Flexible Solar Review

Flexible Solar Review

Edited by : Graham Morfitt (BSc Physics) Maybe you’ve seen them. Flexible solar modules without aluminum frames, glued directly onto the roofs of vans & trailers, or boat decks. Ever wonder what they’re all about, and whether they would be…

Solar Charging An Electric Vehicle

Solar Charging An Electric Vehicle

Ah, the lure of the electric vehicle. What’s not to like? Great to drive and emissions free. Best of all, you will pay about $500 per year on electrons instead of over $2,000 per year on gasoline. And feel true…

Solar Charging Drones In The Wilderness

Solar Charging Drones In The Wilderness

Details referenced from an article posted by Voltaic Systems on July 30, 2018 In this post, we will outline the equipment needed to properly charge a drone when away from utility grid power. The goal is to create a lightweight,…

Energy & Utility Bankruptcy – Who Pays?

This week, PG&E started the process of filing for bankruptcy protection in the fallout of this past summer’s massive California wildfire season. GreenTech Media covers the announcement here… https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/pge-files-for-bankruptcy-protection-facing-billions-in-wildfire-liabilities?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Daily&utm_campaign=GTMDaily#gs.1m8zMEz0 This raises the important question of how exposed energy & utility…

LED Lighting : Think Lumens, Not Watts

A Watt is a unit of power, not of light output. But we’ve been conditioned to think of lighting in terms of Watts (ie power consumption) because that’s what was stamped on the top of the bulbs we bought. From…

New Federal Tax Policy to Stimulate Investment in Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation

This just in this morning from the Canadian Solar Industries Association… This week’s Federal Fall Economic Statement contains a new measure that will drive significant investment in Canada’s clean technology sector(s). “Full Expensing for Clean Energy Equipment” enables renewable energy…

Best Deal On Solar Modules

How do you define the Best Deal on solar modules? Is it simply a matter of a big discount off the regular price? Or do you go one step further and do the quick calculation of $/Watt? Or, perhaps you…

BC Hydro Net Metering Program Still Pays For Power!

There has been a lot of misinformation floating around since BC Hydro announced changes to the BC Hydro Net Metering Program last spring. I’ve been reading articles and comments that the program has been killed. This is NOT the case.…

Protect Your Roof & Rafters From Solar Installations

Author: Graham Morfitt, BSc (Physics) In this posting, I’d like to draw your attention to an issue that somehow gets avoided in our industry… the roof attachment. In this case, I am not talking about the mechanical pieces that protect…

Disposable AA’s Are Costing You Plenty

Disposable AA’s Are Costing You Plenty

It’s all too easy. Grab a package of Duracell or Energizer AA’s at the checkout. They’re only a few dollars. You need them for your radio or flashlight, and they say on the package that they’re good for 5-10 years.…

How “Green” Is Your Green Energy?

How “Green” Is Your Green Energy?

When it comes to green, renewable energy, solar PV tends to hold the high ground. More quiet than wind generators. More accessible than micro hydro. Just install your solar panels and sit back & read the good news every time…

Don’t Pass on Pass-Through Charging!

We’ve been promoting the concept of pass-through charging since the early days of portable solar equipment. Primarily with the onset of lithium battery packs. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of buzz about it, which thankfully means that the functionality is…

Unhappy With Your Power Bills?

Are you unhappy with your power bills? Would you like a clean, quiet way to reduce them while adding to your home’s value? You have come to the right place. I just finished 3 days of continuous talking at the Comox…

How Do I Use A USB Solar Panel?

How Do I Use A USB Solar Panel?

A quick “How-To” for those new to portable solar… How do you use a USB solar panel or charger to keep your USB equipment & cameras running everywhere you go? Simple. Start by asking us what the best USB solar…

Portable Battery Banks – 3 Steps To Choosing Wisely

Portable Battery Banks – 3 Steps To Choosing Wisely

Did you see that great deal on that randomly-named USB battery pack on Amazon? Looks great doesn’t it? Massive storage. Connects to tablets & phones of all types. Charges fast. What else could you possibly want? As it turns out,…

Fall Planning For Solar In Spring

Fall Planning For Solar In Spring

It’s October. The weather is changing here in Canada, and with a waning summer sun, it doesn’t really seem like the time to be discussing solar power. But in fact it is the best time to discuss solar and how…

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