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Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...solar thermal heat collection . Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar thermal package can make more sense than buying items ‘a la carte’. Viessmann offers two options for pre-engineered solar thermal packages - the Vitosol DHW Solar Pack, or alternative...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...solar power generation: 10 questions to ask a solar panel installation contractor All about solar batteries for home power storage Choosing between a solar tracker or fixed solar mount Discover more about the Tesla Solar Panel special offer , find out more about solar photovoltaic panels here , or if you're...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...energy projects across the province. As part of this initiative, they have developed a program which allows citizens to connect their renewable energy projects to the provincial energy grid and receive premium prices for any excess energy produced above the needs of the property. In 2009, along with the introductio...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...energy provided by the sun. That can be passive solar , which is about home orientation and window design to passively heat your home, or active solar which involves mechanical solar panel systems. Solar panels can be either thermal (which transfer heat directly to your home), or photovoltaic (which convert sunlight ...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...solar-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 in...

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 ...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...solar array during grid power failures. With extreme weather events becoming more common, this can be a valuable asset. New smart battery systems can interact with your home electrical appliances to store energy or release energy when it makes the most sense for you. They can now be programmed to disable high-consumpti...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...solar refers to any system of solar panels whether it be photovoltaic power generation, or thermal solar where liquid passing through tubes collects heat to be redistributed through your house. According to NASA, every day the sun provides the earth with 10,000 times the total energy consumed by humans. A passive sol...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...solar design and orientation of homes is anything but new. Solar heat collection is a technique that has been used in home construction for thousands of years. What is relatively new is the rating system developed to certify them. The Passive House or PassivHaus certification standard originated in Germany in the lat...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...solar panel than someone in Ontario for example. All this is to illustrate that there is not one right answer to the question of 'to be or not to be' someone with photovoltaic solar panels, your own wind turbine, solar heated floors , bike generator , or even a water-wheel! Solar heating - passive & active energy P...

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...