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Bringing the World Back to Zero (Infographic)

Posted by SEPCO on 6/27/13 9:30 AM

With the impact we are having on the world today, moving towards zero will be difficult, but can be done. The Infographic below can show you exactly what steps need to be taken to accomplish this. There is also information on the typical person and family's carbon footprint including traveling and what you can do to help bring us back to zero by offsetting the carbons we throw into the atmosphere. Let us know your ideas.

Energy Innovation: From the Crowd
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Topics: Infographics

Use Solar Powered Traffic Flashers for Increased Safety

Posted by SEPCO on 6/25/13 9:30 AM

Traffic warning flashers are the perfect applications for off-grid solar power solutions. These safety devices are needed to warn drivers of upcoming obstacles and hazards of the roadway. The flashers are often located in areas where the electrical grid is not available. Solar powered traffic flashers can be used at these locations without the need for the electrical grid. Solar panels produce their own electrical energy that is stored in batteries which are used to power the flashers. As an added benefit, the flashers will still function during power outages.

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Topics: Traffic & Warning Flasher

2013 Summer Solstice Fun Facts

Posted by SEPCO on 6/20/13 9:30 AM

It’s the summer solstice coming up this Friday and you know what that means right? It is the longest day of the year and the most amount of sunlight will be hitting the earth, making the solar power absorb the most energy than the rest of the year. Where else did you think I was going with that?

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Topics: Green Ideas

ODNR Delaware Wildlife Solar LED Parking Lot Lights

Posted by SEPCO on 6/18/13 7:30 AM

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife (DOW) completed Delaware Lake east boat ramp. The ramp was built in the 1960’s and required a considerable update to improve not only condition, but also safety.  The ramp, parking lot and access road recently got a complete overhaul to better serve the angling and boating public. The old deteriorated ramp and abutment were replaced with a new wider and more visible ADA accessible abutment and a ramp with v-grooves to improve traction. The parking area was redesigned to improve traffic flow and offers 45 parking spaces.  Anglers and boaters using the ramp at night will be aided by two new solar lights. 

This ramp improvement project is made possible by monies generated from the Boater-Angler Fund, a state tax on fuel that motorboat users pay to provide better access to Ohio’s waterways.   

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Parking Lot Lighting

Great Tips from a Solar Lighting Specialist

Posted by SEPCO on 6/13/13 9:30 AM

When informing potential customer on the subject of commercial solar lighting, it is important to educate on the quality of the lighting system for long term use with a comparison to lower quality short term solar lighting solution. These systems cost much less than commercial grade solar lighting systems and will typically cause the customer more issues and more costs in the long run.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

New Flow Battery Propel Solar and Wind Power to the Grid

Posted by SEPCO on 6/11/13 9:30 AM

A major obstacle to the widespread use of solar and wind power to supply the grid is the problem of storing the energy produced at a low enough cost. Energy generated by the wind and the sun is subject to unpredictable fluctuations. Until now, the cost of batteries large enough to smooth out these swings in production has made the technology relatively uneconomic.

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Topics: Guest Post, Solar Power, Solar Lighting Design

Reduce Energy Grid Drain With Energy Star (Infographic)

Posted by SEPCO on 6/6/13 9:30 AM

When considering a new home, energy efficiency should be a foremost concern. Especially if the plan is to make a home that is self-sufficient for energy needs. While most homes don’t come standard with solar panels and windmills, there is an increasing number of new homes that are Energy Star certified. These homes must pass standards for energy efficiency as laid out by the Environmental Protection Agency who runs the Energy Star program. Ryan Homes has created the following graphic to illustrate how much an Energy Star certified home saves on energy costs annually when compared to a typical, non-certified new home.

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Topics: Infographics

Shading Concerns for Solar Lighting for Parking Lots

Posted by SEPCO on 6/4/13 7:30 AM

Solar energy is a great source that offers free energy year round. However, the power production of a solar panel can be greatly affected by shading. It is best for each location to be analyzed for optimum sun exposure. SEPCO specializes in stand-alone battery powered systems. Our systems are designed for a specific amount of power for each day or night. Therefore, it is important to be able to calculate exactly how much energy the system is producing as there is not back up power from the electrical grid when shading occurs or there is cloud cover. 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Parking Lot Lighting

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