Once your company has decided to go solar, it's time to think about how you are going to manage the installation and upkeep of your solar power system. Since solar isn't your main business but rather a way to cut costs and help the environment, you shouldn't be expected to handle all the details surrounding your solar installation. Too often companies try to keep their solar asset management in-house, and wind up spending more money than is necessary for the installation and management of their solar power. The good news is that you can outsource your solar... Read More
For companies concerned with going green, solar energy isn't just the latest watchword. It's a long-term investment strategy that has the potential to revolutionize not only the way the company gets its energy, but also the way it views future projects and needs. Solar energy has a number of benefits, not all of which are immediately obvious.
It's a long-term investment.
When you choose solar power for your business, you aren't trying it out as a short-term project. Instead, you're making a long-term investment that will pay off for your business for years to come. Many... Read More
Texas has long been a leader in oil and gas energy, ever since the first oil well at Spindletop produced a gusher and ushered in the modern oil industry. More recently, Texas has become a leader in wind energy, with wind farms in the Panhandle and West Texas making the Lone Star State the biggest wind producer in the country.
Now, according to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, Texas is poised to become a leader in a third form of energy production: solar.
Pecos County, which lies between San Antonio and El Paso, at the edge of the Permian Basin oil formation, is... Read More
Scientists all over the world have contributed to the development of solar power. For both heat and light energy sources, the sun’s power has been considered a solution to yesterday’s and today’s energy challenges. These international innovators laid the foundation for the solar industry as it is known today.
In 1767, Horace Benedict de Saussure created an insulated box covered with three layers of glass to absorb the sun’s heat. The Swiss scientist had developed the first solar oven, which was capable of reaching over 200° Fahrenheit. Sixty years later, in 1839, the photovoltaic (... Read More
Even though it has been around since the 1950s, solar energy has only recently become heralded as a green alternative to fossil fuels and a way to save the earth, while still meeting our electrical needs. With the advances in solar technology and improved access to financing options, many schools are beginning to install solar arrays, in order to create their own microgrids that benefit both the school and the surrounding community.
Though schools across the United States are beginning to realize the benefits of solar energy, many have yet to explore the possibilities that this... Read More
People all over the world are waking up to the unpleasant realities of global warming and the effects burning fossil fuels has on its acceleration. With most current energy sources being both harmful to the environment and non-renewable, many countries are beginning to utilize solar energy as a more sustainable energy solution.
One country currently investing in many new solar projects is India. As you’ll see, India’s solar projects have seen a great deal of success so far. By learning from India’s innovative approaches to solar energy, businesses, individuals and countries alike... Read More
Israel is a technologically advanced country with a startup culture that has begun to rival that of Silicon Valley. As a result, one would think that this “startup nation” would be a prime location for emerging solar energy companies. Yet despite this and their abundant solar resources, specifically in the Negev Desert, Israel has continued to lag behind in solar energy development — until now.
Many believe that Israeli government bureaucracy, nationalized ownership of resources, and a legacy of the Jewish state’s socialist past have combined to stall the development of renewable... Read More
With the recent cultural push toward clean energy and a reduced carbon footprint, solar energy has seen a massive boost in interest (from both the public and private sectors). More and more people are looking to solar systems as a sustainable solution to their energy needs, and because of this, the demand for engineers with a working knowledge of the solar industry is rising.
A strong engineering team is integral to the success of any solar energy company. From conceptualizing to building and installing solar units, engineers are the life force behind advancements in solar... Read More
The Dutch have been some of the leading innovators in designing and implementing unique solar energy solutions. In recent years, they’ve worked to create solar energy units that go beyond the standard rooftop or remote farm panels that simply harvest the light of the sun and turn it into clean, renewable energy. They’ve focused on creating solar units that can actually become a part of the urban landscape, in the form of bike paths, roads, and walls.
Solar Bike Paths
In 2014, Science Alert reported that a Dutch company, called Solaroad, installed a solar bike path in the... Read More