January 9, 2012

Nokia Says No Solar Phones For Now


Don't hold your breath waiting for that solar cell phone. Nokia recently completed a study and tested 5 of them in different areas and climates. Some of the results were obvious, as those used closer to the equator worked better. The greatest charge occurred in Kenya while the Artic Circle needed the phone's user to constantly seek the sun. The smaller phones had less efficient solar panels and the angle that the light entered them made a difference as well.

Viia Nokia

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January 2, 2012

Cat and Bunny Solar Bobbleheads


Place this Solar Kitty Bobblehead on your desk or car back window and we promise it will either amuse you entirely or drive you crazy. At a size of 4 x 4.5", the front solar panel collects its energy.


There is also a Solar Bunny available for those who are early Easter shopping. Hit the link for even more cutesy solar bobbleheads.

Via Solar Bobbleheads

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December 25, 2011

Solar Menorah On Display At Woodstock, NY


While not strictly to tradition, (menorahs are used with fire as the source of light,) Woodstock, New York is once again making news as it becomes the home of the first solar menorah. Meant to raise awareness of Chanukah, Rabbi AB Itkin designed the candleholder from spare parts. It was on display in the city's Village Green for all eight nights where Rabbi Yitzchok Hecht declared, "the concept of taking the energy of the sun and using it to bring light into the darkness of night is a beautiful complement to the miracle and story of Chanukah."

(Thanks, Yaacov)

Via Lubavitch

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December 19, 2011

Two Solar Kits For Fun


Even robots come solar as evidenced by this Solar Robot Kit. After building, the 8.2 x 7.2 x 15.5" T3 can transform into a tank, robot or scorpion. There is no soldering needed and as long as there is sunshine, he will keep truckin' on. For those who prefer speed, the Solar Bullet Train has 18 parts that snap together and needs only 4 screws. There are 2 cars that attach to the engine and it runs without rails.

Via Solar Kits

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December 12, 2011

Casio Solar Watches for Sports

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There will be no more batteries to hassle with once you get this Casio Ana-Digi Solar Sport Watch. It features dual time, power saving function, 12 and 24 hour formats, stopwatch, alarm, auto LED light and low battery warning. The timepiece is water resistant up to 165 feet and a men's version is also available.

Via Casio Sport Watches

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December 5, 2011

SolarStrong Gets Green Light


What looked like a no-go solar project is now back on with a private equity loan. This should be just the boost the flailing industry needs as Solar City will place power systems on 120,000 homes on military bases. They got the funding for the project dubbed SolarStrong from Bank of America Merrill Lynch after failing to acquire a loan from the DOA, partially due to stricter restrictions placed post Solyndra. Although the total amount was lessened by 40,000 homes, the project will create at least 300 megawatts of power and thousands of jobs during installation.

via Solar City

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November 28, 2011

Fly This 50 Foot Solar Bag!


We don't know why we like the idea of a 50 foot airborne Solar Bag, we guess it may have something to do with our inability to fly an ordinary kite. Whatever the reason, you can get your very own, wait for a sunny day, fill it up, tie the ends and the solar beast will rise within 5 minutes. It is also possible to cut it down and make several smaller bags.

Via Solar Bags

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November 21, 2011

Solar 11-in-1 Battery Recharger


Holiday time is here and as you are busily filling up your gift list, save on cost and the planet with the Solar 11-in-1 Battery Charger. True to its name, it charges 11 different NiCd and NiMH battery sizes (AAA, AA, C, D and 7 GUM sizes.) The adjustable top lid and bottom allows optimal sunlight and a blocking diode prevents discharge.

We cannot say enough about our personal changeover to eneloop batteries. We use our Flip (now defunct) camcorder constantly and in the space of about 3 years, have only recharged about 5 times. That's a lot of planet saving for very little coinage.

Via Solar 11-in-1 Battery Charger

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November 14, 2011

Join the LuminAID Community Project

In the national scheme of things, one in 4 lacks electricity and, with the recent disasters, millions more are without a home. IndieLabs' LuminAID is an inflatable bag with solar-powered LED inside. After a 4-6 hour charge, the bag is inflated and switched on. Users get 4 hours of bright light or 6 on low. Pledge one for $25.00 and another will be sent to you as a thanks. Hit the link to contribute to the community project.

Via LuminAID

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November 7, 2011

GE Develops Better Solar System


GE has built a better mousetrap solar system that they claim reduces the $6.50 per watt cost to a mere $3.00. Charlie Korman of the NY Global Research Center says that solar panel arrays are currently high-voltage systems that involve using equipment to switch it to a 120 volt current. Their solution is to create panels with socket ready AC current. This means the system needs only a standard installation kit, takes half a day to construct (as opposed to 2 days) and uses 60% fewer components.

A prototype has been constructed by the team and GE plans to build a new plant near Denver, CO to manufacture the new panels. This means that more jobs will open up for those who specialize in research and those seeking manufacturing employment. Kudos to GE for investing in the clean energy despite setbacks and bankruptcies of other solar companies.

(Thanks, Amber)

Via GE

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