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How to Maximize Solar Power’s Efficiency in Colder Climates

Solar Power Isn’t Just for Southern Climates Anymore

How to Maximize Solar Power's Efficiency in Colder Climates

The design, manufacture, and installation of solar power systems has come a long way in the last few decades. The industry once populated by cutting-edge, if a bit clunky, tech was great at converting the sun’s rays into electricity during the brightest parts of the day in areas that rarely suffered from clouds in the sky.

These days, the efficiency of solar power generating systems and energy storage has improved so much that solar power is a viable alternative to conventional energy in all but the most weather-plagued of areas in the United States.

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The Cost of Going Solar Is Falling: Are You Ready for Solar Panels Yet?

The Cost of Going Solar Has Been Falling

The Cost of Going Solar Is Falling lowered cost of home solar panels

The costs associated with purchasing and having a solar power system installed on your home used to be the key factor keeping homeowners and some small business owners out of the solar game. But with the costs of the equipment and installation falling rapidly over the last few years, many who were reluctant to jump on the renewable, sustainable energy bandwagon are converting in droves.

What is causing the reduction in the costs associated with going solar? What are the other stumbling blocks keeping folks from getting into the game? Are prices at an all-time low now, or should homeowners wait for the price to drop even further?

These are all good questions and representative of what many who haven’t taken the solar plunge are currently wondering. The following article will provide some answers to these and other questions about the cost of going solar.

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Will Solar Ever Really Make Inroads in Low Income Communities?

Solar Energy Is Hot; That Much We Know

Will Solar Ever Really Make Inroads in Low Income Communities?

It’s easy to understand why so many consumers are going solar. It’s relatively affordable, environmentally beneficial, and undeniably cool. And if those pros weren’t enough, it also reduces our dependence on imported oil, provides much-needed economic stimulus, and pays for itself in relatively short order.

But if you’ve been keeping track of who’s going solar in your community, you’ve likely noticed a disturbing trend: most of the solar arrays are being installed in more affluent communities, even though the cost of solar has plummeted in recent years.

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2030 Emission Reduction Goals Could Be Accomplished With Solar: Here’s How

How Solar Can Help Stem the Tide of Climate Change

 2030 Emission Reduction Goals

There may still be climate change deniers out there, but they’re getting fewer and further between. At this point, the science is pretty much indisputable: climate change is real, and if we don’t do something drastic to reduce our environmental impact, then we’re in for serious trouble in the not-too-distant future.

In 2015, the Obama administration took a historic step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants: the Clean Power Plan. This initiative aims to cut U.S. carbon emissions by 32% from 2005 levels.

Following the landmark UN Climate Change summit in Paris late last year, it became clear that while the summit’s directives were voluntary, the U.S. and many participating nations set even more ambitious targets for emissions reduction and renewable energy deployment.

Now, studies have suggested that by using renewable energy sources such as solar, it’s possible not just to meet our emissions reduction goals, but also to exceed them by an impressive amount.

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Want to See the World’s Largest Floating Power Plant? Head to Japan

It Takes a Lot of Juice to Power Japan

Largest Floating Power Plant in Japan

In terms of population density, Japan is one of the most crowded countries in the world. Further complicating the situation is the fact that much of the land in this island nation is mountainous, making it unsuitable for large-scale building projects.

Substantial energy demands are standard for highly populous, high-tech nations, and Japan is no exception. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the nation is looking for more sustainable ways to meet its power needs, but with buildable land as dear as it is, it’s difficult to justify dedicating large swaths to solar energy farms.

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