What to Pack for Your Total Solar Eclipse Day-Trip

With temperatures cooling of just a bit in the St. Louis-area, there's no better time for a day-trip to the scenic countrysides of Missouri or Illinois. Adventure-seekers are in luck this month, because on Monday, August 21, 2017, MO and IL are listed as prime viewing states for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse! Totality is [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|blog|0 Comments

Where to Watch August’s Total Solar Eclipse in St. Louis, Missouri

On August 21, 2017 the Midwest will witness the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years, and luckily for us, Missouri is one of the best states for viewing! The 2017 total solar eclipse will stretch diagonally from South Carolina to the Oregon coast, passing directly through Missouri. The line [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|blog|0 Comments

A Shift in Conservatism for Renewable Energy

Traditionally, conservatives carried the stereotype of being adamantly against solar energy. But is seems that this notion is fading away. That said, whether they are in favor of solar for the right reasons is yet to be determined. One reason some conservative groups are singing a different tune about solar technologies is due to economic benefits, focusing on the security of energy markets so that they adhere to capitalist ideologies and remain free from the tyranny of monopolistic endeavors. […]

By | July 19th, 2016|Renewable Energy|0 Comments

6 Things to Think about before You Invest in Solar Panels

Whether you just want to live a green lifestyle or you want to save a ton of money on energy expenditures, there has never been a greater time to invest in solar panels. But most would-be investors in solar technologies don’t know what they don’t know, and it can be challenging to find where to start. Before making an investment in solar energy, there are several things you need to think about. […]

By | July 12th, 2016|Solar Panels|0 Comments

Solar Power is More Profitable for Farmers than Some Crops

Oh, how times are always changing. I think most people would agree that the core of the United States workforce has traditionally been farmers, who have supported the nation with domestic crops for centuries. Unfortunately, the life of a farmer is steeped in hard work, and we’re not just talking about physical labor. Farmers regularly have to deal with the markets and the ever-changing prices of crops. Natural disasters, droughts, and other circumstances can crush their profits in the blink of an eye. But believe it or not, for some farmers, it is more profitable for them to use their land to farm solar energy as opposed to crops under certain conditions. […]

By | July 5th, 2016|Solar Panels, Solar Power|0 Comments

Turning a Blind Eye Towards Climate Change

Politics typically aren’t something that people favor talking about. However, this election cycle has turned the political system upside down, and Donald Trump has clenched the position to be the Republican Nominee. No matter who you support, it can’t be denied that people are focused on a variety of issues. From gun control to foreign policy, there is a lot to consider before making the decision to support one candidate over another. Unfortunately, in all of the hype and chaos of the elections, the government isn’t focusing on climate change. Quite the opposite in fact, and there seems to be an aversion to discussing the issue. In the past, advocates of clean energy to combat climate change were laughed at. Just consider Al Gore. Most people seem to think that there are larger and more immediate problems to deal with, such as the healthcare system or terrorists.  However, this is something that can not be ignored and it won’t just go away.  Entire cities are at risk of being completely destroyed from the increasing intensity of storms, and rising sea levels. […]

By | June 28th, 2016|Renewable Energy|0 Comments

Solar Sunflower – Solar Powered Innovation by EFS Energy

Paul McKnight, owner and CEO of EFS Energy, was inspired to create and design a solar sunflower charging station to provide free solar power to communities in St. Louis. After numerous drafts and prototypes he teamed up with local art shop, ES Studios, to create the incredible working art you can see at Sutton Loop Park in Maplewood Missouri today!  Thanks to progressive and forward thinking cities like Maplewood, EFS was able to bring this project to life for real world application. […]

By | June 21st, 2016|Custom Solar Applications, Solar Power|0 Comments

We Can Derive Nearly 100% of Energy from Renewables in 10 Years

Big oil and gas companies pervade the media, downplaying the effectiveness of solar technologies and the massive range of benefits they add to the United States, as well as the entire world. From job creation to reducing pollutants and environmental impact (including our carbon footprint), most agree that renewable resources are the only sustainable energy source of the future. There’s just one problem – making the change isn’t easy. Naysayers have pointed out that we lack renewable energy infrastructure that is as developed as traditional nonrenewable energy infrastructures. It also seems that a lot of stakeholders in nonrenewable energy big businesses want to make it seem like we are fighting a losing battle, and that we may not ever see the majority of our global energy come from renewable sources in this lifetime. Well, the good news is that we can make a transition to using 100% renewable energy in as little as one decade. Just imagine if future historians labeled this chapter of American history as the Energy Revolution… […]

By | June 20th, 2016|Renewable Energy|0 Comments

The Real “Drawbacks” of Solar Energy

Some people will believe just about anything they hear from politicians or read on the Internet, whether it is true or not. One industry that is plagued by the misinformed public is the solar industry. Even though we recognize how beneficial solar energy is, most people tend to put their faith and trust in the traditional energy system. In fact, Ralph Nadar once said, “The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.” Instead of taking everything that is said at face value, let’s take a closer look at the real drawbacks of solar technologies to dispel myths and rumors. […]

By | May 26th, 2016|Renewable Energy, Savings, Solar Power|0 Comments

The Best Time to Invest in Solar

With the adoption of any new technology, consumers always ask themselves the same question: is it better to invest now or wait until later? The same concept applies to solar panels, which traditionally cost an arm and a leg. However, they are cheaper today than ever before. Not only has the cost of manufacturing solar equipment decreased significantly over the last few decades, but anticipation of Obama’s Clean Energy Plan, which will increase the cost of coal power and an ongoing 30% federal tax credit have made solar panels more attractive than ever before. […]

By | May 19th, 2016|Solar Panels, Solar Power|0 Comments