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Recycling solar panels: What happens when they no longer work?

Solar panels are made to last, but solar panel recycling is still an important topic. Barring damage from natural disasters or accidents, modern solar panels have an expected lifetime of 30 years or more. Some of the first commercially-available panels have crossed that milestone and are still operating almost as well as they did when […]

Last modified: July 17, 2020

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A gif that shows how a 5-kW California solar system sequesters as much carbon as 5.6 acres of forest.

Installing solar on your home is like creating a small, mature forest

The image above does not lie. Installing a 5-kW solar system eliminates as much carbon pollution as 5.6 acres of mature trees. It’s like waving your magic solar wand and spontaneously creating a new forest. Solar energy replaces electricity from the utility company, which comes from a mix of fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewables. Utility […]

Last modified: November 20, 2018

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What The World Could Be Like With Renewable Energy

Guest post by Ben Allen. Follow him on Twitter! At some point in the near future, the world as a whole will have to support renewable energy. With the price of oil and coal on the rise and corporations looking to drain every drop they can, fossil fuels will soon no longer be a viable […]

Last modified: February 18, 2016

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The 2016 Presidential Candidates on Solar Power

February 15, 2016 Now that the 2016 presidential race is starting to heat up, we thought it was a good idea to look at what the candidates in the race have said about solar, and what effects those positions might have on the country when one of them becomes the next POTUS. Whether you’re a […]

Last modified: February 15, 2016

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Fossil fuel and renewable energy subsidies need parity

According to a study by the Environmental Law Institute, U.S. fossil fuels industries enjoyed direct federal payments totaling roughly $18 billion between 2002 and 2008. Of course, that doesn’t include the $54 billion in tax breaks. Over the same time period, subsidies to renewable power producers totaled just $5.5 billion. Now, the government included corn […]

Last modified: June 18, 2019

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SPR Throws down the gauntlet: Time for a live Obama solar summit to explain the lack of solar panels on the White House

LOS ANGELES. SolarPowerRocks.com, a solar blog and residential solar referral service, is offering to sit down with President Obama in a live television summit to discuss why solar panels have yet to be installed on the White House. “We’ve tried to contact the White House about this issue, but for some reason they’ve ignored us […]

Last modified: January 15, 2019

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Norwegian pro-planet propaganda

The argument here is pig and cow farts are much worse for the environment than driving an SUV. So, some Norwegians are proposing an animal tax to deal with the problem. Not a bad idea, though this would never fly here in the states. Here, we subsidize all things meat related and have been for […]

Last modified: December 29, 2008

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