I was recently in front of a large, friendly group of open-minded people, when I stated my mission...“I want to help people replace their use of fossil fuels with renewable energy within 10 years or sooner.”The speaker interrupted me and asked a very simple question: “Why? Why would you want to do that?”I was surprised, not only by the interruption, but also because in the 35 years I’ve been in the solar industry, no one has ever asked me that question directly.My reply was inadequate due to my ineptness of thinking fast on my feet, but, after further consideration… you…
The Bundesrepublik Deutschland and the Pacific Northwest in the United States have one major thing in common – they both get about the same amount of sunshine which translates to “a lot of cloudy days” in plain American English.In Germany, where the clouds rarely seem to part, there are more photovoltaic installations than anywhere else and it is the third largest producer of solar cells and modules after China and Japan.So why in the world is Germany the worldwide leader in solar energy and what does that have to do with the Florida Gators?The answer to that question is Feed-in Tariffs or…
On October 27, 2009, Rhone Resch - President & CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association -- declared, in the City of Anaheim, California, a Solar Bill of Rights...And we find it very inspirational!Here you go...The Solar Bill of RightsWe declare these rights not on behalf of our companies, but on behalf of our customers and our country.  We seek no more than the freedom to compete on equal terms and no more than the liberty for consumers to choose the energy source they think best.1.      Americans have the right to put solar on their homes or businesses. Restrictive covenants, onerous connection rules,…
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 15:42

The Basics of Solar Electricity

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…

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