Renewable Energy

How Do Solar Panels Work?

April 20, 2021

You know that solar panels absorb sunshine, which somehow converts to electricity so that you can wash a load of laundry, run your AC on a hot day, and binge a night of Netflix on the couch. But exactly how do solar panels work?

Energy is created because of the photovoltaic effect‚ a process that allows matter to emit electrons

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How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

April 13, 2021

Going solar is the best way to transition to clean, sustainable energy while also dramatically reducing your monthly utility bills — or even eliminating them entirely! And there’s even more good news. A solar installation has a surprisingly long lifespan. In fact, most will last an average of 25 years before they begin to degrade, and most solar panel manufacturers

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Kid-Friendly Solar STEM Projects!

October 14, 2020

This school year is looking different for families all over the world. With at-home and hybrid learning becoming the new normal, we wanted to help out by sharing a couple of fun solar STEM lessons to keep things interesting.

1. Converting Sunlight Into Heat

How do we heat up water fastest?

Materials needed:

  • 3 clear cups (all the same)

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Sustainability and Innovation Now On Air: Texas Energy Lab

August 9, 2018

Right around Earth Day this year, we launched a new radio show and podcast called Texas Energy Lab to highlight conversations in sustainability and innovation across the Lone Star State.

Every week our hosts interview business and community leaders to hear their story, learn more about how they’re channeling their energies to improve the world around

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Types of Solar Panels – Advantages and Disadvantages of Each

July 26, 2018

Today, there are manufacturers who are making solar panels using many different solar technologies and types of solar cells. Silicon (Si) is the most common material in solar cells, which are a key component of solar panels. There are different types of solar panels made from silicon, each of which have different advantages and disadvantages. There are many

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7 Uses of Solar Energy

July 12, 2018

Our sun is the source of all life on Earth, and solar energy is useful to us in many different ways. The sun creates two main types of energy – light and heat – that we can harness for many activities ranging from photosynthesis in plants to creating electricity with photovoltaic (PV) cells to heating water and food. So, what

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Who makes the best solar panels?

June 21, 2018

As the solar power industry continues to grow worldwide and solar companies proliferate, it can be difficult to determine which of the dozens of manufacturers make the best solar panels. In this article, we present the most important considerations to evaluate the quality of solar panels and share recent findings from third-party review sites.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Several criteria can be

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Energy Independence Through Solar

June 14, 2018

The role of renewable (green) energy is increasing in the United States. Early U.S. energy consumers replaced the use of wood with coal, petroleum and natural gas in the generation of electricity. Today, because the use of renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power, and biofuel is increasing, consumption of old, non-renewable energy sources is gradually declining.

Of

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Green News Round-Up

June 7, 2018

This article summarizes top three green energy news headlines that caught our eye this week, from scientific developments in solar technology to electric vehicle (EV) growth to American’s perceptions of renewable energy sources.

Solar Technology

Time article explores research into an experimental technology that could, if proven to be commercially viable, transform the science of solar power.

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10 Facts About Solar Power

March 15, 2018

Harnessing the power of the sun with solar panels is a clean, efficient, and affordable way to run your home or business. Here are a few basic facts about and advantages of solar energy.

1. Solar power is the most abundant energy source on Earth.

Every hour, more solar energy hits the earth than all of humanity needs for an

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Businesses Continue to Choose Renewable Energy

February 22, 2018

In a recent article, GreenBiz noted the corporate sector’s continued push towards renewable energy. Demand is growing as companies work to meet the expectations of stakeholders to improve sustainability efforts, while taking advantage of falling prices.

As noted by GreenBiz, businesses committed to 3,110 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar via power purchase agreements (PPA) last

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Willie Nelson – Texan, Storyteller, Activist

October 26, 2017

Willie Nelson’s life can be understood as an exercise in storytelling. His music traffics in characters and scenes, tragedies and triumphs, and his legend grows from eight decades of tall tales about the man himself. Of the stories he’s told on wax over the years, some of our favorites here at Freedom Solar are “Red Headed Stranger,” “Pancho and Lefty,”

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