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September 09, 2010

Five Easy Solar Options for the Home

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Perhaps you've seen one of a few micro-inverter-type solar products on the market and wondered whether you could install a solar system at home.  Unless you're an electrician, that may or may not be a good idea, but these products (some available now and others coming to market) make it a whole lot easier to get started generating solar energy at home.  Check these five:

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August 24, 2010

Easy Plug-In Solar from Clarian Power

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Clarian Power, a start up from Seattle, is on a mission to help homeowners everywhere generate energy from renewable energy.  The company developed a proprietary power module that plugs into an existing outlet.  In other words, their Sunfish solar product, which is slated for retail availability next year, installs without a dedicated electrical panel and does not require contractors, installers, or additional wires. 

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July 29, 2010

Sleek Blink Charging Stations for EVs

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Earlier we took a look at GE Wattstation and the Coulomb CT500, but there's another player, ECOtality, that's looking to stake a claim in this area.  The company just unveiled their sexy new electric vehicle charging station, Blink, which will be available in two models, one a wall-mount for the home and the other a stand-alone unit for commercial use. 

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July 27, 2010

Intelligent EV Charging for the Home

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While not as sexy as the WattStation, Coulomb Technologies today unveiled a new charging station that could be found in thousands of homes across the country over the next few years. Referred to as CT500, the Level II charging station is compatible with electric vehicles using the SAE J1772 standard and is perfect for residential or light commercial use. 

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July 16, 2010

Solar Powered Homes in Sunny SoCal

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There's a massive residential community under construction in Santa Fe Springs in Los Angeles County.  Comstock Homes, developer of The Villages at Heritage Springs, says it's the largest solar powered community in the nation, which is partially why it's so interesting.  These California homes come with roof-integrated Sunpower Suntiles, and they're built for efficiency, too. 

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July 15, 2010

Goodbye Gas Station, Hello WattStation!

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As electric vehicles begin to proliferate, GE wants to be there to help you charge up at home or on the road.  With the design assistance of Yves Béhar of fuseproject, the multinational company just released details of the all new GE WattStation.  WattStation has an LED interface and retractable cable to provide a charge in about 4-8 hours, assuming a 24 kWh battery. 

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July 13, 2010

Flexible Lightweight Solar by SoloPower

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Today SoloPower announced the launch of its inaugural thin-film, CIGS-based solar product called SFX1-i.  The company says SFX1-i is lightweight and flexible, while other outlets, such as Greentech Media, report that the modules have an efficiency of 10.5 to 11 percent. 

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July 08, 2010

Solar Trees Grow on Parking Structures

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A couple years ago we mentioned that the University of California San Diego was in the process of installing rows of Solar Trees on top of the Hopkins and Gilman Parking Structures.  These parking lots, and the company that makes them, Envision Solar, received a mention by the NY Times recently.  That's because Envision Solar has a novel approach -- putting solar and shade in otherwise unused and unshaded parking lots. 

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July 01, 2010

New Portable Solar Powered Carports

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Seems like a rare situation when a person will need both a carport and solar panels on top of the carport -- as opposed to on the house or somewhere else.  But assuming the stars align and you're in the market, Phat Energy wants to be there to help you out.  The company just unveiled their prototype PHATport 350 in the outdoor section of Dwell on Design 2010.

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June 22, 2010

Roof Integrated Solar with Ceramic Tiles

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Area Industrie Ceramiche makes a red clay roof tile that the Italian company claims is very resistant to weather and capable of absorbing less water and heat.  But that's just the original tile.  If you go with the "tegolasolare" version, you'll end up with a roof integrated solar solution that's so handsome others may not realize it's wired to generate energy. 

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