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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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]

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SMUD'S Solar Water Heating Program

Author: Cliff Murley
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May 01, 1993

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) serves roughly 60,000 residential customers with electric water heaters, each consuming up to 5,500 kWh annually. [continue reading]

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A Cheaper Solar Water Heater

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May 01, 1993

With an average initial price tag of $2,500, solar water heaters--which are usually designed for households of four or more--have long been expensive. [continue reading]

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’...

Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado

Stacy Hunt

Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado

The U.S. Department of EnergySolar Decathlon 2017 studentdesign competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate ...

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