December 4, 2009

Malibu Four Light Kit

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No wimpy lighting for you, eh? Then the Malibu Metal Bollard Four Light Kit is a good choice for your outer walkway or back yard. Each lamp comes with 2 LED lights and 3 NiMH AA batteries. The remote panel charges by day to create up to 10 hours of light by night. The kit includes all fixtures and 20 ft. power leads.

Via Malibu Metal Bollard Four Light Kit

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December 2, 2009

Solar Ball Sits Itself Almost Anywhere

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Idea Label's Solar Ball LED light has the unique distinction of being placed on a tripod, making it easy to place where most of the sunlight exists. With 2 - 5 hours of charge, an internal sensor triggers the light to go on at dusk for up to 8 hours. The 145 × 300 × 145mm lamp is waterproof and comes in green, clear, pink or orange at a price of £17.50 (~$29.00.)

Via Design Museum

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November 21, 2009

Our First Official Holiday Gift Guide

We may be one of the newest green sites on the Interweb, but we are getting there, thanks to all of you who read us. For you and those surfing by, we present our first annual Holiday Gift Guide. Included are kits, panels, chargers, and stuff that just looks cool. And if you are on a budget, we will help you turn others green for little funding.

Practical Solar Stuff

sfource.jpgSuppose you spend a bit less on toys this year and a bit more on your home, helping to save the planet at the same time. Sunforce's 60-Watt Solar Charging Kit has everything needed (sans battery) to generate power. The kit has four 15W amorphous solar panels with mounting frames, a 200 modified sine wave power inverter, a 7 amp solar charge controller, and a wiring kit with accessories. Sunforce also has a 400W Deluxe Kit that, although is steeper in price, can be used as an off-grid power supply or for backup power.

phonecharger.jpgThe Portable Hybrid Solar Charger can be used with an iPhone, BlackBerry or other smartphones. On cloudy days it can charge via USB. The 2 in 1 Folding Panel comes with a 6 volt, 200 mA folding solar panel, AA and AAA battery charger and multi-plug connectors. It can charge cell phones, portable game systems or PMPs. Don't forget the solar batteries.

Kits for Kids

6kit.jpgThe Thames & Kosmos Physics Solar Workshop was developed with Germany's Greenpeace, includes 320 parts for building different types of vehicles and is recommended for ages 8 - 12. RobotiKits'
6 In 1 Educational Solar Kit
has one solar module and a gear box with snap together pieces for building several different solar models and is recommended for those over 10.

racecar.jpgElenco's OWI Super Solar Racing Car Jr. is part of their science series that also includes a Frightened Grasshopper and the Happy Hopping Frog.

The deluxe Tree of Knowledge Solar Power Science Kit offers about 150 experiments by building a solar generator, motor, water heater and more.

Under $50.00

soladynelantern.jpgThe Wagan Lantern is great for camping, mountaineering or emergencies. Charge in 30 - 35 hours by the sun or 15-20 hours with a 12 volt DC attachment in your cigarette lighter. Its handle, cell and lantern all rotate to get maximum exposure. SolaDyne's Table Top LED Lantern can also be hand cranked and has a foldaway hook for hanging.

solarflag.jpgIf you know someone who put up a flag after 9/11 and never took it down, then he/she would love Annin's Flag Pole Solar Light that is easy to install and comes with batteries. With the Moonrays 2-Sided Address Light, everyone will be able to find your home during the holidays. It comes with a stake or can be wall mounted. Giving up to 10 hours of light, numbers and directional letters are included in the package.

solarfairy.jpgEven if the Fairy is asleep, the solar globe shines with a calming green light for at least 4 hours. Who couldn't love Echo Valley's 10.5" tall Lawn Gnome with rainproof solar panels that, after charging, provides light for 4 to 6 hours.

Do it Best Imports' Tier Light 6 Pack with 2 NiCad rechargeable batteries has a clear globes, white LEDs and black finishes. Each automatically recharges during the day and turns on at dusk.

Under $20.00.

solardummies.jpgKnow someone who wants to go solar but hasn't a clue? Get them "Solar Power Your Home for Dummies" . It has information on choosing and installing a system, various projects, tax rebates and incentives and how to avoid problems while doing any of the above.

solarnet.jpgShow up your neighbors by adorning your house with a string of 50 Christmas White Lights that are 23 ft. in length and turn on automatically. Decorate with a 50 bulb Net that stretches to 45 x 36".

hummingwindchime.jpgInstead of regular wind chimes, surprise someone with Hummingbirds that light up the night. The 22 x 6 x 6" chimes are made of polyresin and include mounting bracket. Tomy's Cardinal Breezy Singer is powered by its hut

Under $10.00

The Poof Slinky Solar Energy Lab features a collector, heater, focusing lens and thermometer and offers over 25 experiments.

Solar Beads change color more than 5,000 times and can be used over and over. They come with project and experiment booklet. The Solar World Electricity Kit comes with cell array, motor, wind propeller, optical illusions and instruction manual is a fine start to anyone who wants to understand how solar power works.

greenflashlight.jpgThe Frost 50 LED Lamp Set can be used indoors or outdoors illuminates up to 8 hours from a full day's charge. Sylvania's LED Flashlight can be clipped on a car's visor or belt for those unexpected power outages as can the 'Green' Flashlight with 5 super-bright LEDs and built-in compass.

Give Yourself

Although solar gifts are great, there are other gifts that we included that are related. These fall under the donation heading, because part of saving the planet is saving those on it.

leperitzebra.jpgThe African Wildlife Foundation is trying to save elephants, mountain gorillas and other endangered species. Twenty five dollars will adopt an animal in need while a donation of $75.00 can save an entire animal family. The same is true of the National Wildlife Federation as they are dedicated to saving endangered species and their habitats. You can even become a certified Wildlife Garden by providing food and water, and places for cover and raising their young in your own back yard. A
$20.00 application fee will get you a personalized certificate that recognizes your NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat as well as other benefits.

Sierra_club_logo.JPGThe Sierra Club has been around since the 60's. During that time it has striven to protect the environment and preserve wilderness through various campaigns. A gift to them would be a gift for your children. The National Parks Conservation Association protects parks and the wildlife that lives in them, as well as promoting new ones.

globalvillage.jpgIf you want to help out your local community, think about donating to a neighborhood animal shelter or go out during the holidays and volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter. Food is always welcome at co-ops, especially if you grew it yourself and have excess, and Habitat for Humanity can always use your time and would love to welcome you on a Global Village trip, where you can help an entire community. The best gift this season is really yourself.

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November 16, 2009

OTELP Trains Indian Solar Engineers

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Because many remote areas in India must rely on firewood, kerosene or diesel fuel, the Orissa Tribal Empowerment & Livelihoods Programme has been training women and youths to teach others how to construct and utilize solar cells and lanterns. Funded by the UK's Department for International Development, four of the "barefoot engineers" in Orissa have been contracted to build 3,000 solar lanterns and train others in the area to help.

Via Guardian

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November 6, 2009

Stay Safe With Security Sensor

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Not only is the Security Sensor an LED light, it also has a built-in motion sensor. Use it in the front of your home for extra lighting during dark nights or in the back yard to thwart those burglars. It can also be easily installed inside and mounted on a house, pole or roof. The kit comes with detachable solar panel, 16 ft. cord and a 3.6V 800 maH Ni-MH battery good for up to 3 years.

Via Security Sensor


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November 4, 2009

Track Talk for Emergencies

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The solar Track Talk, designed by Brazilian Renata Veiga, uses a UHF frequency for communicating an emergency and also has a digital compass and LED flashlight. Clip it to your belt or backpack and a full charge will give you 16 talk time or 8 hrs. of light. Its polycarbonate shell is covered with TPE to keep it shock and waterproof.

Via Renata Veiga

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November 2, 2009

Kiran - Solar Light For Only $10.00

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d.light Design came up with a solar lantern that will only cost about $10.00. Designed for those in developing countries without access to power, the company used hundreds of hours testing the Kiran in rural India. The lamp can be carried, hung or left on any surface and has 9 different settings. After a day's solar charging (or 4 hours of AC,) it will provide up to 6 hours of bright light from its LEDs.

Via d.light design

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October 30, 2009

Hello Kitty Solar Planter

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It certainly didn't take long for Hello Kitty to go green. With almost every electronic you can think of in the feline design, they now have a Solar Kitty that will not only light up a space, it comes with a planter as well. You can now pre-order the 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 × 15 3/4" cutesy combo.

Via Solar Hello Kitty


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Site O' the Week: Sanyo Provides Light for Quake Victims

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Sanyo has donated 1,000 solar rechargeable eneloop powered lanterns to earthquake victims in Sumatra. The lights will be given to the Indonesia Red Cross and distributed to those without power. What else can we say except kudos to the company and name it our SOW this week.

Via Sanyo

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October 29, 2009

Sun Supplies Power for Traffic Light

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A group of designers from Taiwan have created this solar-powered traffic light. Red, yellow and green LEDs shine in one space instead of the traditional three. Cheng-Tsung Feng, Yao-Chieh Lin and Bo-Jin Wang won a Lite-On Silver Award for their prototype that will hopefully become the real thing in years to come.

Via Yanko

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