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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Understanding Solar-Thermal Systems

BPI CE
March 19, 2007

Why should homeowners invest in a solar-thermal system? It’s all about economics. With rising energy prices, many homeowners are now thinking of adding a solar component to their home, but they may feel ... [continue reading]

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Finding a Partnership Between Solar and Energy Efficiency

Author: Matt Golden
March 19, 2007

A San Francisco business takes a holistic and systematic approach to home energy conservation by coupling clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. [continue reading]

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Suburban PV

Author: Elka Karl
March 10, 2007

Solar PV is becoming an increasingly popular option for generating electricity in urban and suburban homes. Three years ago Niels Wolter of Madison, Wisconsin, installed a 1.3 kW PV system on his family’s three-bedroom ... [continue reading]

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Boulder Home Pushes for Zero

Author: Elka Karl
November 01, 2006

The Solar Harvest home, built by Boulder-based Ecofutures Building, Incorporated, has been gaining a lot of recognition lately--and for good reason. By achieving 97.7 out of 100 points in an Energy Star audit, it stands as the ... [continue reading]

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A Productive Marriage

November 01, 2006

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) found that PV systems on Energy Star homes make an impressive combination. [continue reading]

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Solar Subsidies are Booming

July 01, 2006

        Recent developments around the Unites States are creating a very favorable atmosphere for solar energy.The biggest boost comes from a marked rise in the cost of conventional fuels; ... [continue reading]

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PV Power in the Dorm

Author: Ross Nizlek
March 02, 2006

        Although I consider myself to be an environmentally concerned individual, when I entered the University of Vermont last year, I had no experience in renewable energy, or even a ... [continue reading]

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Reality PV

January 01, 2003

Analysis of hourly metered data collected from 19 residential grid-tied PV systems in California helps to answer questions about actual system power output. [continue reading]

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