Solar Radio
Who knew that the same company that produced strange, wind-up toys would also have the ingenuity to produce strange, waving royalty? At a of size 6" tall , the Kikkerland Solar Queen will wave from either a window sill, garden or your car windshield. With the solar cell located on her purse, she will arrive in one of three pastel colored dresses.
September 13, 2010
MIT Self-Repairing Photovoltaic Tech
A team at MIT has created molecules that can be repeatedly broken down and reassembled, just as plants do in nature. The solar process is not like the static PV cells on a panel. Instead, the repair allows constant energy to occur without any damage. This takes place in synthetic chloroplasts, the parts in cells that consume carbon dioxide and utilize light to produce glucose. The project, headed by Michael Strano, may eventually be able to increase productivity up to 50%.
Via Eureka Alert
September 6, 2010
NASA to Probe Sun
When you think about the sun, what else comes to mind but humming "hot hot hot" in a Cure-ish kind of way? Well, if you happen to be NASA you think of it as a star that needs to be studied. To this end, they plan to launch a Solar Probe Plus (as shown in this artist's rendering) sometime before 2018, equipped with a solar wind particle detector, 3D cam and a device to measure its magnetic field.
Won't it burn up before it gets there, you ask? Of course, it will we answer, since the sun sends out temperatures exceeding 2,550º F. But, before its demise, the $180 million SPP will send back data that NASA scientist Lika Guhathakurta says, "for the very first time, we'll be able to touch, taste and smell our Sun."