Solar Power Blog

Power Packs for Camping: Extra Battery Life in the Outdoors

Providing a little extra charge overnight, power packs for camping make it possible to continuously run electronics in the outdoors. Whether it is your phone, flashlight, or portable speaker, it is always nice to have spare electricity around when car camping or spending the night deep in the backcountry. Solar-Us-Shop makes it easy to bring the power of the sun (and other great renewable energies) to outdoor enthusiasts anywhere in the world. Power packs for camping are one of the most recognizable uses of the technology today, so we’d like to provide this no-nonsense guide for anyone looking to learn more about small portable packs of solar power.  In this article, we will define power packs for camping, explain how they work,...

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Solar Christmas Lights for a Sun-Powered Holiday Season

Decorating your home with lights during the holiday season is a fun and time-honored tradition. The only downside is the increased electric bill that usually follows. Luckily, that no longer has to be the case. With solar powered Christmas lights and decorations, you can have the same festive look while ultimately saving on electricity and the associated costs.  Here at Solar-us-shop.com, we’ve come together to bring you a complete guide to holiday solar lights. We’ll explain all the pros and cons, highlight the benefits of the models we believe to be the best on the market, and even offer a look at some practical solar alternatives.  Whether you’re looking to lower your holiday utility bills, or wanting to invest in...

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Taking a Look at Electric Vehicles in 2021 and Beyond

Are electric cars really eco-friendly? When consumer electric vehicles (EVs) first hit the roads over a decade ago, they promised to be the next big thing in clean transportation. The 2008 Tesla Roadster was the first of the modern highway production electric cars available on the market, but its steep price tag made it untouchable to all but the most affluent EV enthusiasts. But average consumers looking to scratch their interest in EVs didn't have to wait long. The Nissan Leaf, unveiled in 2010, became the first all-electric family car made for the masses, and arguably the most successful.  Today, Tesla's are more popular than ever, and the EV market has a promising future. Check out this Tesla Model 3...

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Solar Suitcases: Foldable, Renewable, & Free Electricity

Solar suitcases, sometimes referred to as solar briefcases, allow you to access free solar energy from any location. The compact and portable design of solar suitcases makes them easy to transport and a breeze to set up. Don’t worry, their smaller size doesn’t mean they won’t deliver all the power you need to charge your electronic devices or run small appliances. Here at Solar-us-shop.com, we’ve compiled this complete guide to solar suitcases so that our readers and customers can find what works best for them. Whether you’re looking for some extra power on your next camping or RV trip or wanting to prepare for any unexpected power outages, we’ll lead you through all the pros, cons, and potential uses for...

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The Economy and Renewable Energy Outlook Post Covid-19 Pandemic

Renewable, clean energy is the best option for jobs and affordability in a post-COVID economy We've were all thrown a curve ball in 2020. The renewable energy sector was no different. The sector was expected to grow 5.3% in 2020. Based on per-pandemic baselines, this could have meant a total of 3.53 million jobs in the sector. But amidst the coronavirus pandemic, it has shrunk by 13.8%, leading to a deficit of 655,000 jobs compared with pre-COVID projections. Despite pandemic woes, clean energies have generally fared better than their fossil fuel counterparts, outperforming in job creation and affordability. You can learn more about Why We Need Green Technology with this great article from our friends at GreenJournal. Renewables and natural gas...

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Solar Kits: The Best Way to Power Your Life with the Sun

In today’s world, more and more people are turning to renewable energies for both financial and environmental reasons. With today’s technology and prices, it is possible to purchase and build small off-grid renewable energy power sources for use at home or on the go.  At Solar Us Shop, we are committed to delivering the absolute best products to electricity consumers looking to go a bit greener. For this reason, we’d like to formally introduce solar kits to our collection of high-quality sun-powered products. In this article, we will dive deep into what solar kits are, how they work, and what makes them a great power solution for a growing number of people. For more tips on saving energy at your...

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Solar Pool Skimmers: What They Are, How They Work, & What Is Best

Solar pool skimmers allow you to keep your swimming pool clean while using free renewable electricity harnessed from the sun. In addition to being an environmentally friendly solution, solar pool cleaners are also incredibly convenient, as today’s top products can all be controlled with the push of a few buttons and stop you from hand skimming.  At Solar Us Shop, we love using and testing any kind of product that incorporates solar energy into the device’s functionality. And today, solar powered robotic pool cleaners are a great, new environmentally friendly product. In this quick guide, we will give a background on how solar pool skimmers work before recommending today’s top models.  What is a Solar Pool Skimmer?  A solar powered...

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Taking a Look at Public Opinion on Green Energy

What is public opinion on renewable energy? Renewable energy is not the political wedge it once was. A new poll by the Pew Research Center found 79 percent of U.S. adults favor developing alternative energy over fossil fuels. Another recent post-election survey found 81 percent of those polled want more clean renewable energy. Of those polled, 81 percent said they'd support government action accelerating the shift to renewable energy. Over half of the respondents supported strong government action, while an 83 percent majority favored private market to drive the transition. The shift in public opinion is most starkly felt by right-of-center voters, who are starting to recognize the economic incentives of renewable energy and the promise of energy independence. Renewable energy is...

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Solar Fence Lights: Easy, Renewable, and Bright

Today, solar fence lights are great If you’d like to add some illumination to your outdoor living space, but do not want to add any extra electricity costs to your home. Although they may not add as much light (or halt as many intruders) as solar powered security lights, solar fence lights are great for creating a welcoming environment powered by clean, sustainable energy.  For the past few years, solar fence lights have been steadily growing in popularity. As solar advocates, we couldn’t be more excited! For this reason, we’ve put together this article which explores the benefits of solar post lights before identifying the best solar fence lights for any outdoor living space.  What are Solar Fence Lights?  Solar...

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Solar Powered Security Lights: A Complete Purchasing Guide

Solar powered security lights are the best way to keep your property safe while minimizing your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, solar security lights come in many different shapes, sizes, technologies, and price ranges. Whereas it is tempting to save some money with a cheaper system, low priced items may not deliver the performance or reliability of other high-quality products.  At Solar Us Shop, we are a team of sustainability experts focused on helping everyone adopt green technologies in order to save money and enrich their life. To help our customers conquer the somewhat intimidating decision of purchasing the right solar security lights, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to make the process as easy as possible.  What are Solar Powered Security...

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Should Renewables Be Considered "Green"?

Do wind and solar do more harm than good? The recent documentary “Planet of the Humans” posits a seemingly simple solution to saving the planet from the effects of climate change. Jeff Gibbs' and Michael Moore's film essentially asserts that because no source of energy is perfect, they're all bad. The film leaves viewers feeling that humanity itself is the problem, and offers very few positive solutions to existential catastrophe other than a drastic decline in human population, consumption, and economic growth. So does renewable energy cause more harm than good? Do the environmental and human costs of producing wind turbines and solar panels outweigh their lauded benefits? The necessity of zero-emissions Contrary to the assertions of Moore and Gibbs,...

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Marine Wind Generators: Wind Turbines for Boats (Guide)

Out on the open water, there are essentially three great options for generating renewable electricity: wind, hydro and solar. If you are looking for some assistance on how to continuously produce electricity on your boat, then you’ve come to the right place.  In the Solar Us Shop, we’ve named ourselves after the process of generating energy through sunlight and continue to focus on offering high quality solar products. However, we are also firm believers in wind power as well, especially when it comes to marine applications.  We are constantly asked questions about marine wind generators, so we figured that it may be about time to put together something as a helpful resource for those in any stage of the installation...

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Taking a Look at the Decommissioning of Wind Turbines and Solar Panels

When green energy goes belly-up: What happens to solar panels and turbines when they're decommissioned? The swooshing of windmills to grind out electrons. Solar panels harvesting photons from the sun. Wind and solar installations are a source of pride for proponents of green energy. From small-scale renewable energy to massive utility-scale solar and wind farms, the cumulative solar and wind energy produced in the United States accounts for 13 percent of all energy produced (141 million kilowatts in 2019). But these technological wonders that allow humans to harvest energy from the wind and sun don't just disappear when they break or expire. When they've reached the end of their serviceable life, the materials go somewhere. When turbines and panels have generated...

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A Look at the U.S. Wind Energy Industry Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Wind energy soars despite headwinds from politics and COVID-19 Wind is the largest source of renewable energy in the country, producing 24 percent of the nation's renewable energy capacity, or around 10% percent of the nation's total electrical output. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind and solar jobs are the two fastest growing occupations in the nation. Wind turbine service technician jobs saw 57 percent growth in 2018 with an average salary of $54,370 a year. Wind supports 120,000 American jobs, employs people in 530 factories, and contributes $1.6 billion to the economy every year. Leaders in the clean energy sectors aim to increase wind energy to 20 percent of the nation's electric capacity by 2030. Despite uncertainty resulting from COVID-19, wind...

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A Look at the U.S. Solar Energy Industry Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Dual challenges of tariffs, coronavirus prove resiliency of U.S. Solar Solar energy has a bright future. As of 2019, the United States employs nearly 250,000 solar workers, up 5,600 jobs from the prior year. The U.S. solar sector has seen an explosive 167 percent increase over the past decade, with employment gains five times faster than the rest of the economy. Solar produces 1.8 percent of the nation's electricity, and is the fastest growing renewable energy source in the nation. A large factor contributing to surging growth is offshored production of affordable solar panels. Solar has become an essential asset in American energy companies' portfolios, but the majority of installed panels originated overseas. Then 2018 happened. On January 22, 2018, the Trump Administration...

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