News that Russia was getting Samsung’s NC215S — a 10.1-inch netbook with a built-in solar panel — in August was great and a little disappointing at the same time. Don’t eco-conscious netbook users stateside deserve some love? It turns out Samsung plans to release the NC215S in the U.S. in a few short weeks, July […]
Solar field sprouts at GE Aviation in Durham, NC
Video: GE Aviation has released a neat, time-lapse video showing a 7.2-acre solar installation go up at its Durham, North Carolina facility. The project is the company’s way of practicing what it preaches, so to speak. Power from its 9,072 thin film panels is governed by GE equipment like its Brilliance Inverter. All told, the […]
Top 10: SunRun ranks the greenest stadiums in the U.S.
Just in time for the Super Bowl, SunRun, the San Francisco-based home solar financing and installation startup has ranked the ten greenest stadiums in the U.S. Though Cowboys Stadium, this year’s home to the big game, didn’t top the list, it made a strong showing nonetheless. Instead, the number 1 spot goes to Qwest Field, […]
EverLast’s renewable-powered lighting system is NASA-approved
While it won’t be going into orbit, EverLast’s outdoor lighting system is still accomplishing a pretty neat feat for the spacefaring agency. The Jackson, Michigan-based company is behind the sensor-backed tech that’s providing an 0ff-grid parking lot at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas with zero-emissions, energy efficient outdoor induction lighting. How? With […]
Cities rolling out “Google Maps for solar”
Can I? Should I? Will it cost an arm and a leg? Installing solar is not for the faint of heart. Apart from determining if the sun shines strongly enough to make solar viable in your neck of the woods, there’s a maze of regulations and incentives that can make or break the case for […]
Rise of the solar-powered gadgets: Is the Energizer Bunny facing joblessness?
Solar-powered devices are nothing new, but they typically reside in the lonely fringes of the gadgetsphere (Yay for made-up words!). Admit it. Given the choice of a sleek iPhone or a Samsung E1107, which would you choose? Lately, however, some electronics makers have been making a concerted push to move beyond niche status and bring […]
What if… Solar got the same subsidies as fossil fuels?
Infographic: Your tax dollars at work. For oil, gas and coal companies, that is. 1BOG has cooked up another compelling infographic that illustrates how the odds are stacked against clean energy companies, particularly solar. Every year, the fossil fuel industry (oil, gas and coal) gets billions in subsidies and tax incentives from the U.S. government […]
Green DIY: Build a Solar Wi-Fi hotspot
This is neat. If you need to extend a wireless network beyond the reach of a power cable, VoltXamps.com has a how-to on converting a Linksys WRT54G router, a solar panel and a cigar box into a self-contained Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s a cool and classy-looking weekend project if you’re comfortable with some soldering and flashing […]
Solar panels are coming back to the White House
President Jimmy Carter had them installed. Reagan’s administration removed them. George Bush Sr. dabbled with a small installation. Now, they’re really making a comeback. At the 2010 GreenGov Symposium, The White House announced that solar panels will be reinstalled on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue along with a solar hot water heater system as part of a […]
GreenRay earns certs for plug-and-play solar module
The fledgling residential plug and play solar market got a little more momentum this week thanks to GreenRay, Inc. The Westford, Mass. startup announced that its SunSine 200 AC module, a device that links solar arrays to a home’s electrical system has met the UL 1741 standard, earning the ETL mark from Intertek. So pleased […]