Target to Install 100 MW of solar power panels

by Solarexpert on April 6, 2015

Target has announced they will be installing 180 MW worth of solar power panels on 180 stores over the next 18 months.

Now that’s pretty impressive.

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The Case for Home Solar Power

by Solarexpert on August 11, 2012

DIY Solar Power SystemHome solar power, despite it’s high price in comparison to ways of generating electricity, is great for three applications –

  1. As an emergency source of power
  2. In a remote location when other sources of power simply aren’t available
  3. For mobile applications such as an RV or off road vehicle

This insight was recently shared by John Robb on his excellent Resilient Community blog. (Worth a read and subscribing to if you’re seriously interested in resilient living, which includes solar power.)

Now I’m a big fan of having a solar power system installed in your home for multiple reasons, including the above but also because having solar panels on your roof gives you control over the electrical power supply to your home.  Since electrical power is so important to functioning in modern day society I personally don’t want to be in a situation where I don’t have power for an appreciable length of time and that means I want to have solar power installed in my home.

As Mr. Robb states, solar power systems are still expensive, especially when they are not subsidized, but the missing element is not the cost of the system, rather it is the cost of “not” having power for a long period of time.

Here’s a fact…the US power grid is old, antiquated and overtaxed, as evidenced by the frequent outages that occur throughout the country when the weather heats up and people fire up their air conditioners.  And the hotter it gets the more likely we are to have a power outage, just as we’ve seen this past summer.

No easy fix for Eastern power outages

Heat Wave knocks out power

 Southern California Edison Power Outage map

Okay, I’m not picking on John Robb because I do agree with him that for the majority of people the three situations he mentions comprise the best “value” applications for home solar power.  And I heartily endorse his recommended course of action, which is to cheaply install small scale D-I-Y type solar installations with enough generating capacity to meet your most critical needs.  for me this would be enough power for my computer, my refrigerator and freezer, and some lights.  This is a bare minimum but if the power was out for days, as has happened and will happen again in the future.

If your interested in solar power for your home, whether it’s to prepare for an emergency or simply to supplement your existing power supply (and saving you money), you can start here – Solar Power Systems for your Home

photo by: Dave Dugdale

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US Military to increase use of solar power

August 8, 2012

In what can only be viewed as good news by the solar power industry the Defense department has announced that it will be encouraging the development of alternative power sources, primarily solar and wind power, on bases in the Southwestern United States. You can read more about it here…Solar Power, Wind Power get boost from […]

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Solar Power Panels – Determining optimum Tilt

August 4, 2012

Solar Power panels generate electricity by converting the sun’s energy into electricity.  It’s simply common sense that more sun on the panels equals more power generated…and more energy saves you more money. While solar panels will still generate electricity from diffused and reflected sunlight you will obtain optimum performance when the amount of direct sunlight […]

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Solar Power – Never ending energy from the sun

August 3, 2012

One of the nicest things about solar power is that it relies on the sun, which is an inexhaustible source of energy.  (Okay, it’s not “inexhaustible”.  It will burn out someday. But for our purposes and the purposes of many generations after us the sun will be there providing clean power for our homes and […]

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Home Solar Power for 2012

January 2, 2012

Should you “bite the bullet” and install a home solar power system in your home in 2012?  Not only does Solar Power offer you a way to lessen your impact on the planet and environment, it can also make it easier to weather the tough economy and real estate environment that looks like might be […]

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Solar Power Systems – 6 reasons to choose solar power

November 26, 2011

With the rising costs of energy and the concerns about pollution solar power is being considered by more and more homeowners.  Even in today’s turbulent and uncertain real estate market solar power systems are popular.  Here are six(6) reasons to consider solar power for your home or business. 1.  Solar power provides carbon-free, clean energy. […]

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Solar Electric Power Options

November 15, 2011

There are three main options available for solar electric power systems installed on your home.  They are: Grid-Tied Solar Electric Power System – A grid-tied system integrates your solar power panels into the local electrical grid.  The grid supplies power to your home when your solar panels are not producing enough power, like at night, on cloudy days or […]

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California achieves 1 Gigawatt

November 13, 2011

The State of California, which heavily subsidizes the solar power industry, recently hit an important solar power milestone. Solar Power panels capable of generating more than one Gigawatt of power have been installed on roofs in the state. The article is here…California hits 1 gigawatt milestone. Many of these were a result of the California […]

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DIY Solar Power Systems

November 11, 2011

The most affordable way to install solar power systems is to do it yourself.  Costs vary depending on your level of skill (if you need people to help you, you may have to pay them) and the cost of the solar components.  A great place to find used or surplus solar power system components is […]

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