Solar How-Tos

I picked up the latest issue of Mother Earth News yesterday, and really enjoyed this article on installing a grid-tied solar power system for your home. Unfortunately, Missourri has jerry-rigged the concept of net-metering rather than doing the real thing… There’s also an article on a new home in Capitola, CA, that combines a PV system, passive solar design and superinsulated walls and ceilings; their average monthy energy bill in 2004 was a mere $13.22.

On the same front, Treehugger points us to an article from Home Power magazine that details solar hot water systems (doesn’t look like it’s available online). I can still remember my grandparents installing one of these in the ’70s, and I’d imagine that the technology has improved greatly since then.

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