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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The California Solar Initiative

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March 20, 2007

For an increasing number of Californians, renewable energy is an obvious choice. Harnessing the earth’s own inexhaustible energy—whether from the sun, wind, biomass, or other renewable sources—can reduce dependence ... [continue reading]

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HERS Inspections of New Homes

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March 20, 2007

The New Solar Home Partnership (NSHP) is a ten-year, $350 million program to subsidize PV systems in new homes. The NSHP, which is being implemented by the California Energy Commission (CEC), offers performance-based rebates for PV ... [continue reading]

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The Impact of TOU on PV - Go West

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March 20, 2007

Today, most residences are billed for electricity usage according to the total amount used over a given month.  In the San Diego area, most residential customers are charged for their electricity use under the ... [continue reading]

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Solar Tool Hits Sweet Spot

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March 20, 2007

The SunEye, a solar-access and shade analysis tool from Solmetric, is really easy to use. It is so simple that you don’t even have to adjust the compass for magnetic north, as you ... [continue reading]

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Burning Daylight

Author: Mary James
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March 20, 2007

Renewable Technologies, Incorporated, (RTI) sells, well, renewable technologies, but in the process it offers a service that many of its competitors haven’t yet thought to offer—energy auditing. Darryl Conklin, who founded ... [continue reading]

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Solar Empowerment

Author: Tracy Fox
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March 20, 2007

Gary Gerber, CEO and founder of Sun Light and Power in Berkeley, California, has been working in the renewable energy field for 30 years. He successfully steered his solar design and installation company through the lean ... [continue reading]

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Designing for Solar

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March 20, 2007

Deciding where to put a PV system on a roof can be a struggle, especially if the best place for the system is unavailable for some reason. That’s when an architect or designer ... [continue reading]

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Roof-Mounted PV Systems

Author: Tracy Fox
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March 20, 2007

One of the most important things you can do when designing and installing a PV system is to get to know the customer’s roof. While there are many facets to designing and installing ... [continue reading]

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Macie Melendez

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Another really hot summer is winding down, with dramatic forest fires capping off a fourth year of drought in the ...

HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

Andy Rodenhiser

HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

Commitment to superior customer service is one of the reasons that Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, HVAC and Electric has served the ...

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