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Storing Solar Energy in Water with Pumped Hydro Storage

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Does it make sense to use pumped hydro storage for solar energy?

If you’re like the majority of people, the idea of storing solar energy in water sounds confusing and virtually impossible. Who has ever heard of pumped hydro storage for solar before? Yet “energy storage” is the renewable industry’s latest buzz phrase, and it is changing at a rate faster than anyone but those designing it can keep up with.

“But why should I care about storage?” you ask. Great question! At the end of the day, it’s about how much money you want to keep in your wallet. Our ability to store energy more effectively will directly impact the price you pay for your electricity.

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The Best Solar Lights for Outdoor Use

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Not quite ready to go full scale solar? Take baby steps with outdoor solar lights.

Outdoor solar lights enhance landscaping and improve safety, and there are many options for your lighting needs: solar garden lights, solar landscape lights, solar path lights, and stair lights. Similar to rooftop solar panels, they convert solar rays into electricity and then store it in a small battery pack for use at night. If you are looking for a creative and cost-effective way to light your yard without much fuss, we’ll help you choose the best solar lights for you.

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How Much Energy Does the Sun Produce?

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To answer the question “How much energy does the sun produce?” we turn to scientists for an answer.

If we want to move away from fossil fuels and to more earth-friendly and renewable sources of energy, we must be sure that any alternatives will provide us with enough energy to meet our needs. But how much energy does the sun produce? And is it enough?
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What are the Benefits of Solar Energy?

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Taking a societal look at the benefits of solar energy.

As you can probably imagine, there are many benefits of solar energy. We’ve written about the benefits and drawbacks of solar before in our October 2016 Solar Energy Pros and Cons – Top 10, but in that article we mostly focused on issues important to homeowners going solar – solar panel efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and the high upfront cost of solar panels.

Today, let’s take a step back and look at the benefits of solar energy on a much wider scale. We’ll delve into how solar can benefit a nation or society’s economy while increasing energy independence and financial security.Continue reading

The Basics of Off-Grid Solar

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Have you ever considered the freedom and independence of off-grid solar?

Many homeowners see going off-grid with no connection to the utility and the ability to power your own life, as quite romantic.

But what does it really take to go off grid? What does an off-grid solar installation really look like? For most homeowners who are already comfortably connected to their utility and have reliable, fairly cheap electricity, what would the sense be in going off-grid?Continue reading

Solar Sailing: The Future of Space Exploration

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We are familiar with solar energy as a form of power to provide electricity here on Earth, but space exploration could also benefit from this free, abundant resource through solar sailing.

Going where no man has gone before has been resonating throughout history more than most of us know. It was Kepler who first made the observation that a comet’s tail always pointed away from the Sun, theorizing that our star was responsible for this effect. Following this, a multitude of scientists and science fiction writers, including Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky and Jules Verne, mentioned solar power as a way to explore the Solar System and other unknown parts of the universe.

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South Africa: The Continent’s First Solar-Powered Airport

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With the launch of a clean energy project, Africa’s first solar-powered airport has opened up in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

This is a first for the continent, following the launch of a solar-powered soccer field in Lagos, Nigeria, also the first of its kind in Africa, thanks to Pavegen– an innovative clean tech company headquartered in London, England.

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Concentrated Solar Power: 7 Mind-Blowing Facts

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A new, revolutionary technology has emerged called Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), which intensifies sunlight with hundreds of thousands of mirrors.

The Sun has always been regarded as a powerful heavenly body, taking the form of deities dating all the way back to times of antiquity. It’s no surprise that today, technology has also evolved to conjure the power of our Solar System’s star in the form of solar power. Although we’ve dispensed of Egyptian legends surrounding Râ, the almighty Sun God, humans are now going beyond the simple basics of photovoltaics that convert electricity into solar power using the photovoltaic effect.

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Massive New Power Plant Makes Morocco a Solar Superpower

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A Moroccan city surrounded by desert is poised to become a new superpower in solar energy, with a massive new solar power plant under construction.

Ouarzazate, a Moroccan city on the edge of the Sahara desert, is no stranger to global attention. Its sweeping desert landscapes and near-year-round sunshine make it the heart of North Africa’s “Ouallywood” film industry, hosting film sets for huge productions like The Mummy, Lawrence of Arabia, and Game of Thrones. Ouarzazate will soon host a different kind of big-budget production: a 9 billion dollar solar power project which, when completed, will occupy as much land as the nation’s capital city, Rabat.

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