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The History of Renewable Energy Microgeneration (And How it Works)

In the last decade, the rise of microgeneration has helped millions of people around the world access affordable and reliable electricity. While many people may be unaware of their participation, it is safe to say that we are currently in a renewable energy microgeneration revolution.  At Solar Us Shop, the vast majority of our products utilize some form of renewable energy microgeneration. To help bring our customers up to speed with the history and terminology associated with small-scale renewable energy, we’ve developed this complete guide to microgeneration.   Microgeneration Fast FAQs To kick things off right, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about microgeneration in the 21st century.  What is microgeneration? Microgeneration is defined as...

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The History of Earth Day - And Why You Should Care

Happy Earth Day!  It’s time to wear green, enjoy the outdoors, and talk about the environment. In an era where every day seems to have its own unique holiday (is there anyone else celebrating National German Beer Day tomorrow?), many people do not know enough about the history, legacy, and importance of Earth Day celebrations.  At Solar Us Shop, we have always been strong environmental allies and proudly supply solar and other renewable energy products to help support the modern green revolution. In this article, we outline all of the important things that you should know about Earth Day to help you celebrate and fight for our very worthy planet.   Earth Day Origins After decades of pollution and environmental degradation,...

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Our Favorite Color is Green!

Solar Us would like to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day, and remind you of our goal at promoting sustainability and green energy! This year we added to our pledge of being great stewards of the planet by joining the Green Business Bureau. You can learn more about our pledge here. Becoming "green certified" means much more than providing affordable renewable energy applications for our customers. We are also committed to making our operations as clean and green as possible. This year, we hope to build on this pledge and continue offering great and new products such as complete solar power system kits, outdoor solar landscape lighting, wind turbine generator kits, home battery storage applications, and more! Please be...

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Top 10 Energy Conservation Quotes

Have you ever heard the saying “a dollar saved is a dollar earned”? Well, the same principle applies to the energy that you use throughout your day and lifetime. Every bit of energy (electricity or heat) that you do not use, allows for that same amount to be conserved for another person on the planet.  If you grew up being scolded for leaving the lights on around the house, chances are that you practice a few energy conservation techniques in your day-to-day life. While conserving energy helps reduce your power bill, it will also help lower your carbon footprint when using fossil fuel resources.  With the impending consequences of global warming, energy conservation has become more important than ever on an individual, community, and global level. ...

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Top Ten Quotes about Wind Energy and Windmills

Wind energy is rapidly growing across the world, but many people have been championing its technology for decades. In the 21st century, advances in windmills and electricity infrastructure make wind energy at the forefront of the green revolution, and that’s certainly something to talk about! Solar Us Shop is dedicated to educating the world about the possibilities of sustainable energy. However, we’ve decided to take a step back, and let some of the world’s leading voices explain all of the benefits of modern wind energy. Below, you can see our top ten quotes for wind power.  Quotes About Wind Energy 1. Björk  "Solar power, wind power, the way forward is to collaborate with nature - it's the only way we...

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How to dispose of consumer solar products: A complete guide to responsible recycling and disposal

Small solar-powered products are a great way to go green for your wallet and the planet. But once it reaches the end of its useful life, that doesn't mean the legacy of green needs to end. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your old solar products end up in the circular economy, not the landfill. What are small consumer solar products? Small consumer solar products are becoming increasingly popular. The ability to perform a plethora of functions with nothing but the power of the sun is incredibly convenient and saves money in the long run. Common solar powered consumer products include: Fence post lights Battery charger banks Landscape lights Security lights Small solar panels Other products like...

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Solar Us Shop Becomes Green Business Certified!

Solar Us Shop is now a part of the Green Business Network!

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DIY Wind Turbine Kits: A Guide for Small-Scale Renewable Power

Here at Solar-Us-Shop, we do not discriminate against any energy choices, so long as they are renewable. While solar is in our name (and always in our hearts), we fully support the rapid growth of wind power in the United States.  Of course, we can’t all be the Alta Wind Energy Center, which is the largest wind-energy power plant in the country. Instead, homesteaders, experimentalists, penny-pinchers, and renewable energy enthusiasts have the opportunity to harness wind power with a DIY wind turbine kit.  In this article, we will break down the logistics, cost, and considerations of modern DIY wind turbine kits before recommending a few products for small-scale renewable energy production.  If you cannot find what you are looking for...

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ETFE Solar Panels, PV Technology in Simple Terms

ETFE solar panels are yet another acronym in the fast-moving field of renewable energy. With PV (photovoltaic) technology striving to lower GHGs (greenhouse gases), it can be difficult to stay up to date with the latest innovations in solar energy.  Solar Us Shop is dedicated to breaking down complex renewable energy lingo into simple terms for everyone to understand. In 2021, ETFE solar panels are one of the most commonly searched terms, so we would like to define what they are and put them into perspective with other commonly heard terms.  In this article, we hope to answer any questions you may have about ETFE solar panels and provide a better understanding of how they fit in with today’s technology.   What...

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Biden’s Clean Energy Plan May Usher a Golden Age of Renewable Energy

Biden has laid out the most comprehensive clean energy plan of any president in United States history. And it comes at the eleventh hour: On Biden's first day in office, the world will have 9 years left to prevent the worst consequences of climate change. Biden's Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice plan intends to create a near-zero grid in 15 years, with aggressive economic and justice elements to boot, including: Levy executive action to not only reverse Trump-era policies affecting the environment, but to create even more effective energy and environmental policy: Methane pollution limits for new and existing oil and gas operations Improved fuel economy standards designed to ensure all light and medium duty vehicles eventually reach zero emissions, as...

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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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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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