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Five countries you probably didn’t know were going solar

Five countries you probably didn’t know were going solar

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Mongolia has historically been a nation of nomadic herdsmen, far removed from city life, and their decision not to settle in one place has made it hard to establish any sort of infrastructure in the region. When your home itself is transient, it’s hard to find power to plug into. This has changed thanks to a program by the World Bank where small, portable, solar panels have been given to some 500,000 individuals, roughly 50% of Mongolia’s rural population. The World Bank claims that some of the benefits of this access to electricity include safer lighting, and the ability to get weather reports as well as market prices in distant locations via television or mobile phones.
Kenya
Many people in Kenya are without electricity and this makes them an ideal candidate for distributed solar programs. In some villages, individual families have purchased solar panels for their homes, while others have selected to test out larger village-scale utility systems called ‘microsols’ that provide power, heat, and clean water to villages with up to 1,000 inhabitants. These large scale PV projects have a lifespan of 20 years, produce 50 megawatt-hours of electricity per day, 1,000 cubic meters of water, and about 800 magawatt-hours of heat energy per year.
Guatemala
Guatemala is only 900 miles from the U.S. border, yet 520,000 people who live here, live without electricity. How can a country with such great history tracing back to the ancient Mayans be so far behind when it comes to basic utilities such as electricity, and what is it doing to fix that? Guatemala is a rugged country and many places lack paved roads, or where there are paved roads, they may be damaged from the heavy rains and flooding that bombard certain regions. All of these factors keep many people off the electric grid but over the past few years, private companies have been investing in setting up solar PV projects in the regions without power and that trend is beginning to grow.
Tanzania
The company Sunfounder, recently gave a $10,000 loan to finance 450 units of solar lighting and mobile phone chargers. With this investment, nearly 1,800 individuals stand to benefit from the loan and the environment benefits by reducing 60,300 kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
Fiji
One may not expect Fiji to be on this list, however, it is because of its unique layout of many islands, making it hard to have a central grid to provide power to all of the islands. This is beginning to change as Kyocera is partnering with the Fijian Department of Energy to bring power to 2,000 households that previously never had reliable access to power.
Do you know of other countries that are taking strides to enhance their electric grid with solar? Share them with us at outreach@joos.net!

Are mobile solar chargers worth it?

Are mobile solar chargers worth it?

joos-webWe all like the idea of being environmentally responsible and doing our part to ease the strain on the electrical grid while creating a level of resiliency with our emergency power needs. One way to do that, of course is to get a portable solar charger to keep your electronics running in the event of a power outage or natural disaster. But is it really worth the money to buy such a solar charger? The answer is ‘yes” and “no” because to answer this question, we first need to do our research on the different solar chargers to weigh the pros and cons of ownership.
Cnet.com wrote an article a couple years ago asking this very question. In their story, they only analyzed mobile solar phone covers that snap on the back of your cell phone and provide solar energy to charge your phone. Clearly, their article determined these types of chargers were not worth the money because in order to get 20 minutes of talk time, you had to position the phone at a 90 degree angle to the sun, for an hour.
Now compare that for a moment to the JOOS Orange personal solar charger and battery. That same hour in the sun will give you 2 hours of talk time, not 20 minutes like the inefficient snap on covers. These numbers make the JOOS six times more efficient, and, you don’t have to point the JOOS directly into the sun at a 90 degree angle thanks to the JOOS’ proprietary low-light-charging circuitry.
But what about a larger solar charging system like one of the Goal Zero products, for example? While these larger products look appealing, looks can be deceiving. You see, what sets the JOOS apart from its competition is its portability, efficiency, and ease of use. Instead of lugging around a fold-out solar array and a separate battery pack like you would with the Goal Zero products, the JOOS is a solid, one piece design that houses not only a highly efficient monocrystalline solar cell, but also a 20 watt hour battery.
Finding the right fit for you can be a daunting task but to start, ask yourself what you’re looking for. Do you want portability, with ease of use and dependability, or do you want a cumbersome, yet equally efficient fold-out array with separate attachments? Can you get by with a snap on solar case for your phone and get 20 minutes of talk time for each hour holding your phone to the sun, or would you prefer something that gives you 2 hours of talk time for that one hour in the sun?
At Solar Components, we feel the JOOS Orange is in its own category because to date, no one has been able to produce such a portable, efficient, and easy to use solar solution to your everyday charging needs. You can pick one up today for just $149, or buy a Bundle Kit which includes a case and reflector kit for only $175.

Is your disaster preparedness kit ready?

Is your disaster preparedness kit ready?

Disaster Preparedness SurveyWhen Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City last year, it left thousands of people without electricity. When Winter Storm Dion and Cleon hit Texas and the plains states just a couple weeks ago, the massive ice storm left hundreds of thousands without power in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
One way to be prepared for these storms and the aftermath is to have an emergency preparedness plan in place. Your plan should include the obvious (food and water) but what about things like a radio, a flashlight, your cell phone, a 2-way radio, and so on? What about the batteries needed to power them, and a way to recharge the batteries when they run out?
You see, many people have a basic preparedness plan in place, but few people actually have all of the necessary items to get through the power outages and aftermath of a natural disaster.
One of the most commonly overlooked items are our electronics, batteries, and a way to recharge the batteries. A cell phone could be your only lifeline with the outside world but once your battery runs out, it’s worthless. Having a portable battery with a solar cell attached to it, like the JOOS Orange, is an easy, affordable, and resilient way to complete your disaster preparedness kit.
Right now at Solar Components, we have a very cool deal going on called the “JOOS Bundle” which includes the JOOS Orange portable solar charger and battery, our high-efficiency reflector panels, and a protective neoprene case to keep your JOOS and panels safely together and protected, all for only $175.
This is a limited time offer so be sure to take advantage of it today!

Renewables provide 99% of all new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October

Renewables provide 99% of all new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October

renewables-1694 megawatts of new electrical generating capacity was added last month, of which, 99.3% comes from renewable sources including 72.1% from solar energy. The remaining 5 megawatts came from oil.
Twelve new solar energy generation units were put in place to produce 504 megawatts of generating capacity, followed by four biomass units generating 124 megawatts and two wind energy generation units adding 66 megawatts to the grid.
So what does this mean for solar energy? It means we as a society are taking a more serious look at how beneficial harnessing power from the sun can be and how it can help us move away from non-renewable sources we’ve been dependent on for years.
Now not all of us have the financial resources to install a solar array on our homes or in our backyards but we can help do our part by charging our personal electronic items with renewable energy. The JOOS Orange is one way to cut our ties with non-renewables and start doing our part to charge “off-the-grid.”
Solar Components, the makers of the JOOS Orange are helping to make the switch even easier this holiday season by offering a special promotion on a bundle package consisting of the JOOS Orange, Reflector Kit, and Carrying Case. The bundle sells for $175 and is available exclusively at SolarJOOS.com.

Are you ready for the storm?

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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.
 
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