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New Solar Homes Partnership – Know the Process

New Solar Homes Partnership – Know the Process

Posted on 05. Jan, 2011 by .

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In the past year or so, we had a few Title 24 clients who were interested in rebates from the New Solar Homes Partnership, an initiative offered through public utilities in the State of California. Since writing our earlier post we have discovered just how complicated a process this is, even more so now with the new Title 24 HERS reporting requirements. It really pays to plan ahead.

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Designing For Solar: What Every Architect Should Know

Designing For Solar: What Every Architect Should Know

Posted on 18. Jan, 2010 by .

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While researching solar technologies, we at Green Compliance Plus heard from solar installers  who all seem to think that architects are hard to work with. So, we spoke with Fernando Valenzuela of Alter Systems in Berkeley about how to design a solar-ready home. Note that only about 5-10% of Alter Systems’ customers are owner/architect teams. Usually it’s the homeowners approaching them directly because they want to “go solar”.

So… why are architects hard to work with? “They have a groupthink… they like design, the look, but they don’t understand systems. They ask questions like ‘why can’t we use this roof’ without realizing that you can’t split up an array. Their projects aren’t always quick, either, and rebates that were designed for may be gone by the time the project gets through approval.”

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Solar Technology: What’s The State of the Art?

Solar Technology: What’s The State of the Art?

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .

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Renewable energy companies must be doing well these days. Between green stimulus dollars, soaring energy costs, recession-weary homeowners, and increasing public demand for clean energy, it seems like homeowners would be queueing up for the next Net Zero Energy conversion. And those who can afford the initial outlay probably are. But what about the rest of us who don’t have $35,000 just lying around?

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Feed-In Tariffs: Selling Back to the Grid

Feed-In Tariffs: Selling Back to the Grid

Posted on 07. Aug, 2009 by .

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When I heard that German citizens and entrepeneurs could make money by selling excess renewable energy back to the utility companies, I said, “Well why aren’t we doing that here?” Apparently, PG&E has no plans to do this, although the smart-grid metering should be able to record how much power is put back as well as how much is used. A closer look showed that Germany enacted this by law rather than waiting for the utilities to do it themselves. In this country it’s being enacted by individual localities such as Gainesville, FL.

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Solar Hot Water, Simplified

Solar Hot Water, Simplified

Posted on 18. May, 2009 by .

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It’s relatively easy to let the Sun make hot water for us. Yet, for many contractors, architects and developers, Solar Heated Domestic Water (SHDW) is one “low hanging fruit” that is largely ignored. [...]

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