Michael Cooke founded SunWind Solar Industries Inc. in 1998 to provide solar energy information and to be a source of “hands-on” solar energy kits for children. SunWind kits encourage children to explore simple mechanics while building solar-electric machines of their own design.


By | September 27th, 2014|Categories: SunWind Blog|

To track the Sun and record its passage was another project that seemed worthwhile. It is tricky for children, or anyone for that matter, to perceive that it is our planet that is moving relative to the Sun, rather than the Sun moving relative to the Earth. Our language is [...]

Solar Water Pumping

By | September 27th, 2014|Categories: SunWind Blog|

Have had an enjoyable summer, playing with various kits we have in prototype, and working on several projects at once. 25-watt solar panel with 12-volt pump in barrel One of the most interesting to me was employing solar water-pumping in our garden. I had recently discovered that one can buy on eBay a 25-watt [...]

“Let it Shine” – the 6,000-year story of Solar Energy

By | September 7th, 2013|Categories: SunWind Blog|

Have just picked up John Perlin's latest book, Let It Shine: The 6,000-year old story of Solar Energy. This is a 30-years-later updated version of his book, A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology - which was THE bible of the history of solar energy usage. Obviously, he [...]


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