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Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...power will determine the optimum orientation for your panels, and the best direction for you is not necessarily due south. If the power supplier in your area offers net-metering, you will want to take this into consideration to program your battery system for optimal benefit. If you are not storing solar power but co...

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

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...power is out. A photovoltaic (PV) solar array that is designed to run the basic systems of your home, excluding heat, likely wouldn't be enough to heat your whole house if you diverted power to heating, but in the event of an extended power outage it might be able to supply you with just enough heat for critical area...

Wind farm
Wind power

Storing power from wind farms

...power stations. The concept is quite simple, and facilities like this already exist in many countries around the world. It is a matter of taking unneeded renewable power at off-peak times to pump water to a location where it is ready to be released and generate hydroelectric power. There are close to a dozen faciliti...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...solar power generation. Now you know more about the Tesla Solar Roof, Cost, Competitors & What our reviewers think, find more info pages about Solar PV & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Choosing between solar trackers & fixed solar panel mounts All about solar panels - the...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...solar panels? Buying a solar energy system can yield an impressive return on investment and may qualify you for tax rebates. But in some circumstances, leasing a solar system or setting up a power purchase agreement may make more sense. Your contractor should be able to explain your regional options and make recommen...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...solar panels Without getting overly technical, Photovoltaic solar panels essentially convert the sun’s rays into electricity. Systems can be large enough to provide your entire home power needs, and be either stored in batteries or fed back into the power grid. When you hear the words ‘net metering’, that refers to...

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 singing a contract Off-grid living blog: a homeowner reflects on the design and building process Tesla Solar Roof shingles review Aquion Energy

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...solar in the future. Solar water heating is much less expensive than solar power generation (photovoltaic) . New homes can be made 'solar ready' which is very inexpensive, adds value for resale, and is worth LEED points. It is a simple matter of running a normal 4 inch plumbing pipe from your attic to your utility ro...

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 that. It refers to a device that collects heat directly from solar radiation. That can be as simple and rudimentary as water being pumped through a black tube lay...

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 sun to maximize efficiency) which is not uncommon to see with PV solar systems. On average, a photovoltaic system has a much longer service life than a solar ...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...power failures, but for those on a well, they require power to pump water up and fill pressure tanks. If you receive a local extreme weather warning that could lead to a power outage, fill a bathtub for toilet flushing and other emergency water uses. All you have to do is pour a bucket of water into the tank at the bac...