Solar Battery Key Facts

A battery with solar panels in it as a symbol for solar batteries

Although solar panels are the visible parts of solar energy systems and receive by far the most attention, the humble solar battery is poised to play an equally prominent role in the solar power world. Because solar batteries maximize the use of the power generated by solar systems, they have a pronounced effect on bringing down electricity bills and reducing … 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

Solar Panel Cost – Major Factors to Consider

A Man installing a solar panel

As with any significant purchase, there is a vital distinction to be made, between headline ‘price’, and actual ‘cost’, once the broader considerations are taken into account. This article focuses on solar panel cost from a holistic perspective, as the significant investment that a solar energy system represents. In examining the purchase and investment from this viewpoint, several key factors … 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

The Ins and Outs of Solar Lights

Solar Light in a Garden

Solar lights are a very common and highly versatile solution for providing free outdoor lighting, particularly during summer and lighter parts of the year, but also potentially throughout the winter. They are typically low-cost, require virtually zero maintenance and are free to operate. In addition, they provide attractive aesthetic benefits as well as serving highly functional purposes, doing so at … Read More

Solar Water Heater Key Facts

On the roof: a Solar Water Heater Installation

While solar PV systems are rightly recognized as a major driver for the solar energy movement and the growth of green energy overall, solar water heater systems also have a significant role to play. On average, hot water consumes 18% of a typical family energy bill, and solar water heaters are an excellent means of meeting this demand, via clean, … Read More

Solar System Typical and Minimum Site Requirements

A solar panel and behind the sun as a symbol for solar system requirements

Solar power is an exciting and rapidly growing alternative to traditional energy sources, which are not as clean and certainly not sustainable. However, before considering embarking on a potential solar installation, it is essential to ensure that the proposed system meets the minimum requirements, from legal, safety and environmental perspectives, starting in the planning phase. Although rigorous, these requirements do … 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

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

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