Scheduled to arrive back at its beginning port of Monaco today, May 4th, the Turanor PlanetSolar has just completed a 19 month voyage around the world using only the power of its solar panel covered deck. The highly unique ship, which is built in catamaran fashion, is the worlds first vehicle to travel completely around the globe using only solar power — in this case 38,000 SunPower solar cells. [Read more...]
Solar is a great way to get yourself free from the power grid and take control of your own energy generation, while also helping to drastically lower your impact on the environment. Solar panels last a long time too, once you’ve installed them, they often provide reliable power for well over 20 years, silently generating electricity with little to no maintenance. Sounds great! So why are people slow to implement this fantastic technology? The initial cost of solar is sometimes prohibitive for families, especially if their energy needs are high. This graphic by One Block Off the Grid, uses over 45,000 results from their online solar cost estimation tool to show what you can expect, on average, in your state. [Read more...]
You don’t get a much more appropriate use of technology than this booklet for Austria Solar. Using ink that remains invisible until sunlight touches it, this crisp design by Mathias Nösel and Matthäus Frost of Serviceplan, comes in a foil envelope only revealing its imagery when opened to the rays of the sun. It’s a lot like those 1990s shirts that exposed their sweet prints as you strolled outside… only this is a whole lot less cheesy. [Read more...]
Did you know that between 1998 and 2007, the number of green jobs created was nearly triple that of any other job sector in the US? The question is: just where are those jobs and what type? This infographic from One Block Off The Grid, an organization with the mission of helping individuals get affordable solar power through group buying, helps to answer the tough questions and points us in the right direction towards more employment and a greener future. [Read more...]
Home solar power has many benefits that people can get behind, like keeping the world cleaner and being self-sufficient, but the price of solar panels is often far more than people can afford. One Block Off the Grid is an inspiring orgainization that specializes in organizing group deals on solar energy to help people go green. Here we bring you their interesting look at how solar can actually make sense financially, even while running the AC in the hot summer. Swing by One Block Off the Grid for more info. [Read more...]
If we wanted to power the earth with solar, just how much land would it take? If you thought the area would be huge, you’d be right, but check out just how little of the earth would need to be covered in order to provide all our power use.
LandArtGenerator.org, an organization combining the skills of artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, and engineers to create public art installations that provide solar power and demonstrate its feasibility in an aesthetically pleasing way. Click on the image below to see a larger image at LandArtGenerator.org.