Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California...

Aug 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Tafline Laylin   INHABITAT.COM View Slideshow The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of how producing energy can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. One of the finalists of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city and filters the resulting brine through on-board thermal baths before it is reintroduced to the Pacific Ocean. “LAGI 2016 comes to Southern California at an important time,” write Rob Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, co-founders of the Land Art Generator Initiative. “The sustainable infrastructure that is required to meet California’s development goals and growing population will have a profound influence...

read more

UTILITIES ARE LOBBYING AGAINST THE EXPANSION OF ROOFTOP SOLAR...

Aug 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Jill Richardson, OtherWords | Op-Ed In order for solar power to compete with other forms of energy, the conventional thinking goes, it needs to become way cheaper. Installing rooftop solar panels can be prohibitively expensive, after all, and it takes years before the resulting energy savings pay off. For the individual, it doesn’t matter whether solar panels will save you money in the long run if you can’t afford them in the short run. For those of us who are renters, the decision of whether to go solar is even more irrelevant. We don’t have the option to install panels ourselves. And unless your apartment comes with utilities included, your landlord has no incentive to install solar panels, because you would get all the savings. But while the average family may be unable to...

read more

LARGEST NET-ZERO PLUS COMMERCIAL RETROFIT IN THE U.S. OPENS IN LOS ANGELES...

Jun 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] According to reports, commercial buildings in Los Angeles are expected to produce an increasing amount of carbon emissions at the fastest rate compared to all other typologies. They already account for around 65 percent of the city’s energy use. To combat the potential environmental impact, new construction standards in California will require all commercial structures to be built as net-zero buildings by 2030. Related: The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings The NetZero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI) retrofit will generate more energy than it will consume each year, thanks to its onsite, roof-mounted solar array. Excess energy will be stored in the building’s battery storage system and fed back into the electric grid system. The multi-million dollar retrofit cuts total energy consumption by 51 percent, and...

read more

UK’S FIRST SOLAR-POWERED GLAZED BUS SHELTER GENERATES ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO POWER A LONDON HOME...

Apr 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Lucy Wang  INHABITAT London has just taken another big step towards a solar-powered future. Today technology company Polysolar and the Canary Wharf Group unveiled the UK’s first transparent solar bus shelter with a ceremony officiated by Green Party candidate Sian Berry. Clad in innovative and transparent photovoltaic glass, the solar bus shelter is capable of generating 2,000 kW-hours per year—equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power the average London home. Designed by Polysolar in collaboration with hard landscaping and street furniture supplier Marshalls, the Canary Wharf solar bus shelter proves that urban infrastructure can be functional, beautiful, and innovative. The modern and minimalist metal-framed shelter is topped by a butterfly roof to effectively shed rainwater and prevent runoff from spilling onto the heads of transit riders. Related: Solar Powered Bus...

read more

WORLD’S BIGGEST FLOATING SOLAR FARM POWERS UP OUTISIDE LONDON...

Feb 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN Construction of Europe’s largest floating solar panel array is underway on London’s Queen Elizabeth II reservoir. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Divers fix anchors onto the bed of the reservoir. The panels are fixed to floats at the water’s edge, and then fed down onto the water. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian The system will cover around one-tenth of the reservoir. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Five years in planning and due to be finished in early March, more than 23,000 solar panels will be floated on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir near Heathrow and used to generate power for local water treatment plants Construction of Europe’s largest floating solar panel array is underway on London’s Queen Elizabeth II reservoir. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Fiona Harvey...

read more

DESERT TOWER RAISES CHILE’S SOLAR POWER AMBITION TO NEW HEIGHTS...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   THE GUARDIAN Towering 200 metres above the desert, the Atacama 1 will harvest the sun’s energy from a surrounding field of giant mirrors. But the completion of the $1.1bn project, the first of its kind in Latin America, has been thrown into doubt by the financial difficulties of its Spanish owner Atacama 1 concentrated solar power plant being built by Spanish firm Abengoa in Chile. Photograph: Jonathan Watts for the Guardian Jonathan Watts in the Atacama desert Rising more than 200 metres above the vast, deserted plains of the Atacama desert, the second tallest building in Chile sits in such a remote location that it looks, from a distance, like the sanctuary of a reclusive prophet, a temple to ancient gods or the giant folly of a wealthy eccentric. Instead, this extraordinary...

read more

RENEWABLES ARE CHANGING THE CLIMATE NARRATIVE FROM SACRIFICE TO OPPORTUNITY...

Nov 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN Oil-rich countries are choosing renewables as a means to create jobs, boost GDP and improve livelihoods – as well as reduce emissions The solar plant Shams 1 in the desert of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Dramatically falling solar PV costs and visionary commitments by governments in the Middle East and North Africa are changing the economic equation of renewables. Photograph: Xinhua/Xinhua Press/Corbis Adnan Z. Amin The author is Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency     Accelerating signs of climate change and rising global temperatures are perhaps more pressing here in the Middle East, where the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) is headquartered, than anywhere else on the planet. Record-breaking temperatures made global headlines this year and a recent scientific study predicts the region will face heatwaves “beyond...

read more

AS STATE POLITICIANS RESIST OBAMA’S CLIMATE PLAN, WEST VIRGINIANS BUILD RENEWABLES ANYWAY...

Nov 4, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Mary Hansen, YES! Magazine | Report So far, the state isn’t stepping up to build a solar-powered future. That leaves the bulk of the work to West Virginia’s residents. (Photo: Installing solar panels via Shutterstock) West Virginia’s attorney general, Patrick Morrissey, and attorneys general from 23 other states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration. At issue was the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030, in an effort to hold off climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for enforcing the new rules, has suggested three strategies that states can combine as they see fit to achieve the cuts: make coal-fired power plants more efficient; meet new energy needs with natural gas; and develop renewable sources like wind and...

read more

SAUDI ARABIA PLOTS OUT A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE...

Oct 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT BY JARED GREEN “If Saudi Arabia can do this, any place can,” said Anica Landreneau, director of sustainable consulting at multi-disciplinary design firm HOK, at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas. The conservative Muslim country is planning a move away from oil towards clean energy and a shift away from a totally car-centric environment to one that offers public transit and encourages walking and biking. Saudi Arabia realizes it must go green to survive. Saudi Arabian government officials see peak oil coming by 2028, with exports declining precipitously after that. This is a major issue for the Saudi Arabian economy because oil accounts for 80 percent of total gross domestic product (GDP). In addition, Saudi Arabia, with a population of 28 million, expects to have 35 million more people by 2040. This...

read more

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT CLEARS HURDLE OUT OF THE WAY FOR SOLAR POWER TO FLOURISH...

Oct 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Erin Auel – Guest Contributor  CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/John Raoux In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Henry Plange, a power generation engineer, checks temperatures of solar panels at the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center, in Merritt Island, Fla. Industry experts rank Florida third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated.   Solar power could soon be flourishing the Sunshine State. Thursday morning the Florida Supreme Court approved an initiative for the 2016 ballot that would allow Floridians to vote to reduce the state’s restrictions on rooftop solar power. Although solar is growing exponentially nationwide, it has not thrived in Florida. Florida is one of a handful of states that prohibit residents from purchasing electricity from a source other than...

read more

A VERY BRIGHT IDEA IN PORTABLE LIGHTING...

Sep 11, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]    LIFE EDITED A couple years ago, we featured a prototype lighting system made by Voltaic Systems that was installed in the LifeEdited apartment. The light featured a CNC machined aluminum body and a bright, adjustable LED bulb. Since Voltaic’s main business is portable solar charging systems, the dangling light was connected to a ceiling receptacle that was connected to battery packs stored in a cabinet. Those batteries were connected to a small array of photovoltaic panels installed right outside one of the apartment’s windows (the batteries could also charge portable devices). While making a nifty and functional light for the apartment, the lighting system was ultimately designed to be a versatile light source that could be used and charged in any conditions. For the last few years Voltaic Systems has been tweaking...

read more

THIS JAW-DROPPING RESORT IS 100 PERCENT SOLAR POWERED...

Aug 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] INHABITAT The project’s solar panels, which are treated as a design element, generate around a megawatt of energy per day – more than is needed to power the entire resort. Excess energy is stored for rainy or cloudy weather. The island also has a desalination tank that yields a self-sufficient water supply, an efficient waste management system, and landscaping designed to minimize erosion. Yamazaki has incorporated the sustainable features of the property into a design that brings luxury to the forefront. The central jetty houses 52 villas, which branch off towards the water much like vertebrae from a spine. The villas are endowed with 12-foot soaring ceilings that curve up like cresting waves and roofs that are covered with shingles to reflect local building traditions. The three-room villas are each equipped with a...

read more

INDIA REVEALS WORLD’S FIRST 100 PERCENT SOLAR-POWERED AIRPORT...

Aug 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Ariha Setalvad  THE VERGE Tesla’s Elon Musk has long propagated the idea that solar is the power source of the future, and tech giants like Apple and Amazon have recently been pushing to reduce their dependence on non-renewables. But Cochin, a city in the South Indian state of Kerala, has upped the ante, announcing that its international airport will now run completely on solar power from 46,150 panels laid across 45 acres. The equivalent of planting three million trees According to a press release, Cochin International’s solar power station is expected to save 300,000 tons worth of carbon emissions over the next 25 years. That’s the equivalent of planting three million trees or not driving 750 million miles. The airport’s parent company, Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), plans to sell surplus energy from the new...

read more

GOOGLE WILL NOW TELL YOU IF YOU SHOULD PUT SOLAR PANELS ON YOUR ROOF...

Aug 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Eric Holthaus  GRIST This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Google’s been busy rebranding itself as a 21st-century jack-of-all-trades. On Monday, it announced a revolutionary way of finding an easy answer to one of the most difficult questions for climate-conscious homeowners: Should I install solar panels? Enter Project Sunroof, an application of Google Maps that aims to quickly cut through the paralyzingly complicated calculations that go into whether your house is well-suited to generate its own power from that giant nuclear furnace in the sky. Project Sunroof uses Google Maps’ 3D modeling (currently available for hundreds of U.S. cities) to get an idea of your roof’s size and orientation and the amount of shade cast by nearby buildings and trees. It combines...

read more

THESE SOLAR PANELS MIGHT NOT BE THAT EFFICIENT, BUT THEY SURE DO LOOK PRETTY...

Aug 4, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Eindhoven University of Technology By Clayton Aldern GRIST The band of your local renewables enthusiast: Solar panels are ugly. They might save our world someday, but photovoltaic cells weren’t exactly designed for their aesthetic properties. This can make for a horde of irked neighbors if you end up tossing them indiscriminately onto a house. But these solar panels are different (#NotAllSolarPanels). A team of Dutch researchers is piloting a new type of panel that comes in a variety of colors and — drumroll — doubles as a sound barrier on a highway. Wired has the story: These panels, installed on A2 Highway near Den Bosch, use a new kind of renewable energy technology called luminescent solar concentrators (LSC). Unlike typically metallic solar panels, these are red, yellow, and translucent. They are also cheaper than standard silicon-based...

read more

HAVE YOU HEARD OF SOLAR DESALINATION? IF NOT, YOU WILL SOON...

Jul 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Ari PhillipsCLIMATE CHANGE CREDIT: Courtesy of WaterFX. The parabolic solar panels at WaterFX’s demonstration solar desalination plant in California’s Panoche Water and Drainage District. Solar power turns the sun’s energy into electricity. Desalination removes unwanted minerals from saltwater so it can be used for drinking or agriculture. These two technologies have typically been employed separately in the effort to live more sustainably and limit dependence on finite resources. Now in California, a company has found a way to merge the two with the aim of providing long-term relief to farmers suffering the impacts of the state’s devastating four-year drought. The implications are far-reaching, as agriculture accounts for 80 percent of water use in California and roughly 70 percent of water use globally. In California alone, there is an estimated one million acre-feet...

read more

COLORFUL NOISE-POLLUTION BARRIERS GENERATE SOLAR ENERGY IN THE NETHERLANDS...

Jul 14, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] TRANSPORTATION Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands by Cat DiStasio, INHABITAT Technology research is often about finding ways to combine two different functions into one tool or, as you might have heard it said before, kill two birds with one stone. In the Netherlands, a consortium of research facilities and energy companies is a little closer to doing just that. By combining solar energy generation with much-needed noise-reduction barriers along a busy Dutch highway, the team hopes to prove that they’ve developed an environmentally-friendly solution to two of modern life’s biggest challenges.   Michael Debije at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is the researcher who developed the original concept, which he expressed in a report published in the journal Nature in March 2015. The technology is known...

read more

SOLAR IMPULSE LANDS IN HAWAII AFTER LONGEST NON-STOP SOLO FLIGHT IN HISTORY ON SOLAR POWER!...

Jul 3, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Solar power Veteran pilot tested to the limit of endurance on record-breaking solar-powered flight across the Pacific, on the eighth leg of round-the-world journey Pilot André Borschberg lands after having been in the air for just under 118 hours Emma Howard  THE GUARDIAN A solar plane attempting the world’s first flight around the globe has landed in Hawaii, after breaking the record for the longest non-stop solo flight in history. Solar Impulse 2, piloted by the Swiss pilot André Borschberg, took off from Nagoya in Japan at 3am on Monday, for the five-day crossing of the Pacific Ocean, the riskiest leg of its journey. At 72 hours into the eighth leg of its 22,000-mile circumnavigation, Borschberg broke the endurance record for a solo flight. “The next leg is what I call the moment...

read more

THE ENERGY REVOLUTION HAS 1 PERCENTERS SHAKING IN THEIR BOOTS...

Jun 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Director Shalini Kantayya talks to Salon about the incredible potential of solar power Lindsay Abrams SALON.COM   When you hear about Richmond, California — on the environmental beat, at least — it’s usually in the context of the Chevron oil refinery, one of the country’s biggest, that casts its long shadow over the city. There was the fire and explosion in 2012 that sent toxic fumes into the surrounding Bay Area. There are the continuing worries about the long-term health effects facing the people who breathed those fumes in. There’s the everyday air pollution, and the everyday risk, that comes from living in the refinery’s vicinity and, more quietly, there’s the big money Chevron pumps into local elections to ensure none of this is examined too closely. “The only time you ever saw...

read more

SUNLIGHT STRIKING EARTH’S SURFACE IN ONE HOUR DELIVERS ENOUGH ENERGY TO POWER THE WORLD FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR...

Jun 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Around the world, solar installations are growing by leaps and bounds on residential and commercial rooftops and in solar farms that can cover thousands of acres. By Lester R. Brown / Earth Policy Institute  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Juergen Faelchle/Shutterstock In April 1954, top scientists gathered in Washington, D.C., to hear something new: voice and music broadcast by a solar-powered radio transmitter. Scientists at Bell Labs in New Jersey were demonstrating their invention, the first practical solar cell, which was made of silicon. This breakthrough paved the way for the solar revolution taking place today on rooftops and in massive ground-mounted solar farms around the world. Solar cells, also called solar photovoltaics or PV, powered U.S. satellites during the 1960s space race with the Soviet Union. But PV technology was still too expensive...

read more

Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions...

May 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] INHABITAT by chaukorstudio, Chakour Studios is aiming to provide creative and comfortable spaces for children where they can learn and play using modular design that offers flexibility and ease. Depending on where the pod is used, the user can plug in various materials based on local functional requirements, climate, cost and regional availability.  Called Plug n Play, the very first building will be situated within the grounds of Tsast Altai school in the west of Mongolia, where the module will be designed to take advantage of local conditions and materials. Once completed, the space will host 100 pupils in an environmentally-friendly space that can withstand the extreme Mongolian climate. Pre-engineered metal pipes and fittings are used to provide framework to the module, providing modularity and flexibility, and additional panels can be installed as needed. Wood-wool floor panels are used to...

read more

Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs...

Apr 13, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Lucy Wang, 04/09/15 filed under: Architecture, gallery, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Sustainable Building   San Francisco-based Anderson Anderson Architecture recently completed a prototype for an energy-positive relocatable classroom in Ewa Beach, Hawaii that can produce four times more energy than it needs. The solar-powered modular classroom prototype was developed as part of the Aloha State’s plans to replace 10,000 portable classrooms over the next 10 years—currently a quarter of Hawaiian students study in poor-quality, energy-inefficient portable units. The energy-positive prototype offers an optimized educational environment and is designed to maximize energy conservation while producing electricity and water.   Prefabricated off-site as three modules, the 960-square-foot portable classroom is topped with a distinctive sawtooth roof that uses north-facing windows to optimize ventilation and natural daylight to the interior. The solar panels that clad...

read more

Spain Got 47 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewables In March...

Apr 2, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily AtkinCLIMATE PROGRESS People visit the Santa Coloma de Gramenet cemetery, outside Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The city council has installed 462 solar panels on top of the grave niches. The energy they produce, equivalent to the yearly consumption of 60 homes, flows into the local energy grid and is one community’s odd and pioneering nod to the fight against global warming. CREDIT: AP Photo/Manu Fernandez Spain is getting the vast majority of its electricity from carbon-free sources, the country’s grid operator reported on Tuesday. CREDIT: ree.es According to Red Electrica de Espana (REE), the Spanish peninsula got 69 percent of its electricity generation in March from technologies that produce zero carbon emissions — that is to say, renewable energy plus some of its nuclear power. Nuclear as a whole...

read more

France Says New Roofs Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels...

Mar 20, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Ari PhillipsCLIMATEL PROGRESS CREDIT: shutterstock The sky’s the limit under France’s new green rooftop law. According to a new French law approved on Thursday, rooftops on new buildings in commercial zones across France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels. Green roofs, which cover rooftop space with a layer of grasses, shrubs, flowers, and other forms of flora, offer a number of benefits. They create an insulating effect, reducing the amount of energy needed to heat or cool a building depending on the season. They increase local access to green space, which often comes at a premium in urban environments. They retain rainwater, thus decreasing runoff and any related drainage issues. They provide a space for urban wildlife, such as birds, to congregate and even nest, and they reduce...

read more

Jordan’s 6,000 Mosques Will Soon All Have Rooftop Solar...

Feb 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   by Ari PhillipsCLIMATE PROGRESS The Abu Darweesh Mosque in Amman, Jordan. CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons/David Bjorgen Unlike many of its Middle Eastern neighbors, Jordan is not blessed with copious oil and gas resources. In an already fragile region, subject to the whims of the international oil market and regional unrest, Jordan relies on fossil fuel imports to meet around 95 percent of its energy demand. Not only is this geopolitically ill-advised, it is also economically detrimental: these imports account for 40 percent of the country’s budget. For instance, the Arab Gas Pipeline, which runs through Jordan from Egypt and is a principal source of Jordanian natural gas, has suffered severely from uprisings in the Sinai Peninsula and Syria over the last couple years. Insert renewables. Late last year Jordan’s energy minister announced that...

read more

SOLAR INDUSTRY PREPARES FOR BATTLE AGAINST KOCH BROTHERS’ FRONT GROUPS...

Feb 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Ken Johnson, Solar Energy Industries Association VIA ECO WATCH Mark Twain said it best, there are “lies, damned lies and statistics.” It’s hard to tell which is which after closely reviewing the latest hatchet job on solar energy by the Koch brothers’ front group, The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA). If the Koch brothers and their minions want to have a discussion about the solar ITC, then let’s have one at the same time about intangible drilling costs and the oil depletion allowance. Photo credit: Shutterstock Aside from spelling solar correctly, much of the report, Filling the Solar Sinkhole, is untrue or misleading—including its basic assertion that the U.S. solar industry receives $39 billion in annual subsidies. Seriously? How can that be? How can an industry with a U.S. market value of $15 billion...

read more

Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixte…...

Feb 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]     <p>Your browser does not support iframes.</p> view this image in original size ( 728 x 466 ) The ranch is nestled in the rolling hills of West Marin in northern California.   The net-zero ranch comprises a cluster of buildings that frame and protect a sunny central courtyard from strong winds. The courtyard’s plunge pool and hot tub were strategically placed to overlook views of Mount Tamalpais. The spacious interior features large communal areas as well as numerous bedrooms and bunkrooms to accommodate an extended family of sixteen. Reclaimed wood floors line the open-plan dining and living spaces. Related: Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest Clad in handsome Western red cedar and topped with a corrugated zinc roof, the solar-powered house includes zoned radiant heat and...

read more

The Solar Industry Created More Jobs In 2014 Than Oil And Gas Extraction...

Jan 19, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock The solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the national average last year, according to an annual report. The report, published Thursday by the Solar Foundation, found that more than 31,000 solar jobs were added in the U.S. between November 2013 and November 2014. According to the report, 85 percent of those jobs were new, rather than jobs that already existed but which added additional solar responsibilities. There are now a total of 173,807 people in the U.S. with jobs related to solar power, a number that’s increased by 87 percent over the last five years. CREDIT: The Solar Foundation Most of the employment in the solar industry — 55.8 percent — is in jobs related to solar installation, the report...

read more

Report: Forget Stocks, Invest In Solar Panels...

Jan 13, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Tom Kenworthy  CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo Think solar is a poor investment? Guess again. A new study by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center finds that in all but 4 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., installing a fully-financed 5 kilowatt solar panel system makes more financial sense than investing in a popular stock market index fund. Further, the same system would beat the costs of buying energy from local utilities in 42 of those 50 cities. “(S)olar is now not just an option for the rich, but a real opportunity for anyone looking to take greater control over their monthly utility bills and make a long-term, relatively low-risk investment,” concludes the study which was done under funding by the U.S. Department of Energy. A key qualifier in this...

read more

VIDEO: Live and work off the grid with Voltaic’s portable 17 watt solar panels...

Dec 31, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by Tafline Laylin,INHABITAT In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed, thanks to companies like Voltaic Systems who are leading the charge with a new generation of super-affordable, durable, and portable solar panels. When they heard that I was converting my Ford Transit Connect XL into a self-sufficient live and work eco-mobile, Voltaic generously donated a pair of 17-watt solar panels, along with accompanying V72 batteries, that I can use to charge my cell phone and laptop far from any electrical outlet. And the best part? I didn’t have to drill a single hole in my van to install them. When it came...

read more