Category Archives: Solar

Video: Solar company gives light to a soldier

Staff Sergeant Mitch Court, of Shrewsbury Township, was just looking for a way to save on his electric bill.

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An electric vehicle is less efficient than my cat

I once heard an electrical utility use the marketing phrase, “Electric heat is 100% efficient” The logic is that 100% of the energy available at a heating element becomes heat. The amount of energy lost to get that heat out … Continue reading

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A sunny, energy conserving Giant opens in Manchester

Giant Food Stores has blended energy saving technology into their new Manchester, Pa. store. Skylights are balanced with florescent lighting automatically. As the store gets darker from cloud cover, the lights automatically compensate. On a sunny day, the main overhead … Continue reading

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Solar cottage industry trades solar production for storage

I watched a solar panel installation on a Springfield Township home by ASCOM Electric of Dover, Pa. today. It’s an interesting relationship between industry and home businesses. To live off the grid using solar power is impractical in Pennsylvania. We … Continue reading

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Environmental Working Group’s 2009 guide to sunscreens

It’s shameful. EWG tested 1,606 sunscreens for last week’s special report, and we found that 3 out of 5 offer inadequate protection from the sun or actually contain toxic ingredients. Yet the federal Food and Drug Administration still refuses to … Continue reading

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Nuclear powered clothes drier + stain fighter

It’s been ten months since I put my nuclear powered clothes drier into action. Since then, I have used my monopoly powered clothes drier twice during an extended rainy period when going naked would have been the only alternative. My … Continue reading

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VIDEO Ancient sun observance with new environmental concern

When you wake up every day, who thinks about this? People take it for granted that the sun’s there every day. It hits a little closer to home. -JoAnn Graham, York Township. Before dawn Wednesday, more than 75 people gathered … Continue reading

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The sun shines brighter in Springettsbury

Aztec Solar Power, a solar applications manufacturer based in King of Prussia, is planning to open a local plant, to Springettbury Township a company official said Monday. The plant will create 100 jobs. inyork.com/ydr

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A diverse alternative energy farm near New Park

Jay McGinnis’ inconspicuous house near New Park, Pa. is an experiment of alternative energy. The windmills produce compressed air and electricity. The innovative air compressing wind mill stores the air throughout the farm using underground lines that act as a … Continue reading

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Atlantic City solar excess

Atlantic New Jersey’s motto is “”Always turned on.” The 13,321 photovoltaic panels will produce an average of 26 percent of the convention center’s energy. “We estimate that we are going to save $4.4 million over the 20 years of the … Continue reading

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