In recent years, a number of hurricanes swept through the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in massive amounts of devastation to a number of island and coastal communities. Prior to the storm, there were numerous solar panel systems installed throughout the communities, and the impact to these systems was quite varied based … More How do solar panel systems fare against hurricanes?
When you think about solar panels, what environmental benefits cross your mind? The obvious environmental benefit is that the energy is “clean,” but what exactly does this entail? The use of solar panels generates a number of environmental benefits such as a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, reduction in air pollutant emissions, and reduction in … More How does solar impact human health?
According to residents, upfront costs are the primary inhibitor for solar panel adoption. The upfront costs of solar energy are relatively expensive in comparison to remaining on a traditional utility supplier. However, the average payback of the solar investment is only five to ten years in comparison to a lifetime reliance on a utility company. … More How can solar be more affordable to me?
Position in Solar Para Niños: Professional Mentor Career: Associate professor at UW-Madison Engineering Professional Development Expertise: Jim has specialized technical knowledge in geotechnical and remedial investigation, slope stability analysis and design, and field engineering/construction management. In applied practice and research, he has specific, applied expertise in thermal geotechnics for energy facilities including buried cable design and geothermal … More James Tinjum, Professional Mentor
Position in Solar Para Niños: Solar Consultant Graduate program: Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) at UW-Madison, expected graduation date of Spring 2019 Undergrad degree: Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability at UW-Madison Why SSE? Ian wanted to turn his undergraduate education into a “renewable energy expert degree,” but needed more education … More Ian Berg, Solar Consultant
So you’ve heard of Solar Para Niños, but here’s what solar power can do for our local communities. In the United States, there are more than 1.6 million solar installations, and it’s growing. By 2023, experts predict there will be 4 million. Click here to learn more about our solar-powered future! By: Briana Lerner
After learning about the benefits of having a tilted solar panel system, many people wonder if they should tilt their system – more (as in, add additional racking to tip the system further towards the perpendicular goal). The answer? Not necessary. While it is often greatly beneficial to tilt arrays on flat roofs (such as are … More Should I tilt my system more?
Orientation, tilt and shading are three concepts that are important for assessing if your property is a good site for harnessing solar power. Last time, we covered orientation, so this post is dedicated to tilt (also known as pitch or angle). READ: Part 1 of ‘Is solar power an option at my property?’ Building off of … More Is solar power an option at my property? Part 2
You’ve got a hole in your wallet. It leaks out money every minute of every day all year long and it increases by 2.5 to 3 percent every year. It’s wasted energy. In the end, conserving energy at home is one of the easiest ways to save money. A lot of very simple steps add … More How can my home be energy efficient?
Reducing energy consumption in your home doesn’t just help the environment, it also helps you. 1. Reduce the cost of living When you choose to reduce energy consumption, you reduce the cost of living. The cumulative effect of many small energy efficiency measures can add up to large savings year after year. When it comes … More Why should I care about reducing energy consumption?