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Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...PV. It allows us to integrate PV in ways that weren’t possible before, such as in flexible materials, and deploy it faster in lighter-weight, larger-area modules.” So there you have it, solar power on the fly - charge your devices easily while hiking or camping, or just walking down the street wearing your swanky sol...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...PV solar panels work on cloudy days as well, but less effectively. Government incentives are sometimes available, but that seems prone to change with little notice. Investigate that before you make any decisions. Cons: PV panels cost more than solar thermal panels, grants and incentives can provide so...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...PV) as they are technically called - generate an electric current by catching light particles from the sun called photons. These photons then knock free the electrons in the panels’ solar cells and produce an electric current. This current is transferred to wires that lead to an inverter. The inverter converts this ene...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...PV systems is really what will determine the value and payback period; but system prices, product quality and warranties keep making PV solar panel systems more enticing and competitive. A solar contractor will have those answers for you. Being at the mercy of fluctuating electricity rates can be eliminated by a PV s...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...PV powered air to water heatpump to put heat into the radiant floor heating in the slab foundation. Heating water with PV instead of thermal solar panels: It may seem counterintuitive at first, but there is strong case supporting the use of PV panels for heating water over thermal solar systems in Net Zero Energy h...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...PV efficiencies, panel materials and battery technology. So far, there have been several encouraging green building trends of 2020 that caught our attention, notably an increase in PV solar panels on homes. The implications of what Azelio is doing could be quite significant, and in order to explain that properly requ...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...PV In-home energy monitoring and tracking Concrete made from recycled building waste Reclaimed lumber and building materials Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is an award winning design-build company specializing in green residential projects. Founded 32 years ago, Naikoon Contracting Ltd. has built a reputation for s...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

The Telsa solar roof tiles are in the news again. They now have solar panel shingle installations going in 8 states so far - with what's becoming competitive pricing. If news of these PV roof shingles is also news to you, check out our Tesla solar roof review from when it was first announced in 2016. What was missin...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...PV solar systems far more accessible to homeowners). The premise behind this philosophy is that in times when hot water is not needed, a panel isn’t left stagnant and offering no value. If your solar installation was PV instead of thermal, solar radiation would always be absorbed for one use or another; to power othe...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...PV panels. Solar trackers follow the sun’s path across the sky and can track the daily changes in incidence. A general rule for capturing direct solar energy when not using a tracker, is to tilt the panel up from the earth as follows: Dec. 21 - latitude (assume 45°) plus 20° to 35° Feb. 21 & Nov. 21 - latitude ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...PVC Coal and UV water filtration Automated moisture control Automated ventilation of hydrogen emissions from PV system batteries Durable: A more sustainable and durable building will last longer, so its embodied energy is stretched over a longer period of time, effectively making it ...