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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 ·
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 ·
Stanford Generates Electricity at Night

Stanford Generates Electricity at Night

Solar energy at nighttime? Sounds counterintuitive but its the exciting future kickstarted by a team of engineers at Stanford University! An electrical engineer and their colleagues at Stanford created a solar cell. However, what set this solar cell apart from the traditional devices we’ve seen in the past, is its thermoelectric generator (we know – it’s a mouthful!). This generator uses the heat difference between the solar panel and the air around it and turns it into electricity. This is an
By Emma Jane Geisler ·

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