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Green Home Building is Booming !!


Green Home building is booming

The confluence of a stagnant housing market and consumer desire to save money is creating a green home building boom that could be worth up to $114 billion by 2016, according to a new report from McGraw Hill Construction.

Green homes represented $17 billion, or 17 percent of the overall construction market in 2011. This figure is double 2008’s 8-percent market share (valued at $10 billion) and has been a Check Out The Rest of “Green Home Building is Booming !!” →

California Regulators Trip Magic 3 Year Payback Tipping Point for Solar Hot Water


January 22nd, 2010 by Susan Kraemer

Solar hot water is finally getting the respect it deserves in California. In some well designed and much awaited legislation, the California Public Utilities Commission has decided, after a lengthy cost-benefit analysis, to go ahead with a nearly statewide program to provide financial incentives to encourage the rapid development of the solar hot water industry in California. For most utility customers, this will Check Out The Rest of “California Regulators Trip Magic 3 Year Payback Tipping Point for Solar Hot Water : CleanTechnica” →

You Can Start a "Green" Business - Reconditioning Batteries


lead acid battery

Reconditioning batteries is not a new profession. Is it worth it ? It has been around for a reasonable amount of time in the “lead acid” (auto and marine batteries) business. In it’s infancy lead acid batteries were Check Out The Rest of “You Can Start a “Green” Business – Reconditioning Batteries” →

Thermos Bottle Technology Delivers Solar Hot Water in Cold Weather


Thermos Bottle Technology Delivers Solar Hot Water in Cold Weather

Even though evacuated tube technology has been around for a while I wanted to post this to the “nay sayers” that think you can’t have solar thermal in cold climates. It is a little more expensive at the outset but, it pays for itself in a very short time.
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7 Main Types of Photovoltaic Systems


Small Scale Solar

Some of the Basics of Solar Electric Systems

Finding a way to decipher the different types of solar power systems in todays myriad of online articles can be daunting and confusing to say the least. Much of the public think that you have to have batteries in order to have solar power, this is untrue, as a matter of fact most residential solar systems being installed today are “grid tied” or “grid connected”, without batteries. No batteries required!

Photovoltaic systems can be configured in a variety of ways. This post describes the 7 main types of configurations and Check Out The Rest of “7 Main Types of Photovoltaic Systems” →

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