Understanding Solar Street Lights

If you want to know how solar street lights work, where and how they can be used, or how select a quality solar street light for your outdoor lighting project, read this article.  For a quick overview, please see our YouTube video “Solar Street Lights Are Bright Ideas.”

Solar Street Lights have been used throughout the world for several years. More recently, public and private sector property managers and roadway departments have been using them for street, parking lot, bridge and recreational facilities throughout the United States.

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Solar Incentives Still Available: Where to Find Them and Why to Use Them

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Solar lighting makes sense for many applications, particularly areas where there is no existing power lines. Retrofitting energy lamps or street lights with solar fixtures are two practical ways to be good to the environment and save on utility bills.

True, there aren’t nearly as many renewable energy incentives today as there were 18 months ago, particularly at the federal level. But, many incentives still are available for solar lighting throughout the US at the state, county and city level. Some incentives are tax deductions, others are cash to help purchase and install via grants or low cost loans.

If you’re interested in these, act fast. Grant funding is snapped up quickly and while tax incentives for solar lighting is on the books for 2013, who knows what the future holds? Continue reading

Recommended Reading: The Solar Energy Outlook for 2013

Will 2013 Be a “Watershed Year” for US Solar Industry?

While solar energy had it’s ups and downs in 2012, many industry experts predict that 2013 could offer massive opportunities for the United States solar industry.

The Solar Energy Outlook for 2013,” written by Vince Font and published on RenewableEnergyWorld.com, predicts that:

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Recommended Reading: Solar Industry May Soon Face a Shortage of Skilled Labor

Recommended blog post:  The Solar Industry May Soon Face a Shortage of Skilled Labor, written by Comly Wilson, published on RenewableEnergyWorld.com.

November 26, 2012  “The growth of the solar industry may soon face the reality of not having enough skilled workers to satisfy demand, suggests a recent report by The Solar Foundation and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Despite a dragging economy overall, installed solar capacity has increased dramatically in the past few years.

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Recommended Article: Solar Industry Grows 13.2 Percent, Adds Jobs

The Solar Industry Continues to Grow, Adding over 13,000 New American Jobs, Most via Small Businesses

While the solar industry has had its share of problems in the last year, overall the industry grew 13.2 percent and added many jobs to the US Economy mostly through small American businesses. The average rate of job US job growth was 2.3 percent during the same time period.

It also useful to remember that it’s most companies with problems were large ones that made serious strategical errors and other unwise financial decisions.

The breakdown in new jobs is pretty evenly split across “Red” and “Blue” states, although many states in the US heartland are the ones offering the most Green Energy incentive programs right now.

Bottom Line: DESPITE the huge missteps of some big players, the solar industry grew between 13.2 percent September 2011 and September 2012, adding over 13,000 new jobs to the US economy. This is the number of “New Jobs” after the losses incurred by the large companies that ran into trouble. Continue reading

Solar Street Lights: Bright Solutions for Public and Private Sectors

Solar Street Lights: Not Just for Streets!

Solar Street Lights: Not Just for Streets!

Many US states and municipalities also choosing to go green to stretch tight budgets and help with the growing desire to be environmentally sustainable.

Cities and states throughout the United States are looking towards solar to save energy costs and help meet their environmental sustainability goals.

So too are universities, businesses, ports and other entities responsible for providing safe and reliable lighting for streets and roadways, sidewalks, parking lots, jogging or biking paths, and more.

We are very pleased to announce that our store, SolarFlairLighting.com now offers solar street lights that are are made in the USA fully compliant with the Trade Act Agreement (TAA).  TAA compliance is necessary to obtain funding under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which funds 90% of all road and bridge projects in the United States, even those administered at state and local levels.

TAA compliance is also necessary for most renewable energy incentive programs and grants.  For more information, please contact info@SolarFlairLighting.com.  Information on these incentive programs is available online at DSIRE, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency at http://www.dsireusa.org.  DSIRE maintains a continuously updated database of federal, state, and local programs for renewable energy.

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Energy Facts, And A Few Fibs, On Display At Presidential Debate (From Huffingtonpost.com)

2012 "Town Hall" Presidential Debate

2012 “Town Hall” Presidential Debate by Getty Images

Our Note: The bulk of this article, and the first photo, is taken from a HuffingtonPost.com article published on October 16, 2012. In some instances, we have added facts, links and videos that we have found on our own that provide greater more information on what is stated in the article.

Article: Energy Facts, And A Few Fibs, On Display At Presidential Debate

“A question from a voter at Tuesday evening’s town hall debate — regarding whether it was within the purview of the government to control the price of gas — sent President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney into a war of words over energy policy, and neither actually answered the question.” Continue reading

Recommended Article, Solar: The Best of Times; The Worst of Times”

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We didn’t write this, but we like it and recommend that you read it. It was originally published on September 11, 2012 on RenewableEnergyWorld.com in an article about the opening session of Solar Power International 2012.

It opened with a panel discussion on the state of the industry and Dickens’ novel “A Tale of Two Cities” was aptly quoted:

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness.’

“Even in the worst economic times, our industry is growing,” Resch said. The U.S. achieved its best quarter in history for the utility solar sector in the second quarter of 2012, according to a report released Monday by GTM Research and SEIA. Currently, over half of the states have more than 5 MW of solar installed, and the majority of the U.S. population lives in states that have more than 50 MW of solar on line, Resch said.

However, the “worst of times” could be yet to come for the solar industry. “Our industry is under direct attack,” Resch said. “Conservative super packs are attacking clean energy.” Over $1 billion is being spent on negative advertising against clean energy during the presidential campaign, Resch said.” Continue reading

Recommended Article: Obama Spars With Romney on Energy in Swing State Pitches

Article from Renewable Energy World, Aug 15, 2012

Meow! It sure is shaping up to be one of the “cattiest” (no offense to our feline friends) campaigns in many years.

We like to share articles that we think would be of interest to our readers. Since the Democratic and Republication Presidential tickets have polar opposite approaches towards energy, we found this article “Obama Spars With Romney on Energy in Swing State Pitches” from RenewableEnergyWorld.com interesting.

We hope that you will look into the positions of both candidates as you make up your mind this coming election.  For the record, we are for the… Continue reading

What’s Trending on US Campuses: Solar and Renewables!

Solar's a Hot Trend on Campus!

Solar is Hot Trend on Campus!

Campuses across the United States are making big moves to solar technology recently.

North and south, coast to coast, there are plenty examples of academic, institutional and commercial/industrial campuses that are making significant investments in solar technology and it’s paying off!

Some of the reasons for embracing solar? Along with the variety of solar applications today, solar is being used more frequently because:

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