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  1. NET METERING; Four reasons "Net-Metering" is no longer our friend...



    Fees not based on use

    Despite the recent plunge in the cost of distributed generation sources such as solar PV, the utility grid is still critical to maintaining our quality of life. The cost to maintain and upgrade this infrastructure should be borne by those that use it the most. Net Metering policies run contrary to this approach. Imagine two solar homes… home A manages it’s use to sync ...

    Updated 2014-06-23 at 10:22 AM by nwdiver

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    Energy and Environment , Featured
  2. Auto Industry Playing Dirty With Hydrogen

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    A crash course in self-defence for the environmentally conscious.


    If you have not yet been exposed to authoritative-looking green marketing for hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles, you will be.
    Here is a heads-up on some representative samples:


    California Fuel Cell Partnership.
    “The well-to-wheels reports show that hydrogen made from natural gas and used in a fuel cell vehicle reduces greenhouse gases (GHGs) ...

    Updated 2014-06-02 at 09:06 PM by Julian Cox

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    Tesla News , Model S , EV General , Energy and Environment , Featured
  3. Water, water everywhere....and a power update.

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    Continuing the story of our journey to go off-grid that started over here.

    Solar Hot Water

    Our local utility provider is pretty adamant that water heating contributes to approximately 28% of household power usage; that seems a little high to me but I'm guessing that they don't take into account households with electric vehicles. In any case, we got the option to apply for, and were granted, a $1,000 rebate for an additional solar ...

    Updated 2013-09-15 at 05:20 PM by NigelM

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    Energy and Environment , Featured
  4. Going Off Grid - Powering house and cars purely with renewable energy

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    This is my first attempt at a blog and one that will likely stretch over the next 18 months or so as I find my way through this project. During that time I'm going to see if it's possible to not only install solar power but also to get to a point where we can disconnect from the grid completely.

    Background

    At our previous house we installed solar PV panels with micro-inverters on a net-zero system. The full story was outlined
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    Updated 2013-08-28 at 04:15 PM by NigelM

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    Energy and Environment , Featured
  5. Extended Power outages and a Tesla

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    Late in June of 2013, my neighborhood experienced a significant power outage from a vicious storm, lasting almost exactly two days for me, and longer for my neighbors. In total, over half a million customers were without power. As much of my neighborhood was buzzing with the sound of chainsaws and diesel generators, I quietly thought about my Tesla Model S, tucked neatly in its garage, away from falling trees and power lines. It had a full ...