Articles in Solar Power

10 States Blocking the Power of the Sun
Some of the sunniest states in the country are actively blocking rooftop-solar development through overtly lacking and destructive policy landscapes, according to a Center for Biological Diversity report released last week. 10 states that are blocking distributed solar potential through overtly...
3D Solar Design Is 20 Times More Powerful Than Traditional Panels
Innovative 3-D designs from an MIT team can more than double the solar power generated from a given area.  These new 3D solar panels are designed to capture the suns rays as it moves lower on the horizon. Developed by MIT researchers, this new solar design provides four to twenty times the powe...
Aboriginal-owned energy company one-upping Tesla
AllGrid's portable power system. Image: AllGrid Energy  The renewable energy storage game is about to be disrupted, with Australian Aboriginal-owned company AllGrid Energy announcing the launch of WattGrid, a new 10kWh solar energy storage system it says is around 30 per cent cheaper than the ...
According to Swedish Scientists, 'This is the world's most efficient solar electricity system'
We heard a new world record was broken based on efficiency. Swedish scientists have been working on improving the harvesting of solar energy in a more efficient manner. They broke the record and the numbers went from an average of 20 percent on solar panels to 34 percent with this technology. A Swe...
Brockton mailing company installs 2,067-panel solar array on roof
In order to reduce his companies electricity usage and stay competitive, the owner installed over 2000 solar panels in the roof of his Business. Embracing new technology to remain viable is exciting for him it produces 600 thousand kilowatts. A Brockton business owner climbed a ladder last Tues...
Build your own solar concentrator at home with GoSol’s free DIY guide
The good people of GoSol have spent years trying to eradicate energy poverty by bringing solar energy to the masses. To that end, they have just released a free solar concentrator (Sol1) construction guide that aims to teach communities how to harness solar energy using low-cost DIY technology. Whic...
Building A 220 Degree DIY Solar Air Heater For Your Home
This simple design can be used to capture a tremendous amount of heat from the sun outside, and draw it into your home.  Once it's built, if you use a solar fan to channel the air into the home, it will run for virtually zero cost.  It's a nicely designed concept.  Watch as the builde...
Building Your Own Outdoor Solar Heated Shower
During the hot months of summer, an outdoor shower is all you need to refresh your day. Even though this might seem like a luxury, a fad which not that many people should resort to, the DIY solar outdoor shower is a completely different (and better!) story. Apart for offering the most-wanted splash...
Chiayi City In Taiwan Launches Solar Power System Program In Schools and Offices.
In an effort to reduce the carbon emissions and develop renewable energy, the city of Chiayi in Taiwan has officialy launched a program this past Thursday to set up solar power systems at 27 of their schools and offices in the city.  Under the program, solar power systems have already been est...
Clear Solar Battery Both Generates Power, and Stores It
© Kogakuin University Renewable energy and batteries go hand and hand. Renewable energy sources need batteries to store the energy generated so that it can be used continuously instead of just only when the sun is shining or wind is blowing. On the flip side, batteries in our devices have to ...
Complete Beginner Video Tutorial Series on setting up your own DIY Off Grid Solar Power from Start to finish
Fortunately for us off gridders, homesteaders or preppers, if the grid should ever go down we can generate our own electricity. In This 6 part Video series we answer every question you would have in creating your own DIY off grid / grid down solar back up system. In this first part we look at assess...
Cost of Electric Going From $1500 to $0: Transition From Propane to Solar
Solar electric system has been implemented and is nearing completion. Solar Direct installed an ‪#‎offgrid ‬‪#‎solar‬ power system for the only house on Crescent Island near Captiva Florida. The cost to run the home varies from $500 to $1500 in propane gas per week. The Solar sy...
Disney's New Solar Farm Is A Not-So-Hidden Mickey
There is a Mickey-shaped solar farm near Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. Back in February of this year, Disney unveiled their 48,000 panel solar energy field near Epcot, which is organised in the shape of the entertainment company's most iconic character: Mickey Mouse. The facility, built in ...
DIY Solar Power Off-Grid Swimmingpool Heater
This cold summer has led me in the direction of heating the pool for free. I buy one thing every payday to improve this thing so that soon I can call it a solar pool furnace.   The harbor freight solar panels have 45 watts each. I have just connected three solar panels to get the...
Elegant solar-powered Shine light delivers 30+ hours of portable LED illumination with just one charge
by Laura Mordas-Schenkein A new Kickstarter project is about to make sustainable, renewable electricity available to more people than ever before. The latest and greatest invention from Voltaic Systems, called Shine is a personal solar panel, light, and USB charger that produces over 30 hours of ...
Endless Energy 24-7
When it comes to generating renewable energy, Tim Hebrink is inexhaustible. Tim lived completely “off the grid” for 12 years, and for six months out of each of those years he produced way more renewable energy than he could use. So the 3M scientist recently connected back to the grid to ...
EV owners in San Francisco can now recharge their cars off the grid with solar energy
As of April 17th, electric vehicle owners in San Francisco can revitalize their car's battery at any of three off-the-grid charging stations powered entirely by solar energy...for free.  The Level 2 charging stations are the work of a company called Envision Solar; San Francisco's Departm...
Germany: 90% Renewable Power
Last Week, on Sunday, for a brief, shining moment, renewable power output in Germany reached 90 percent of the country’s total electricity demand. That’s a big deal. On May 8th, at 11 a.m. local time, the total output of German solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass reached 55 gigawatts (G...
Great Opportunity !!! 115,000 watts, 50 cents a watt !!!
Here at Off-GridQuest.com we value your support, for that reason are always in search of great opportunities and content for you, our readers:   Like this one we found for those who can afford it: Seller Curt has 115,000 watts worth of Solar panels for sale.   Price: U...
Heartwarming video of homeless people being treated to free haircuts by top stylists
In the Spirit of the Holidays Mandie Barnes and other hair stylists decided to provide their services to the homeless for free. They know that a haircut is a powerful thing. It inspires confidence in men and women alike. Over a Week ago they volunteered their time and talents at the Ogden ...
How Africa's fastest solar power project is lighting up Rwanda
Rwanda, perhaps best known as a once war-torn nation in the middle of Africa, has garnered the attention of clean energy advocates around the globe for constructing the fastest solar power project on the continent. The solar farm, situated in the famous green hills 37 miles east of the capital,...
How solar energy is sparking new business in Egypt
Egypt hopes renewable power will cut its reliance on fossil fuel imports and solve some of its energy and economic problems. The entrepreneurial co-founders of a solar startup company want to help. Egypt, which currently gets 90% of its energy from fossil fuels, is trying to take advantage of its pl...
How To Build Your Own Low-Cost Solar Panels
Why build your own low-cost solar panels? Because there’s nothing like generating your own “free” energy off the grid, beyond the control of both profit-hungry energy companies and power-hungry politicians. But even if you’re tied to the grid, when the power goes out it&rsqu...
How to Size Your Solar System
Understanding exactly how much power is stored in your batteries and how much of that you can use on a daily basis. This video also covers how power gets from your solar panels, to your batteries and finally to your appliances. You will learn how to size your solar system according to how much power...
Introducing Mistbox: The Solar Powered Misting Unit That Cuts Your AC Costs By 30%!
By adapting a proven technology used in commercial AC units to home central air conditioners, Mistbox increases the efficiency of the units, saving up to 30% on AC costs. As we get closer to summer, keeping the inside of our homes cool begins to be one of our priorities, but running an AC unit to d...
Inventor Aidan Dwyer now 15, cracked The Secret of Trees to Revolutionize Solar Energy
Young Inventor Cracks The Secret Of Trees To Revolutionize Solar Energy At 13 a boy named Aidan Dwyer had an idea that can vastly improve solar energy technology. His idea is so revolutionary that it might make flat panel solar designs extinct. Aidan discovered a spiral mathematical ...
James Cameron Knows How To Make A Woman Happy: With 'Flowers'
“My incredible husband really knows how to give a girl a bouquet of flowers,” Suzy Amis-Cameron said of James Cameron, who designed Solar Sun Flowers for her as a gift when she was seeking a way to bring renewable energy to MUSE School CA, which she co-founded with a missi...
Japan can now beam solar energy from space
If you think the idea of powering the whole world with solar power is still many years away, prepare to be amazed. The inspired minds at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has succeeded in transmitting solar energy right through the air. Using wireless power transmission may be the best way ...
John Remington's Solar Powered Chain Saw And Other Inventions
Engineer John Remington is an inventor who has taken his abilities and implemented them into solar powered vehicles around the house.  His tractor, golf cart, and even his MG are powered by the sun.  When you have solar vehicles laying around, and the power to the home goes out, you h...
Kyocera starts construction on the ‘World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm’
The Japanese electronics multinational Kyocera has begun work on what it says will be the world’s biggest floating solar farm. The power plant is being built on a reservoir in Japan’s Chiba prefecture and is anticipated to supply enough electricity for nearly 5,000 households when it is ...
Less Fuel And Off-Grid Longer: Installing Solar On The RV
Ever dreamed of freeing yourself from noisy campgrounds, hookups and the ever-present hum of someone’s AC generator, all while your RV still has power? To camp wherever you want, for extended periods, without sacrificing anything, and do so without enlarging your carbon footprint? Well, you ca...
Low-cost hybrid solar panel captures four times the energy of conventional panels
Shawn Buckley, founder of Focused Sun and inventor of the Four-Fold solar module is a former professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, specializing in solar energy. He's written a best selling solar energy book, Sunup to Sundown (McGraw-Hill). He was a founder of Chevron's sola...
Make your meter run backwards legally!!! (Video)
Really, the easiest way to make your meter spin backwards is to over-produce electricity. Before you want to over-produce however, you'll want to maximize the efficiency of your home or installation location.  Most homes are highly inefficient.  I notice this most in Oklahoma, where most h...
Making DIY Solar Panels for your Off Grid home
"I’ve lived on a boat for nearly eight years now, a wide beam canal boat on the Leeds to Liverpool canal. My power supply is a 5kw diesel generator, which is noisy, thirsty, and prone to going wrong on rainy, cold evenings. What is the appeal of applying solar power technology on a boat? Compared ...
Mini Solar Powered Cooler Takes the Edge Off in 100 Degree Summer!
The MiniCooler 1000 low voltage direct current evaporating cooler with 60 Watt solar power supply is an excellent choice for your summer cooling needs for a low price, $579.00. Designed to cool a room as a wall or window mounted cooler, the MiniCooler 1000 runs on solar during daylight hours, ...
Moroccan Solar Plant To Bring Energy To A Million People
Under Morocco's white-capped Atlas mountains, dominating the northern skyline, and on scorched red-earth, rugged flatlands, sits 35 soccer fields of solar thermal parabolic mirrors. If King Mohammed VI gets his wish in bringing Morocco to the forefront of global conversations on energy, he will have...
New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology
By Colin Payne A revolutionary new clean energy technology is getting set to change the way we think about wind power. The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, created by Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy Inc. turnsthe traditional wind turbine design on its head by putting turbines at the base of a tubular t...
New Way To Power A Home: Wind & Solar Makes Hydrogen (video)
Hydrogen House Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of clean and renewable solutions to help meet the world's increasing energy demand.  Inventor Mike Strizki founded the organization to educate the public while conducting research on hydrogen and ot...
Nigeria is betting on solar power to reach a million homes without access to the grid
In the last few years, the rise of Nigeria’s economy to become the largest in Africa has often been heralded for overcoming numerous systemic obstacles but there remains one obstacle which many believe holds the country back: a chronic shortage of power supply.  With about 90 million Nig...
Off Grid Living: Solar Myths Debunked
Solar power is a beautiful renewable resource, and so are hydro and wind power! So many Americans really want to become more independent, more self sustainable but instead believe the myths that they cant do it! Really? Don't believe the naysayers! Renewable energy sources have come down in pri...
Off Grid Solar Living: Lessons in Energy Efficiency
This story is meant to provide information about off grid living, meant to teach you or inspire you. I get a lot of people that ask me ‘What’s it like to live off the grid?’  I think a lot of people picture us huddled around a candle in darkened cabin in the middle of the wood...
Panasonic develops most efficient solar panel ever with 22.5% sunlight conversion
We’ve reported a lot this year on the ever-dropping price of solar power technology, but the other incredibly cool thing happening is the steady increase in efficiency. This combination of lower price and higher energy conversion is securing solar power’s top spot in the renewable energy...
Peru Is Now Giving Free Solar Power To Its 2 Million Poorest Citizens
The country of Peru is providing free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting energy from the sun. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program will provide electricity to poor households through t...
Plug And Play Solar Unit: Seriously That Easy! (video)
Do you feel like solar panels can be confusing and sometimes too much of a hassle to install?  Are you looking for something that doesn't take an engineering degree to install?  Look no further than the Plugged Solar! Simply put the Solar Panel in the sun & plug the electric...
Public School Board Signs $6-Million Solar Power Deal
Schools are now trying to get into the solar power bandwagon and the Greater Essex County District School Board will literally be pulling money out of the sky after announcing a 20-year deal worth about $6 million to lease school roof space for solar panel use. The board will lease the roofs of 25 s...
Roll Out Solar System For Quick Power On The Fly! (video p.2)
A company patented technology that can roll solar panels out like a carpet — and it's amazing. Called Roll-Array, the technology can be towed by any 4X4 car, like a Range Rover or Land Rover. It was developed by Renovagen, a company formed in 2012 specifically to develop the rollabl...
Roofing Product Makes Electricity, Heat, and Heats Water!
A small terrace house in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe is hosting what is believed to be the world’s first building integrated solar system that generates electricity as well as heat. The array combines thin-film solar PV and solar thermal technologies into a steel sheet roofing product pr...
Self-Energized Pole-House Is Portable, Quake-Proof, And Made From Scraps
Bryce Langston, A Tiny House Builder, recently said, "Imagine a home in the clouds with spectacular 360° views which can be completely controlled by voice and your smart phone. The Skysphere is fully solar powered and packed with features you won’t believe." Located in the hills in Palmer...
So Cool! SolarPod panels can be installed Without Drilling A Single Hole
A recent press release reveals that the first-of-its-kind SolarPodTM has gotten UL certification. The SolarPodTM group of products is the first offer for US retail and commercial markets that provides no roof penetration, particularly helpful for sloped roofs ...
Solar energy becomes an affordable investment
If you’ve ever considered installing a home solar electric system and generating your electricity with free, renewable energy, now’s a great time to look at your options. In recent years, prices for solar systems have plummeted thanks to increased demand, mass production and intense comp...
SOLAR ENERGY. HOW IT STARTED AND WHERE IT’S GOING
In order to understand the current solar-energy revolution, one where China plays a major role, I want to take you on a journey and give you a bird’s eye view of a number of moments that have been crucial in the development of solar-energy. It was Albert Einstein who provided a detailed descr...
Solar Energy: How It Started And Where It's Going
This is a a brief introduction to the history of solar energy and where it is heading. For some of us the use of solar panels is so common, that we have lost the knowledge of the origin of this technology and its history. This article will give you some answers. In order to understand the current so...
Solar Is Headed To The Supreme Court
Things haven’t exactly been easy for solar contractors in the Sunshine State. Despite abundant sunshine and a largely untapped market, energy policies are under the complete control of utility monopolies and have remained ironically un-friendly to solar. Current Florida law only allows utility...
Solar Jobs Continue to Outpace US Economy
The US solar industry added more than 35,000 jobs in 2015, growing the workforce by more than 20 percent for the third year in a row The newest Solar Jobs Census from the Solar Foundation was recently released, giving us some interesting insights into the US solar industry. Amongst the most interest...
SOLAR PANEL QUALITY PYRAMID
With hundreds of solar panel brands out there it can be a drag to find (the best) quality. Here is help.  Compared to today’s solar energy market the situation only 8 years ago was quite simple and easy to overview. You had your American and European brands plus a handfull of Chinese bra...
Solar Powered LED Helps To Light Up The Darkest Places
The Dominican Light Project aims to light up an entire country, providing a sustainable source of light for people currently forced to live in the dark. Help Light The Nation:  Click Here Right now, a shocking 88% of the population in the Dominican Republic experience nightly blackou...
Solar Roof Tiles: The Roof Re-invented Again (Video)
The time has come for roofs to provide more than shelter. So we challenged the very definition of what a roof is, and found a way to protect your home while providing it with energy. A roof that generates free electricity so it pays for itself.     Solar Shingles have completely c...
Solar Top-Dog In Bankruptcy Trouble
In November, solar energy giant SunEdison Inc reported that its project pipeline had grown by 75 percent in just a year, the result of an aggressive growth strategy. Now, five months later, many of those projects are imperiled as SunEdison reportedly prepares to declare bankruptcy. SunEdison’s...
Solar-Powered Glowing Bicycle Path In Netherlands Inspired By Van Gogh’s Starry Night
Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has created a beautiful and innovative glowing bike path that, when illuminated at night by glowing pebbles and LEDs, looks like Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting. The kilometer-long bike path, which was created using both glow-in-the-dark tec...
Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two
City dwellers yearning for a modern eco-friendly escape in the country will love the Out of the Valley cabin, a solar-powered rentable abode, where high craftsmanship is king. Designed with a minimalist aesthetic, the secluded cabin offers off-the-grid luxury living in England’s forested Teign...
Solar-Powered Truck Bridges Any Barriers Presented By Digital Literacy
Shipping container-turned-digital-classroom, this vehicle helps to educate African children in impoverished areas. The exclusively solar-powered, mobile and completely independent classroom is geared towards increasing accessibility to education and connectivity across Africa,” said Shin. &ldq...
SolarCity announces the most efficient rooftop solar panels yet
Today, SolarCity revealed its newest solar panel, which the company says is the most efficient rooftop solar panel in the world. The panel hit 22.04 percent efficiency according to third-party testing. The unit is the same size as standard efficiency models, but produces 30 to 40 percent more power....
Tandem Solar Cell May Boost Electricity from Sunlight
Pairing silicon with perovskites improves performance but challenges remain By combining several junctions in one solar cell, the effective absorption window of the solar cell will cover a larger part of the solar spectrum. Such a tandem solar cell stack will increase the possible achievab...
The Desolenator: 15 Liters Of Safe Water A Day For 20 Years!
Although Desolenator is still a prototype, this invention has already been awarded the second place at the Climate-KIC Accelerator program. The grant that the company won is being used to further develop this product. Moreover, a crowd funding campaign has been organized to support it, the funding g...
The Four Essentials Of Off Grid Solar
An off-grid solar (photo-voltaic) electric power system is an ideal prep for modern survival in that it can partially or totally relinquish you from dependence upon other systems, which themselves are vulnerable to disruption or breakdown. Off-grid systems also enable the ability to live away from t...
The Heartland of America is ‘100% Clean Energy Ready’
Art and Helen Tanderup are Nebraska farmers who had  never intended to become environmentalists. Born and raised in America’s Heartland, the Tanderups have 160 acres in Custer Township, on which they grow corn and soybeans. Today, their farm also has a large solar array and the Tanderups ...
This Modern Park Tree Charges Up Your Phone And Pulls Water From The Air!
In a world where trees are removed for their lumber, and solar panels are installed for their ability to capture energy this is a fantastic installation that demonstrates the ability to install a functional power bank away from power lines, and create a purposefully modern rest stop.   It is si...
This Solar Road Will Provide Power to 5 Million People
The French government plans to pave 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of its roads with solar panels in the next five years, which will supply power to millions of people. “The maximum effect of the program, if successful, could be to furnish 5 million people with electricity, or about 8 perce...
Time Lapse Of Ground Mount 4.2 kw Solar System Installation
Earthship Builder, and Architect Andy Hickman builds this ground mount solar system in what appears to be record time, thanks to fast photography!  Enjoy the setup process at high speed: Andy and his Earthship have been featured on Offthegridstores.com.   He is a pro at solar instal...
What is Holding Back the Growth of Solar Power?
This article gives answers to the question of what is holding back the growth of solar power? For a lot of us it is still to expensive to purchase, but lets read this article to see what experts have to say about it. Sixty years ago, the price of solar panels was astronomical. At a cost of $1,910 (&...
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING SOLAR PANELS
After reading this you probably know more about solar panels than your installer. THE CRYSTALLINE SOLAR-PANEL Through research, innovation and billions of dollars of investment over the last decades the solar panel as we know it today has reached a level of development that makes it affordable for t...
Who Said Living Off Grid Meant Going Back to the Basics? (Video)
This is a video showing that off grid living doesn't just mean going back to basics, but a very normal way of life with the difference being that the electricity being used at home are powered by the sun. via Facebook...
Whole Foods teams up with Elon Musk to install solar panels on hundreds of locations
Whole Foods, one of the biggest health and organic food grocery chains in the United States, will be plastering nearly 1/4 of their 431 locations with solar panels after an agreement reached between the company and Elon Musk's SolarCity. SolarCity plans to fit 100 stores with a custom-created ...
With No End To Their Power Crisis, People From Gaza Turn To The Sun.
In an effort to provide their communities and families with electricity, Palestinians living inside the Gaza Strip are turning to the sun for power. A Palestinian worker installs solar panels atop the roof of a medical centre in Gaza City March 1, 2016. Faced with power blackouts lasting anything fr...
World Change Alert! Windows And Walls That Harvest Energy (Video)
ENERGYGLASS™ is the only Optically Clear Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Window System in the World. Features:  Produces continuous Energy from Direct Sunlight, Reflected Sunlight, and Ambient Light, and offers a 100% field of vision. The entire surface of the windows is cle...
World's First Floating Solar Power Ready To Roll!
In a vast manmade lake on the outskirts of London, work is nearing completion on what will soon be Europe’s largest floating solar power farm – and will briefly be the world’s biggest. But few are likely to see the 23,000 solar panels on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir at Walton-o...
World's Largest Solar Powered Hospital Opens in Haiti
The world’s largest solar powered hospital has just opened its doors in Haiti and boasts over 1800 solar panels on its elegant and otherwise, stark, white rooftop. Haiti’s central plateau is riddled with intermittent flows of energy- a fact that derails the possibilities of large-scale h...
Worlds Largest Desert Solar Plant Has Gone Live
Morocco has switched on what will be the world's largest concentrated solar power plant. The new site near the city of Ouarzazate -- famous as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator" -- could produce enough energy to power over one million homes by 20...
World’s First Solar-Powered Hydrogen Development Takes Homes 100% Off-Grid
Milestone in the energy storage story of the world of today. This Complex is one of it's kind and an example for the rest of the world. An innovative off-grid housing development in Chiang Mai, Thailand has set a new milestone in the journey towards greener and more sustainable living. Developed b...
World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm to Provide 10 Million People With Clean Drinking Water (Videos)
England will soon be home to Europe’s largest floating solar farm, if not the world. The 6.3 megawatt array consists of 23,000 solar panels that sit on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir at Walton-on-Thames, a suburb of London near Heathrow Airport. The Thames Water&nbs...
Zero-Net Energy Homes the New Reality in California
Leading global energy company, SunEdison will supply an advanced battery system for an innovative enviro-friendly project in Southern California. Announced last week, the plan will see nine new homes built in Fontana. Each of them will be zero-net sites, designed so they can generate and store thei...