Archive | September, 2013

Are you ready for some (solar) football??

That’s right… many US stadiums are now harnessing power from the sun. While solar and alternative energy sources aren’t everywhere yet, fans, teams and event-goers are benefiting from installations around the country.
Here are some of the solar fields making rays nationwide:
FedExField – Landover, MD 

  • Largest solar installation in the metro D.C. area
  • More than 8k total solar panels generate 2MW of peak power installed in parking, stadium and ramp structures
  • 10 EV (electric vehicle) charging stations at the stadium
  • 30-foot statue of quarterback near the entrance lined with solar film known as “Solar Man”(TM)

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ 

  • 1,350 solar panels combine to generate 25x power needed for the NRG Solar Ring (TM) LED lights
  • LED lights can display ANY color depending on teams/events
  • Second largest building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panel installation in the US.
  • Solar installation created 10% covered seating

Patriot Place (@Gillette Stadium) – Foxboro, MA

  • 3,000+ standard and translucent solar panels
  • LED light atmosphere for a unique retail shopping experience for fans and visitors

Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA 

  • 11,000+ solar panels with 3MW of peak power
  • Largest solar array in the Philly area
  • 14 micro-wind turbines

And coming in 2014:
Levi’s Stadium – San Francisco, CA

  • Planning for 400kW of solar power

The trend of stadiums extending the green beyond the turf is not only inspiring for the future of solar, but a great way to get the country focused on sustainable energy. We hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between solar innovators and structures that never cease to give millions of fans a thrill.
Source for the solar statistics: NRG Solar

Are you ready for the storm?

Menlo Park, CA.
With 2012’s Superstorm Sandy still fresh in the country’s mind, it’s no wonder that preparedness is a top priority for families and individuals nationwide. Solar JOOS recognized this essential requirement for not only feeling safe, but actually having the tools to accomplish powered security in a time of need.
Thousands of citizens lined up to charge cellphones on the streets of New York, New Jersey, and beyond; and those were the ones that could make it out of their apartments and houses. When the batteries were dead, they had no way to power their devices back up to usability.
Solar JOOS recognized this as an enormous problem, and already has the solution to give peace of mind.
The Solar JOOS Orange
The JOOS Orange is the most reliable, rugged and powerful personal solar charger on the market. Charging 3.5 times faster than any other for the same price, it will charge in low light, shade, rain, and even underwater.
When fortunately there is no emergency, the JOOS is a convenient way to make sure you don’t have to rely on outlets to charge your smartphones, cellphones, tablets, MP3 players, GPS devices, cameras and more. Boasting two hours of talk time for just one hour of charging, it’s a quick, efficient way to make sure you can keep in touch with family, friends, coworkers and anyone else that you need to contact.
Specifics and technology of the JOOS Orange:
The built-in high capacity battery allows for charging either through a USB port or with sunlight.
• Charge time: 12hours direct sunlight/8hours USB
• Internal 5400mAh Li-po battery holds a charge until you need it
• Battery charge and PV power indicator LEDs
• Dead battery circuitry allows direct charging even if the battery is completely drained
• Fold out legs facilitate optimal solar capture
• Internal circuitry tracks how much solar energy you’re capturing and lets you view it in real time with myJOOS application – available for Windows and MAC
• Dimensions: 8.6″X5.8″x0.8″
• Weight: 24oz
About SolarJOOS:
SolarJOOS has been featured on local and national news, and in magazines and publications worldwide. In August 2011, Fox News featured a hurricane preparedness review of the JOOS Orange demonstrating its durability and water resistance. Gizmodo and Wired Magazine gave the JOOS Orange high ratings calling it “the physical manifestation of simplicity. It’s rugged, easy to store and carry, and (most importantly) quick to bestow a watt or two whenever you need it.” U.S. Airways also featured the JOOS Orange on the cover of its magazine, touting it as one of the Top 12 Tech Tools.