Off-grid Solar Articles

  • Geli Keeps the Lights On When Utilities Can’t - Case Study

    Challenge Imagine you’ve found the perfect plot of land and construction has started on your dream home, but in order to turn the lights on it will cost an additional $250,000. That’s exactly what happened to one couple in Marin county in Northern California. When local utility Pacific Gas & Electric quoted an exorbitant price to extend grid power to their new home, the ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • 5 Reasons to Go Solar Today

    Homeowners everywhere are enjoying the cost savings and environmental benefits of solar power.  Going solar has never been easier, and never more popular. So why should you go solar today? Save Money Many homeowners don’t realize the savings they can reap by installing solar panels on their roof.   ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • How do Photovoltaic Cells Actually Work?

    Solar power is an abundant renewable source that could be the solution to our future energy needs, but just how does a solar array produce the electricity that powers our lives? The short answer is that, through a solar panel, photons (light particles) are able to knock electrons off atoms and this causes a flow of electricity. The long ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • Africa’s green energy challenge: Mega projects, off-grid or somewhere in between?

    South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy. A 310-megawatt wind farm sprouting up in a remote, barren landscape near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya has the clean energy world buzzing — and for good reason. Africa’s largest wind farm, with 365 towering turbines, is creating more than 500 stable jobs in an ...


    By Ensia

  • CSP cost forecasts undervalue benefit to future grid balancing

    CSP generation costs could drop to $77/MWh by 2025 but storage and hybrid solar plants can provide further value by following load, Jose Alfonso Nebrera, Director of Spanish engineering firm ACS SCE, said at the MENASOL 2016 conference on May 26. Global renewable energy expansion is reducing the cost of solar and wind energy while increasing grid intermittency and the need for ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Types of Solar Power System for your Power Needs

    Frequent power cuts, shortage of electricity and slow power generation are some of the growing concerns that the world is facing.  It’s time now to look out for alternatives for generating electricity. Without electricity, life comes to a standstill and it’s impossible to imagine a day without it. Thus, alternatives for electricity are needed. One such alternative is the solar ...


    By Blue Sail Energy Solutions

  • Solar power plants mw or kw?

    Solar power has come as a blessing to the humanity, not only to provide energy to all but to save humanity from the evils of industrial revolution. The biggest evil of industrial revolution in last two centuries is the concentration and centralization of wealth and resources and also huge political powers in the handful of people. So huge factories, mass production, big industrial and financial ...


    By AADHUNIK GLOBAL ENERGY

  • Large-scale PV power plants : Maintenance Pays Off

    Large-scale PV power plants are an investment in the future. Careful planning and SMA technology perfectly adapted to operator needs ensure that every plant is profitable and produces high yields. Regular maintenance is necessary to guarantee all plant components run safely and optimally, long term. They prevent smaller and larger defects from being overlooked and thus exert a considerable ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • Technical and economic evaluation of an off-grid solar desalination system in Myanmar

    Myanmar is a unique country where the majority of the people live in rural areas, away from grid electricity and reliable water supplies. The penetration of grid electricity in rural areas is minimal and even then it is often erratic. This paper focuses on the challenges of transitioning from an electricity-poor country to a renewable energy based-economy augmented with photovoltaics (PV). ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Perimeter Fence Lighting Power Generating Station Gains Security with Solar

    Project Summary End User: Power Generating Station in Southwest US Lighting Agent: R.C. Lurie Company (Lighting Design) Project Scope: Independently powered (solar) lighting systems for perimeter fencing surrounding a power generating station located in the Southwest US Product: ...

  • Success Story: 1 Million Sunny Boy TL Inverters Sold Worldwide

    SMA has been making and selling PV inverters for over 30 years. But no product has been installed as often as the Sunny Boy TL: launched in 2008, the one-millionth unit from this product family was sold in June 2015. As a result, the Sunny Boy is the bestselling inverter of its class worldwide. Its total installed output – more than four gigawatts – is enough to replace four typical ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • The Economics of Grid defection

    Distributed electricity generation, especially solar PV, is rapidly spreading and getting much cheaper. Distributed electricity storage is doing the same, thanks largely to mass production of batteries for electric vehicles. Solar power is already starting to erode some utilities' sales and revenues. But what happens when solar and batteries join forces? Together they can make the electric grid ...


    By HOMER Energy LLC

  • Performance comparisons of grid connected SPV system with different MPPT algorithms

    This paper presents a performance analysis of grid connected SPV system for different maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms. The detailed mathematical model of grid connected three–phase solar photovoltaic (SPV) system with parametric model of SPV cell, thermal modelling and switching loss calculation of switching devices are discussed. The performance evaluation has been carried out for ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Competitive without subsidies: Navigating the booming solar market in Chile

    By Susan Kraemer on Nov 11, 2014 Solar developers are flocking to the recently opened new market for renewable energy in Chile, a nation dependent on imported diesel, coal and gas, no fossil fuel subsidies and the world’s best insolation. But what are the on-the-ground challenges? Chile is a long narrow ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • South Korea Solar PV Power Market Forecast & Industry Analysis to 2025

    RnRMarketResearch.com adds report “Solar PV Power in South Korea, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014” to its store.   “Solar PV Power in South Korea, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy, Equipment Market, Regulations and Company Profiles” is the latest report from GlobalData, the industry ...


  • How to Choose Solar Lights for Small Area Illumination

    Lighting is a very delicate subject. Most people do not take it as such because the assumption is that illumination is required in any area that is dark. The type of illumination is usually not considered since any kind of light is considered right. This is however not right. You cannot have the same kind of lighting in a large space as well as a small place. The lighting needs in these ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Personalize Your Solar Garden Lights

    Gardens are a beautiful part of every home but they usually take center stage during the day. Lighting up your garden will make it a spectacle both during the day and at night. Lighting it up will bring some life to it and the surrounding property because light has a way of livening up things. You may be wondering whether the lights will not bring too much brightness to your home and ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Is Solar Energy the Answer?

    Due to the rising demands of electricity consumption brought to us by different factors, the world has faced a serious problem in terms of power shortage. It is because of the occurrence of new technologies and gadgets brought to us by the new millennium. As the growth of population also increases, more demand of electricity usage and consumption is presently rising. As you can see, insufficient ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Streetlights: Bright Side

    The world’s largest demand of energy resources is the renewable one. These includes the bio fuel, geothermal energy, wind power, hydro-electricity and solar power. Among the names being mentioned, experts preferably chosen solar power as one of the great source that must be cultivate to solve the economic issues and problems in the earth. Otherwise, scientists develop new discoveries and ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Tech: The Global Phenomenon

    Talking about the present situation of the world, we can really say that we have come to the point wherein almost everything is possible. We can directly jump into conclusion that the world is progressing compared with billion years ago. This is because of the changes brought to us by the new millennium. As we can see, as time passes by, change is ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

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