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

All about off-grid power generation

...power from the batteries and solar panels out to the house, it can also convert AC power from the generator (or for others' setups, the power grid) into DC powe...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...power generated by PV panels can be fed back into the power grid. Thermal solar systems do not lend themselves well to solar trackers (panels that follow the ...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...solar arrays, because the inverters in a solar array system require power to begin making power, regardless of whether they are tied to the grid or not. Smart...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...power source. Meaning, if you live next to a nuclear power station or a gas or coal plant, that is how your house is powered. If you live closer to a hydroelect...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...solar power but count on it as a means to reduce your bills by supplementing grid power, you might be better to orient them more towards the west. This will giv...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...solar collection in home design - active and passive. An active solar home has an expensive array of panels; either photovoltaic for power generation or thermal...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...solar thermal collector? A photovoltaic (PV) solar collector converts solar radiation into electricity , but a solar thermal collector is much simpler than th...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...Solar Panels Special Offer from Tesla . Are solar panels worth the money? To find out the dollar per kilowatt hour ($/kWh) your PV solar system will cost, d...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Solar thermal heating and solar water heaters This refers to using solar panels to absorb heat in a liquid (mix of glycol and water) and redistribute it throu...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...solar power The latest technologies in Lithium-ion home batteries All about solar panels: how they work Ten questions to ask a solar contractor before sin...

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

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

...power of 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, s...