Heads up, there will be no field notes next week (August 11) — not due to a lack of news, mind. Rather, the “editor” is going to be out of town. Which may or may not be why this week’s field notes are a little on the lean side. It’s so hard to find decent help nowadays . . .

With that, here’s a look at the week in solar news . . .

Remember when they announced IKEA would be selling solar panels? Well, now they’ve announced they’ll be selling solar storage (i.e. batteries) to UK homeowners. “With energy bills already going up 15 percent this year, there’s never been a better time for customers to take back control of their electricity bills and maximize their savings by switching to solar and solar storage,” said Hege Saebjornsen, sustainability manager for IKEA U.K. & Ireland (Bloomberg).

There’s a pretty good chance a product’s good, if the people who push it, actually use it. Well, just so you know: the first of Tesla’s  solar roofs were installed on the homes of CEO Elon Musk and other employees (Electrek).

A video inside North Korea shows the country turning to solar power to cope with blackouts. According to a source in the film, “Until just a few years ago, you really only saw solar panels installed in the private homes of high ranking officials and on the buildings of major factories and trading companies. But these days, solar panels are widely purchased. In some areas, as many as 30-40 percent of homes have them installed . . . for those who can afford them, having panels allows people to have lights on in the home at night.” (The Telegraph)

Imagine donning your shades . . . and generating enough power to operate your fitness tracker. Lest you think the sun has gone to my head — that’s what researchers from Karlsruher Institut Fur Technologie (KIT) are looking into with their solar powered sunglasses (Science Daily).

Just for fun, here are a few Al Gore-approved climate change pick-up lines (Eco Watch). Summer lovin’ and all that . . .

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