Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Solar-powered partnership

Arizona State University has established a partnership with the University of Tokyo, Japan, aimed at strengthening research and educational endeavors at both institutions to advance solar energy technology.


The bottom line is ...

This partnership will help produce more efficient and less costly ways to produce renewable energy.

Monday, March 29, 2010

FAQ About Shipping

We recently finished shipping out a large order of black and white Surges due to the recent press release that went viral. People are always excited to get their purchases in the mail and we understand the anxiousness. To help ease your mind we'll give you a quick summary of our shipping methods and estimated transit times.


Please note that these answers are based on orders that are currently in stock. At this time we only have standard color (white and black) Surges in stock. Nonstandard colors will be available soon.

How do you ship your products?
First of all, we use UPS Ground for our domestic orders. For orders from Canada we use UPS Canada and for non-US shipping we use USPS International. Orders shipping within Europe are handled by our European division. Please visit to place your order.

How soon will my order ship?
Orders for in-stock items placed on a weekday are typically processed within 24-48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays. However, an order for an in-stock item may take as long as 7-10 business days to process.

When will my order arrive?
We use UPS's order tracking system, so as soon as your order has shipped you will receive a confirmation email with a tracking number. Should you have any questions about your order, please contact us. To give you an idea of the total shipping time based on your location, take a look at this USP shipping transit map.

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Our goal is to make sure you are satisfied with you purchase and that we get it to you as soon as possible. If you have any questions about your order there are several ways you can contact us through our online store or using any of our social networks.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yves Behar takes on transportation with a "People's Car"

From the designer of the One Laptop Per Child (also a cute and innovative green and white gadget), comes a new concept for global transportation.


The bottom line is ...

Nice new solar concepts that are cute and flexible

Monday, March 22, 2010

World Expo in Shanghai to showcase world power China's green ambitions

When Shanghai's World Expo opens May 1. What you will find: A giant octopus, an alpine meadow and an apple-shaped "green city," among dozens of pavilions in all shapes, colours and sizes featuring a kaleidoscope of visions for the Expo's theme: "Better City, Better Life."

In Pudong, on the east side of the river, where the national pavilions and most big facilities are located, giant white funnels will provide shade, channel sunlight to underground walkways and collect rainwater for recycling.

Solar panels installed in various Expo buildings will create a five-megawatt solar power system - China's largest. Zero-emission electric vehicles will be used within the Expo grounds.


The bottom line is ...

Great to see events not just focused on new electronics but offer ideas on sustainable urban living in an eco-friendly way.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

In recession’s shadow, solar power shines

The green, festively painted trucks roll out of SolarCity’s Santa Ana warehouse one behind another every weekday morning, carrying racks of solar panels, installation gear and solar workers — many of them new hires, a wonder in a region reeling from recession.


The bottom line is ...

Great to see more jobs offered in the green industry.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dallas Will Host Solar Power International 2011

The Board of Managers of Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC (SETS), have announced that the Solar Power International (SPI) 2011 conference and trade show will take place in Dallas, Texas, at the Dallas Convention Center on October 17-21. SPI is the largest business-to-business conference and trade show in North America for the solar energy industry.

The bottom line is ...

Can't wait until more solar energy products are introduced.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Port of West Sacramento Now Operating on Solar Power

The Port of West Sacramento today unveiled a newly installed solar power system that will provide all of its electricity needs over the next 25 years. It will reduces its energy cost by more than $20,000 annually.


The bottom line is ...

Thats what we call saving a lot of money.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Saint Patrick's Day Special at Solar Arcadia

The luck of the Irish has just hit the Solar Arcadia store! From March 9th through the 17th our online store,, is offering free shipping on all orders. To take advantage of this special just select the UPS Ground option during checkout and you can save yourself some green, and we're not talking about shamrocks.

But wait there's more! As a special treat, we are also offering $17 off the Surge for iPod touch in addition to the free shipping. So not only can you get your new Surge for iPod touch for only $52.95 you can also get it shipped to you for free! Click here for details.

You've got until the 17th to take advantage of this great offer, and you don't even have to chase a leprechaun. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more updates on great deals and specials.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Incredible Boat Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in San Francisco

The Plastiki, a seaworthy boat made our of recycled plastic bottles will sail 11,000 miles from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia to raise awareness about plastics as a pollutant and its value as a recycled product. It is not just made out of recycled plastic bottles but it is also primarily powered by renewable energy. That includes solar power panels, wind turbines, trailing propeller turbines and bicycle generators.


The bottom line is ...

Finally something GREAT has come from plastic bottles.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Montclair group holding green homes fair Saturday

A new Montclair group is working to help Oakland residents save energy and water — one home at a time. On Saturday, it will host an informational event at the Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club.


The bottom line is ...

Attend this informative meeting if you are in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Solar Power Pays off for Valley Company

Check out this video.

The bottom line is ...

Feel good about traveling or doing with with this company.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Xcel Energy offers one-time incentive for solar power

Xcel Energy announced today that it is now offering incentives to Minnesota electricity customers to install solar panels on top of their homes and businesses. They will pay $2.25 per installed watt of generating capacity. For an average size residential installation of 3.5 kilowatts or 3,500 watts, the incentive payment would be $7,875, or about 30 percent of the installation costs. This does not include any other offers offered by the federal, state and local governments.

The bottom line is ...

Those in Minnesota have even more incentive to install solar panels now.