Renewable Energy Options for Businesses and Homes

A globe out of solar panels as a symbol for Renewable Energy

For the past several decades, there has been a growing awareness of the need for moving away from the dependence on nonrenewable fossil fuels as energy sources, which have been in heavy use for more than a century. The key question has been that of finding renewable sources that could compete at least reasonably well with their fossil fuel counterparts. Although … Read More

Green Energy Options

A bulb on a plant on green background as symbol for green energy

Due to the non-sustainability of traditional fossil fuels, and the adverse environmental impacts incurred in obtaining these fuels and in using them for energy generation, the world is investing concerted effort and resources into increasing the use of renewable energy sources. Some of these, in particular hydropower, have been in use for many decades, while others are still maturing as … Read More

Solar Panel and Solar Cell Performance Versus Cost Improvements

Solar Power Cost comparison chart

Like the computer microchip, the evolution of solar panel and solar cell performance has been dramatic and is accelerating. Richard Swanson, founder of SunPower wrote a seminal paper in 2006 where he forecast how a steady and steep fall in the cost of solar panel production over time would lead to a corresponding increase in the deployment of solar panels. … Read More

The Rise and Rise of Solar Panel Related Jobs

Solar installation on a roof with workers

There is currently a boom underway for employment in the renewable energy sector worldwide, led by the U.S., where more than 769,000 people were employed in renewable energy in the US in 2015. These findings have just been published by the International Renewable Energy Agency in its latest Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review. In particular, this report and other … Read More

Photovoltaic Cells – The Foundation of a Revolution

A Photovoltaic Cell

Photovoltaic cells (also known as PV cells) are small light-sensitive electronic devices that produce electrical current when exposed to sunlight. When grouped together in solar panels, and groups of solar panels, they form the basis for the most powerful form of renewable energy on the planet. Since the world has a growing appetite for electricity, especially in this digital age, … Read More

CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) Explained

Concentrated Solar Power installation

CSP is a powerful and exciting technology for large-scale solar power generation. Although it has been in use since the 1980’s, it is still seen as somewhat new and emerging, with innovation and efficiency improvements under active development. The total power generated by CSP is small compared to Photovoltaic (PV) solar power, but there is significant scope for the amount … Read More

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy Explained

Photovoltaic System on grassland

From early applications in space exploration, to solar calculators to modern solar power generation, photovoltaic (PV) solar energy has become a significant contributor to the clean energy mix globally. This limitless form of renewable energy is growing rapidly and now extends well beyond meeting the fundamental need for our growing appetite for low-cost electricity. Photovoltaic /PV solar energy is increasingly … Read More

Solar Charger Key Facts

A solar charger was once something only conceivable for use by NASA. Nowadays, they are literally everywhere, as an indispensable accessory for modern living in our ‘always connected’ age. A solar charger can literally make the vital difference between being connected and being cut off when a mobile phone runs out of battery power. Fortunately, the cost and wide variety … Read More

Solar Panels for Sale – Key Considerations

A solar panel installation

Solar panels for sale is the kind of phrase that evokes the feeling of a discount sale. However, as in all purchases, especially those of such significance and with the level of investment involved in such a purchase, there a number of key considerations that must be borne in mind in order to make a well informed and successful purchase. … Read More

Active Building Facades

A futuristic active Facade

As more and more businesses and public sector organizations embrace the opportunity and requirement for leveraging renewable energy, an increasing number of them are turning to solar power solutions. As good as rooftop solar system installations are, they can only generate so much energy, so the question is how to extend that capability. Mounting traditional solar panels on the sides … Read More