Posts Tagged "solar-panels"

Solar powered pyramid
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 27, 2013 - 2 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SOLAR, WRETHA

Pyramid power

Ever see an off grid pyramid? Well you are about to. This is the video story of Greg Grant, who began his off grid existence slow and small.

He didn’t put a lot of money into his project. What he had was land, lots of natural materials, a great bunch of talented and helpful friends, and a unique vision. He chose to make his off grid home out of short straw-bale walls, but with a steeply pitched, pyramid shaped roof. (more…)

Dirt-cheap survival retreat-book review

Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat

There are people who have seemingly unlimited funds to purchase whatever goodies they want. This book is not written for them, though they could glean some great ideas. It’s really written for the rest of us, those who have limited incomes but still want to go off grid and live comfortably. (more…)

How ARCO helped kickstart the pot industry
by NICK ROSEN on OCTOBER 27, 2010 - 8 Comments in EVENTS

ARCO's furry business partners (Dave Katz far right)

Briceland in Northern California is hippie country, home to thousands of bombed-out remnants of the 1970s counterculture. They arrived from all over America to turn on and drop out. And to make money they grew hundreds of tons of of marijuana each year, a process that may well be about to become legal, and an even bigger business than it is at present.

On balance its a good thing the pot industry may be taken out of criminal hands, but it will be a wrenching change for the pot-growers of Northern California, and with that change a-coming its a good time to tell the story of how those same pot growers helped save the planet……. by enabling the birth of the solar panel industry. It goes back to a deal many years ago between an avid pot smoker and a young, eager oil industry executive interviewed exclusively in this article for the first time. (more…)

Cost of solar panels
by TECHSTAR on AUGUST 9, 2010 - 15 Comments in OFF-GRID 101

Until recently, the expense of putting solar panels on the roof meant that only a few eco-warriors with money could adopting it. Everyone else felt that the payback period was too long. However, every cloud has a silver lining. With the hefty rises in electricity and gas prices over the past few years all over the world as well as the recent advancements in research, the lining is that solar power could now become a realistic, cost-effective option for most of us. (more…)

New Jersey solar incentives the best in US
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 13, 2010 - 1 Comment in SOLAR

Solar Garden State

New Jersey is the sunniest state in America, offering solar energy incentives for residential systems that can pay for themselves in as little as three years.
The state is second only to California in the number of homes outfitted with solar technology, drawing so many applicants for generous rebates in May that the Board of Public Utilities has put new requests on hold.
New Jersey is the only state to mandate a Solar Alternative Compliance Payment, essentially a penalty a utility must pay if the company does not reach its SREC target. To make that goal, utilities buy these green-energy credits from consumers and businesses. (more…)
Off grid update

Winter RoadWhat a great early Christmas gift, I know that to those who get snow every winter, it’s not that exciting, but for those of us that live in places with little to no snowfall, it transforms everything into a winter wonderland. (more…)

Off grid questions
Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Every now and again, I get an email with some great questions, this evening I received such an email from a new ‘net friend, Marcy. She has recently taken the plunge to live completely off grid. She is starting out in a rather primitive way, much like we did. I found her questions very good and decided I would post the email exchange here. Thanks Marcy, enjoy! (more…)

GE muscling in on home power
by TECHSTAR on JULY 18, 2009 - 5 Comments in SOLAR

Sad but true
General Electric is set to launch a household power generation kit this fall, that will both work together with the smart grid and be a home’s own internal smart grid – powering down the A/C on a cloudy day, for example, in a house dependent on solar panels sold in the same package.

GE, which for years supplied Hitler’s government with radar equipment, and at the end of the second world war proposed a continuing alliance between business and the military for “a permanent war economy,”  announced last week its vision of a home full of smart appliances that derive power from the house’s own solar panels, (more…)

Don’t buy solar panels
by SALLY BUCHAN on JULY 5, 2009 - 3 Comments in SOLAR

Wait a year before buying solar panels – that’s the advice from industry experts who think the price of solar PV will fall, grants will rise, and the cost of grid power will rise too, delivering a triple whammy in favor of solar power.

But not just yet.

Although the cost of solar panels has fallen as low as $2.48 a watt according to the latest issue of Homepower magazine, its likely to go to $1.50 next year.  A company called Skyline Solar hopes to achieve grid parity before the end of 2010 — way ahead of the rest of the industry.


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