Posts Tagged ‘solar thermal’

Solar Home Tour Wow Factor

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

This past weekend, homeowners opened their solar homes to those wanting to catch a glimpse of the future of home energy. We hope that you were able to attend one of the 648 tours throughout the country. I took my kids to visit some of the solar homes in Washington, DC and Virginia and enjoyed the display of solar electric, solar thermal and even passive solar. My kids especially enjoyed the solar cookies from the solar ovens. The solar home tour showed just how far solar applications have come and how new technology is reshaping the world around us. We only hope that next year we will see more innovations and more homes on the solar home tours, and we hope that we’ll get an invite to the White House to see Obama’s new solar energy system.

The Solar Crown Goes to Germany

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Congratulations to Team Germany for winning the 2009 Solar Decathlon. With a massive 11.1 kW array, and thin film on the walls, there was no one who could match their net metering prowess. Illinois finished second; California, third, and Ontario fourth. Make no mistake about it. Germany won based on the strength of its PV array. It finished in the top five of the other nine categories, except for communications. On net metering, it received 150—out of a total of 150 points. This is the photo of the winning entry.

SolarTown Greets Solar Decathlon Participants

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

SolarTown held a reception for some of the Solar Decathlon participants last evening at our offices. We created a photo gallery in our offices of the 20 solar homes on the National Mall—which made a great backdrop to some of the evening’s lively discussions.

National Solar Tour: Early Adopters of Solar Energy Show Off Their PV

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Communities throughout the United States showcased their solar homes on the National Solar Tour. Homeowners on the tour showed off their PV panels or solar thermal collectors. It was quite an opportunity to see some of the solar homes and talk with the homeowners who have embarked on their own solar journeys. We talk about the homes we saw on the solar home tour in our area of the country.