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Sheep and Solar Panels: A Love Story

Sheep and Solar Panels: A Love Story

How could sheep and solar panels be related? Well they are, and in more ways than you’d think! There has been exciting development for the relationship between agriculture and solar energy. In recent years, farmers have begun leasing their land to solar developers, finding their relationships to be very beneficial. The livestock, such as goats and sheep, keep the weeds low for the solar panels. The panels provide shade and help keep the soil beneath them from drying out. Two farmers from NSW
By Emma Jane Geisler ·
Target's First Solar Powered Store

Target's First Solar Powered Store

Target’s tagline “Expect more. Pay Less.” has taken on an entirely new meaning with one of its location’s newest changes – a Target in California has succeeded at becoming fully solar. 🎉 Target just unveiled its first net-zero energy store: it is located in Vista, California with 1800 carport solar panels and 1,620 rooftop panels. They also installed more than 1300 LED lights, which will cut about 10% of Target’s total energy bill. At Wildgrid we are very excited to see this type of implement
By Wildgrid Team ·
Clean Water... Using Solar?

Clean Water... Using Solar?

Access to clean drinking water is a significant problem for the developing world, and solar power might just be the solution. Today’s solar news could be game changing for those without clean water. A French company, HelioWater, has created a device that takes sea water and turns it into clean drinking water using the power of the sun ☀️. This method uses evaporation, condensation, and mineralization to filter the water. HelioWater’s device is powered by a large solar panel at the base, making
By Emma Jane Geisler ·
Floating Solar Panels

Floating Solar Panels

Portugal is making the switch to solar. But not in the way that you’d think. Portugal has installed 12,000 panels on top of a lake. Specifically, the Alquenva reservoir – a human made water source that’s already being used for hydropower. So yeah, this move is pretty extra (in the best way 🕺🏽). These panels will produce 87.5 gigawatt/hours of electricity a year, and are paired with lithium batteries to supply 1,500 families with power in the neighboring towns of Moura and Portel. However, w
By Emma Jane Geisler ·
A Solar Greenhouse Phenomenon

A Solar Greenhouse Phenomenon

Architecture students just created a game-changing solar greenhouse. At the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, masters’ students built a greenhouse. This isn’t any old greenhouse though. This greenhouse is 130 square foot (that is two stories 🤭), and produces its own food and electricity. The LED lights help produce vegetables, and the irrigation system waters them. Both of these processes are entirely run off of the solar panels from the greenhouse’s roof. Running these system
By Emma Jane Geisler ·
Solar Panels, Bees, and Sheep - oh my!

Solar Panels, Bees, and Sheep - oh my!

Solar Panels, Bees, and Sheep - oh my! Did you know that all three of these can live in harmony? Wildgrid has yet ANOTHER exciting update for the relationship between animals and solar energy (yes we make more articles like this 😏 check our sheep article out here *HYPERLINK). In the Spanish town of Carmona, ~2.5 million bees coexist alongside sheep and other plants in the middle of a solar facility. This project is called “Solar Apiary” and is run by the Endesa Energy company. This is also
By Emma Jane Geisler ·
Plant Care Tips 🪴

Plant Care Tips 🪴

If you recently joined us for our first ever community event - the Wildgrid Plant Swap - then you'll likely have some new leafy friends that could use a little help thriving in their new home. Keep reading to find our top tips for introducing new plants into a new environment. Tip #1: Know How Much Light and Water 🌞☀️� Having a good idea of what light and humidity conditions suit your new plant best is ideal before picking their new spot. Every plant needs sun, but not every plant will be hap
By Emma Jane Geisler ·
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How Does The Federal Solar Tax Credit Work?

The short answer: The Federal Solar ITC (Investment Tax Credit) provides a 26% tax credit for solar systems installed in 2020-2022. The long answer: Here are 5 important things to know about the Federal Solar ITC. 1: It's a tax credit, not a check. * Let's say your rooftop solar cost is $40,000. Then let's do the math: 26% of $40,000 = $10,400. * This means you can reduce your federal income taxes that are due by $10,400. * You will sadly not receive a big 'ol check from the government
By Wildgrid Team ·
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Why Was I Rejected From A Community Solar Farm?

It's nothing personal, we promise! You were excited to go solar, matched with a community solar farm... and then, were rejected. Why couldn't you sign up? Here are a few reasons why this may have happened: 1. The solar farm filled up too quickly! Someone else beat you to the last open spot. 2. Your electricity usage was higher than the amount of space they had left on the farm. Don't worry, we've got more matches for ya. Log back into Wildgrid and subscribe to another available farm. H
By Wildgrid Team ·
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How Does Wildgrid Match Me To A Solar Provider?

The short answer: Based on your profile, we look at your situation & solar needs and compare them to the vetted providers in our database. Then voila! You have matches. The long answer: We look at a variety of factors before we match you with a solar plan or provider. Here are 4 things we factor in: 1: Do you rent or own your home? If you own your home, we will include rooftop solar providers in your matches. * If you rent your home or apartment, instead of recommending rooftop solar,
By Wildgrid Team ·
An apartment building

How Can Apartment Renters Go Solar?

Renting an apartment can make solar feel out of reach, but what if we told you solar for renters was possible - with or without a renewable-friendly landlord? (Really!) Let's talk about the ways that apartment renters can go solar. Option #1: Convince your landlord Sure, it may seem like an impossible task, but apartment renters can go (and have gone!) solar by convincing their landlords to adopt solar! As we explained in our How to go solar, 5 ways post, both residential and commercial sola
By Wildgrid Team ·
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What's The Science Behind Solar Panels?

The short answer: Solar panels are made up of silicon solar cells that create electricity when sunlight hits them. The long answer: Here are 5 things to know about how solar panels work. 1: Solar cells are made of silicon * Solar cells are those blue or black squares you see inside a solar panel. * The same material that computer chips are made of (think "Silicon Valley") * Silicon, not silicone :) 2: There are 2 main types of solar cells * Polycrystalline: This means the solar cel
By Wildgrid Team ·

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