Issue Number 20 - July 2011

Greetings Solar Power Beginner Nation,

Summer is here and you would think that would be the perfect season for solar power. As far as solar power production is concerned, Summer is definitely tough to beat. With vacations, patios, and long weekends to look forward to, however, the serious side of solar power can also get neglected pretty easily.

Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Instead of getting into the nuts and bolts of a rooftop solar installation, let's take this opportunity to get acquainted with the fun side of solar.

For starters, how about a little solar beer just in time for patio season? Big Al Brewing in Seattle uses a solar thermal system to heat the huge batches of water that are necessary for the brewing process. Congratulations to brewery owners Noelle and Alejandro (Al) Brown on their novel use of the sun's abundant energy.

Read more about Big Al's solar suds here.

Now that we've got the beer taken care of, let's grab our solar swimsuit and head for the beach. NYU student Andrew Schneider has created a photovoltaic bikini that can charge up your iPod while you're at the beach. The bikini is a regular bathing suit retrofitted with 1″ x 4″ photovoltaic thin film strips. Andrew hopes that the bikini will "bring awareness to how alternative energy can be fun". Bravo!

Check out some pictures of the solar swimsuit here.

Speaking of thin film photovoltaics, check out our new page on the unique thin film technology of Nanosolar. Find out why these solar panels have made headlines.

Also, check out our page on solar power plants and see just how big solar power can get.

And remember, if you're having trouble finding information on Solar Power Beginner, check out our search feature on the right side of each page. It will help you find everything from free solar panels to a Solar Pathfinder.

Also, please 'Like Us' on facebook so you can spread the word and help SPB Nation to grow.

Best of luck and remember... SPB Nation needs you now more than ever.

Viva la solar revolucion!

You can reach me through our Contact Form if you've got any comments or suggestions.

Good luck in all your solar endeavors!


Tyson Champagne, Founder

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