solar power

New Law in Hawaii : New Homes Need Solar Water Heaters

July 24, 2008 / No Comments

It may sound weird, but a new bill in Hawaii was signed into law by Republican Governor, Linda Lingle. It refers to new homes and says that no building permits will be issued unless the new homes don't include solar water heaters. However, there will be exceptions to the rule, for example if the area doesn't allow too much sunshine. Image ...

A Shirt Made from Real Fish Scales

July 15, 2008 / No Comments

Remember the salmon skin bikini? If not, you should. I've been on the look out for one of these for some time now. Well, there's a guy in China, 71-years old, who thinks he's found a way to stay cool. Following through on an idea that he had more than 30 years ago, the man has started making shirts out ...

Solar Power Hindu Temple

July 10, 2008 / 1 Comment

Though it may not be the exact place where I was expecting solar technology to be installed in, a Hindu Temple in California is ready to set a sustainable example. The BAPS Chino Hills Hindu Religious & Cultural Center is going to be built on a 20 acre-site, northeast of the 71 Freeway, between Monte Vista and Central Avenues. The temple ...

Solar power cheaper than coal by 2020

June 4, 2008 / 9 Comments

Imagey by drawdenizlop The US government, along with many investors such as Chevron, Goldman Sachs, and Google, is confident that solar power could become much cheaper than coal within the next 12 years. Taking into consideration tax incentives, carbon-capping legislation and the rising prices of natural gas, experts think that solar power is going to be more economical than coal ...

Solar Costs Down to $2 per Watt, IBM Claims

May 16, 2008 / 11 Comments

Silicon photovoltaic panels are the most expensive solar installations at the moment but things are about to change because IBM claimed they have the technology to reduce the cost of harnessing the Sun's energy for electricity, down to $2 / W. The company announced in a press release on Thursday, that using a large lens that concentrates power to around 2300x, ...

Workers needed in the solar industry

May 13, 2008 / No Comments

A new survey by two Californian college researchers proved that companies in the solar power business will need more and more workers. The attractive domain of turning the sun light into energy is very active in California where 16,500 to 17,500 people are employed to work for such companies. The study estimated 5,000 more jobs next year and most of these ...

New Film Solar Panels Holds Efficiency Record of 19.9%

May 7, 2008 / No Comments

The efficiency of a solar panel is given by the percentage of the sun's light that is being turned into electricity. The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) innovated a new thin film solar panel that just broke the world's efficiency record, reaching 19.9-percent. "The copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cell recently reached 19.9 percent efficiency in testing at ...

Print Your Own Solar Cells on an Inkjet Printer

March 10, 2008 / 23 Comments

I am a big fan of solar cells and using them for a greener home, but we all know that investments to get solar energy are usually spicy and not everyone can afford. There is a solution though. Konarka Technologies, a company that builds low cost sources of renewable power affordable and universally available thinks we can print our own ...

Husqvarna’s Solar Powered Automower

March 7, 2008 / No Comments

The days when you had to go out and cut the lawn yourself are history, because these days we have automowers to do it for us. Husqvarna decided to please us and announced that they will be launching the world's first electricity solar powered hybrid automower, which is extremely quiet and outputs zero emissions. Using all sorts of sensors it's smart ...