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Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...panels beyond your initial purchase. This may save you the cost of an additional pole if your consumption goes up in the future; it also gives you the option of starting with a smaller system while you work on reducing consumption, with space ready to add panels if necessary. How do you size a solar panel system? C...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...panel mounting system: The price tag for fixed solar panel mounting stands is unquestionably lower than moveable ones; They can be free standing, attached to a roof, you can even build your own stand if you choose, like the timber framed panel mount in the image below. Timber framed solar panel stand ...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...panel that can release air in summer to prevent overheating when the panel isn't actively in use - as "cooking" a panel . You could also apply the principles of passive heating and cooling by placing the panel under the eave where it will have full exposure with the low winter sun but be shaded when the sun is high o...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

When considering solar cells as thin as laminate and completely transparent, the possibilities seem endless. Imagine every glass or laminant surface in our built environment and all of our devices, large and small, harvesting solar energy. In a world of passive, self-sustaining mini-power stations, would the need for ...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...panel relative to the earth. Since the incidence angle of the sun changes each day in the six-month cycle, averaging a tilt of the solar panel is necessary when not using a solar tracker. Trackers are not practical for thermal panels due to the weight but are used for PV panels. Solar trackers follow the sun’s path a...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...panel pants. No word on a launch date as of yet, but we will update the story when they hit the market. Solar panels just keep getting cooler and cooler. Discover more about the Tesla Solar Panel special offer , find out more about solar photovoltaic panels here , or if you're looking to build soon, look for inspirat...

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LEED Homes

Canada Green Building Council Leadership Awards

...panel of reviewers who represent the diversity of Canada's green building industry and the unique award categories. To submit nominations or learn more about the process, click here .

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...panels is based on the assumptions of very specific energy input. If more light is fed to the panels through a reflector, the temperature variations of the panels themselves will be greater, and the energy output is less predictable. According to Pearce, many manufacturers are unnecessarily concerned about this leading...

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 thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...panel has an absorptance rate of about 95%, and an emittance rate of only about 6%. That means the majority of the available heat is not just captured and instantly lost (early panels had emittance rates well over 50%), it is captured and delivered. The game-changing innovation with the Vitosol panels is the temperat...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...panel mounts All about solar panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor T esla solar panels - special offers announced Tesla Solar Roof Cost, Competitors & Reviews Find more about sustainable home construction in the EcoHome Green Building ...