ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

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ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

In the ideal case of an individual installation, solar panels are mounted on the southern pitch of a roof of buildings with high insolation. (See “Vocabulary” for the definition of insolation and a ...

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Another Solar Myth Bites the Dust

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August 30, 2016

Way back in 1978, I installed my first solar water-heating system. I continued with solar thermal, installing new systems until tax credits expired in 1986, and I kept nearly all the local systems up and running for ... [continue reading]

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Why Don't We Build Better Houses?

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June 11, 2016

Did you know that the solar house was a popular concept in the 1940s, and that architects like Fred Keck, an American modernist architect based in Chicago, Illinois, could save their clients 30–40% on heating ... [continue reading]

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ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

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August 23, 2015

In the ideal case of an individual installation, solar panels are mounted on the southern pitch of a roof of buildings with high insolation. (See “Vocabulary” for the definition of insolation and a ... [continue reading]

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A Proposal for Expanded International Collaboration

Author: Chris Dorsi
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May 01, 2015

We can all benefit from the sharing of knowledge across the construction industries and among countries [continue reading]

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Communities Discover Energy Independence

Author: Steve Canale
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July 01, 2012

Many residents today are looking for freedom from mounting electric bills and a way to help the environment. With Standard Solar, they can cut their electric expenses to a fraction of what they once were ... [continue reading]

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My Experiences with Solar Electric and Solar Hot Water Systems

Author: Andrew Rudin
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September 01, 2011

An energy management consultant since 1974, Andrew Rudin shares his personal accounts, the good and the bad, with using solar panels to generate electricity and to heat water. [continue reading]

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DRG and the California Solar Initiative: Your Path to Energy Savings

Author: Anna Jaffray
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September 01, 2011

The localized solar-PV resources and other renewable-energy sources are gradually transforming the national energy grid, while pushing the market toward developing these localized systems. [continue reading]

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Monitoring Results for the Factor 9 Home

Author: Rob Dumont
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September 03, 2010

Canadian building scientists and a family of four set out to build a home that uses nine times less energy than the average - and half the water. [continue reading]

Build It Green Wins Research Grant to Advance Multifamily Zero Net Energy

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Build It Green Wins Research Grant to Advance Multifamily Zero Net Energy

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Build It Green (BIG) a research grant to overcome key challenges to developing ...

Need More Proof that On Demand Pumps are Cost Effective? Here It Is.

Dave Grieshop

Need More Proof that On Demand Pumps are Cost Effective? Here It Is.

My original post, “How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’...

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