The Five Flavors of Solar: Which One Are You?

Environmentalism

People install solar panels on their roofs for many reasons. Some are in it for their love of the environment. Some are in it for the other "green" rationale: making money. Whatever your primary motivation for going solar may be, it's very important to understand it right from the beginning. This can shape your expectations ...

Where is the best location on Earth for solar energy?

Atacama Desert (credit: bbc.co.uk)

In a previous post, we outlined the top five factors that influence the solar energy potential of a site. These factors are latitude, cloud cover, aerosols, elevation and shading. Not surprisingly, the site with the highest solar energy potential on Earth happens to be near the equator, surrounded by an arid climate away from major ...

Solar Heating for your Swimming Pool

Image credit: energy.gov

Summer and swimming pools - sounds like a match made in heaven on a hot steamy day. But what about on those days when the weather is cooler than usual, or when the nighttime temperatures dip below optimal? Wouldn't it be nice to stretch that swimming pool season into the autumn? Many people choose to ...