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Hi I'm Harris the spgenie! As an engineer, I found myself doing tons of research about solar power, the types of panels, how to store the energy and the best way to finance the project. I thought I'd start this blog to share my findings. I hope you find this useful.

6 Factors That Affect Solar Panel Output

In this day and age, more and more homeowners are switching to solar panels. Solar panels leave less of a carbon footprint on the environment while also allowing for cheaper energy bills for the consumer. Together this creates a powerhouse of positives that many people are drawn to. Ensuring that you’re getting the most output …

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How to Find Out if Solar Panels are Too Heavy for Your Roof?

While solar panels are a great addition to your roof if your roof can support them, you need to do some calculations in order to determine whether placing solar panels on your roof is safe or not.  So how do you find out if solar panels are too heavy for your roof?  Solar panels and …

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9 Common Problems with Solar Pumps – With Fixes

There are two main divisions of solar pumps: submersible and surface. Each of these can be used for different purposes, and therefore come with their own unique set of problems, so here some of the most common problems (and solutions) you may encounter with your new solar pump. What are some of the most common …

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Can You Charge a Solar Cell with Artificial Light?

Because solar cells are designed to be charged off of sunlight, many people wonder whether artificial light will do the trick as well. The answer may surprise you. So can you charge a solar cell with artificial light? The answer is yes, artificial lights such as incandescent bulbs can be used to charge solar cells, …

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Can You Replace The Batteries In Solar Lights?

A few months ago, I installed these outdoor solar lights on my home. Of late, the lights stay on for hardly three hours after sunset. So, I was thinking of replacing the solar light batteries instead of the entire lighting units. Can you replace the batteries in solar lights? Yes, you can replace the batteries …

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What to Do About A Solar Battery Draining Fast

Solar batteries drain a lot faster these days as more and more people using them to go off-grid are attempting to run complicated energy networks on them. Many people just getting into solar energy for the first time also do not understand the science and chemistry behind this relatively new technology, and poor maintenance habits and …

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Can You Use Solar Lights Indoors?

As more and more people are switching to renewable sources of energy, many questions are arising as to renewable energy’s advantages and limits. Solar lights, for example, are a common gray area when it comes to their restrictions. Solar lights are known primarily for outdoor use, which raises the question, can you use solar lights …

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