Archive for February, 2010

All Solar Panels Are Not the Same

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Ronald Reagan was once quoted as saying that, “A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?” I recently heard an interview with a major solar installer in California who similarly asserted that if you’ve seen one solar panel, you’ve seen them all. They are all about the same. But solar panels are not the same, and you may want to read SolarTown’s article Choosing Your Solar Panels: More than Meets the Eye to find out what distinguishes one solar panel from the other. Here is a brief primer on what you should look for and why at SolarTown we believe that you as the consumer should look into solar modules yourself before you purchase your solar energy system.

Financing, Incentives and the Future Forward for Solar

Friday, February 5th, 2010

The Renewable Energy Technology Conference (RETECH 2010) here in Washington, D.C. convened over the last couple of days. I am sure that there will be much written about the conference that concentrated on strategic issues, finance and incentives for renewable energy. The Conference highlighted many of the common challenges faced by renewable energy projects, regardless of whether they are solar PV, biomass, wind or geothermal. There were some recurrent themes at many of the sessions that I attended on federal and state incentive programs, local programs, and financing of solar energy products.

Sun Ovens Donations For Haiti

Friday, February 5th, 2010

We received the following appeal for assistance from Paul M. Munsen of SUN OVENS International, Inc. SolarTown encourages you to support this appeal. Much progress has been made in the efforts to expand the use of Sun Ovens to Haiti. On January 28, 2010, two large Villager Sun Ovens, 160 Global Sun Ovens, 200 cardboard solar cookers and 2,000 Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPIs) were shipped. In addition, arrangements are underway for 297 Haitian made Global Sun Ovens from the assembly plant in Lambert, Haiti to be distributed to families left homeless by the recent earthquake. A shipment of parts to reopen the assembly plant is scheduled for February 8.