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Five Common Myths About Solar Power

Posted: February 25th, 2015 by Longhorn Solar

As a whole, people are pretty resistant to change. Even when the benefits are abundantly clear, as they are with solar energy, some folks will go out of their way to find fault in something that should be the obvious choice. The fossil fuel industry isn’t helping much, as they use huge sums of cash […]

Apple to Invest in Solar Energy

Posted: February 5th, 2015 by Longhorn Solar

Apples grow on trees, right? Sunshine helps them grow, and we enjoy them as a major part of our diets in America. Besides apples being known as food, the word “Apple” is also chiefly known as the name of a company producing the smart devices millions use daily to call and text one another, as […]

Why Solar Energy is Good for the Environment

Posted: January 22nd, 2015 by Longhorn Solar

Have you ever visited a city covered in smog? When you visit a place where there are hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks on the roads each day, all those exhaust fumes end up in the atmosphere, and sometimes the air gets so dirty that smog envelopes a region, dimming the amount of available […]

Longhorn Solar Named a 2014 SolarReviews Pre-Screened Solar Pro

Posted: July 7th, 2014 by Longhorn Solar

We’ve got some exciting news to share here at Longhorn Solar! As of late, our Austin-based solar company has been added to the 2014 list of Pre-Screened Solar Pros by SolarReviews. Strictly performance-based, this particular accreditation is highly sought-after in the solar industry, as it highlights a company’s overwhelming commitment to customer service and satisfaction, […]

The Benefits of Bringing Solar Power to Your Business

Posted: June 12th, 2014 by Longhorn Solar

Going green has become a widely accepted concept. Many residential communities are springing up with solar powered homes and now, more and more businesses are also jumping at the chance to reduce their carbon footprint. Businesses that are leading the way in alternative energy are being considered among the enlightened, making the use of solar […]

Apple Looking to Utilize Solar Power for the iWatch

Posted: February 4th, 2014 by Longhorn Solar

As technology becomes more and more advanced, top producing companies are constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve upon their devices. Often times, this means finding new ways to jam pack one particular device with enough functions to eliminate the need for any other device. The only problem with this is the fact […]

Full Speed Ahead for Solar Power in the Auto Industry

Posted: January 24th, 2014 by Longhorn Solar

Solar power is making its way into every corner of the technological world from iPhones to… cars? At this year’s Consumer Electronics Car Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ford Motors is set to debut its prototype for a solar powered canopy that fuels its automobiles. However, solar power isn’t just hitting the brake there; the […]

2013 was a Big Year for Solar Energy in California

Posted: January 9th, 2014 by Longhorn Solar

Now that the first week of 2014 has officially come to an end, it is time to reflect on all of the great things that 2013 has brought us, and all of the wonderful things that our society has managed to accomplish. Now as most of our readers already know, the state of California has […]

The Revolution of Solar Power [Infographic]

Posted: December 26th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

The technology surrounding solar power is constantly growing and improving especially in the way that it impacts society. Developments in solar power technology may soon be an applauded, main source of energy industrially, commercially and residentially. They could possibly even modernize the way we do most things – including travel, communication and global care over […]

The Power of Solar Energy Reached New Levels in October

Posted: December 4th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

According to a report from The Atlantic, solar power was the United States’ sole new power source during the month of October. Power plants that were activated in the United States during this particular month managed to generate a total of 530 megawatts of electricity. What’s even more, every single electron that was put on […]

Solar Energy Reshuffle: Photovoltaic vs. Concentrating

Posted: November 18th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

In the coming year, a two billion dollar Ivanpah solar power station will be up and running in the Mojave Desert. Located right below Las Vegas, this plant acts like one huge reflector and is stretched across 3,500 acres of public land. The desert-dwelling station will begin to provide green electricity to two of California’s […]

SPS-ALPHA: Capturing Solar Energy in Space

Posted: October 28th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

Green energy remains a hot topic of debate in our nation’s capital, but one of NASA’s former engineers has come up with his own resolution to the debate. John Mankins, former head of NASA’s Advanced Concepts Studies, proposes that solar energy be captured in space by utilizing a special network of what he calls, “intelligent […]

Solar Energy Apartments in California Utilize Virtual Net Metering Technology

Posted: September 4th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

By now, we are all familiar with the fact that homeowners have the incredible option of installing PV panels on their roofs, as a way to reap the benefits of solar energy. But what about those of us who are residing in an apartment complex? In the past, apartment building owners could install a PV […]

Installation of Solar Paneling on the White House

Posted: August 21st, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

With technological improvements making the price of solar paneling more and more affordable, we’ve been able to see an obvious increase in the number homes choosing to take advantage of all that solar energy has to offer. Not it seems as though solar panels have found their way to the country’s most famous address: 1600 […]

Solar Energy Gaining Popularity with U.S. Farmers and Ranchers

Posted: August 7th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

We’ve talked a lot about city and suburban areas taking full advantage of solar energy and the benefits it can provide, but one particular area that we haven’t covered is the rural area. According to an article from Renewable Energy World, plenty of farmers in the United States are beginning to convert to solar energy […]

U.S. Solar Installations Top 10GW

Posted: July 24th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

In the past, we’ve addressed the fact that solar energy has been booming more and more across the country. Now it seems that as a whole, the United States has reached new highs as the NPD Solarbuzz North America PV Market Quarterly report states that more than 1.8GW of new solar PV capacity was installed […]

Air Force Begins to Embrace Solar Energy

Posted: July 10th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

Airmen and their families in the Soaring Heights community at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico will be seeing an influx of solar paneling adorning their rooftops soon enough. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 58 percent of the military’s renewable energy will consist of solar energy by the year 2017. In fact, […]

Solar Energy Plays Major Role in one of Google’s Latest Projects

Posted: June 17th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

This past Saturday, June 15, 2013 marked the launch of Google’s latest project, which involves using an airborne Loon network to bring wireless internet access to the entire world. As the first Loon got off the ground in Christchurch, New Zealand, it’s only a matter of time before we will find out if this project […]

Top 10 U.S. Solar States

Posted: May 17th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

In our last post, we talked about how the city of Lancaster, CA has climbed the ladder of solar energy over the past few years, building itself as the solar capitol of the country. From there, we thought it would be a good idea to take a further look at some other areas of the […]

California City Gears up to Become Solar Capital of the U.S.

Posted: April 19th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

With more and more people around the world coming around to the benefits of solar energy, we are constantly seeing different states, companies and individuals attempting to kick things up a notch. According to an article from The New York Times, it seems as though things are no different for Lancaster, CA mayor, R. Rex […]

Projecting Solar Energy from Space back to Earth

Posted: March 29th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

It might sound completely absurd, but we’re serious. The idea of collection solar energy from space has been bouncing around since the 1960’s but it wasn’t until recently that a few big players began to explore the plausibility of it all. According to an article from, the increased affordability of solar paneling over the […]

Longhorn Solar Opens a New Office in San Antonio

Posted: March 19th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

The Solar PV industry is growing and Longhorn Solar is expanding with their third location in Texas San Antonio, Texas– No stranger to San Antonio, Lynn and Louis Petrik have opened a new office location for their family-owned company – Longhorn Solar – at 433 Kitty Hawk Road. Brian Burke, Operations Manager for Longhorn Solar, […]

Solar Water Heating Can Save You Money

Posted: March 11th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

If you’ve always wanted the benefits of taking long hot showers without feeling like you were taxing the planet or your pocket, consider installing a solar water heating system. There are numerous benefits to this sun-powered heating system that can leave you – and the planet – feeling great! The process of solar water heating begins when […]

Advancements in Solar Energy Leave Quite the Impression at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Posted: February 28th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

For those of you who are unaware, for the past four years now, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has held its Energy Innovation Summit, which introduces great new ideas to the world of renewable energy. What’s most exciting is that as the conference once again rolled into Washington D.C. this past Monday, February 25th, […]

Solar Energy Holds All The Answers

Posted: February 14th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

As the efficiency of solar power improves, more companies and homeowners are opting for solar panels during home renovations and improvements. The United States and France have both reported major increases in solar power generation, meaning… it is catching on. So, the question at hand is, “will solar energy change our lives- for the better?” […]

Google Invests $200 Million in Renewable Energy

Posted: January 24th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

In a time when energy is an important topic of conversation – not only in terms of the sustainability of our country, but also when it comes to the US competing with the world for renewable energy resources – Google makes a substantial investment in just that. Because Longhorn Solar chooses to show support for […]

Solar Energy is Taking over Bonnaroo

Posted: January 18th, 2013 by Longhorn Solar

Not so long ago, the term ‘solar energy’ seemed futuristic and far-fetched to the average person. The thought of any form of energy, other than the traditional forms we are familiar with, was thought to be too expensive, experimental, and out of reach to the majority, and definitely not for practical use. Today, solar energy […]

Solar Panels Take Flight with Solar Impulse

Posted: December 31st, 2012 by Longhorn Solar

It may have started with Horace de Saussure in the form of a hot box in 1767 but in time, we’ve accomplished so much more. These days, alternative energy is everywhere, as installing solar panels on both residential and commercial properties seems to be one of the more recent green initiatives for homes and businesses […]

A Bright Future for Solar Energy

Posted: December 20th, 2012 by Longhorn Solar

With the New Year just a little over a week away, now is about the time that we begin to reflect on the past year. In the realm of solar energy, those of us in the United States can proudly say that 2012 has brought a record amount of growth, and predictions seem to indicate […]

Watch the Savings Roll in While your Carbon Footprint Disappears!

Posted: November 14th, 2012 by Longhorn Solar

In today’s tough economy, people all across the world are constantly searching for new ways to save. Instead of giving up something that you love, like your monthly massage appointment perhaps, why not work towards making some adjustments, all while reducing your carbon footprint at the same time? By making the switch to solar paneling, […]