Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Giveway

Everyone out there is gearing up for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. To show our holiday spirit, we're going to give away a free solar iPhone charger.

How do you win? All you have to do is send the following information to solarizeit@gmail.com.
  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. How did you hear about us?
  4. How often do you visit our blog?
Absolutely free (including shipping within the US). The prize goes to the person who sends in the first email. GOOD LUCK.

The bottom line is...

It doesn't take much to win.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Concept Solar Boat

Here's a great concept:

here's the description:
The Volitan's systems are controlled and optimized by a networked computer. Whilst sailing, wind and solar energy are harnessed and stored in the boat's batteries, enough to stay operational thru day and night. To compensate the boat's wings track the sun and wind for optimal power. In extreme weather conditions, they fold up against the boat but have no fear because the Volitan is engineered to operate in up to 60 knot winds. -Via Techeblog.com, via Yankodesign.com

The bottom line is...

The article and video are a little over a year old, but I wanted to post it anyway. I wonder if there's any progress.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Two of My Favorite Things

What happens when you mix solar and wifi?

...You get a new product from Meraki. According to Meraki's website, they are "a rapidly growing company whose mission is to bring affordable Internet access to the next billion people worldwide."

Here's what I found out from EcoGeek:
"Meraki, a WiFi company that sells its mesh WiFi networks all over the globe, has just made wireless that much more wireless – starting in December they will be offering solar powered router to their customers. The units will be pricey - $1,500 for a model that comes with its own solar panels – although there is a cheaper version for half the price that comes without the solar panels (you attach them yourself)." - Yoni Levinson
Be sure to Google "Meraki." They've got some other products that green fiends will should know about.

The bottom line is...

They need to stick these things all around the world.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Solar Vehicle

This vehicle is sure to please the environmentally friendly campers of the world.

Here's the information I found on Jetson Green:
Over a year ago, we mentioned Verdier Van & Camper's Eco-Camper, the posh recreational throwback to VW's Westfalia, and it looks like the Solar Power Eco-Camper has a new look. Verdier now offers five different personalities of the award-winning vehicle: Woody, Geeky, Ebony, Blueberry, and Purity. The eco-camper configuration is an add-on package available in any personality and entails solar panels, hybrid engine, Sun Tracker system, two gazebos, a second floor area, sliding door with integrated ladder, folding furniture, cargo storage, etc. The price? $129,000.

The bottom line is...

I'll have to save up for this thing.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Saluting NBC

Before tuning in to the Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins game last night, I watched Football Night in America on NBC. Just before the show ended, they had a segment about being environmentally friendly.

After reading about it online, I found out that this is actually an entire campaign for NBC. It's called "Green is Universal," and we're saluting NBC for their efforts. Their website has great information, videos, photos, advice, and much more.

Click here to join the movement.

The bottom line is...

Keep up the good work, NBC.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Unusual Solar Photos pt. 8

I just found this on Engadget, and I had to post it.

Here's what they said about it:
We'd stick out if were to drive the Helios concept car down the Long Island Expressway or the 405, but almost every other solar-powered car we've seen looked like an old Trabant cursed with further ugliness by a wicked witch, so considering the circumstances we're impressed. The sadly-only-on-paper vehicle netted designer Kim Gu-Han the Best Use of Technology award at the 2008 Interior Motives Design Awards for its frill-neck lizard-inspired solar fan, which unfolds when the car is immobile. - S. Axon

The bottom line is...

I want one... NOW.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Red Goes Solar

People seemed to love the white one so much that we thought we'd introduce a red one too.

If you like it, head to our online store to check it out.

The bottom line is...

If you don't like it, I'm sure there will be something else on our site that you'll love.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Smooth (Solar) Sailing

The Australian company Solar Sailor has been making blogging headlines lately (see Treehugger or EcoGeek). Why? Because they've just signed a deal with Cosco to fit their ships with huge solar panels.

Here are the specifics:
The aluminum sails, 30 meters long and covered with photovolatic panels, harness the wind to cut fuel costs by between 20 and 40 per cent, and use the sun to meet five per cent of a ship's energy needs.

China's COSCO bulk carrier will fit the wings to a tanker ship and a bulker ship under a memorandum of understanding with the Australian company, which demonstrates the technology on a Sydney Harbour cruise boat.

The bottom line is...

I'm surprised this hasn't happened a long time ago.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Solar Love Seat

For some people, going solar can also mean going crazy. You'll see what I mean when you watch this video:

The bottom line is...

Pretty funny invention. I'd definitely like to try it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Results Are In

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you already know that Barack Obama has become the next President of the United States.

The part of the election that we were most interested in was the propositions. Here are the results from Proposition 7 and Proposition 10.

Looks like you all voted NO and NO. Screenshot taken from cbs5.com.

The bottom line is...

Let's hope these are the right decisions.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Solar Vote

Election Day is rapidly approaching. Being a solar-company, there are two propositions on the election ballot that we're concerned with:

Proposition 7.

Proposition 10.

The bottom line is...

We'll see you at the polls.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Another Halloween Costume

Halloween is over, and I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday. Before we move into the new week, I thought I'd share one more Apple iPod costume:

-Via Gizmodo

The bottom line is...