A New Guide for Solar Plan Reviewers, Code Inspectors, and Installers

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A New Guide for Solar Plan Reviewers, Code Inspectors, and Installers

When an industry grows as fast as solar, it can be challenging for consumers, contractors, and code officials to be in lockstep on the path to a successful installation—from plan review to inspection ...

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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]

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Solar Improvements for the Home

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September 03, 2010

Once homeowners commit to one form of solar improvement, they soon start inquiring about other options as well. Here's how to answer their need and grow your business. [continue reading]

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California's Advanced Homes Program

Author: Steve Mann
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September 01, 2010

California is slowly moving toward net zero energy construction, defined as building structures that produce as much energy on-site as they consume. The Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan of the California Public Utilities Commission (... [continue reading]

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Squeezing More Energy from the Sun

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July 01, 2010

Scientists are figuring out how to squeeze more electricity out of PV panels. PV panels take the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. The sun’s energy is abundant, but in ... [continue reading]

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Hummingbird House: Design for Everyone Part III

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May 03, 2010

This is the third part of a conversation that I had with Larry Weingarten, a water heater expert and Renaissance guy. His solar-powered structural insulated panels (SIPs) house combines ordinary materials with extraordinary design. [continue reading]

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Hummingbird House: Design for Everyone Part II

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March 01, 2010

This is the second part of a conversation with Leslie Jackson, Associate Editor, and Larry Weingarten, a water heater expert and Renaissance guy. His solar-powered structural insulated panels (SIPs) house combines ordinary materials with extraordinary design. [continue reading]

Using Residential Solar Panels to Power Electric Cars

Rob Appelhof

Using Residential Solar Panels to Power Electric Cars

People are buying more electric cars than ever. According to the newsletter ARS Technica, in 2018 – the most-recent full year ...

EERE Success Story  Reducing the Energy Burden for Elderly and Homes that Previously Could Not Receive Weatherization Services

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EERE Success Story Reducing the Energy Burden for Elderly and Homes that Previously Could Not Receive Weatherization Services

Minnesota's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has made strides in reducing the energy burden and providing a healthier home environment for ...

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