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Solar Power

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Solar power is the basis for all life on earth! Solar heating has been used for thousands of years to warm dwellings (solar thermal). But solar electricity (photovoltaics) is a very new industry.

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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) --a zero maintenance, zero fuel cost electric generator

Solar panels have no moving parts. You just mount them out in the sun, hook up the wires, and collect power, without adding fuel or replacing worn-out parts. It's amazing that nobody knows for sure how long a solar panel will last. That's because many of the very first photovoltaic panels are still producing power today.

Solar Electricity Basics

We often receive questions here along the lines of 'how many solar panels do I need to power my 3,000 square foot house?' We don't sell or install solar power systems, so we can't provide free consulting services and still keep our business running. However, we've written numerous articles on the topic and compiled a list of resources to help answer your questions and start you on the right track for doing your 'homework' on the topic:

Solar Thermal Panels -- using the suns energy directly for heat

Using solar power directly to heat air or water is the most efficient way to do it. Solar electric is not a very efficient way to heat things, but solar thermal works great! We don't have a huge amount of information here about solar thermal, but there are some links below for you.

Used Solar Panels 
Repairing Dead Solar Panels
New Solar Panels
See a Solar-Powered Outhouse
Solar Power Systems
Solar Water Pumping

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