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Articles tagged with: solar power

Solar Powered NC215 Netbook From Samsung: $399

Wow, a solar powered netbook. I never thought I’d be hearing those terms in the same sentence, and especially not as soon as now, but it’s true folks. Samsung will soon release a 10.1″ netbook with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and a nice matte finish.

Hardware wise, there’s nothing too special about this new machine and it includes the often cited Intel Atom N570 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 250GB hard drive.

But the fact that it is solar powered should get folks happy, especially those who aren’t blessed to be around wall outlets all day long.

Google Invests $280M On Solar Panels

Google has spent over $700 million so far this year on clean energy. The money will directly fun the installer, SolarCity to offer solar powered systems to homeowners for no down payment. In exchange, customers will have to pay a fixed price for the power produced by the panels.

Google will earn a return on investment by charging SolarCity interest to use its money, allowing Google to also take the benefits of federal and local renewable energy tax credits.

Chinese Bus Stops Get Solar Power!

Japan is looking to pass a ruling that will have solar panels on all new buildings and houses by 2030. A recent report showed that 14 bus stops in China had solar panels installed on them. Each bus stop will feature five solar panels, with the power of delivering 800 watts of electricity on a sunny day.

I am not well-versed in solar technology but hope that solar panels can be safely disposed of without harming the environment.

Cover Entire Lakes With Solar Panels

The majority of our planet is made up of water but is there a way to harvest solar energy through water? Although logic may be telling you “no”, the answer is “yes.” SPG Solar has updated its floating solar technology, called Solar Floatovoltaics. The technology is designed to work in an irrigation pond, lake, or other body of water and is priced competitively compared to “regular” ground-mounted solar panel systems. Besides “saving physical space”, users will find minimized algae growth in the water (due to the water being covered, preventing sun overexposure). The technology is designed to last twenty years.

Google Spends $168 Million On New Solar Plant

Google announced yesterday that the company has invested a large amount of money in a new solar energy power plant located in the Mojave Desert, California. How much was the investment you ask? $168 million big ones. The initiative follows Google’s recent investment in a German solar plant. Google’s project is called the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) and was developed by BrightSource Energy.