Tag: solar

solar panels in front of Keck dome

Solar Panels at High Altitude on Hawaii’s Big Island

February 01, 2021

In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and in line with their desire to be “good stewards of the planet,” the W. M. Keck Observatory on Hawaii’s Big Island now has 332 solar panels. The panels will provide 259.1 MWh of power annually, or about 10-15% of the observatory’s energy requirements. Duke Energy’s REC […]

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Traditional Clay Bricks Could Store Energy

October 01, 2020

One of the biggest barriers to solar energy becoming cheap and ubiquitous as an alternative and/or supplement to “the grid” is the expense and inconvenience of installing a battery storage. A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, is investigating a solution to allow traditional clay-fired bricks to store energy.  although the […]

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California Solar Energy Mandate Soon in Effect

October 01, 2019

New homes built in California after January 1, 2020, must be equipped with a solar electric system. They must be sized to offset 100% of the home’s electricity usage, though homes can still use energy from other sources, such as gas. The size of solar arrays can be reduced if other energy efficiency improvements are […]

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