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Financial Advice to Help You Go Green (Infographic)

Posted by SEPCO

6/28/12 9:30 AM

Here is a great infographic on ways to help your family go green while staying within a budget. This infographic includes great tips in regards to green companies, small changes you can make to save, and the impact each change can have on the environment and your wallet.

Go Green (Infographic)

Source: EasyFinance.com

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Topics: Guest Post, Green Ideas, Fun Green Articles, Infographics

Good Solar Flagpole Lighting Information and Etiquette

Posted by SEPCO

6/26/12 8:30 AM

solar-flagpole-lightLighting your flag with solar power is a great way to illuminate a flag.  The solar flagpole lights are either mounted to the flag pole or ground mounted. The solar power can be mounted to the flag pole as well, but in some cases the solar is remote mounted.

The size and height of the flag and mounting position in relation to the flag will determine the quantity, wattage, and type of solar fixtures used in a particular application. For smaller flags, one wide beam floodlight mounted on the flag pole will do the job using the least amount of solar and battery. For larger flags that are flown at 30’ and above, narrow beam floodlights are used.

As with any application finances are always a question and usually the least costly solar light fixtures and the lowest wattage to get the job done win in the solar lighting world.  If you were to go the usual route and install a say 250 Watt HID flood light over a solar application, you would easily swallow up or equal the cost of a solar powered system in the amount it would cost you in installation, grid power, trenching, and materials for an AC powered system, even without the electric bill.

The dependability and lumens per watt of power from LED lighting comes into play as well. You can get over 50,000+ hours (approximately 12 years) of use out of a commercial LED light fixture. I’m sure you’ve seen small floodlighting systems in the stores, these are not worth the money they are asking as the longevity of these small systems and the amount of light output and lighting times will not suffice for an American Flag through the night.

The best bet would be to go with a commercial grade solar flag light system. The American Federal Flag Code, concerning lighting of an American Flag, states that a flag displayed through the night should be adequately illuminated from dusk to dawn. Although there is no law or penalty concerning the code, it is just good etiquette.

Happy Flag Flying

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Flagpole Lighting

Setting the Solar Story Straight - (Infographic)

Posted by SEPCO

6/21/12 9:30 AM

Here is a great infographic on setting some of the myths of solar energy straight. I think my favorite is that solar does not work on cloudy days when countries that are cloudy are embracing solar power and it is paying off. What is your favorite myth about solar energy?

Infographic: Setting the solar story straight
Solar myths infographic by pv magazine Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/features/solar-superhero/infographic-setting-the-solar-story-straight/#ixzz1yGXtpNNX
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Topics: Solar Power, Clean Energy, Infographics

Germany's Solar and Wind Power is Booming, What about us?

Posted by SEPCO

6/19/12 9:30 AM

Okay, so the blog has been quiet. Sorry about the lack of posts lately, but there is good reason for that. I went on vacation. Okay, well that's not a good excuse. But I do have a great post for you in return.

I traveled to Germany again (I go there as often as I can) and was amazed at what I saw. Solar is everywhere! Wind power generators have pretty much always been installed in Germany, I can remember going there as a child over 20 years ago and seeing the windmills all over in fields of corn, cows, sheep, etc. The solar is now growing to meet up with the wind power it seems.

I landed in Dusseldorf and as the plane came down I saw one of the nuclear plants off in the distance, but I also saw a lot of wind farms surrounding the nuclear plant. As the plane came closer to the ground I was able to see solar panels installed on just about everything. Roofs of buildings, homes, barns, in fields, etc. were all covered in solar panels. This is definitely a beautiful sight to see.

Solar Power in Germany

On the drive home we all kept pointing out one solar install after the other. We were also fascinated by the wind farms. Even our home town in Ostfriesland (or Eastern Friesland) had even more solar installed since our last trip there.

So here's my question: Why do I live in one of the sunniest places (South Florida) and see more solar in the land of snow and ice? And the windmills that are considered an eyesore and loud (I have no idea what they are talking about there, I didn't hear a thing) don't even exist in Florida as far as I know. What is wrong with this picture?

Now I'm sure you've heard about how Germany is pushing renewable energy subsidides like crazy and they are doing an amazing job at it. They are working towards shutting down all their nuclear plants by 2020 (I think it will be sooner the way they are moving) and are even selling their excess power to surrounding countries. Why can't we implement the same thing here in the US? California, New Jersey, and a handfull of other states are moving in the right direct...but come on Florida, it is time to catch up! 


Video from: http://www.discoversolar.co.uk/2012/06/14/why-solar-energy/

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Topics: Fun Green Articles, Solar Power, Clean Energy

Technology Advancements in Solar Panels (Infographic)

Posted by SEPCO

6/14/12 9:30 AM

I was sent this great infographic and wanted to share with you. As technology advances in the solar industry, the price and size of solar panels are reducing while the efficiency is increasing. Solar is becoming more and more affordable for everyone. What do you think solar panels are going to look like in 10 years? 20 years? Beyond?

Solar Panel Technology

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Topics: Solar Power, Clean Energy, Infographics

Remote Security & Work Lighting

Posted by SEPCO

6/12/12 7:30 AM

A large commercial gas company cited the following lighting needs for a remote pump and monitoring station: dusk to dawn security lighting in addition to high intensity work lighting on a bi-monthly basis.  Due to the remote nature of the site, the cost to extend the electrical grid for AC powered lights was cost prohibitive. On the other hand, with off-grid solar lighting systems all costs and issues associated with AC power grid are completely eliminated because the lights do not rely on the AC power grid at all, but rather off-grid through the power of clean, renewable solar energy. What a perfect combination of remote security and solar power.

Union Gas Solar Security Light

The lights purchased provide added security to the area and secure the remote pump and monitoring station, as well to the workers that come out bi-monthly. By using solar powered light fixtures, each equipped with a high performance LED light engine with dual light settings provide effective, ultra reliable security lighting. These systems operate dusk to dawn year round in addition to a high intensity work light on a bi-monthly basis with a simple flip of a switch. All things considered, this project is an ideal application of off grid solar power lighting systems!

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Topics: Solar Lighting, SEPCO News & Information, Security Lighting

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