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Solar Energy: Can You Recycle Solar Panels?

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I've often wondered what happens to solar panels after their 25 year lifespan.  This guest post from Seth Berger at Clean Energy Authority explains.

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Solar power modules, much like electronics, contain a variety of potentially hazardous materials, and cannot be safely disposed of in landfills. Solar panels generally function for 20-25 years, so the majority of panels manufactured are still in use. However, in years to come, their disposal could become an issue. New companies like PV Recycling are therefore looking for ways to recycle or reuse these solar modules when they have reached the end of their lifespan.... read more

Top Reasons to Install Solar Panels in 2011

Now more than ever is the best time to install solar power on your home or building. As photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technologies continue to grow, the costs associated with  continue to drop. At the same time, the prices on your energy bill continue to go up because the prices on coal and natural-gas supplied power continue to increase. There are many other reasons to install solar now, here are just a few:... read more

Home Solar Installation: Solar Lease Programs

Home Solar Installation

Tom Gard, a retired math instructor, who taught at Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colo., and his wife Barbara Jean are the latest in their neighborhood to get their power from the sun.... read more

How Much Does Solar Thermal Cost?

Cost Solar Thermal

Many of us are interested in reducing our carbon footprint and saving money through solar thermal. Solar thermal is different that photovltaic solar - Photovoltaic Panels create electricity while solar thermal creates heat (usually used to heat water). While Photovoltaioc systems can be pricey, solar thermal is relatively affordable for the average Joe.  Learn more about the affordability of solar thermal from this guest post from Seth Berger at Clean Energy Authority.

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Solar thermal energy is an environmentally-friendly way to provide heat for your home. Solar thermal systems can use either collection tanks that reflect solar energy into water storage tanks that provide hot tap water, or “solar walls” that warm external building surfaces, and circulate air near those surfaces to heat interior rooms.... read more

Solar Panels for Your Home: Do it Yourself Solar Versus Factory Panels

If you are exploring solar panels for your home, you may have come across your two installation panel options: Factory produced solar panels or Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Panels. While at first it might seem like building the panels yourself will save you a lot of money, when you crunch the numbers it may not make too much sense.... read more

Solar Panel Companies: Golden Gate Solar Tech, 100% Women-Owned/Minority Company

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Golden Gate Solar Tech is a solar distribution company located in San Francisco, California that aims spread sustainable practice around the globe. They are a 100% women-owned and minority company that sells solar panels, solar inverter boxes, racking systems, and solar raw materials. While they are based in San Francisco, they have provided solar panels to remote areas to enhance lives in third-world countries.... read more

Solar Installation Process - What to Expect

Solar Installation Process

If you are exploring solar installation for your home, it is important to gather as much information as possible. The average residential installation does not take more than a few days. Here is a little bit about what to expect from your solar installation project.... read more

Solar Water Heaters: What’s Keeping Solar Hot Water From Going Main Stream?

Solar Hot Water

Thanks to guest blogger Solar Fred for this thought-provoking article about the future of solar water heaters.

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Solar Companies: Sungevity Solar Named "Innovator of the Year" 2011

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Sungevity is one of the nation's fastest growing residential solar companies – in part due to the commitment to the communities they serve and programs such as Solar Lease, which makes solar a reality for many consumers who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it.... read more

Solar Panels for Your Home - The Basics

 

Solar Panels For Your Home

If you are considering solar panels for your home it can be a little bit overwhelming to sort through information and to understand exactly what everything means. Before you dive in, make sure you know your options.... read more

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