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Supplementing Radiant Heating with Solar Thermal

Supplementing Radiant Heating with Solar Thermal

I live in upstate New York. I have an existing 1200 sq ft hot water radiant heated area. It is well insulated. I have a relatively large south facing roof area available. I need information on solar heating to supplement and/or replace the propane heaters in this system (currently two 40,000 Btu units). -- Bob M, Upstate, NY
Squinting Toward Retirement: A Boon for The Lighting Industry

Squinting Toward Retirement: A Boon for The Lighting Industry

Americans report in surveys that they are likely to retire later than expected as a result of this economic downturn that doesn’t seem to want to quit.  While that’s bad news for golf courses and Florida real estate, it helps one industry: energy efficient lighting. We are squinting, rather than sprinting toward retirement these days. As part of the post-50 […]
Utilities and Distributed Generators:  Can’t We Be Partners?

Utilities and Distributed Generators: Can’t We Be Partners?

I am about to interconnect with Pacific Gas and Electric in the most meaningful way.   I am going to generate some power for them.  I am going to help shoulder the burden of investing in generating facilities. I would take more of the load if they would make it worth my while.  The system consists of eight Sunpower panels, but […]
Energy Cast Podcast: Experimenting with solar in space

Energy Cast Podcast: Experimenting with solar in space

Energy Cast is a podcast featuring some of the top experts across all links in the energy industry chain, including renewables, generation and more! Jay Dauenhauer created the show and has been hosting Energy Cast for several years. Click below to listen to the full episode: It was a comment from my guest on Episode 43 that made me look into solar […]
Wanted: GOLD for Smart Grid

Wanted: GOLD for Smart Grid

As John McDonald tells it, smart grid needs GOLD. And he’s not talking money. GOLD stands for Graduates of the Last Decade, the technology savvy, risk-taking engineers and technicians who may be among the greatest benefactors of the new smart grid movement. While most recent college graduates face dismal employment prospects, for the GOLD kids, the job market is, well, […]
One Solar Installation, Five Stocks

One Solar Installation, Five Stocks

"Invest in what you know" is an old stock market adage. The idea is that, if you have some personal knowledge of the real economy, you can use that to make better investments.