Nancy and I had the great pleasure of meeting Scott and Julie Brusaw of Solar Roadways in Sandpoint, ID this last week while vacationing.
They graciously spent an hour showing us how they make their panels and answering all of our questions about how they work.
I was very excited to see their technology, first hand, and learn about their new applications for homes.
We were amazed to learn that every panel is installed by hand right now and to hear about how they plan to someday automate their installation process.
It is definitely something we plan to keep an eye on and we are proud to share the industry with such innovative people.
They have a brilliant concept here that could completely transform the future!
Leave us a comment below to tell us what you think!
The capabilities of today's technology is absolutely amazing, and just keeps improving day after day. Google has recently launched it's newest non-searchable venture called Google Sunroof.
If you are a skeptic about solar power and it's benefits then this website is for you.
Right now it is only available in a few areas, but someday soon they could be analyzing the solar potential of every building in the country.
It works by taking an address and calculating the average amount of hours-per-year of sunlight for that particular rooftop.
It then gives you an analysis of how many solar panels you could fit in that location as well as the amount of money you could potentially save by installing them.
There is still a lot of skepticism and ignorance when it comes to solar energy.
People just don't appreciate the amount of money they could save over the long term or the volume of solar power that is currently bouncing off their roofs, unused.
This website aims to eliminate the skeptics and ignorance while showing them what they are missing out on!
While offshore oil and gas drilling is the slowest, dirtiest, most hazardous and expensive way to produce energy - investing in clean energy would create four times as many jobs as investing the same amount of money in oil.
We need energy efficiency coupled with new, advanced, sophisticated, clean renewable energy technologies such as solar energy.
What we can do is thank Florida Senators Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson for their continued strong opposition to drilling and spilling oil on America’s best beaches, drilling that would ruin our state’s number one economic resource: our beach sand.
People in other states can help by getting their Senators to take Florida drilling out of the Senate’s energy bill.
Renewable energy technology works extremely well in an iPad world!
As renewable and solar energy continue to gain global awareness one of the most common questions people have is:
"How Do I Power My Home From the Sun?"
The answer is with a Solar Electric Photovoltaic System.
Solar Electric Photovoltaic Systems, sometimes referred to as PV Systems, have many benefits:
- Reduce your electric bill.
- Take advantage of tax benefits and rebates.
- Help our country become less dependent on fossil fuels.
- And - Watch your meter spin backward (we never get tired of this!)
Here's a lesson for you on the basics of solar electricity --
The direct conversion of sunlight into electricity is known as photovoltaics or PV for short...
Photovoltaics (PV) is a technology that uses semiconductors to convert solar radiation into direct current electricity.
If you live in south Florida, the next time you drive across Alligator Alley take note of the many small modules powering the lights along the road, or the next time you stop at a road construction site notice the modules powering the signage.
After many decades of improvement and a decrease in the cost, solar technology is becoming more common in the United States.
For the home, there are two categories of PV:
- Grid-tied - where the home is connected to the utility grid and supple- ments energy needs by generating its own electricity with photovoltaics; and
- Off-grid, where the home is located too far from the utility cable so it generates all of its own energy with PV systems and often other sources.
Residential and commercial grid-tied PV systems, or supplemental power systems, have become the largest growth sector for PV.
There are four major components that make up a batteryless, grid-tied PV system:
- PV modules
- The inverter
- A mounting system and
- The balance of system (or BOS).
The PV modules generate DC electricity from sunlight.
They are grouped and wired together into what is called a PV array. The DC electricity is converted to AC electricity by the inverter and fed to the utility.
Mounting systems are the structures that hold the PV modules and they vary depending upon the type of roof. Finally, the balance of the system includes the module wiring, combiners, junction boxes, and disconnects.
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