Fridge or Freezer Emergency Back-Up Power

This is a very popular question these days. Your fridge is one of your home’s central appliances, and is one of the tools that comes in very handy when you are living through a prolonged power outage. Not to mention…

Solar For Van Conversions

One of the most popular applications for solar over the past few years. We get hundreds of inquiries for Sprinter vans, Transit vans, and all sorts of other trucks, and bug-out vehicles. System designs and energy needs vary somewhat, so…

Portable Solar Panels & Extension Cables
Portable Solar Panels & Extension Cables

Portable Solar Panels & Extension Cables

You’re looking to position some portable solar panels at a distance from your van or RV or cabin. Mainly because it’s nice to live in the shade, while you position the solar panels out in the summer sunshine. This is…

Solar Yard Lights… Know Before You Buy
Solar Yard Lights… Know Before You Buy

Solar Yard Lights… Know Before You Buy

Avoid disappointment and landfill fodder. Learn about the micro off-grid world of solar yard lights.

Goal Zero Yeti Battery Packs: Making Connections

In this posting, I hope to shed some light on the task of making solar connections to the Goal Zero Yeti series of portable power packs. Since Goal Zero products are constantly evolving, I will try my best to keep…

BC Utilities Commission Decision on BC Hydro Net Metering Program Amendment Application

The long-awaited verdict regarding the proposed changes has been posted by the BCUC this past weekend. In brief, the decision boils-down to 3 key points… BC Hydro Net Metering Program participants are no longer restricted in the size of the…

Flexible Solar Review
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

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 Drone Charging In The Wilderness
Solar Drone Charging In The Wilderness

Solar Drone Charging 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

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.…

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