November 27, 2009
Time Magazine has named Dow's Powerhouse Solar Shingles as one of the "50 Best Inventions of 2009." The shingle features low cost photovoltaic cells that can be installed without special skills. They will be available in limited quantities next year and in wider distribution by 2011. We hope it lives up to its rep and in honor of the award we name Dow's solar site our SOW this week.
Via Dow Solar
November 20, 2009
The Planetary Society has planned to send the LightSail-1 into space next year. With mylar wings, it is completely controlled by solar sails. The non-profit company claims that it is the first in a 3 part series to prove to the planet that solar sailing for science is a good thing. While the first will be launched in Earth's orbit, LightSail-2 and-3 will be hurled further into space.
Unfortunately, the org lost Cosmos 1, their first sail, but not only did they not admit defeat, they are counting on others to help design and support their next one. That's reason enough for us to name them our SOW this week.
Via Planetary Society
November 13, 2009
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.
November 6, 2009
EarthShare was founded in 1988 and its purpose is to provide ways of connecting with environmental nonprofits. It educates, suggests tips for saving energy and provides links with even more information. One gift helps out more than 400 different charities. For that reason we have selected them as our SOW. Sign up with them to get tips, news and contest information.
Via Earth Share
October 30, 2009
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.
October 23, 2009
Mother Earth News has been around as long as we can remember, as it came out in print over 30 years ago. So it is no surprise that one of the leading green magazines deserves our SOW honor. They have always been concerned with such topics as renewable energy, homesteading, green transportation and sustainable farming, so of course they are a fine source for all things solar. The News is still available in print for now at a reduced rate of $10.00 for 6 months.
Via Mother Earth News
October 16, 2009
Singapore will be housing a new green botanical garden next to their Marina Bay at a size of 54-hectares (about 72 soccer fields.) To be built by the Grant Associates, architects Wilkinson Eyre and engineers Atelier 10, the Marina South Gardens will feature huge solar trees that stand 25 - 50 feet high. They will be used as hot water heaters, solar panels, venting ducts and rainwater harvesting systems. The project should be completed by 2011. Take a peek at more designs via the link to see why they have earned our SOW this week.
Via Grant Associates
October 9, 2009
Even designers can think green, as evidenced by this Louis Vuitton bag upgraded by Mark Farina to use a solar panel that can charge your LV 888 cell phone. Using a Voltaic solar panel kit, the bag features 1.3W solar panels and battery. Voltaic was so pleased with the idea that they put Farina's DIY instructions on their site. We are so pleased we made them our SOW this week. The project will cost you between $100.00 - $200.00, depending on the parts used.
Via Voltaic Systems
October 2, 2009
Our SOW honor this week goes to Google, who took it upon themselves to go greener. At the recent Global Climate and Alternative Energy Summit hosted by Reuter's in San Francisco, Bill Weihl said engineers are working on solar thermal technology that will drop the cost of 18 cents a kW-h to about five. The company has invested about $50 million in the mirror tech so far and is testing to see if it can handle desert conditions before its debut.
September 25, 2009
GreenSun Energy has developed solar panels that only need bright light to recharge as opposed to requiring direct sunshine. The multi-colored plates capture light and diffuse it to solar receptors located on the edges of them. If you live in an area that is not sunny CA, this is indeed a good thing. GSE has been around for about 20 years and develops, produces and sells systems to help save the planet. And for their tireless efforts, we award our SOW to the Jerusalem based company.
Via GreenSun Energy