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The Basics of Solar Radiation

Sunlight is the Earth’s most important natural resource. It gives us light & heat, it indirectly provides us food (by supporting plants and subsequently herbivorous animals) and in our not so distance future it will support a large portion of … Continue reading

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The Chemistry of Solar Part I: Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol is used in a lot of solar thermal applications. But why? Simply put it’s because of its heat transfer properties. So what does that mean? Well, let’s take water as a baseline. Water freezes at 32˚F (0˚C) and … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Solar Standardization

Standardization of solar equipment has been a hot topic in recent months in the solar community. The difficulty with standardizing parts is that solar is not a mature industry. In fact, solar technology is  changing so rapidly that the speed … Continue reading

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Golf Ball-Sized Hail Quality Solar

This post is about the quality and certification of solar products. I’ve had the opportunity to work in the highly regulated and quality-controlled world of the aerospace industry. In this industry, the FAA keeps close tabs on everything that goes … Continue reading

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Can’t Put Lipstick on a Pig

Pigs are considered some of natures ugliest and dirtiest animals (although I’d have to go with the Komondor instead). No matter the shape, size or vantage point of the pig, it’s difficult to make it look appealing. You can even … Continue reading

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Solar is still an educational sell

Despite the prevalence of solar technology, and its growing importance worldwide, the general public has surprising little knowledge of the solar industry. Photovoltaics? Concentrated Solar Power?  You’d be hard pressed to find even well-educated folks that could define these terms … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Blog

On a suggestion from two people whose opinion I respect, I’ve decided to start a blog. This blog will be about everything and anything related to the topic of affordable solar. I will use my background as an engineer, personal research … Continue reading

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