Category Archives: Solar

solar panels, wind turbines, equipment and plans to create Alternative Energy plants.

Sharing The Climate Reality Project

Sharing The Climate Reality Project Featuring Al Gore

Al Gore did the introduction to The Climate Reality Project live broadcast, explaining some of the projects they will be featuring.

Project Reality 24 hours of Reality
Project Reality
24 hours of Reality

He is ecstatic about the fact that in the U.S.  Alternative Energy has more than beaten the estimates of adding carbon free fuels into the mix of energy being use.

Next  he  interviewed that spunky Mayor from Puerto Rico that Trump didn’t fall in love with and try his regular Grab em technique.  (sorry couldn’t resist)

Puerto Rico Still Need Help, Water is Contaminated

She is more wily than me and avoided making a comment about Trump by saying what is going on in Puerto Rico is about the people and the help that is needed to rebuild and provide energy and clean drinking water and daily health care for people in need.

Not about politics.

She did request  that the rest of America not forget them. 

Said there are usually updates and information on Twitter and Facebook as the regular media doesn’t seem to remember them. 

Said she is very grateful for money and help that has been sent by ordinary citizens  and was surprised that so many people in Florida and Texas have responded. 

Even mentioned money sent by a 9 year old school boy and a $20 bill stapled to a post card from a Teacher in the U.S.

Jonathan Scott Hosted a Section

After that I got to watch one of my favorite actors from HGTV  Jonathan Scott from Property Brothers.

He said he had attended a construction workshop in Canada and learned a lot. 

Canadians are Proud of Participating in Climate Reality Project
Canadians are Proud of Participating in Climate Reality Project

Maybe there will be a re-run.  I’ll give you the link to the program at the end of this post.

Watch a Training Class for Wind Technicians Presented by The Climate Reality Project

Much to learn in this live class.  Included watching them get suited up with the necessary ropes and pulleys and safety equipment.  

This class was in Montana where they are training Wind technicians for free in a program sponsored by a company that installs and maintains those huge wind mills. 

Several of the trainees were former Oil workers who are happy to retrain as the oil work in Montana has diminished.

Here is a link to The Climate Reality Project  click and go!


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Solar Roof Shingles vs Asphalt Shingles and Solar Panels (Review)


What is New, solar shingles instead of Asphalt

Solar Roof Shingles vs. Asphalt Shingles

And Solar Panels

If you are a big advocate for green life, you must have been excited about the innovation of the solar roof shingles. Compared to the conventional asphalt shingles, this new solar system can deliver obvious advantages and benefits to those green-oriented families.

Visual Appeal

This new type of shingles resemble the traditional asphalt shingles in size and finish, but are covered with thin film solar cells that are responsible for converting sunlight into electricity. Despite their thinness, these solar cells are able to produce the same amount of solar energy as that produced by the large array of solar panels. In fact, the solar shingle systems were exactly designed to substitute for the visually intrusive solar panel arrays.

Higher Acceptance

In some areas, the homeowner associations do not allow installation of solar panel arrays either on your roof or backyard. But, don”t you think that the solar shingles will be more acceptable to them, as your roof will not look much different from their own roofs?

More Flexibility

There are two types of solar shingle systems available. The off-grid system is a self-contained one, while the on-grid one is attached to the public utility. The working mechanism behind the shingle solar system is the same as the old (though still being widely used at the moment) solar panel arrays – it collect sunlight and convert it into electricity through photovoltaic cells. The only difference is that the shingle systems use materials that are much smaller in size, but, with the newest solar technology, they are able to produce just the same amount of solar energy.

Easy Replacement

This new shingle system does not just look like the traditional asphalt shingles, it can also be replaced easily just as the asphalt shingles. Having said that, there is no need to worry about maintenance or replacement as yet. Almost all shingle systems in the market will last for at least 20 years, and they are able to sustain even the harsh weather like storm and high winds.

Right now, the solar roof shingles are still fair new in the market, and it is for your best interest that you purchase from reputable manufacturers that also provide professional installation. You can always do your research on the internet, find the best supplier, get the high-tech shingles properly installed, and start to experience the change to your life!

Click here for an excellent resource about using alternative energy for home power supply. Don”t worry if you are technically-challenged, all topics are explained in simple plain English.

Interested in solar panel kits? Check out what sort of planning you need to carry out before making your investment.

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Solar Mapping Resources

Solar Energy Maps

Below is a list of Tools that can be used as helpers  and resources for planning your Solar Projects before you dive in. 

Cost for Solar Energy cells keep dropping and efficiency goes up, Good news for someone who is interested in acquiring “Free” energy after paying for the original capture installation.

Solar Mapping Resources

Solar Energy Mapping Resources
Solar Energy Mapping Resources

Choosing solar energy is a big investment.

In order to help consumers quantify the potential benefits, national laboratories and private companies have developed a number of tools to forecast their solar futures.

Solar Energy uses Irridance
Solar Energy uses Irridance

Satellite maps, irradiance data, and real-time bids from installers have been combined to assist customers in understanding the potential costs and benefits of solar with just the click of a button.

The examples below help consumers start the process of choosing solar by demonstrating the solar potential of their homes or businesses.

Energy Sage

Energy Sage, another SunShot Incubator awardee, allows homeowners, businesses, or nonprofit organizations to estimate their energy savings from solar, and connects them with prescreened installers who can provide estimates specific to the user’s address.

Users can comparison shop, and select the system that fits their needs best. Electricity bills are used to demonstrate the potential savings from solar energy, and Energy Sage has been found to offer customers substantial savings over more conventional products.


Geostellar measures user’s solar potential based on satellite maps of their property, and will estimate the financial benefit of such a system based on the user’s electricity bills. 

Users can compare financial products to determine the payback of a system, see applicable state and federal incentives, and consult with agents to find a system that best meets their needs and wants. Geostellar is a SunShot Incubator company.


Mapdwell’s Solar System is an open, online rooftop-solar remote assessment tool that allows any community on Earth to discover their underlying solar resources.

It reveals the solar potential of building rooftops through state-of-the-art, hyper-precise, advanced technology developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Communities can use the solar system platform to provide their residents with highly detailed information about the potential of their rooftops or want to better understand their solar resource and increase their solar deployment.

OpenEI Solar Mapping Tools

The OpenEI platform is a wiki, similar to Wikipedia’s Wiki.  Users can view, edit, and add data – and download data for free.

OpenEI works to provide the most current information needed to make informed decisions on energy, market investment, and technology development. 

On the solar resource page, OpenEI provides maps and links to connect users with solar installers and projects in their neighborhoods. 

The platform also connects users to tools like PVWatts and the System Advisory Model, which can be used to estimate solar generation and savings.


PVWatts is an online too from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world.

It allows homeowners, business owners, and nonprofit organizations to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations, based on online map or user supplied data.

San Francisco Energy Map

The San Francisco Energy Map provides developed by an overview of solar and wind energy resources for the city of San Francisco, along with corresponding links and resources to help residents better understand our renewable energy resources, and learn how to install their own renewable energy system.

The program displays existing solar photovoltaic (PV) and water heating installations in the City. Users can also estimate their rooftop’s Solar PV potential, annual system output, associated energy savings, and annual greenhouse gas emissions mitigated.

Other links provide cost estimates of installing a solar PV system, ways to find a solar installer, and get more detailed information.

Sun Number

A SunShot Incubator awardee, Sun Number gives a numerical score which represents the solar suitability of a building’s rooftop on a scale from 1 to 100, with 100 being the ideal rooftop for solar.

Scores can be accessed by entering a valid address in a region where the analysis has been completed.

The Sun Number score is created from aerial imagery that is processed with proprietary algorithms to accurately analyze individual rooftops, and based on a combination of factors, each weighted uniquely to provide an accurate analysis of a rooftop.

Factors include roof shape, surrounding buildings surrounding vegetation, regional variability, and atmospheric conditions.

All information shared from  Energy.Gov  at


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