The UK’s Greenest Cities

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April is here and British Summer Time is well and truly underway, and April isn’t just the month where we tend to spend more time outdoors, it’s also the month of Earth Day. Celebrated for almost 50 years, Earth Day is an international event to help raise awareness and show support for the environmental protection of our planet Earth.

Here at The Solar Centre, we wanted to get involved and help raise awareness of Earth Day and inspire people to be more environmentally friendly. We recognised that sometimes it can be difficult to understand the impact we have on our environment – especially when there are over 7 billion people in the world. So, we wanted to make sure we focused on the environment in the UK and areas which would matter to you.

We’ve taken 10 different factors which are affecting our environment and collected data for each factor in 52 different cities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and scored each city between 0 – 10 based on the data. Some of these environmental factors include:

  • CO2 emissions
  • Fly-tipping
  • Traffic congestion

We then averaged the rankings across all the factors to crown the greenest city in the UK. We hope this will inspire you to make a difference in your local area, whether you live in a city or not. You can view our Greenest Cities interactive which shows all the rankings here and find out which city was crowned the greenest.

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Can you spot the hidden Rudolph?

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We’ve created another Christmas brainteaser for you to solve. We’re asking if you can spot the Rudolph with the bright red nose hiding in the Christmas trees

Only 1 in 5 people at The Solar Centre can spot him within a minute! So how quickly can you find him? 

Christmas puzzle

 Did you find him? You can see where Rudolph is hiding here.

We have even more Christmas puzzles for you solve here.

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Merry Christmas from The Solar Centre!

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Everybody loves a good brainteaser, so we’ve put together some festive puzzles for you to enjoy and solve!

We’re asking people if they can see the word hidden in the Christmas lights and only 10% of people can spot the hidden word in under 30 seconds! So how long does it take you to see it?

Can you spot the Christmas word hidden in the string of lights?

The quickest time to spot the word here at The Solar centre was an impressive 7 seconds! Can you find it any faster?

Christmas Brainteaser

Can you spot the Christmas word hidden in the star of lights?
This one took us slightly longer to solve with an average time of 49 seconds!
Christmas Brainteaser

Can you spot the Christmas word hidden in the reindeer of lights?
This proved to be the hardest with 21% of people here not being able to see the word at all!
Christmas Brainteaser

We hope you’ve enjoyed these and if you still don’t know the answers click on the links below to reveal the answers…

Answer 1

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Answer 3

You can check out our range of Solar Fairy Lights here.

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Which Love Islander Should You Couple Up With?

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If there’s one thing that’s gripped the nation this summer (apart from the World Cup of course) it’s Love Island! Here at The Solar Centre, we’ve looked to the stars and the planets in our solar system to work out the astrological love matches in the villa.

Our Love Island Star Sign compatibility matrix tells us if there could be a cosmic dance between contestants or a meteor shower and shows who should (according to science) be grafting who. Find out which Love Islander you should couple up with below…

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Recycling Rates in England

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There is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020. With less than 2 years to go, we’ve looked at how close England is to meeting that target and revealed the best places at recycling and the areas that are letting us down!
Our map shows the recycling rates across the country. We’ve compared the worst areas for recycling to the millennial population and political party areas to show some interesting results about who the worst recyclers are.

See the full piece here:

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17 Bizarre Superstitions You Probably Didn’t Know About

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Every country has their own culture and beliefs and they also have their own superstitions too. In the UK, there are plenty of common superstitions from avoiding walking under ladders, to broken mirrors being a sign of bad luck. Some of these may sound farfetched but some superstitions can be scientifically rationalised, such as the well-known saying; red sky at night Shepard’s delight, red sky in the morning Shepard’s warning. This is based on the reddish glow of the sky in the morning and evening caused by haze or clouds related to storms in the region.

Nevertheless, other superstitions are just plain weird, like the belief that sleeping with your pyjamas inside out and a spoon under your pillow will mean there’ll be snow the next day. At The Solar Centre, we’ve discovered the most bizarre superstitions from around the world that you probably didn’t know about!

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How to Lighten Up Your Holidays with Solar Energy

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Summer has arrived and that means the camping season is in full swing.

When planning your summer holiday, have you ever considered incorporating the benefits of solar energy?

Our article, 5 solar power tips for camping has already provided many with insights into the different wearable solar options, but now we have another ultimate alternative to take your travel experience to the next level.

Just imagine, driving along on a sunny day and not having to worry about your energy supply in the evening because the solar panels on your vehicle’s rooftop will take care of everything.

This can be a very convenient and innovative way to lighten up your travels, while also being environmentally friendly.

To find out more about the other benefits of traveling with solar panels and what items you’ll need in order to make the journey your own, have a look at the infographic below.

You can find out more about solar panels here.



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Win! Mini London Solar Post Lights (4 pack)

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Win our top selling Mini London Solar Post lights :
Win Mini London Solar Post Lights (4 pack)


Checkout our fall range of Solar Lights

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How Technology Will Change According to Science Fiction

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The future remains perhaps the most continuous field of interest in the history of humanity, with the obsession with guessing the unknown remaining a hugely popular topic in society. Films such as Star Wars or Star Trek have captivated the imaginations of the world by providing a glimpse into the future of how things could be. Society now dreams of flying their own S.S. Enterprise, having a lightsabre duel or experiencing “death by snu-snu”… Obviously however, there is a long way to go before those dreams become reality.

Different tales of science fiction are set at different periods in Earth’s future, with different futuristic tales outlining the history of the human race throughout the present millennium. Some were highly overambitious, whereas others predicted that we’d have modern technology far later. Have a look for yourself and let us know how excited you are for society’s future if science fiction is anything to go by!


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How Do Solar Panels Work?

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In recent years, the popularity of solar panels has spiked with the increasing awareness of the need to move away from fossil fuels. Solar panels have been around for decades, having first been used in the 1960’s by space pioneers. Despite being around for so long, many people do not understand the science behind solar panels, and more importantly, how they are able to generate electricity from the Sun. In nature, the Sun provides energy to the Earth and most of the life that lives on it. Solar panels were invented to capture this energy and then convert it into usable energy which can then be used to power appliances in day-to-day life. The process is not as complicated as you may imagine, with it mainly to do with the flow of electrons triggered by the energy of the sun. Have a look for yourself and answer one of life’s great mysteries; how do solar panels work? Get those GCSE Chemistry books ready for reference!

how do solar panels work

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