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Solar Stepping Stones

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Step into the light $25.00

Create a clear walkway through your garden with Solar Stepping Stones that light up automatically at night. Solar Stepping Stones provide a lighted path marker for lawns or gardens, and since its included batteries are recharged by the sun, no electricity is required. ...read more

Mobile Solar Power

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Gigantic articfical waterfall design unveiled for Rio.

If only these were around when I was working as a laborer, inhaling gas fumes and slowly going deaf by the roar of the power generator. Unlike internal combustion generators, Mobile Solar Power's transportable solar generators create zero emissions, zero exhaust and zero noise. There may be a few zeroes on the price tag as well, but with only a few moving parts and no need for oil or......read more

Novothink Surge iPhone Charger

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Here comes the sun-powered smartphone charger. $69.95

Ah Novothink, you clever scoundrels. This is an ingenious product. The Surge allows you to power your iPhone 3G or 3Gs using nothing but the energy of the sun. Featuring lithium-ion battery cell technology, the Surge comes in multiple colors....read more

Ikea Sunnan Solar Desk Lamp

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UNICEF receives one Sunnan solar-powered lamp for every one sold in IKEA stores worldwide. $19.99

Solar cells transform sunlight into electrical energy - so this lamp requires no electrical connections. On top of that, the LED light consumes 70% less energy and has at least 4 times longer life than incandescent bulbs in similar lighting. And they come in cool colors too. IKEA has also teamed up with Unicef, and for every SUNNAN solar-powered lamp sold in IKEA stores worldwide, one lamp will......read more

Regen ReNu Solar Charger

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Power your life with sunlight $199.00

The Regen ReNu modular combination solar panel/charger utilizes a battery pack that attaches to the back of an iPod/iPhone dock or USB device for easy access to solar power. When you want to charge the panel, just remove the battery pack and place ithe panel in the sun....read more

Solar Power, On The Cheap

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Five ways to harness the energy of the sun—for less than $500.

Damn you, solar energy. How badly we want you to power our homes. How clearly we don't have the tens of thousands of dollars we need to make it happen. Renewable, abundant solar energy may power the future but for now, only green-minded millionaires can afford it. Or so we thought. In fact, Photovoltaic panels are getting smaller, cheaper, and more efficient. Installation costs are declining......read more

Green Marines

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A U.S. military base goes solar.

On the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina, families are turning to solar panels to heat the water in their homes. Eventually, 900 homes on the military base will have the shiny reflective panels on the roof. By transfering heat via pipes to a water tank that reaches temperatures of 180 degrees fahrenheit, the solar panels can heat around 75% of the water used by families living on......read more

Obama Announces Solar Power Support

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The President declares federal loan guarantees for solar energy projects.

Good news for clean energy advocates, as Obama used his Saturday address to announce almost $2 billion in conditional loan guarantees to two solar energy companies. The beneficiaries are Abengoa Solar, whose planned Arizona solar plant will be one of the largest in the world, and solar panel manufacturer Abound Solar, which will build advanced panels at two new plants in Colorado and Indiana. Not......read more

Space Exploration Goes Solar

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Japanese "solar sail" propelled by the sun.

Now, this is getting space-agey. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency says it has put solar panels on a spacecraft, which not only create power but they actively propel and maneuver it through space. The "Ikaros" solar sail absorbs photons from the sun that put pressure onto the solar sails reflective panels and propel the 700 pound craft. Ikaros is bound for an orbit around......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-19-10

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Weekly links: The Philadelphia Eagles get clean and SHFT pops up in NYC with Wired.

Oh snap, SHFT is popping up again this week, this time with the cool nerds at Wired. The space opens today, at 692 Broadway in NoHo. The SHFT selection looks a lot like this. The Philadelphia Eagles expect to save $60 million on energy costs by retrofitting their their stadium with wind turbines and solar panels. They should consider attaching turbines to Michael Vick's heels. This......read more

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