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7 Cool Summer Solar Innovations for 2015

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7 Cool Summer Solar Innovations for 2015

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com</i></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">The renewable energy industry never ceases to amaze us here at RenewableEnergyWorld.com. Each week we receive hundreds of press releases about interesting new developments and innovations that serve to make the world a little greener, cleaner and smarter. Since we can’t report on them all — although we would like to — sometimes we gather a few interesting innovations and showcase them in a slideshow. <b>So click through the slides above to see the 7 coolest summer solar innovations that came across our new desks in July and August.</b></p> </div>

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4. Alamo Beer Company

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">4. Alamo Beer Company is, once again, making history. The brewing company opened its doors to the public on March 6, 2015 with Texas sized pride, partly because of the creative contributions from One80 Solar. The collaboration yielded an Alamo-shaped solar panel array atop the beer company’s brewery, allowing them to use renewable energy to power their facilities.</p> </div>

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5. GivePower Foundation

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><a href="http://www.givepowerfoundation.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">GivePower Foundation</a> — a charitable non-profit organization that addresses energy poverty by providing solar-powered lighting to schools in the developing world—is expanding. Through a $500,000 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, GivePower Foundation now plans to provide light to an additional 1,000 schools, totaling more than 1,500 schools by the end of 2015. In 2014, GivePower Foundation donated solar powered lighting to 511 schools in Africa and Central America, exceeding its first year goal to provide light to a school in a developing country for each megawatt of solar power it installs in the United States. The GivePower Foundation, established with funding that came entirely from SolarCity in 2014, will begin to accept public donations in 2015. </p> </div>

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6. Google’s Project Sunroof

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Google’s Project Sunroof - As the price of installing solar has gotten less expensive, more homeowners are turning to it as a possible option for decreasing their energy bill. We want to make installing solar panels easy and understandable for anyone. Project Sunroof puts Google's expansive data in mapping and computing resources to use, helping calculate the best solar plan for you. When you enter your address, Project Sunroof looks up your home in Google Maps and combines that information with other databases to create your personalized roof analysis. Don't worry: Project Sunroof doesn't give the address to anybody else unless you ask it to. </p> </div>

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1. Greenhouse Integrated Photovoltaics

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Greenhouse Integrated Photovoltaics (GIPV) developed and manufactured by Soliculture powered-by-Solaria generate solar power directly above crops by optimizing the light spectrum that benefits plants while utilizing a portion to generate electricity. The solar panels replace greenhouse glass panels directly, needing no additional hardware for mounting.</p> </div>

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3. Solar Trees

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Spotlight Solar, makes solar trees that highlight and promote the adoption of solar energy. Here is an installation at Salt Lake City's Tracy Aviary. They are pink just like the flamingos in the exhibit.</p> </div>

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2. A new IoT device called SunPort

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">To help solar thrive, a new IoT device called <a href="http://sunport.co/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">SunPort</a> is bringing solar energy to the many people who are locked out of using it because they don't have the funds or their own roof. The SunPort can be plugged into any wall socket and tracks the power you use on your devices. It then automatically upgrades you to solar. </p> </div>

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7. The Path to Luma

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">NRG’s new game for mobile devices called The Path to Luma. The Path to Luma meets consumers where they are – on their mobile phones and tablets – and inspires them to think differently about how they make and manage their power. The game is a product of NRG’s annual CoLab competition where employees are challenged to deliver the company’s next “Big Idea” and was produced in collaboration with Phosphor Games. Available for free download on the App Store and Google Play with no in-game purchases or advertising, The Path to Luma has amounted more than 1 million downloads. NRG is the first major energy company to build and distribute a mobile game.</p> </div>