How Do You Sell Your House? With Solar Power!

Most people who go solar plan to remain in the home they are in for a while。 It’s the best way to take advantage of the years of free electricity their new solar array will generate once it is fully paid off。

 Staying in place is exactly what Joe Farjani and Laurel Millette did not do – but they found that even in leaving their first solar investment behind, the positive effects of solar stayed with them.

Their first array was installed in 2011, after sitting down at their Westford, MA home with a local solar sales rep and realizing solar was a smart choice. “We just looked at each other and went, ‘Why do people not do this?’” Joe says. Yet, just six years later they found themselves putting their solar home up for sale.

Selling Solar

Luckily, the positive energy from their solar super-charged more than just their savings on their electric bill。 They didn’t even have a chance to hold an open house – their home sold within 48 hours of being on the market。 “We did not expect it to sell that fast – especially in November!” says Joe。 He attributes the fast sell to the fact that the family who bought it were looking for a place with the ability to go off grid。 With the solar that groundwork was already in place。 “It was the perfect house for them,” he says。

While Joe and Laurel needed to pay off the remainder of their solar loan, their Westford home not only sold quickly, it went for $30,000 above the asking price. Their experience corroborates a . Looking at home sales in 6 states, the study found that homebuyers were willing to pay a $15,000 premium for a home with an average-sized solar array, compared to a similar home without it.

A  found a similar result – on average, a median-valued home would fetch $9,274 more than its non-solar counterparts, and in some locations premiums for solar were even higher, upwards of $20,000. Significant energy savings paired with the ability to protect the environment makes purchasing an already solar home appealing. The  noted that energy efficiency features were important to more than 80% of homebuyers. “People are more aware of environmental issues and are willing to mitigate them,” says Joe. “Having solar adds value to your house!”

Solar: Take-Two

Just because they were moving didn’t mean that Joe and Laurel were prepared to leave solar behind them. Joe called their salesman, Bob Morton, before they were even in their new house to give him the move-in date and set up a solar site visit.

In the intervening time, Bob had joined the team at ReVision, at the newly opened branch in North Andover, MA。 “Bob’s really good at supporting his clients,” says Joe, explaining why he was determined to stick with him。 He quickly found that the rest of the ReVision team was no different。 “Everyone I spoke to was friendly, from the install team to the first person who came by the house to take measurements,” says Joe。

In addition, Joe was quite pleased with the final project. “ReVision does a great job as far as the appearance of the solar panels,” he says. “The electrical conduits are hidden from view. It just looks better – you can tell the installers know exactly what they’re doing.”

Saving with Sunshine

Joe thinks the great aesthetics are part of the reason why his neighbors in Harvard have been stopping by to ask about their solar. He has already referred two of his neighbors to Bob, one of whom is having solar installed next month. It’s also high electricity prices that drives interest, especially for young families. “People are looking for ways to reduce those costs,” says Joe. He knows first-hand that solar works – at their own home, their 40-panel solar array has winnowed a $500 summertime electric bill down to a $65 credit from their utility.

While the excellent savings are of course a motivator, for Joe and Laurel it’s also about knowing that they’re making a difference. “Solar just makes you feel good!” he says. They are intending to install battery storage within the next five years, and maybe someday in the future an electric vehicle will be in order.

斗地主达人In the meantime, Joe tries to spread the word as much as he can. “It makes good financial sense,” he says. “I always try to get people to buy in.” He wants his family, friends and neighbors to partake in the same benefits from solar as he and Laurel have. And as he can attest, even when life doesn’t exactly follow the prescribed plan, with solar in the equation things still tend to turn out pretty sunny.

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Solar-irrigated farms face an unexpected threat in Zimbabwe: hungry elephants

斗地主达人MASHABA: When one of Zimbabwe’s first solar mini-grid systems was installed in this drought-prone village near the Botswana border in 2016, residents thought their problems were solved.#solarenergy #solar #solarpower #solarpanels #renewableenergy #cleanenergy #gogreen #gosolar

斗地主达人Cheap, clean power ran pumps that kept the community’s wheat, maize and vegetable fields a sea of green even as climate change-fueled droughts parched the surrounding landscape.

But the verdant fields have attracted a new problem to Mashaba: herds of hungry elephants.

As drought makes grass and other fodder harder to find, elephants have begun invading the village’s tempting irrigated fields, destroying crops and irrigation canals and exasperating farmers.

“We have to stand guard in our fields all night from 6:30 pm till 3:30 in the morning. We beat pots, tins, pans, drums or anything that makes noise to chase away elephants,” Daniel Nyathi, a farmer in Mashaba, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

As well, “every night we make bonfires on the edge of our fields, shine torches and rev a tractor all night, hoping that might scare the elephants,” said Nyathi who heads the 42-hectare (104-acre) Rustlers Gorge irrigation project, which serves 2,800 local households.

According to Mashaba residents, up to 60 elephants now appear to see the village’s irrigated fields as one of their main sources of food.

斗地主达人Elephants have been an occasional problem in the village’s fields, especially since 2017, as conditions have grown drier, they said。 But the invasions have intensified dramatically as the solar irrigation project has taken off, they said。

Win Sibanda, one of the Mashaba village leaders, said he feared the near-daily elephant invasions into the community’s fields mean farmers won’t get much of a harvest next month if the problem isn’t addressed。

Right now, “the only practical solution is for the farmers to keep guard and chase them out”, he said.

“If the elephants number less than five, villagers can easily deal with them. But the challenge is when the whole herd enters the field. No one dares provoke them because that is more dangerous,” he said.


As worsening droughts lead to more challenging conditions for farmers and wildlife in southern Africa, such confrontations are expected to become more problematic as irrigation projects pop up to help communities adapt to drier conditions.

Sithokozile Nyathi, 36, whose farm with her husband Daniel lies within the Rustlers Gorge irrigation project, said the village had been transformed into a “green belt” with the introduction of the solar mini-grid。

The $3。2 million solar project was funded by the  in conjunction with the OPEC Fund for  Development and  as part of efforts to promote universal access to modern energy in rural areas。

The grid’s 400 solar panels power several irrigation projects, Mashaba’s primary school, a local clinic and a small business center with four shops and an energy kiosk, said Shepherd Masuka, a project officer with Practical Action, a development charity that supervised the project’s construction.

Sithokozile Nyathi said the system has allowed farmers to earn a steady income from their crops, rather than simply depending on increasingly unreliable rainfall。

“Each morning we walk 2 miles from our homesteads to the irrigation scheme to work the whole day in the fields,” she said。

But now farmers are having to work nights as well, just to try to keep elephants away, she said。


To try to find a solution, residents are working with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks), which oversees the country’s wildlife。

Kwanele Manungo, who helps manage work by the authority in southern Zimbabwe, said a team of game rangers were dispatched to Mashaba in July to address the elephant problem。

The rangers advised digging one-metre-deep trenches around the irrigated fields and using a traditional technique of putting piles of smouldering cow dung along their perimeter.

Manungo said the team, which was in the area for a month, “ended up leaving the place because elephants did not come back”。 Community members were advised to call again if they had further problems。

“In the worst scenario, we shoot down a leader of the menacing elephants or scare them off using firecrackers,” she said。

But Practical Action officials said more “lasting solutions” to elephant invasions of irrigated farmland needed to be worked out.

Tinashe Farawo, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said the authority sometimes runs short of government funding for its wildlife management programmes and is forced to self-fund.

That can mean farmers seeking help have to spend their own money to transport and feed game rangers, he confirmed.

Zimbabwe made $2.7 million selling 90 elephants to  and Dubai between 2012 and 2018, in an effort to reduce the numbers and earn income, Farawo said.

斗地主达人“We believe in sustainable utilisation of our resources, and these elephants must pay for their upkeep,” he said in a telephone interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

According to ZimParks data, the country can accommodate about 55,000 elephants but now has about 85,000。 The rising numbers are likely one driver of the increasing farm invasions, officials said。

Farawo said conflicts between people and animals had led to 200 people losing their lives in Zimbabwe over the past five years。

At a May elephant summit in Botswana, southern African countries whose land is part of the Kavango-Zambezi transfrontier conservation area – which includes parts of Botswana, Zimbabwe,  and Zambia – said their countries are home to the largest population of African elephants.

Officials at the summit said they would coordinate efforts to survey elephant populations to monitor them。

They noted that as elephant numbers grow in the region, conflicts between the animals and people are increasing as a result of climate change pressures and increasing competition for limited resources。+

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Top 10 Solar Energy Projects Around the World – Earthava

Slowly but surely, solar energy is making progress as a legitimate form of energy。 Not only are governments using it to harness power for their respective municipalities, but, in addition, private businesses are using it to cut down on energy costs。 #solarenergy #solarpanels #renewableenergy #gogreen #gosolar #greenenergy

As such, more and more solar energy projects are popping up throughout the world, some of which are small and some of which are happening on a grand scale。

斗地主达人Interested in learning about some of these projects? Then read on。 We’re going to discuss the top 10 solar power projects around the world today。 

Top 10 Solar Energy Projects Around the World

1. Solar Plant in Chernobyl

We all remember the nuclear accident that occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986。 It, more than anything, showed the need for alternative energy sources。 

Well, now, in 2019, Chernobyl is on the opposite end of the spectrum, sporting a solar power plant that could potentially generate as much as  And while this certainly isn’t the biggest solar energy project in the world, it’s arguably the most poetic。 

2. Benban’s Solar Park  

The most impactful of the world’s solar projects is the Solar Park in Benban, Egypt. Under construction, as we speak, it’s intended to produce a total of 1650 Mwp. This would make it the largest solar park in the entire world. 

The park exists on approximately 14 square miles of land and is expected to cost around $4 billion US dollars upon completion. It’s owned by the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) 

3。 Cochin International Airport in Cochin, India 

斗地主达人India’s Cochin International Airport is one of the biggest in the country; the 7th biggest, to be exact. It’s also operated entirely on solar power, making it the first and — thus far — the only airport to hold such a distinction. 

However, Cochin International doesn’t only power itself。 It helps to power the areas around it as well。 

In total, the airport has a solar capacity of 29。5 MW, allowing it to produce 120,000 units of energy on a daily basis。 With any luck, other airports will begin to follow Cochin’s lead。 

4. Solar Bike Path in Krommenie, Netherlands 

One of the problems with generating solar energy is that you need space in which to generate it。 The government of Krommenie, Netherlands understood this problem and got around it by building solar panels into one of its bike paths in 2014。 Known as SolaRoad, the bike path generated approximately 3,000 kWh in its first half-year, a figure much higher than expected。 

Due to the success of SolaRoad, France decided to create a solar bike path of its own. And while these solar bike paths don’t generate substantial amounts of energy, they do serve as a space-efficient way to add to a country’s total solar production. 

5. Sungrow Solar Farm in Huainan, China 

One of the most unique solar projects is the Sungrow Solar Farm in Huainan, China. Consisting of water and solar panels which sit atop a collapsed mine, it generates 40 total MW of solar energy. 

6. Solar Bus in Adelaide, Australia 

Public transportation is not only expensive but harmful to the environment as well. The government in Adelaide, Australia understands this and is trying to get around the problem by making use of solar-powered buses. 

The city’s first solar-powered bus, the Tindo, can travel up to 125 miles on a single charge, all the while providing WiFi and air conditioning to its 40 passengers. Its success is a sign of things to come in many cities throughout the world. 

7。 Renewable Energy Project in Tokelau 

There is one country in the world that’s run entirely on solar power and that country is Tokelau。 How does Tokelau manage to use solar power exclusively? By being one of the smallest countries in existence。 

Sporting a population of roughly 1,500, Tokelau doesn’t possess anywhere near the energy needs of countries like Germany, or New Zealand, or even small states like Rhode Island. 

Nonetheless, Tokelau’s use of solar energy is inspiring, so inspiring, in fact, that it’s spurred other small island countries — such as Ta’u — to pursue solar energy as well. 

8. Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nye County, Nevada 

If ever you were to build a solar farm in the United States, you would most likely build it in Nevada. After all, Nevada is a spacious state with tons of open land, all of which is subjected to ample amounts of sunlight. In essence, it’s solar power heaven. 

As such, Nevada is home to one of the most intriguing solar farms in the world: the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project. Located in Nye County, it consists of thousands of upward-standing solar panels, all of which face a majestic tower receptor. Sprawled out across 296 acres of land, it has a capacity of 110 MW.  

9。 Solar Road in Jinan, China 

Think of how much solar power we could generate if every road in existence contained solar panels. Considering that the United States alone contains over 4 million miles of road, the effect would be substantial. 

However, the question is: is the technology even there? Can solar panels be built into roads? The answer is yes, and there’s a road in existence to prove it: Jinan, China’s 

Constructed in 2017, this kilometer-long road proves that it’s possible to build solar panels into our roadways. 

10. Canal Solar Power Project in Gujarat, India 

Perhaps the most effective of the world’s solar projects is the Canal Solar Power Project in Gujarat, India。 Consisting of thousands of solar panels installed over the area’s many canals, this project simultaneously generates solar power and prevents evaporation。 

斗地主达人The expected result of this project? The saving of billions of gallons of water every year in addition to the creation of 2,200 MW of solar energy. 

Learn About More Solar Energy Projects

Solar energy is taking off in a big way. As such, the projects discussed above comprise only a small sample of what’s happening in the solar realm.

If you’re interested in learning about more solar energy projects, you’re in the right place. EARTHAVA is the web’s go-to spot for information on clean energy and the environment. 

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