# Solar power
Colorado ranks 13th nationally for solar power generation
An installation at the Solar Technology Acceleration Center in Aurora.U.S. Department of Energy / Flickr. (Across Colorado) Colorado added 32 megawatts of solar generation capacity in the second quarter of this year, bringing the percentage of the state’s electricity from solar to nearly 6%, according to numbers from the Solar Energy Industries Association.
$23.8 Billion for Renewable Energy Projects Awarded to Maine
In April 2022, Maine's 1st District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced that Maine would receive $10.5 million in federal funding from the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program to fund solar projects after the passage of the $1 trillion Jobs and Infrastructure Act was passed. On Friday, August 26th, it was announced Maine would receive more funding for clean energy after the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.
Solar power in Maine
With the passage of LD 1711 by the Maine Legislature in 2019, Maine has seen an increase in solar projects being brought to Maine town planning boards. Governor Janet Mills has encouraged the expansion of solar power in Maine since taking office in 2019. Mills also campaigned on this while she was running as a candidate for governor. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF) does support the state of Maine pursuing renewable green energy uses, but they prefer that commercial projects not be located on agricultural lands whenever possible due to the limited soil that is available for agricultural use in the state.
Yep! Another Solar Upgrade on the DIY Express Camper Van
We now have the ability to use a portable solar panel to charge the on board electrical system.
Off Grid Solar Power Failure | How To Reset A Charge Controller | DIY Troubleshooting
Our charge controller for the solar controls the power coming into the house from the solar panels. We found that on a nice sunny day, we weren't getting much power from the panels and quickly noticed something was wrong. Luckily the generator still could charge the batteries until we could change or reset the charge controller. We tried the reset first and we were happily surprised that it worked after waiting for 10 minutes with it off. We are very glad this worked. It saved us over $150.
Solar energy startup helps power Biosphere 2 and St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery; are Arizona highways next?
David Vili, SolarSpace founder and CEO, at the Biosphere 2 near a SolarSpace M8 Dual-Axis Tracker.(SolarSpace) (Pinal County, AZ) Have you ever used a magnifying glass to start a campfire? If so, you’ve seen what concentrated solar power can do on a small scale.
Making Coffee With the Sun - Bay Area Kitchen
In my Bay Area kitchen, I use the power of the California sun to make cold brew extract in a Mason jar
Find out if solar panels would make sense for your home at CUB's Facebook Live event
Hear all the details of the 'Grow Solar Chicagoland' group-buy program in a Facebook Live event held this Wednesday, May 25th. (CHICAGO) With inflation rising everywhere on seemingly every product and service, Chicagoans are looking to save money where they can. One of those places you might be able to save a buck could be in your electric bill. However, according to the nonprofit Illinois Public Interest Research Group (Illinois PIRG), electric bills in Chicagoland are likely only to get worse. ComEd is proposing a $199 million rate hike starting next year.
University of Arizona startup incubator launches at Biosphere 2, attracting sustainable tech companies to Pinal County
The exterior of Biosphere 2.(Tech Parks Arizona) (Oracle, Arizona) The University of Arizona Center for Innovation at Biosphere 2, a startup incubator focused on sustainable tech and renewable energy, held its grand opening on April 12.
We Do This Twice A Year! - Spring On The Homestead
We Do This Twice A Year! - Spring On The Homestead Every year around the equinox, in spring and fall, we change the angle of the panels. We also changed the tractor from the snow pusher to the bucket for our spring chores. Scott put the rake on the back of the tractor to drag the driveway and get rid of ruts and add the crown back in from the winter. Enjoy!
Watts, Amps, Volts - Solar Power System Explained
Watts, Amps, Volts - Solar Power System Explained 3rd in a series of questions we have gotten and answered.
Low-income families pay more of their income for energy, but going solar can help
When you are in the lowest 30% for income and pay up to 1/5 of your household income on energy, keeping the light and heat on becomes a real challenge. The Allegheny County solar co-op could change that.
Can Old Solar Panels & Batteries Be Recycled? | Answering Your Questions| Part 2
Can Old Solar Panels & Batteries Be Recycled? | Answering Your Questions| Part 2 There are a lot of misconceptions on whether you can recycle old panels and batteries from solar. Of course, you can! Just like your cell phones, TVs, car batteries, or any other items that need metals. Solar gets a bad wrap, and it's primarily political. In this video, we are answering some of these questions honestly. Enjoy!
Solar Power | Honest Answers You NEED To Hear To Frequently Asked Questions
Solar Power | Honest Answers You Need To Hear To Frequently Asked Questions We have been getting lots of questions on Solar Power. Like, is it a scam? Who do I talk to about getting solar power set up? And many more. This video is part 1 of honest answers to your burning questions. Enjoy!
Off Grid Solar Battery Maintenance | How To Keep Them Tip Top
Off-Grid Solar Battery Maintenance | How To Keep Them Tip Top A huge part of having solar with power storage is keeping those batteries that store for you in tip-top shape. They are the key to having power when you need it the most. In this video we are showing how we maintain our batteries and keep them clean and happy. Enjoy!
1800 Watts Of Freedom
Where the sun shines, It's beautifulWhiskey n Sunshine Off GridOff-Grid. The house had been "winterized" by the same property management folks that had removed all the other stuff from home several years earlier. Their quality was about the same. When Tom turned on the power to the deep well pump, I went around to the several shutoffs and faucets. Some were left open, and some closed. The sound of running water was everywhere. Unfortunately, one place it was coming from was the dining room floor. The pipes had frozen and burst in the dining room ceiling. We quickly turned off the pump and got the plumbing drained back down far enough to stop the leak. I made a few calls and managed to get a plumber to come over on a Sunday (it's nice to have friends), and he put in a couple of shutoffs that let us isolate the upstairs plumbing. We had running water (albeit cold) to everything on the ground floor when he left. Even this seemed like a big deal at the time. We now had water in all the downstairs faucets and a working bathroom on the ground floor. There was extensive damage to the drywall of the dining room. The floor was soaked, and I decided to give it a few days to dry out before I cut into the sheetrock, looking for the leak.
Solar Power Is Like Money In The Bank
Wintertime In MaineMichelle Kennagh/Whiskey n Sunshine Off-Grid. I love waking up to bright sunny days. Although most mornings, I’m up before the sun for some reason. As I’m writing this, it's winter, so keeping the woodstove going on those cold nights is essential unless you want to be super cold in the morning.
The Start Of Our Off-Grid Journey
Hello there. My wife and I live off-grid in the western mountains of Maine. We moved out of "town" over three years, it was. The house wasn't a full two-story colonial, with 2,000 sq feet of living space" a full basement. Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths. All this, and it was off-grid too. The house had been built in 2008 and had to be designed with off-grid living in mind. The place was overbuilt and insulated to the max. The previous owners had spared no expense on materials. Now the sad part, the previous owners had turned the place back over to the bank because they couldn't make a go of it. They suffered several setbacks that left them with more than one mortgage, a ruined battery bank, a destroyed generator, and no way forward.
I Was Feeling Anxious
Solar, Chicken & A Beautiful DayMichelle Kennagh/Whiskey n Sunshine Off-Grid. We were in a hurry to move in mode after signing for the house. We didn’t have time to think about much. Moving out of the storage units, going to work almost every day, unpacking boxes, and, Repeatedly for several weeks. As we were settling in, I caught myself getting anxious on occasion. Why? We were getting unpacked; finally, the water, heat, and batteries ran. Things were going well. It was beautiful, quiet, such a peaceful oasis. Friends would come by to see us, place and hear the story over and over of how we got here, Our hopes and dreams for this place, and ourselves. Finally, our son came home, saw the house and land. He knew this was where we should be.
Boondocking for the first time over Christmas break! Happy New Year from Georgia!
We boondocked (also called dispersed camping) for the first time between Christmas and New Year's Eve! It was a fun learning experience. Gorgeous hiking trails, dreamy fog, and shaded spots! Please remember to keep comments kind and respectful. Any unkind comments will be deleted, as we strive to make this a welcoming place for everyone. Music provided by Epidemic Sound.