Block Street | Fayetteville, AR

Music Powered by the Sun

The Block Street Block Party was a day of sun and fun in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was also a day of music, on multiple sound stages including this one, where the Fayetteville Roots Festival held sway. This one was special, as you can see, because the amps were powered by solar energy. It was […]

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A New Business Model for Solar Energy?

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu would like to see a change in the way solar power is installed  in U.S. homes — not in the technical procedure, but in the business model. Now, homeowners and business owners pay to have renewable energy projects completed on their property. Some of these projects are grid […]

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Solar Panel Installation by Richter Solar Energy

Where should solar panels be placed?

Solar panels are not cheap, so you want to get your money’s worth if you are going to live off of their energy. Living in the northern hemisphere requires us to THINK SOUTH— specifically Due South, especially in the winter time. Figure that the strongest solar energy will be available between 9 AM and 3 […]

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Will Solar Energy Be the Cheapest Option?

Douglas Hutchings, a tech entrepreneur here in Northwest Arkansas, received half a million dollars in grant money from the Department of Energy for his work on one simple effort: making the materials for solar energy installations cheaper. Hutchings was quoted as saying that the new technology they’re working on now will make solar energy the […]

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Battery Based Solar Panels | Richter Solar

How much electrical energy will I need?

In order to choose the right elements for your solar energy system (your solar electric array, batteries, inverter, water pump, etc), you must begin with what your personal energy demands are going to be. Contributing factors: Whether you are using a grid tie-in system (you will still have access to electricity from the power company) […]

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Building a New Home with Solar Energy in Mind

Building a New Home with Solar Energy in Mind

If your solar electric system is part of a bigger plan which includes building your dream house, you can make design decisions which will help reduce your energy needs: Natural Day Lighting–Locate windows (and skylights) so that they light up your most frequented spaces. Even on cloudy days a well thought out window placement can […]

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