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Solar Innovation: SOLAR IMPULSE'S FIRST ROUND-THE-WORLD SOLAR FLIGHT

Another truly amazing example of solar innovation: SOLAR IMPULSE'S FIRST ROUND-THE-WORLD SOLAR FLIGHT Solar Impulse is the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel. Their challenge is to attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. A way for Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their [...]

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You Don’t Have to Go “All In” to Win with Solar

There’s been a steady trend of diversification in our energy sources. Yes, coal and oil still serve as the world’s primary fuels, but the abundance and low price of other resources (natural gas, for example) is getting energy companies to rethink their approach to meeting the always increasing demand. So, they’re also bringing nuclear, hydroelectric, [...]

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Top 5 Reasons to Go Solar

In my recent post, I said that I want to work for a company that not only succeeds but does so by providing products and services that are good for the environment and deliver value to the people that use them. But when you think about it, there’s really more to it than that. The [...]

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The Next Step to a Bright Future

I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Russell Shriver, the new President of Solar Sphere. Last June, I took the reins from Kriss and Sue Bergethon, who in the last six years built many lasting relationships with people committed to bringing solar energy into their lives. I share their (and your) passion for alternative [...]

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The Solar Bimini Part 4

Fiber(itchy)glass:Fortunately, as a youth of 16, my girlfriend’s father was a mechanic at a boat store in the Folsom Lake, California, area. I was delivering the Sacramento Union, 623 copies during the week and 712 on Sundays every morning between 4:00 AM when the bundles were dumped in my driveway and before 6:30 when [...]

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Solar Costs Down By As Much As 50%

This happened just a couple weeks ago, I just had to share it.A few years ago, in the summer of 2011 to be exact, we sold an off grid solar backup system to Hawaii Public Radio.We detailed their system in a prior post.The station was on a limited budget (aren't we all). But radio is [...]

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A Recent Type of Driveway Lighting – Buy a Solar Powered Lamp Post

Yard lighting has multiple uses and fantastic benefits. People tend to deter from outdoor lighting because it can be costly to install additional wiring to power these lights. Along with the cost of installing and burying wires, it increases your power bill. Solar lighting is a great solution for outdoor illumination. Not [...]

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The Solar Bimini Part 3: The Build

Continued from part 2Read from the beginningThe Build: Considerations:For a boat, there are a lot of things to consider. However, let’s just consider the basics. Clearance Panels to BoomCockpit Deck to Bimini(overhead) Area The Bimini also provides handholds for maneuvering around the boat in rough seas.The Bimini and mounted solar panels must not impede [...]

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The Solar Bimini Part 2

continued from part 1.Still, they are a definite option because they do work at night. Solar is an option and the one chosen for Patience. Solar Power is in direct proportion to the number of tiny little photons the sun gives off for free. The system has no moving [...]

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The Solar Bimini Part 1

The Solar Sphere team is excited to share a series of blog posts that were written by one of our customers. Kelly from Richmond Hill, GA (Fort McAlister Marina) is the proud owner of a Tartan TOCK that goes by the name of Patience. In this 5-part series Kelly will walk us through the installation [...]

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