Another Solar Myth Bites the Dust

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Another Solar Myth Bites the Dust

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 ...

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California Supports PV with Net Energy Metering

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May 01, 1996

California has enacted a "net energy metering" law that lets residential photovoltaic (PV) power producers store their electricity in the utility grid, rather than in batteries. [continue reading]

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Small PV Grows in the Garden

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May 01, 1996

Small, freestanding, photovoltaic lights are becoming more popular, as both contractors and do-it-yourselfers are attracted to their simplicity. [continue reading]

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Swimming Pools Soak Up the Sun

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May 01, 1996

In nearly every part of the country, solar pool heaters are a practical and economical way to make pools more comfortable and extend the outdoor swimming season. [continue reading]

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Building the Suncube

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May 01, 1996

Armed with a home equity loan, a contractor's license, and some knowledge of energy-efficient technologies, I built an affordable, passive-solar house in Chico, California. [continue reading]

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SMUD Customers Pay a Premium to be PV Pioneers

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May 01, 1995

Sacramento residents are signing up in droves to pay a 15% premium (about $3-$7 per month) on their electric bill, in exchange for the pleasure of hosting tiny utility power plants on their roofs. [continue reading]

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Manufactured Homes Go Solar

Author: Ted Rieger
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November 01, 1994

A federal program that assists with the development of photovoltaic (PV) products for the U.S. building market has led to commercial development of factory-built modular homes with built-in PV systems. [continue reading]

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Solar 1994 Sheds Light on "Sustainability"

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September 01, 1994

The sky was appropriately sunny for the Solar '94--the twenty-third annual conference of the American Solar Energy Society and the 19th National Passive Solar Conference--held June 25-30 in San Jose, California. [continue reading]

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Making Passive Solar Homes Affordable

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May 01, 1994

Paul Neuffer got his start in the passive solar home business almost by accident, 30 years ago. [continue reading]

Degree Days Shuffle

Jim Gunshinan

Degree Days Shuffle

A 2015 study, “Impacts of global warming on residential heating and cooling degree-days in the United States,” comparing heating ...

Cool—and Warm—Clothing

Jim Gunshinan

Cool—and Warm—Clothing

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat ...

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