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Solar Energy Alerts! | January 2010 |
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In This Issue...
Focus On: Getting Started with Solar Energy2010 is finally here!
Is this the year you'll create your solar home?
Creating a solar home can require a large financial commitment. But you can get the ball rolling with very modest costs on your part. Everyone's situation is a little different, so it's important to take the time and really determine what YOUR solar desires are. Once you know what you want, you can then create your plan on how to get it. And getting started doesn't cost as much as you think.
The first thing you should do is create a Solar Energy Master Plan. This will help you determine the best way for you to create your solar home and let you know what it would cost for you to go solar.
There are 5 steps to create a Solar Energy Master Plan...
Create your own Solar Energy Master Plan today and chart your path to solar success in 2010!
Upcoming Solar Energy Events
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For more information: Solar Power Coming to a Store Near You
In Oregon, the Building Codes Division committee for the state has been tasked to look at the nations first state-wide code for solar installations related to firefighter safety. They are looking into creating a 2-foot pathway around a solar array to allow firefighters space to perform their duties. Current residential installations take up as much space as possible to provide homeowners with the greatest amount of solar power they can collect. By creating a 2-foot pathway, they provide an example where a home would lose 33% of it's solar power generating capability.
For more information: Solar Code Proposed for Firefighter Safety
A coating on windows or solar panels that repels grime and dirt? New Tel Aviv University research, just published in Nature Nanotechnology, details a breakthrough in assembling peptides at the nano-scale level that could make this futuristic vision come true in just a few years.
California based SunRun is now offering solar leases to Colorado residents. SunRun has started a program to install solar arrays for as little as $1,000 down and then sell the electricity to the homeowners. The biggest obstacle for residential solar energy has always been the large up front costs. Solar leases make it possible for even middle and lower income homeowners to go solar.
For more information: California Company Offers Solar For Lease in Colorado
Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used. The solar particles, fabricated of crystalline silicon, hold the potential for a variety of new applications. They are expected eventually to be less expensive and have greater efficiencies than current photovoltaic collectors that are pieced together with 6-inch-square solar wafers.
Retired car salesman Keith Mackenzie has created vertical blinds that act as passive solar heaters. The blinds are hollow and are designed to bring cool air from below the blinds and expel hot air from the top of the blinds. He's created a company called Solar Choice Heat through which he is selling his unique blinds.
For more information: Cool Window Treatments Turn Up the Heat
In Closing...Is there a residential solar energy topic you'd like more information about? If so, let me know through my Contact page (make sure to note that you subscribe to Solar Energy Alerts! so I can put your request to the top of the list). I'm always looking for topics of interest to Solar-Energy-At-Home readers.
Wishing You a Happy New Year...