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 […]
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 […]
Yep, solar power cost over $76.00 a watt to produce in 1977, but it’s now just about 74 cents a watt, as shown in this chart from ClimateProgress via Robert Gonzales.
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 […]
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 […]