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PetersenDean Illustrates Residential Solar’s Explosive Growth

By Roy L Hales

PetersenDean’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

Portable 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

There 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

Contrary 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

Battery 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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