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

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

Impacts of Government Incentives on Solar Power Growth

A Man sitting at a computer saying tax incentives

The solar energy industry has to date been supported significantly by government incentives for solar power, led by Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) and tax credits. These incentives have been credited widely with having huge positive impacts in kick-starting the adoption of solar power globally. It has also been clear that whenever the future of these incentives has become uncertain, there have … 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

Outdoor Standalone Solar Generating Stations for Home, Businesses & Public Spaces

Solar Station in a City

Imagine you’ve just received one of those ‘requests you can’t refuse’ from your boss. You discover that you’ve been asked (okay, directed) to undertake a ‘special project’ (which could mean almost anything, right, from “Yippee!” to “Oh no, what have I got myself into?”). Here’s the assignment… The mission Your boss (and his boss, i.e. the Board) want to make … 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

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