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 19, 2009

Mars Builds Solar Garden


Mars Chocolate is now the proud owner of a 2MW solar garden at its headquarters in New Jersey. More than 28,000 panels on the ground across 18 acres will provide up to 20% of the company's power. Built and owned by PSEG Solar Source, a local subsidiary of utility PSEG, the garden is located on Mars' property.

Via Mars

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November 18, 2009

GreenTow Trailer Creates Mobile Power


Need power on the fly? GreenTow Trailers provide mobile power where it's needed most. Take it to a remote mountain cabin, on an excavation or use when power has been lost during an emergency. The solar panels can be adjusted with a switch and can turn to get the most sunshine per buck. Onboard batteries store the energy for those cloudy days. Included is a Kubota generator and current conversion inverter. Contact GreenTow for more details.

Via Green Tow

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November 13, 2009

Site O' The Week: Power Up Through the Sahara Desert


Twelve companies have teamed to create DESERTEC, an ambitious consortium that will hopefully provide 15% of electricity to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa by 2050. Power lines running through the Sahara Desert should deliver the first of the solar power by 2015. The project wants help to make the dream become a reality and to this end, we proclaim it our SOW and encourage you to join the team any way you can.


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November 12, 2009

FLABEG Opens Solar Plant in PA


FLABEG, makers of glass and mirrors, recently opened its new plant located near Pittsburgh International Airport. They will be constructing parabolic mirrors that will become available beginning next year. The plan is to produce 120 mirrors per hour. That equals out to 600,000 of them per year. Future plans include building solar dishes.


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October 28, 2009

Dell Constructs Solar Grove


Computer company Dell now has a solar shaded parking structure. Dubbed Solar Grove, Envision Solar and McBride Electric built a system that produces 130KW of power from 516 photovoltaic panels. The space is roomy enough for 50 cars and also houses 2 solar charging stations for vehicles. Dell hit its carbon neutral status last year in an effort to become "the greenest technology company on the planet."

Via energy matters

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October 26, 2009

Bangladesh Gets Converted Irrigation Pumps


A new solar powered irrigation pump has been built in the Kaishar Char village in Savar, Bangladesh. Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited converted a 10HP diesel pump and says that it will save up to 760MW of electricity and 800 million liters of diesel in a year. While the company admits building it was not inexpensive, they also claim it will last for the next 20 years. They plan on installing more throughout the country and have already sold 10 to government and nongovernmental organizations.

Via energy bangla

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October 22, 2009

Ugandan Schools to Receive Solar Systems


The Kyocera Corporation has volunteered to install 600W solar systems in 15 Uganda schools. The project should take about 5 years, converting 3 buildings a year. Each system's equipment can be used in educational activities, including lighting and TV watching. Statistics claim that only 20% of urban and 4% of rural areas have electricity in the country.

Via Kyocera

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October 20, 2009

NESS Affordable Hot Water Systems


It's great to go solar, even better if you can do it at a low price. In New England, that's where NESS (New England Sustainability Strategy) comes in. They offer Solar Hot Water Systems that would normally cost over $7,000.00 for less than $3,000.00. After installation, the savings will add up to $300.00 - $700.00 per year. On their second go round with the program, they have already gotten 160 residents to sign up. If you would like to be a part of it, apply here.


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October 16, 2009

Sunforce Solar Charging Kit


If you read us regularly, then we know that you want to do your bit to save the planet, like we do. So why not start by erecting your first solar system? This kit from Sunforce provides up to 60W of power for your home, RV, boat or remote area. The 4 weatherproof panels can withstand wind, rain and hail moving up to 50 mph. Also included in the kit is a 54 x 12 x 42.2" frame, a 200W inverter, a wiring kit, a 7A controller and a built-in LED charging indicator.

Via Sunforce Solar Kit

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