California’s Electricity Prices Turn Negative Thanks To Solar Energy

Posted on Apr 29, 2017

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So, here’s something pretty unusual: California harnessed so much solar energy earlier this year that electricity prices turned negative, at least for a short while, according to official data.

At its peak, the state is now supplying more than half of its energy demand through solar farms, solar thermal plants, and domestic cells, the US Energy Information Administration revealed.

Prices can turn negative if the grid is overwhelmed when solar energy production surges. Because the energy is intermittent and it’s expensive to turn off and on conventional power plants, non-renewable sources keep running even when solar is over-performing. Operators then pay customers to take the excess energy out of the grid. In reality, Californians won’t get a windfall. The negative prices last for just a few hours, while bills are averaged out over a much longer timeframe. But it...

10 Useful Solar-Powered Camping Gadgets

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

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Nobody likes a drained battery in the middle of a camping trip. Well, noble camper, you need not suffer the same fate as other less-informed adventurers. Solar-powered gadgets not only ensure functional reliability but also often outperform battery-powered equivalents. As equal partners in harnessing the power of nature, the modern camper and solar-powered gadgets go hand in hand.

Here are 10 must-have camping gadgets (all powered by solar), in no particular order.

1. Inflatable Solar Lantern by MPOWERD

Perfect for backpackers with limited space for gear, an inflatable solar lantern from MPOWERD weighs only .3 pounds and emits a soft white LED light. The built-in solar panels are rechargeable and last up to 12 hours after a 7-hour charge in direct sunlight. Even better, the lantern is waterproof and shatterproof, so you can throw it in your pack and...

"Not So Hidden Mickey" Shaped Solar Farm To Power Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

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On Tuesday, April 12, representatives from Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort, Duke Energy, and Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) flipped a giant light switch to mark the highly anticipated opening of a five-megawatt solar facility. Cleverly designed to resemble the familiar "not-so-hidden-Mickey," the massive solar farm that is located near Epcot is clearly visible from Space.

The farm's 48,000 solar panels will not just help meet Walt Disney World Resort's energy requirements but also those of the surrounding hotels that house the park's visitors. Though producing green energy on such a large scale is a new endeavor, Epcot is no stranger to solar power. The futuristic theme park's Universe of Energy building has been the fuelled by the solar panels fitted on its roof since October 1982!

The Orlando Solar plant is part of the company's ongoing efforts to...

Solar Installers in Colorado Springs, CO Help Homeowners Go Green and Protect the Environment

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

Our solar installers in Colorado Springs, CO are dedicated to not only helping customers save money, but also saving the environment at the same time. Many people don’t realize all of the toxic gasses that are released back into the air when you burn fossil fuels as your source of power. Those gasses end up building up and causing all sorts of pollution problems. In turn, it causes issues such a global warming and more. It not only affects you as an individual, but everyone on the planet.

That’s why it is so important that more and more people turn to our solar panel installers to come out and perform a solar panel installation on their home. In doing so, you can help minimize the amount of coal and oil that are required for fracking, drilling and mining. Instead of taking the plants and trees from the land, you can work to keep them right where they belong. It isn’t just...

Solar installers in Bakersfield, CA Help Homeowners Reduce Their Energy Costs

Posted on Apr 16, 2017

Solar installers in Bakersfield, CA are helping countless homeowners just like you add on to your existing solar system to help maximize savings more than ever before. It happens more often than what you might think. When you first purchase your solar system, you might be looking at the amount of energy you use now. As you expand your family and the children get older, the amount of energy used is going to change significantly. Next thing you know, you find yourself needing a much larger system just to enjoy the same savings that you once did.

Thankfully, that isn’t a problem. At Green Solar Technologies, our solar panel installers can come out and take a look at your system to see what we can do for you. With a newer solar system, we can easily complete the solar panel installation and add on to your system. When your system is 10+ years old, it tends to be a little more...

Solar Panel Installers in Dallas TX Help Harness the Power of the Sun to Charge Electric Vehicles

Posted on Apr 10, 2017

Solar Panels power electric vehicle

When you think of solar installers in Dallas, TX, you probably think about someone coming out and installing solar panels in your roof to help you save money on your energy bill. While that is one thing solar panel installation can do for you, it can actually do even more than that. Electric cars and solar panels are extremely similar in nature. One provides you with the ability to power your home without having to spend a fortune, while the other allows you to drive your vehicle without having to worry about putting a bunch of harmful pollutants into the air.

For those who already have an electric vehicle, there is a good chance that you know just how much it is affecting your energy bill already. In fact, you might already be looking for a solution to lower your energy bill without having to sacrifice the things you want. Sure, you got rid of your hefty gas bill, but you...

Saving Lives One Solar Panel Installation at a Time

Posted on Mar 22, 2017

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is paving the way in which the world understands, treats and even defeats childhood cancer and various other life-threatening diseases. Their purpose is to help find a care and save children’s lives in the process. As a parent, you never want to hear that your little one has cancer. Not only is it emotionally overwhelming, but it is financially overwhelming as well.

Striving to Continue Improving Survival Rates

At St. Jude, families will never receive a bill for treatment, housing, travel or food. The only thing the family should have to worry about is giving their child the strength they need to fight the illness. Families need to focus their efforts on helping their child live, not struggling to pay for medical expenses. Because of the treatments that St. Jude has invented, it has helped push the cancer...