Passive Solar Energy

What Is Passive Solar Energy?

What is the difference between active and passive solar energy? Most people associate solar energy with photovoltaic panels and electricity. Active solar energy requires numerous pieces of equipment to generate, transmit, and deliver power. But none of these are needed for passive solar heating and cooling. Passive solar energy refers to design and materials that collect heat from the sun …

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How Night Solar Panels Work

How Night Solar Panels Work

The more efficient, affordable, and available solar panels become, the higher their demand in commercial, industrial, and even ordinary residential settings. The technology is helping reduce reliance on fossil fuels. But there’s one drawback that has not been overcome—photovoltaic cells need direct sunlight to convert into power. When it’s overcast or the sun has set, solar panels can no longer …

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Solar Power Industry sets Energy Record

Solar Power Industry and Renewables Generated Energy Record in 2020

The year 2020 wasn’t only a great one for the solar power industry, but renewable energy sources in general. Together, they accounted for 21% of electricity generated in the U.S., or 834 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, according to PV Magazine. This made renewables the second-most prevalent electricity source in the nation. In fact, renewables surpassed nuclear and coal for …

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solar installations

U.S. Solar Installations Top 100 GW

From solar installations, there is now 100 GW of installed solar capacity in the U.S., the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie have reported. The U.S. Solar Market Insight Q2 2021 report revealed that, while solar accounted for 58% of all new electric capacity in the nation in Q1, the industry has doubled in size over the last …

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California Upgrade Power Grid with Solar Panels

California’s New Solar Energy Plan: Replacing Grid Upgrades for Good

As the demand for solar energy increased, California power companies and regulators have had to weigh the expenses of grid upgrades. Under a new plan, known as Partnership Pilot, rooftop solar panels, behind-the-meter batteries, and other distributed energy resources (DERs) could be used as substitutes. The concept has been considered since 2014 not only in California, but other states as …

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Are Solar Panels Right For My Business

Are Solar Panels Right for My Business?

Is it time to invest in solar panels for your business? Solar power has advanced to the point that many people and businesses alike are finding it economical and practical. By installing solar panels business can cut costs while generating their own electricity with rooftop panels. However, proper solar panel installation isn’t something to jump right into. There are many …

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Installing Solar Panels Protects Roof

Can Solar Panels Protect My Roof?

Installing solar panels on your roof provides independence from the grid and can provide long-term energy savings. However, most solar articles don’t cover impact solar panels have on your roof. Here, we’ll talk about solar panels and your roof, including the little known benefit of how solar panels can protect your roof.   How Are Solar Panels Installed?   While …

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Solar Industry Set's Record Growth

U.S. Solar Industry Posts Record Growth

Most of the U.S. economy took a big hit in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic forced widespread closures. For the U.S. solar industry, it’s been a different story. Solar installations hit a record high with 19.2 gigawatts of new capacity added in 2020, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).1 This represents a 43% year over year increase.   …

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Big Tech Fueling Change in Solar Industry

Big Tech is Fueling Change in the Solar Industry

As major consumers of electricity, tech companies are helping fuel demand and change across the solar industry. A lot of this power goes into cooling huge data servers (globally, data centers consume about 1% of electricity produced, according to the International Energy Agency1). But the vast size of some companies, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and others, is helping …

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EV charging station

The Difference Between EV Charging Levels

If you are shopping for an electric vehicle (EV), one important consideration is the different charging levels available. Charge levels, like gasoline grades, come in three different levels—Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast Charger. The higher the level (or output) of a charger, the faster an EV’s battery will recharge (output is defined in kilowatt-hours). One kilowatt-hour equals about …

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