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Wind Power?

Just curious if there is anyone out there currently using a grid tied wind turbine or off grid on here? I just wanted to see what you think about it, how much power you get from it etc. Any information is much appreciated.

Added by Josh on July 22, 2010 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Ecotech Institute Classes Begin Today



Education Corporation of America, a leading owner and operator of private higher education institutions in the United States, announced that Ecotech Institute kicked off its first day of coursework today. Ecotech Institute, based in Aurora, Colorado, is the first and only college focused entirely on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design. The school’s… Continue

Added by Crystal Thomas on July 7, 2010 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Battery Charging Lockers for Haiti?

Ever since the earthquake in Haiti I’ve been thinking about how we could get some small scale solar empowerment to those poor displaced people. Shanty towns and tent cities are the sad reality of Haiti for the foreseeable future. Nano-scale PV lanterns and small battery charging systems could get them some…

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Added by Eric Youngren on March 3, 2010 at 9:57am — No Comments

Solar Powered Automatic Gate

We had the closest lightning strike I have ever experienced over the weekend and apart from nearly jumping out of my skin a whole bunch of our appliances were blown. One of which was the 220V transformer located in my gates control unit.

Yesterday I retrofitted the gates standby battery system with a 25W solar panel and… Continue

Added by My Power on April 22, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Post your system pictures!!

Please post some pictures of your systems. Show us how you power yourselves.



They do not have to be pretty pictures. I like 'em raw and funky. (this means you, Sparky Candoo) We don't judge here by the tidiness of your wiring. We are about empowerment, not regulations and rules. The electrical inspector is not watching. And even if he was, he'll never find you.



Hopefully your systems are safe, and at least follow the spirit of the NEC. But the beauty of PV, especially low… Continue

Added by Eric Youngren on April 10, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Solar Empowerment Network!

Calling all solar powered people! If you use renewable energy (RE) systems in your home, vessel or business, stand up and be counted by joining the Solar Empowerment Network. Share some pictures or videos of your system or start a blog to share your off-grid adventures with the grid-dependent masses. Use the forum to ask questions or start a discussion.



If you use PV, wind, microhydro or solar hot water systems please join the network! If you are a RE system installer or contractor… Continue

Added by Eric Youngren on April 4, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

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