Category Archives: Renewables

More new friends

We just participated in the second annual autumnal equinox event at WAAWWE farm market in Gassetts, Vermont. We made some new friends, and got re-acquainted with some people we met last year. Thanks to all who stopped by to say … Continue reading

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New pages

Check out our projects pages on our website. We have added information about some of the projects we have completed, including solar hot water, roof-mount, and pole-mount PV. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Finding a balance

So, you are interested in “going solar,” but don’t know how the make the best decision as to when to start and what to install. Is now the best time to install a solar energy system, or would later be … Continue reading

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Net Metering in Vermont

If you are planning on installing a grid-tied PV system in Vermont, I strongly recommend submitting the application for a Certificate of Public Good (CPG). It has taken the state well over 30 days to approve the last three applications … Continue reading

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Extra Power

Since we are living “off grid,” we aren’t able to send extra electricity we generate to the electric utility. So, what do we do with extra power? Right now, we are able to run an air conditioner, dehumidifier, and several … Continue reading

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New Friends

One of the things I enjoy most about being in the renewable energy business is meeting people and making new friends. We just finished an installation for a couple in New Hampshire, and their friendliness and hospitality made the job … Continue reading

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Microhydro and permitting

If you are considering developing a water resource to generate electricity, there are a few things you need to consider and action to take: Determine if the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has any jurisdiction over your project. There is … Continue reading

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Beginning of the 2011 installation season

We just completed our first PV installation for the 2011 season, a 2,300-watt grid-tie PV system. It was nice to get back to work like this, and we made the most of two kind-of sunny days to complete the installation. … Continue reading

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Cloudy days

We ran the generator yesterday evening for a couple of hours to charge the battery bank – the first time we had run it since early January. The culprit was a combination of a string of cloudy days with little … Continue reading

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PV or SHW?

Which is a better option – solar electric (PV) or solar hot water (SHW)? Well, it really depends on your situation. If you want to recoup your investment quickly, SHW is a better option, as you can save enough in … Continue reading

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