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what’s the solar path finder all about?

If you want the best performing solar electric system, you need to identify your optimal solar window. The solar pathfinder is a non-electric device that you can use to find out the entire year’s solar potential for your project site. This simple tool will help you find the optimal location to install your solar array. Site analysis is important because the path of the sun changes through out the year and what may not be a shading issue today may become one as the seasons change. Using the pathfinder assistant gives you the ability to combine the power of your computer to generate great solar access reports. Check out the video, what do you think about the solar path...

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Open Energy Pushing Forward Despite Housing Downturn

The housing market may be tanking in the U.S., but Open Energy, a manufacturer of building integrated PV (BIPV) products is preparing for the BIPV market to take off in a big way in the coming years. New residential construction is down almost a third since this time last year. While Open Energy has seen a drop in business recently that has coincided with this downturn, the company is also seeing more contractors think about integrating solar into their business practices. The number of traditional builders and roofers approaching the business leads CEO David Field to believe that companies like Open Energy are starting to take market share from the existing construction industry, rather than creating new, separate business. The housing market got us into the financial crisis that we’re experiencing today – but will it get play a role in getting the solar industry moving in a big way? Check out an interview with Open Energy’s David Field and a few other interviews on this week’s Inside Renewable Renewable Energy podcast for more on the...

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EnergyRush.TV – Showcasing Renewable Energy Videos

Today, I spoke with an interesting individual named Paul Steinbroner founder of Energy Rush TV. Paul has been film development for many years and is focusing on getting the word out about renewable energy through video content. The Energy Rush TV team covers the future of renewable energy today. On their website you can see interesting videos of large scale solar power installations, interviews with renewable energy leaders and coverage of trade shows all through videos that are not only appealing to consumers who are shopping for solar but educational as well. We know buying solar panels or wind power systems can be confusing and a difficult purchase, video can enhance the customers understanding of how the systems work and what to expect thus enhancing the overall customer experience of going solar. The videos found on energy rush TV are not full of technical jargon but highlight the human passion of one of the biggest revolutions of our lifetimes. Check it out! Do you find any of their videos informative? Let me what you...

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Don’t Expect $1/watt solar power for your home anytime soon.

There has been so much buzz in the market about Nanosolar’s /Watt that I decided to touch up on this subject. I have actually spoken to residential consumers who have read the press about Nanosolar goal to deliver solar modules at /Watt (which is competitive to coal). When people ask me what I think about Nanosolar, I feel they are a great company, with a strong management team, and will be able to deliver on their promises, but everyone will not benefit from Nanosolar’s technology, especially homeowners. Nanosolar maybe able to offer very cheap thin film to the market but the only ones who will be able to benefit from the solar panels will be commercial enterprises who have A LOT of surface area to make up for the low efficiency put out by the Nanosolar panels. Residential home owners will not benefit from this because they just don’t have the roof space for Nanosolar’s solar panels to produce the energy they need. A residential home owner needs to shop for high efficiency solar panels that will produce the MOST energy per square feet versus the cheapest solution. Lower Cost per Watt = Lower Efficiency = More surface are you need. If you’re a homeowner, don’t dream about buying Nanosolar $1/Watt solar panels at Wal-Mart and hope to eliminate your entire bill, because it’s just not...

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