Monthly Archives: March 2011

Solar Thermal and Ground Source Heat Pumps can work together

This week I was having lunch with one of my product vendors. Jeff Morrow at Solar Heat Exchange Manufacturing. He was nice enough to buy me lunch, and he also told me about some new developments using ground source heat … Continue reading

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Solar in Colorado, not dead yet!

Xcel has come to an agreement with the solar industry and is reinstating the system this coming Wednesday (March 23rd, 2011).  For the small program (which is where most of the companies were doing most of their business) the rebate … Continue reading

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Why Do We Fund Nuclear Research?

What is happening in Japan is an immense tragedy, and my heart goes out to everyone over there.  What is happening with the nuclear reactor is concerning and also one of my biggest reasons for not supporting Nuclear Energy as … Continue reading

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Keep Solar Thermal Collectors Cool

Yesterday I was looking at a commercial pool and hot tub for a potential commercial client that wanted a proposal from Simply Efficient and I was reminded of some of the best uses for flat plate solar thermal collectors, and … Continue reading

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Oil’s Going Up, Again

It was our single minded reliance on oil that originally got me into the  renewable energy industry.  I remember the oil embargo in the 70’s, when we could only get gas for our cars based on the last digit of … Continue reading

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Light, from a Solar Guy’s perspective

I’ve been watching the solar collectors on my home and also monitoring a commercial system on a dairy.  Today, since were up at a high elevation, we’re above the clouds.  This is rare, but it’s nice and sunny, warm (55F). … Continue reading

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The Solar Electric Industry is Dead, in Colorado for Now

Today I attended the public utilities comission (PUC) meeting to discuss the solar electric rebates in Colorado.  This meeting comes after the major utility in Colorado handed a sucker punch to the solar industry that is likely to take out … Continue reading

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