What is a solar resource assessment?

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For all solar energy investments, from basic roof-top installations to utility-scale photovoltaic systems, the need to accurately determine the solar resource is paramount. The amount and variation of solar radiation at your project site are key factors determining the profitability of your solar investment. Solar irradiance is the “fuel” of all solar energy systems. Determining the ...

Ivanpah – World’s Largest Solar Thermal Facility

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One of the world's largest renewable energy projects can be found in the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada border: the Ivanpah solar thermal facility. Located on the Ivanpah Dry Lake, this giant project uses solar thermal technology and it covers 3500 acres of public desert land near Las Vegas. This area is equivalent to four times ...

Solar energy in Turkey

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Summer in Turkey, where it seems the sun never stops shining, is a solar enthusiast's dream come true. And in the country side, as well as in the city, people are taking advantage of the sun's rays. At the moment, the greatest use of solar energy is in solar thermal systems for heating water. Everywhere you ...

Solar Heating for your Swimming Pool

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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 ...