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Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...panels: 12 Solarworld 235 watt panels (2820W in total) Additional panels (fall of 2015) : 12 Jinko 250 watt panels (3000W total) Batteries : 8 Deka deep cycle solar batteries, lead acid AGM 12V 265 Ah (a nominal 25 kWh storage) Backup generator: Generac Ecogen, 6 kW Electronics: Schneider MPPT 80 600 Charge...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...PV solar panels on homes. The implications of what Azelio is doing could be quite significant, and in order to explain that properly requires a quick recap of the more common technologies for comparison: The difference between solar thermal and PV solar panels Standard photovoltaic panels absorb photons from the su...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...solar heating on a budget! DIY solar air heater videos are a big hit on YouTube, with a couple of main staple ideas - recycled pop can solar collectors, downspout solar collectors, screen or sheet metal solar collectors. If you don't have it in you to make one yourself, solar air heaters for sale are also available o...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...PV solar panels for providing their own power, or they included technologies that weren't improved within the program. However, even homes that weren't approved for the pilot provided helpful insight for fine tuning the program in the future. Ecohome would like to extend congratulations to the six builders that succe...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...Solar panel manufacturing facility How do I buy green energy? Not everyone can afford a rooftop solar installation to ensure their own green power, and not everyone has a roof that can even accommodate PV solar panels. US states and Canadian provinces will have varying levels of green energy that is fed into ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...solar I just wanted to reiterate one more time the usefulness of both active and passive solar in reducing the need for other, usually fossil fuel, sources of energy. If we were to eliminate the solar gain through the windows and disconnect the solar panels, the model suggests that we would need 24,550 kWh/year of po...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...solar PV in Quebec where our model home is built for a couple of reasons - although if buying and installing one of these affordable prefab eco homes in New York, Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire it starts to look more interesting. To explain: At current rates in March 2020, (although solar pv is regularly falling i...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...solar panels - PV) LED lighting powered by PV panels Multiple energy sources Wall assembly resistant to the effects climate change Engaging: © Écohabitation An efficient and sustainable building coupled with a low environmental impact must be pleasant, friendly and warm. A well loved...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...solar panels tied into the Ontario government’s FIT [Feed-in Tariff] program . This house is a merging of old and new eco-friendly architectural technologies. First steps Using an integrated design process where all consultants and the contractor meet at the very start and regularly thereafter saved time and money ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...solar air heated floor that this house will rest on The Wakefield House Solar Air Heated Floor © Ecohome Chosen High Efficiency Heating Brands : Legalett Solar Air-Heated Slab-on-Grade Form Kits Powrmatic heat pumps DF-Jade House, (Pacific Energy Fireplaces & Stove), Wood Stove and (The Grill Bowl), Grill...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...solar installer so they can measure all of these parameters and give you advice about how best to proceed. Which direction should solar panels face? The most common answer is ‘south’, but there are variables to consider. Depending on how much you rely on solar panels to meet your demand and whether or not you have ...