Category Archives: Learning Solar

The Levelized Cost of Energy- Bargains can Break You!

How can one compare the available renewable energy technologies with the current energy mix? It’s not that easy. After honing our skills as “bargain hunters” we learn that some bargains are not at all what they appear to be! An … Continue reading

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SketchUp for solar- 3D modeling brings home the sun!

Site designs have been 2D for years, simple sketches that show where the solar array will be mounted to the house. That is normally effective and can give the general idea of what a solar system will look like installed … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting PV- for the Lazy (and frugal)!

“Happy MegaWatt Day” I didn’t realize it, but the solar system on our house recently produced one full Megawatt hour of electricity (1000 kwhs). I haven’t been tracking closely, but my friend has! I realized it when I got an … Continue reading

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The 1603/USDA two-step!

The end of 2011 is a deadline for some of the solar incentives. It makes sense to research now about those incentives and see if now might be the time to move forward with solar!   The news is busting … Continue reading

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Does Solar Energy make Financial Sense?

“Now, I know Solar Energy just doesn’t make financial sense yet…..” He told me that with a straight face and obviously believed it.       I thought about his perception of solar for a while- why do we still think solar is out … Continue reading

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Imagine the impossible PV Growth Scenario…

Without a vision there is no mission; without a mission there is no action. The vision of a world being powered by solar energy might seem impossible – but it makes sense to seek a way to make it possible. … Continue reading

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Will MY roof work for a PV solar system?

It depends on how much sun you have at your potential site! Of course each house is different, but here are some guidelines which will let you know if a photovoltaic system will work well on your house or business. … Continue reading

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Solar is gaining momentum

How to create a solar movement. Awesome video which captures a lone “nut” and then the first follower and how they together make a movement. We can feel like we are dancing by ourselves as we talk about renewable energy … Continue reading

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How does a solar cell actually produce electricity?

Sweet video put out by hila science which explains in as clear fashion as I have ever heard exactly what is happening for a solar panel to actually produce electricity. Keep on learning!

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3 Types of PV systems (and their advantages)

Just released a new video dealing with the 3 primary types of PV systems. Watch this video for an introduction to PV systems. Why grid tied systems are over 90% of all installed (in past 5 years) Which system prepares … Continue reading

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