Solar windows get a big boost in funding

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What if your windows could work as solar panels? Ubiquitous Energy is one company that has developed just such technology. Their unique solar window, UE Power, is a photovoltaic glass coating that harnesses solar energy to generate electricity while remaining visibly indistinguishable from traditional windows. See also: Seven best flexible thin-film solar panels Previous solar window …

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New nailable solar shingles available from GAF Energy

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GAF Energy, the largest roofing and waterproofing company in North America, has developed the world’s first nailable solar shingle. See also: Solar panel lifespan The Timberline Solar Energy Shingle looks like a roof, installs like a roof but produces clean energy. Each shingle will feature a solar panel utilizing a mono passive emitter and rear …

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Tesla powers new community microgrid system in Canada

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Residents of a new community in Pickering, Ontario, will be the first to receive a nested Tesla microgrid system. Powered by rooftop solar panels and Tesla’s Powerpacks, the twenty-seven homes should be entirely self-sufficient. If successful, the project can demonstrate what sustainable development and community can look like, leading to more microgrids across Canada. See …

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7 best flexible thin-film solar panels: Reviews and buyer’s guide (2021)

  Did you hear the latest news about thin film solar technology? It’s no longer true that all thin film solar panels have abysmal efficiencies in converting sunlight to electrical energy, rendering them pretty useless for generating enough solar power to meet your energy demands — either high or low. In fact, some thin film …

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7 best RV solar panels and kits with complete buyer’s guide (2021)

  As an RVer, you live the challenges of finding unoccupied, non-faulty power hookups or places to fill up a stinky, fossil fuel-powered generator. What a hassle that searching can be. Have you considered solar panels as an alternative energy solution to meet all your RV needs? Not only is it quieter — it’s also …

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The 7 best flexible solar panels: Reviews and buyer’s guide (2021)

  Are you looking to power your electronic devices or small appliances when you’re doing an outdoor activity you love? Whether you’re on foot, in a camper or RV, or on a boat, solar (photovoltaic or PV) panels are the way to go. Today, consumers have many choices among rigid, portable, semi-flexible, and flexible solar …

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Tesla making solar roof installations available all across the United States

Until recently, Tesla has only been supporting installations of their solar roof tiles in select locations within the US. These locations have historically been close to Tesla Energy warehouses.  Now, it seems like the company is ready to start bringing their services to the rest of the country’s residents.  According to Electrek, Tesla has opened …

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How do solar panels work? An in-depth explanation anyone can follow

  You’ve seen them on rooftops. Maybe at road construction sites in the middle of nowhere. Sleek, shiny, usually black or blue, you may wonder: How do solar panels work? Fortunately, it isn’t rocket science. In fact, the physics behind solar is summed up in only four steps and two words: photovoltaic (PV) effect. In …

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