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New Belgium Brewing

May 17, 2016, by Erika Schneider, Director of Communications

Three separate installations bring energy savings to New Belgium's new Asheville brewery; a radiant floor heating system in the tasting room, and two solar hot water systems.

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Energy Current: Power Off!

May 16, 2016, by Erika Schneider, Director of Communications

  This month’s energy current is a rerun of a recent article by Tatiana Schlossberg that ran in the Science Section of the New York Times on May 7, 2016. We found the article to be incredibly informative, and inspirational as well,  for changing our energy habits. To see the article in full, with great […]

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Rowe

May 11, 2016, by Cara Tougas

In the system that was designed for the Rowe’s, two 4 x 10 AET collectors are paired with a 120- gallon Vaughn solar storage tank in a closed loop design. When the controls identify a difference in temperature between the collectors and tank, a pump circulates the fluid through the system, and heat is transferred to the tank through an internal heat exchanger. The collectors were mounted above the roof line to place them above some shading from nearby pines

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Martinez – Teira

May 10, 2016, by Cara Tougas

A 5.6 kW net-metered system was designed for their home, which will produce just over $60 a month of clean electricity on average throughout the year. Twenty Solar World 280 watt PV modules are mounted on two different roof slopes of the home; one section faces to the south, while the other is oriented to the west. This will allow production at different times of the day, while utilizing the available space. Solar Edge’s DC Optimizers make the system more efficient and higher-performing, and the web-based monitoring allows real time production.

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Barnes

May 9, 2016, by Cara Tougas

Barnes Residence While Hank would have preferred to have the system work where he originally envisioned it, he was amenable exploring to alternatives, and fortunately the site was able to gracefully accommodate a Unirac U-LA ground mount solution. Twenty-eight Kyocera 205 watt LPU modules were mounted in two rows, which were offset slightly to the east to fit in the landscape. This 5.7 kW array is grid –tied through a Fronius IG 5100 Inverter with a buy-all, sell-all meter configuration, as it is a NC GreenPower generating partner. Henry, being retired from the software industry, has kept detailed records of the system’s production since it was commissioned in August of 2010, along with payments from NC GreenPower and the Utility.

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Eargle

May 9, 2016, by Cara Tougas

The Eargle’s solar story is a tale of two installations, the first going back to 2008 when Patricia and Marvin installed a 4.2 kW system and become generating partners with NC Green Power (NCGP.) After building their dream home, a beautiful Lindal Cedar structure that Marvin had admired for years, on a site that offered long-range views of the mountains, as well as ideal solar orientation, Patricia initiated the installation. As an early adopter of photovoltaics, she was motivated primarily by her concern for the environment. “It just seems like the responsible thing to do,” she recalls.

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Sheehan-Martin

May 9, 2016, by Cara Tougas

A 5 kW system was designed for their home in West Asheville, which neatly fits on their roof on their home. A really fun time- lapse video captures the installation. The twenty Kyocera photovoltaic modules are laid out in two rows, and a SolarEdge inverter makes it grid-compatible for net metering with Duke/Progress. DC Power Optimization boosts the system’s output, which is expected to be nearly 6,000 kilowatt hours a year. System monitoring by SolarEdge makes it possible to see real-time production, which was exciting to see after their system was fully commissioned.

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#MillionSolarStrong

May 3, 2016, by Erika Schneider, Director of Communications

Sundance Power Systems Celebrates Industry Milestone Regional renewable energy company Sundance Power Systems is joining thousands of solar advocates across the nation today and throughout the week in celebrating the solar industry’s achievement of 1 million solar installations. Organized by SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Assoication,  the #MillionSolarStrong campaign is spreading awareness of  the significant growth […]

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FARRELL

May 2, 2016, by Cara Tougas

Stephen Farrell's 4KW net metered solar electric system was installed in Asheville NC. Stephen designed his home inspired by the principle of net zero energy efficiency.The array is neatly laid out neatly in four rows of four Kyocera KD250 modules and the system is interconnected as a net-metered system with Duke Energy Progress. Generation calculations show and estimated yearly production of over 4,804 KWh AC, and a carbon offset equivalency of 3.3 metric tons of CO2.

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