Installing a Solar Energy System? 6 Benefits of Using Micro-Inverters

Your solar energy system needs an inverter to take the direct current (DC) harnessed from the sun and convert it to alternating current (AC) power, which is the standard in U.S. homes. String inverters are the less expensive, but photovoltaic experts often recommend micro-inverters, due to their many other benefits and advantages. No. 1: Faster Solar Energy System Installation Micro-inverters are individually attached to …

Six men jailed over £17m solar panels scam that targeted elderly and vulnerable

Six men have been jailed over a £17m solar panels scam which defrauded 1,500 victims nationwide. Among those targeted were elderly, retired and vulnerable people who were “manipulated” into buying panels on the false promise that installation costs would be invested and they would get their money back in five years. However, no monies were invested by the now-defunct Manchester-based …

Can I Use Solar Panels Without A Battery?

With all the solar battery buzz, you might be wondering if they’re essential solar equipment. Can you even use solar panels on your home without a battery? The short answer is, yes you can. There are advantages to having solar battery backup in certain situations, but it’s not essential for everyone. Here are some settings in which solar plus battery …

Majority of UK public want to install solar panels, poll finds

More than half of the British public would install solar panels and home batteries to tackle climate change if there was greater assistance from the government, polling has found. While many have already made their home more energy efficient, 62% said they wanted to fit solar and a surprisingly high 60% would buy an energy storage device such as those …

Electric car covered with 330 solar panels can recharge as it drives

A solar-powered saloon car that charges as it drives is being tested in Germany. Munich-based manufacturer Sono Motors has built the new prototype, dubbed Sion, and will likely help the European powerhouse hit its national target of 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020. Sion has solar cells integrated into its bodywork, with a total of 330 solar cells …

Indian Railways Continues its Efforts to Go Green with Solar Panels on More Trains

Continuing its efforts to solarize the railway lines of the country, the government has now announced that it has installed solar panels on various trains for their electricity requirements. The Indian Railways is the single largest consumer of electricity with roughly 2 percent share of national energy consumption. Speaking in Lok Sabha, Rajen Gohain, the minister of state in the …

Energy and food together: Under solar panels, crops thrive

  At a recent solar energy conference in Minneapolis, attendees unwound at happy hour tasting free pints of a local honey-based India pale ale called “Solarama Crush.” Minnesota-based 56 Brewing makes the smooth IPA using honey from hives located on solar farms outside the Twin Cities. Honey producers Travis and Chiara Bolton keep bees at three solar farms where developers …

DHL Rolling Out Solar Panels On Trucks

Image: DHL Logistics giant DHL has integrated solar panels on some of its delivery vehicles in the UK, cutting fuel costs and emissions. The system, called TRAiLAR, consists of flexible thin film solar panels (just 2mm thick) referred to as “solar mats”  fitted to the roof of vehicles and connected to the primary battery or an auxiliary battery system. The …

Is Your Roof Sunny Enough For Solar Panels? Google Will Tell You

chandlerphoto via Getty Images Google has developed a new tool in the UK that it says can give an “accurate, personalised prediction” of how much solar energy your roof is capable of generating. The tool, Project Sunroof, has been developed by Google and uses Google Earth and Google Maps to assess a property’s surroundings, weather data, and the sun’s positioning. …

How to Clean Solar Panels – AEN News

Cleaning your solar panels will increase their efficiency. Solar panels usually require a small maintenance service because they don’t have moving parts, but if they get dirty, you need to clean them up in order to keep the solar energy production at full capacity. Keeping the solar modules clean is vital if you want the system to work at the …