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Solar Battery Backup Marketed Through A/V Dealers

February 6, 2013
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Solar Battery Backup Marketed Through A/V Dealers

NewPower’s Emergency Back-up Power System features 4.5 kw of solar PV, 8 kw of battery storage and an 8-kw generator. It is being marketed through audio/video and electronics installation firms, and could even be used to make a home entertainment system green.

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Why Solar and EVs Will Be Game Changers

January 3, 2013
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Why Solar and EVs Will Be Game Changers

American consumers continue to show strong support for renewables and alternative-fuel vehicles, while apathy toward smart grid technologies may represent a golden opportunity. Also, why consumer awareness is the first critical step. From Clean Technica.

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Off-the-Grid Home Stores Energy and Automates Load Shedding

December 3, 2012
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Off-the-Grid Home Stores Energy and Automates Load Shedding

We hear it all the time: “I’d like to go off the grid.” “Produce all my own power—and store it.” These declarations come from a wide swath of people. They come from those looking at modest solar photovoltaic (PV) investments to power their homes with grid-tied systems and realizing that when utility power goes...

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Self-Powering an Island with Solar and Solar Storage

October 29, 2012
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Self-Powering an Island with Solar and Solar Storage

It doesn’t look like much. In fact, you could say Columbia Island is a concrete slab of an eyesore in the Long Island Sound off the coast of New Rochelle, N.Y. But soon it will be a 6,000-square-foot residence that’s off the grid and self-powered by solar and a solar storage system. The island...

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Heating, Hot Water with Solar PV

October 22, 2012
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Heating, Hot Water with Solar PV

Can you get all of a home’s electricity, heating and hot water from a solar photovoltaic (PV) electric system? That’s what Dave and Suzy Enos of Bedford, Mass., are doing with their home and a 1,300-square-foot addition. The panels for a 10-kilowatt Sanyo solar electric array line the roof over the Enoses’ new three-car...

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To Be or Not to Be Like Obama on Energy

October 17, 2012
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To Be or Not to Be Like Obama on Energy

Finally, we have a lively presidential debate squabble over energy, and it’s about who can drill for more oil. Sad. President Barack Obama missed another golden opportunity to sell the American public on a clean energy economy that could bless us with economic prosperity and continued world leadership. With the proper investments, the United...

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Sharing Green Values Powers Sales

October 15, 2012
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Sharing Green Values Powers Sales

  For Planet Subaru, a solar-powered auto showroom in Hanover, Mass., taking the solar photovoltaic (PV) route was a green-energy choice that has meant another kind of green — as many customers say they do business there because the company shares their green values. Planet Subaru was one of the commercial sites featured on...

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Smart Solar, Grid Storage and Smart House Tested in Los Alamos

September 24, 2012
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Smart Solar, Grid Storage and Smart House Tested in Los Alamos

Los Alamos, N.M. may be the place in history where the atomic bomb was developed, but the desert locale is now the site of another experiment of the future—how renewable energy, a smart grid and smart home technologies can work together. The two-year Los Alamos Smart Grid project, which just got underway, consists of...

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Luxe Home Energy Storage System to Debut

August 29, 2012
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Luxe Home Energy Storage System to Debut

What does a big-ass green home need? How about a $45,000 solar-PV-tied battery storage and energy stabilization system that functions as a battery backup on steroids?

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Leviton Offers Solar Leasing

June 12, 2012
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Leviton Offers Solar Leasing

Bet you didn’t know that lighting and control company Leviton is in the solar business. That’s right: As in solar panels. The solar panels aren’t made by Leviton, but by solar panel manufacturers and leased by Leviton partner SunRun to residential customers in parts of California and New York, so far. The startup markets...

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