Green Solar Technologies, a Top Nationwide Solar Company, Expanding to Texas

Posted: Jul 26, 2016 6:26 AM PDT

Green Solar Technologies will be opening its 5th office in Dallas, Texas this summer. The Dallas office will continue GST’s goal of providing solar power to families and businesses in its region.

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DALLAS, Texas July 26, 2016

Green Solar Technologies, a leading energy technology company, announced their expansion into the Texas market to help home- and business-owners gain energy independence with high-quality American-made solar panels. The company, headquartered in Los Angeles with subsidiaries in San Jose and San Diego, is best known for its affordable rates and innovative strategies that help customers cut their electricity costs immediately and own their systems outright, rather than just buying their electricity from a utility or solar provider.

‘Texas is a great state and we are planning on bringing green energy and jobs to the community’, said Nicki Zvik, President and owner of Green Solar Technologies. Backed with supporting data from The National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that Texas, using only 34% of its region, can generate a full 22,786,750 million kWh annually of solar power, which is more than any other state. The state has the largest solar and wind potential in the country. And solar farms are more cost effective in West Texas, where installation levels are greater.

There are also other advantages to the expansion to Texas; ‘it will be bringing approximately 70 new clean green jobs to the Dallas market. We are currently seeking a Director of Operations to oversee the Dallas market expansion’, said Zvik. Green Solar Technologies is proud to have just been awarded the “Your Customers Love You on Yelp!” award and look forward to continue providing the best customer service possible with the new Dallas expansion. We will be able to provide longer customer service hours across the time zones to the east and west.

‘Future expansions are planned for Arizona and Georgia, with focus on the commercial market’, said Zvik. Of course, growth brings challenges. Licensing, for one, is difficult to come by and each state has its own processes for solar and energy efficiency. Nonetheless, Zvik believes Green Solar Technologies will triumph. GST has recently revamped its website in preparation for this expansion, which now provides an educational blog, summary of how solar technology works, core product descriptions, and guidance for both commercial and residential buyers.

About Green Solar Technologies
Since 1987, we at Green Solar Technologies have insisted on providing our valued customers with the highest quality solar energy products at unbeatable prices. We achieve this by using only the best American-made solar panels and are proud to help keep our fellow Americans working. Due to our long standing relationships with our partners and the sheer volume of our business, we are able to pass on unbeatable value to you. We are also able to offer energy efficiency upgrades, such as; air conditioning, heating, roofing, insulation, windows, doors, solar tubes, sky lights, artificial turf, and smart watering systems.

For more information about Green Solar Technologies and its services contact Nicki Zvik at nicki(at)greensoltech(dot)com

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Green Solar Technologies, a Top Nationwide Solar Company, Expanding to Texas

Posted: Jul 26, 2016 6:26 AM PDT

Green Solar Technologies will be opening its 5th office in Dallas, Texas this summer. The Dallas office will continue GST’s goal of providing solar power to families and businesses in its region.

DALLAS, Texas (PRWEB) July 26, 2016

Green Solar Technologies, a leading energy technology company, announced their expansion into the Texas market to help home- and business-owners gain energy independence with high-quality American-made solar panels. The company, headquartered in Los Angeles with subsidiaries in San Jose and San Diego, is best known for its affordable rates and innovative strategies that help customers cut their electricity costs immediately and own their systems outright, rather than just buying their electricity from a utility or solar provider.

‘Texas is a great state and we are planning on bringing green energy and jobs to the community’, said Nicki Zvik, President and owner of Green Solar Technologies. Backed with supporting data from The National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that Texas, using only 34% of its region, can generate a full 22,786,750 million kWh annually of solar power, which is more than any other state. The state has the largest solar and wind potential in the country. And solar farms are more cost effective in West Texas, where installation levels are greater.

There are also other advantages to the expansion to Texas; ‘it will be bringing approximately 70 new clean green jobs to the Dallas market. We are currently seeking a Director of Operations to oversee the Dallas market expansion’, said Zvik. Green Solar Technologies is proud to have just been awarded the “Your Customers Love You on Yelp!” award and look forward to continue providing the best customer service possible with the new Dallas expansion. We will be able to provide longer customer service hours across the time zones to the east and west.

‘Future expansions are planned for Arizona and Georgia, with focus on the commercial market’, said Zvik. Of course, growth brings challenges. Licensing, for one, is difficult to come by and each state has its own processes for solar and energy efficiency. Nonetheless, Zvik believes Green Solar Technologies will triumph. GST has recently revamped its website in preparation for this expansion, which now provides an educational blog, summary of how solar technology works, core product descriptions, and guidance for both commercial and residential buyers.

About Green Solar Technologies
Since 1987, we at Green Solar Technologies have insisted on providing our valued customers with the highest quality solar energy products at unbeatable prices. We achieve this by using only the best American-made solar panels and are proud to help keep our fellow Americans working. Due to our long standing relationships with our partners and the sheer volume of our business, we are able to pass on unbeatable value to you. We are also able to offer energy efficiency upgrades, such as; air conditioning, heating, roofing, insulation, windows, doors, solar tubes, sky lights, artificial turf, and smart watering systems.

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Solar PV Recycling Offers Significant Untapped Business Opportunity

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) boom currently underway will represent a significant untapped business opportunity as decommissioned solar panels enter the waste stream in the years ahead, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS).

The report, End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels, is the first-ever projection of PV panel waste volumes to 2050 and highlights that recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock a large stock of raw materials and other valuable components.

It estimates that PV panel waste, comprised mostly of glass, could total 78 million tonnes globally by 2050. If fully injected back into the economy, the value of the recovered material could exceed USD 15 billion by 2050. This potential material influx could produce 2 billion new panels or be sold into global commodity markets, thus increasing the security of future PV supply or other raw material-dependent products.

“Global installed PV capacity reached 222 GW at the end of 2015 and is expected to further rise to 4,500 GW by 2050. With this tremendous capacity growth will come an increase in waste associated with the sector,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “This brings about new business opportunities to ‘close the loop’ for solar PV panels at the end of their lifetime. To seize these opportunities, however, preparations for the surge in end-of-life material should begin now.”

“With the right policies and enabling frameworks in place, new industries that recycle and repurpose old solar PV panels will drive considerable economic value creation and will be an important element in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future,” added Mr. Amin.

The report suggests that addressing growing solar PV waste, and spurring the establishment of an industry to handle it, would require: the adoption of effective, PV-specific waste regulation; the expansion of existing waste management infrastructure to include end-of-life treatment of PV panels, and; the promotion of ongoing innovation in panel waste management.

“Experience with electronic waste tells us that developing technological and regulatory systems for efficient, effective and affordable end-of-life management requires long lead times, said Stefan Nowak, Chairman of IEA-PVPS. “This timely report can be used by public and private sector institutions to anchor the necessary investments in technology and policy research and development and supporting analyses to unlock the significant recoverable value in end-of-life panels.”

“Responsible life-cycle management is an imperative for all PV technologies – the socio-economic and environmental benefits which can potentially be unlocked through end-of-life processes and policies for this waste stream in the future should be seen as an

opportunity today to start extending the photovoltaic value chain,” added Mr. Nowak of IEA-PVPS.

In most countries, PV panels fall under the classification of “general waste” but the European Union (EU) was the first to adopt PV-specific waste regulations, which include PV-specific collection, recovery, and recycling targets. EU’s directive requires all panel producers that supply PV panels to the EU market (wherever they may be based) to finance the costs of collecting and recycling end-of-life PV panels put on the market in Europe.

End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels, is the second of several solar-focused publications IRENA is releasing this summer. Last week, IRENA released The Power to Change, which predicts average costs for electricity generated by solar and wind technologies could decrease by between 26 and 59 per cent by 2025. Later this week, IRENA will release Letting in the Light: How Solar Photovoltaics Will Revolutionize the Electricity System – which provides a comprehensive overview of solar PV across the globe and its prospects for the future.

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft in New York after Statue of Liberty fly-by

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in New York early Saturday, after flying by the Statue of Liberty at the end of the US portion of its bid to circle the globe using only solar power.

“It’s absolutely incredible,” Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg said over a live video feed as the iconic statue lit up the night below him. “It’s a dream here.”

The light, slow-moving aircraft later landed at New York’s Kennedy Airport, completing the five hour flight from Lehigh Valley Airport in Pennsylvania.

Cameras in a boat in New York harbor captured the innovative solar powered aircraft as it flew over the Verrazano Bridge and headed toward the towering Lady Liberty.

It circled the statue and cruised along the Manhattan skyline before turning back south for the landing at Kennedy, one minute ahead of schedule at 3:59 am (0759 GMT).

Ending the US crossing at the Statue of Liberty “is a very strong moment for me”, said Borschberg as he approached New York, calling it a “symbol of the freedom of enterprise, the freedom to innovate.”

It was the 14th leg of an east-west journey that began March 9, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, and has taken the aircraft across Asia and the Pacific to the United States.

From New York the Solar Impulse team will attempt to cross the Atlantic to Europe and on to the Middle East.

Borschberg has alternated with fellow Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard, a doctor who made the first non-stop balloon flight around the world in 1999.

Their goal is to be the first to circumnavigate the Earth with the sun as their aircraft’s only source of power.

The single-seat aircraft, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 747, is clad in 17,000 solar cells. During night flights like the one from Pennsylvania to New York, it runs on battery-stored power.

It typically travels at a mere 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour, although its flight speed can double when exposed to full sunlight.

Borschberg skimmed over Pennsylvania at an altitude of less than 3,000 feet (900 meters), descending to 1,500 feet (500 meters) as the plane crossed over the bays at the entrance to New York harbor.

Borschberg, who fielded phone calls from well-wishers and journalists during the flight, told one interviewer he could see the light grow denser and denser as he crossed out of Pennsylvania in the approach to New York.

The Swiss businessman was at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 on its most difficult segment of the trip, a 4,000-mile, 118-hour endurance run from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii.

High tropical temperatures damaged the plane’s batteries, forcing its crew to take several months off to make repairs.

Borschberg is no stranger to adventure — 15 years ago he narrowly escaped an avalanche, and in 2013 he survived a helicopter crash with just minor injuries.

 

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Sun – The Eternal Energy Source

Solar power system – In the 1880s, selenium photovoltaic (PV) cells were developed that could convert light into electricity with 1-2% efficiency (“the efficiency of a solar cell is the percentage of available sunlight converted by the photovoltaic cell into electricity”), but how the conversion happened was not understood. Photovoltaic power therefore “remained a curiosity for many years, since it was very inefficient at turning sunlight into electricity.” It was not until Albert Einstein proposed an explanation for the “photoelectric effect” in the early 1900s, for which he won a Nobel Prize, that people began to understand the related photovoltaic effect.

Solar technology advanced to roughly its present design in 1908 when William J. Bailey of the Carnegie Steel Company invented a collector with an insulated box and copper coils.” By the mid-1950s Bell Telephone Labs had achieved 4% efficiency, and later 11% efficiency, with silicon PV cells. From then on, interest in solar power intensified. During the late 1950s and 1960s, the space program took an active role in the development of photovoltaics. “The cells were perfect sources of electric power for satellites because they were rugged, lightweight and could meet the low power requirements reliably.” Unfortunately, the cells were not practical for use on earth due to the high cost of making them efficient and lightweight, so further research was necessary.

Solar energy may have had great potential , but it was left on the backburner whenever fossil fuels were more affordable and available. “Only in the last few decades when growing energy demands, increasing environmental problems and declining fossil fuel resources made us look to alternative energy options have we focused our attention on truly exploiting this tremendous resource.”
For instance, the US Department of Energy funded the installation and testing of over 3,000 PV systems during the 1973-1974 oil embargo. By the late 1970s, energy companies and government agencies had invested in the PV industry, and “a tremendous acceleration in module development took place.” Solar energy improvements were again sought during the Gulf War in the 1990s.

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Electricity from solar energy

There are several advantages of photovoltaic solar power that make it “”one of the most promising renewable energy sources in the world.” It is non-polluting, has no moving parts that could break down, requires little maintenance and no supervision, and has a life of 20-30 years with low running costs. It is especially unique because no large-scale installation is required. Remote areas can easily produce their own supply of electricity by constructing as small or as large of a system as needed. Solar power generators are simply distributed to homes, schools, or businesses, where their assembly requires no extra development or land area and their function is safe and quiet. As communities grow, more solar energy capacity can be added, “thereby allowing power generation to keep in step with growing needs without having to overbuild generation capacity as is often the case with conventional large scale power systems.” Compare those characteristics to those of coal, oil, gas, or nuclear power, and the choice is easy. Solar energy technologies offer a clean, renewable and domestic energy source.

Photovoltaic power even has advantages over wind power, hydropower, and solar thermal power. The latter three require turbines with moving parts that are noisy and require maintenance. Solar energy is most sought today in developing countries, the fastest growing segment of the photovoltaics market. People go without electricity as the sun beats down on the land, making solar power the obvious energy choice. “Governments are finding its modular, decentralized character ideal for filling the electric needs of the thousands of remote villages in their countries.” It is much more practical than the extension of expensive power lines into remote areas, where people do not have the money to pay for conventional electricity.

India is becoming one of the world’s main producers of PV modules, with plans to power 100,000 villages and install solar-powered telephones in its 500,000 villages. By 2000, Mexico plans to have electrified 60,000 villages with solar power. Zaire ‘s Hospital Bulape serves 50,000 outpatients per year and is run completely on solar power, from air conditioning to x-ray equipment. And in Moroccan bazaars, carpets, tin ware, and solar panels lie side by side for sale. Probably the most outstanding example of a country’s commitment to solar power is in Israel .
In 1992, over half of all households (700,000) heated their water with solar energy systems. And there are 50,000 new installations every year. Solar power is just as practical in populated areas connected to the local electrical power grid as it is in remote areas. “An average home has more than enough roof area to produce enough solar electricity to supply all of its power needs. With an inverter, which converts direct current (DC) power from the solar cells to alternating current (AC), which is what most home appliances run on, a solar home can look and operate very much like a home that is connected to a power line.”

Household energy supply is but one use of solar power. There are actually four broad categories that can be identified for solar energy use: industrial, rural habitation, grid-connected, and consumer/indoor. Industrial uses represent the largest applications of solar power in the past 30 years. “Telecommunications, oil companies, and highway safety equipment all rely on solar power for dependable, constant power far from any power lines.” Roadside call boxes and lighted highway signs rely on the sun’s energy in order to provide reliable services without buried cable connections or diesel generators. Navigational systems such as marine buoys and other unmanned installations in harsh remote areas are also ideal applications for solar power because “the load demands are well known and the requirements for reliable power are the highest.” Rural habitation includes “cabins, homes, villages, clinics, schools, farms, as well as individually powered lights and small appliances.” Grid-connected systems pair solar power with an existing grid network in order to supply a commercial site with enough energy to meet a high demand, or to supplement a family’s household supply. Consumer/indoor uses of PV cells include watches and calculators; PV modules power computers and radios.

The practicality and environmentally safe nature of solar power is influencing people worldwide, which is evident in equipment sales. According to Seimens Solar, production of PV cells and modules increased threefold from 40 MW in 1990 to about 120 MW in 1998. “Worldwide sales have been increasing at an average rate of about 15% every year during the last decade . We believe that there is a realistic possibility for the market to continue to grow at about a 15% rate into the next decade. At this rate, the world production capacity would be 1000 MW by 2010, and photovoltaics could be a $5 billion industry.”

There are only two primary disadvantages to using solar power: amount of sunlight and cost of equipment. The amount of sunlight a location receives “varies greatly depending on geographical location, time of day, season and clouds. The southwestern United States is one of the world’s best areas for sunlight . Globally, other areas receiving very high solar intensities include developing nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America .” See also sustainable house design But a person living in Siberia would not benefit much from this renewable resource. And while “solar energy technologies have made huge technological and cost improvements, [they]are still more expensive than traditional energy sources.”

However solar equipment will eventually pay for itself in 2 to 5 years depending on h ow much sun a particular location receives. Then the user will have a virtually free energy source until the end of the equipment’s working life, according to a paper called “Energy Payback Time of Crystalline Silicon Solar Modules.” Future improvements are projected to decrease the payback time to 1 to 3 years. The best way of lowering the cost of solar energy is to improve the cell’s efficiency, according to Larry Kazmerski, Director of the DOE’s National Center for Photovoltaics. “As the scientists and researchers at the NCPV push the envelope of solar-cell efficiency, we can begin to visualize the day when energy from the sun will be generating a significant portion of the country’s electric power demand. ” Any improvements and subsequent cost cuts will also be vital to space applications.Also try finding the right Electric company in order to save money. Power companies can help you benefit with decisions such as this. As the price of solar power lowers and that of conventional fuels rises, photovoltaics “is entering a new era of international growth.” So much so, that solar power “will remain an excellent energy option, long after the momentary fossil fuel model fades into smoke.”

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