Do Clouds Affect Solar Panels

Do Clouds Affect Solar Panels

The general perception is the weather has a direct correlation to the output of your system. Or in other words, cities such as Columbus, Pittsburgh or New York won’t benefit from solar power like Miami, Las Vegas or Los Angeles. The general perception is wrong.…

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How Much Land Would It Take To Power The State Of Ohio With Solar?

How Much Land Would It Take To Power The State Of Ohio With Solar?

We can state that the average amount of land that is disturbed by surface mining (104,000 acres) and longwall mining (13,235 acres) for the production of coal in the United States is equivalent to 183 square miles. So on an annual basis, more land mass is expended in the production of a finite, heavily polluting resource in the United States than the amount of installed clean solar energy that could meet the total electrical needs for the 7th largest state in the country (in terms of population) for an infinite period of time.…

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Should You Cut Down A Tree That Is Blocking The Sunlight From Your Solar Rooftop Array?

Should You Cut Down A Tree That Is Blocking The Sunlight From Your Solar Rooftop Array?

The main driver behind solar power system interest is a combination of environmental concern and economic pragmatism. Generally if one of these tips the scales to a sale it is financial savings. However, what happens when an environmental concern leaves the customer in a quandary? If a large tree is blocking the sun from hitting your roof, should you forgo solar or should you cut that tree down?…

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Is Purchasing a Solar Energy System the Most Important Contribution You Can Make to Save the Environment?

Is Purchasing a Solar Energy System the Most Important Contribution You Can Make to Save the Environment?

We write a lot in this blog about the financial benefits of purchasing a solar energy system. And it's true! Solar panels are warranted for 25 years and will likely last for a lot longer than that. You'll save money on your electricity bills and add equity to your house. However, maybe the most important thing of all is that you'll be helping to save the environment by drastically reducing your carbon impact.…

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Total Emission Elimination: Powering Electric Vehicles with Solar Energy

Total Emission Elimination: Powering Electric Vehicles with Solar Energy

In a previous YellowLite post, we examined the true environmental cost of charging an electric car via the traditional power grid in the state of Ohio. A brief recap: the Chevy Volt requires 45 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy to travel 100 miles and the production of that electricity in Ohio would result in around 78 pounds of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere. As a comparison, a gasoline-powered car that averages 25 MPG will also emit 78 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.…

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Earth Day 2016 - A Primer

Earth Day 2016 - A Primer

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated worldwide on or around April 22, where participants demonstrate support for the environment. The 2015 celebration was memorable for being a significant anniversary, the 45th time people across the globe took action. In general, this event has become the largest, most recognizable face of the environmental movement. It will be a great mix of adults and children alike, coming together with a purpose - protecting mother earth. This year promises to be just as active, even if the anniversary isn’t as noteworthy.…

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Annual Carbon Emissions Level Off, According To IEA

Annual Carbon Emissions Level Off, According To IEA

International Energy Association (IEA) announced that global carbon emissions in 2014 did not increase from their 2013 levels, remaining at 32.3 gigatonnes CO2 per year.  This is the first time that annual emissions have not risen in over 40 years.  The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) attributed this flatline to “increased penetration of renewable energy and improvements in energy efficiency,” as they described it in their 2015 Global Status Report.…

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Earth Day - Celebrating and Saving on Solar Power

Earth Day - Celebrating and Saving on Solar Power

Officially, Earth Day began in 1970 with, then U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson’s federal proclamation that April 22nd would be a national day of “environmental teach-ins.” The idea quickly spread and now there are over 180 countries world-wide who “celebrate” Earth Day, and in many cases, Earth Week, every year.…

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