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What is the difference between monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film solar panels?

  Monocrystalline solar panels are panels cut from single slabs of silicon. They are identifiable by their consistent color throughout the panel and are often a dark blue to almost black color. Historically, monocrystalline panels have had the highest efficiency (around 15-17%) because being cut from a single slab of silicon allows a greater level of purity in the silicon, but have also been more expensive for the same reason. Polycrystalline panels are those created from many different pieces of silicon...


I am making my own fountain. What size pump do I need?

The most important rating for a fountain pump is the head rating, or the maximum height that the pump can lift water upwards. This is important for determining whether or not a pump has enough power to physically lift water up a desired height. Normally the pump should be slightly oversized (for example, a 3.5 foot rated pump for a 3 foot fountain) rather than undersized because a nozzle can be put on the pump to reduce flow if...


What are the environmental benefits of solar power?

In short the use of solar PV panels prevents the production of radioactive nuclear waste. Studies tell us that one megawatt-hour of electricity generated through a solar PV panel avoids more than five pounds of sulfur dioxide, 1,300 pounds of carbon dioxide, and about two pounds of nitrogen oxide emission. One of the greatest things about solar power is that it creates the greatest supply as demands spike. Especially on hot sunny days, when air-conditioning and electricity are high,...


Top 5 Solar Powered Flood Lights

Solar Powered Flood Lights are incredibly popular and affordable solar lights that are ideal for home and business owners looking for a powerful flood light with all the benefits of solar power.  Solar flood lights come in all shapes, sizes and power outputs.Below are 5 of the best solar flood lights that I have come across and tested. Each of these solar powered flood lights is a plug-n-play solar light that can be set up and ready to run...


Can I buy just the AquaJet 9V panel and pump without the battery?

No you can not.  If you want the AquaJet 9v panel and pump than you must buy the whole kit.


Never let your battery voltage loss! Try the 5.5-Watt Solar Battery Trickle Charger 12V

San Diego, CA - Silicon Solar, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar products and components introduces its best selling 5.5-Watt Solar Battery Trickle Charger 12V, which helps maintain the existing charge or prevent natural voltage loss of your 12V batteries.Silicon Solar’s 5.5-Watt Solar Battery Trickle Charger 12V offers an AutoSol Thin Film Battery Maintainer and trickle charger, along with a solar panel that captures the sun’s rays to charge cars, light-duty trucks, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, boats and even more....


9V Aquajet Pro Solar Fountain Pump Kit is the best fit for your fountain and pond this summer!

As summertime approaches, The Silicon Solar 9V aquajet pro solar fountain kit is a perfect way to spice up your garden and fountains. Built with commercial-grade, high-quality solar components, and all water tight connections, the AquaJet Solar Pump Kit outperforms all other solar fountain kits in its class. The solar fountain kit will add a perfect touch to small and medium sized fountains at no extra cost to your water or electricity bill! Once installed, the kit will be able...


Solar Books

In 2005 renewable energy made up 7% of the United States energy supply according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This segment was comprised mostly of biomass (50%) and hydroelectric (41%) with solar, wind and geothermal making up the remainder. Silicon solar provides books discussing how to incorporate these systems into personal homes. Experimenting with Solar: Scrap solar cells that were damaged or broken but still perform at specified efficiencies can be used as a cheap way to further learn about...