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President Obama mentions facts from our Solar JOOS blog during his State of the Union speech

During this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama used in his speech, facts from our Solar JOOS blog which were provided to us by GTM Research. In our article “Solar Statistics for 2013,” we provided a fact given to us by GTM Research that every 4 minutes, a new solar system is installed […]

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What is MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) and why does it matter with solar?

MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) charge controllers are a commonly found component in today’s battery-based renewable energy systems although they’re not commonly found in the smaller, portable solar chargers. The JOOS Orange from Solar Components is different—it has a proprietary MPPT circuit that allows the small, portable device to achieve amazing efficiency and charging capabilities […]

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Five countries you probably didn’t know were going solar

Mongolia 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 […]

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Solar Statistics for 2013

2013 brought with it a breath of fresh air to the solar industry by breaking records and setting the stage for some big things to come. While it’s still a bit early to call solar photovoltaics “mainstream,” we’re getting closer and closer to that point. We’ve compiled a list of some solar industry statistics of […]

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Are mobile solar chargers worth it?

We 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 […]

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Is your disaster preparedness kit ready?

When 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 […]

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Clean-tech buzzwords of 2013

Every year it seems, we hear a new set of words to describe a particular event, movement, or industry. We call these, “buzzwords,” and here is our list of buzzwords for clean energy in 2013: Resiliency The term “resiliency” first rose to fame after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Clearly one of the most overused words of 2013, […]

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UC Davis West Village: On the way to becoming a 'Net Zero Energy' community

The University of California, Davis, West Village, the nation’s largest planned zero net energy community, racks up an impressive list of achievements in its initial year of review. The first formal analysis of West Village shows that even in its initial phases, it is well on the way to the ultimate goal of operating as […]

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Boeing Subsidiary Spectrolab Sets New Solar Cell Efficiency World Record

A new world record was recently set when Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary, produced a solar cell capable of converting 38.8 percent of solar energy into electricity, more than any other ground-based solar cell not using concentrated sunlight. The record was verified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. This […]

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Marine Corps veteran, Justin Mentzer, summits Mt. Kilimanjaro with the JOOS Orange

Marine Corps veteran, Justin Mentzer successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro with his friends and the JOOS Orange portable solar charger. The JOOS proved to be the highlight of the trip, providing much needed power for Justin and his friends who needed to charge iPods, camera batteries, and other devices. Realizing the importance of the JOOS, four of Justin’s […]

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