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PetersenDean Illustrates Residential Solar’s Explosive Growth

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPetersenDean’s business grew 400% last year. They expect to double their total number of installations next year. Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC selected PetersenDean to join their Platinum Preferred Contractor Network of top tier roofing professionals. As a result of their soon to be announced partnership with JLM Energy, PetersenDean’s customers will be offering their customers independence from the grid through the lithium iron phosphate Energizr 100 battery system. PetersenDean illustrates residential solar’s explosive growth.

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Portable Electric Can Power Almost Anything

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPortable Electric came out of Vancouver’s 2015 Great Climate Race. This is a “walk and run race,” with 2 kilometre and 10 kilometre events, through the city’s iconic Stanley Park. The event raises funds and awareness for local community solar-energy projects. In similar  outdoor events through-out North America, the associated venues are powered by portable gas and diesel generators. Having previously installed solar plus battery systems in Africa, the Great Climate Race’s power co-ordinator knew how to resolve this apparent contradiction. After the race, Mark Rabin founded a new company to continue providing solar plus battery power to outdoor events throughout Western Canada. Portable Electric can power almost anything from music festivals, to emergency situations or film sets.

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Renewable Opportunities on Cortes Island by 2030

The ECOreport reposts one of its’ editor’s articles, Renewable Opportunities on Cortes Island by 2030

Originally Published on Clean Technica

Editor’s Note: In addition to my site, the ECOreport, I am one of the bloggers for Clean Technica and we were asked to submit an entry to the  Masdar Blogging Contest. The focus was to: “Describe your city in 2030: what will occur due to changes in energy, transportation and water technologies, and how will they transform how you live?” I decided to describe what I would like to see on Cortes Island.

Since then one of my neighbours, Nancy, has drawn up a petition “calling for Cortes Island to commit to become 100% clean (by 2050) because that’s what scientists tell us is necessary to safeguard our future.” She addressed it to our Regional Director, Noba Anderson. Access it here.)  

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are presently fewer than a thousand residents on Cortes Island, which is presently  a six-hour drive (and three ferry trips) north of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. There will be many renewable opportunities on Cortes Island by 2030.

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OutBack Power, A Leading Supplier for Off Grid/Hybrid Systems

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Contrary to what you may have heard, Seattle is not the rainiest city in the US – but it is clouded over around 225 days a year.  So it may come as a surprise to learn that a local house utilizing solar-plus-battery was designed to obtain about 96% of its energy from the sun. The real surprise, however, is that it was occupied for two days last February (i.e. in mid-winter) before anyone realized it was not connected to the grid. The owners turned the main breaker off on Saturday, while showing a neighbor the system, and it was not turned back on until Monday. That was not one of “his company’s” houses, but Mark Cerasuolo tells me stories like this are becoming common. He is in charge of Marketing for OutBack Power, a leading supplier for off grid/hybrid Systems
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SunPower & KB Home Are Offering Energy Storage Solutions

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Battery storage is on the cusp of going mainstream. Thousands of German homes are now obtaining 60-70% of their electricity from solar. The yield is even higher in the US, where there is more sunshine. Now SunPower &KB Home are offering energy storage solutions in Southern California.
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Unako: A House of their own

By Roy L Hales
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Kevin Edgecombe’s passion was enflamed ed during a trip to Nepal in 2009. His wife, Linda, was one of the Directors of IWEN (Intercultural Women’s Educational Network), a charity that rescues females from bonded labour and provides meaning to their lives through education. After seeing the extent to which the program liberated young women, he decided to get more involved. A builder by trade, it is only natural that he would come up with a program like “Classrooms for a Cause.” In 2012 he led a team of volunteers that built two classrooms at the Chainpur School in Godhawa, Nepal. Now he is building a 4,000 square foot multi-functional facility, called Unako House, in the Dang region of Nepal. The name Unako means “it’s hers” in Nepalese. The building will hold a community center, classroom, workshop, kitchen, large meeting room, two retail outlets and living quarters for a caretaker. Though the grid is very intermittent, there are excellent solar conditions. The building will be solar powered and truly Unako:  a house of their own. Continue reading Unako: A House of their own

Increased Storage will unlock Germany’s Solar Potential

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Between 1 pm and 2 pm on Friday, June 6, Germany’s solar photovoltaic systems generated a record 24.24 GW. The real peak came three days later, when they provided 50.6% of the nation’s electricity. That shows this technologies potential. The current reality is solar contributed only 6% of the nation’s during the first five months of 2014. This will change. Increased Storage will unlock Germany’s Solar Potential.
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How Ultracapacitors Contribute To Grid Stability & A Green Future

An Interview with Wolfgang Beez, of Maxwell Technologies 

ByRoy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Electricity travels in waves, with spikes that result in wasted energy and troughs when there is a scarcity. According to Wolfgang Beez, Senior Manager, Product Marketing at Maxwell Technologies, “Around 60% to 70% of the irregularities with renewable energy generation occur in less than a minute.” He explained how ultracapacitors contribute to grid stability & a green future
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The Politics of Batteries for Power Storage in California

By Roy L Hales

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SolarCity spokesperson Will Craven said that about 500 of their California customers have agreed to install batteries for power storage, but the state’s three biggest utilities have only connected 12 since 2011. He decided to go to the press after Southern California Edison (SCE) said they were going to charge $2,900 to install a meter,  whereas SolarCity has found that an adequate meter can be purchased for between $75-150. The politics of batteries for power storage, in California, have greatly improved since Craven was interviewed by Bloomberg and PV Tech.
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