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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Tubular Daylighting for Sun Lovers

Author: Ted Rieger
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January 01, 1997

Many energy auditors have been getting questions from sun-deprived homeowners about tubular skylights. [continue reading]

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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]

Vermont is Helping its Homeowners Reduce Energy Waste and Save on Energy Bills

Kayla Dewitt

Vermont is Helping its Homeowners Reduce Energy Waste and Save on Energy Bills

(This "EERE Success Story" is one of a series of posts from DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office. See ...

Data Driven Market Transformation: Or How to Score Cheap Concert Tickets

Milton Matter

Data Driven Market Transformation: Or How to Score Cheap Concert Tickets

When my fifteen-year-old son returned with a concert ticket in one hand and cash in the other, that’s ...

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