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A&C Green Energy, www.acgreenenergy.com 135

AAA Solar Supply, www.aaasolar.com 125

ABS Alaskan Inc., www.absak.com 135

AEE Solar, www.aeesolar.com 19

APRS World LLC, www.winddatalogger.com 135

Abraham Solar, www.abrahamsolar.com 125

Alternative Energy Store, www.altenergystore.com 61

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Apollo Solar, www.apollo-solar.net 90

Apricus Solar Co. Ltd., www.apricus.com 101

Aten Solar Corp., www.atensolar.com 110

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Backwoods Solar Electric Systems, www.backwoodssolar.com 109

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Blue Oak PV Products, www.blueoakenergy.com 110

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Bogart Engineering, www.bogartengineering.com 111

Brand Electronics, www.brandelectronics.com 99

Butler Sun Solutions, www.butlersunsolutions.com 130

C Crane Co., www.ccrane.com 135

Colorado Solar Inc., www.cosolar.com 131

Concorde Battery Corp., www.concordebattery.com 23

Conergy Inc., www.conergy.us 2, 3

DC Power Systems Inc., www.dcpower-systems.com 63

Day4 Energy, www.day4energy.com 115

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MK Battery, www.mkbattery.com 55

Magnum Energy, www.magnumenergy.com 81

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Midwest Renewable Energy Assoc., www.the-mrea.org 127

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Who: Bill & Debbi Lord Where: Cape Porpoise, Maine When: 1995 to present

What: Solar-electric & solar hot water systems Why: Social & environmental responsibility

Over the years, Bill Lord has turned up in Home Power's pages several times. In 1997, we first covered his crusade for sensible net metering in Maine. Two years later, Bill and his wife Debbi's home graced the cover of HP70.

According to Bill, the Home Power cover story put their home "on the publicity map." Since then, the Lords have had numerous articles written about their "Maine Solar House," and television coverage has included spots on HGTV, The History Channel, and, most recently, Nova.

With 31 years at ABC News as an executive producer of Nightline and World News Tonight, Bill is no stranger to the powerful influence of mass media. Now a journalism professor at Boston University, he merges his professional expertise with his environmental convictions, providing information about renewable energy through a personal Web site (www. solarhouse.com). Here, visitors can learn about the home's solar energy systems, listen to Bill's solar podcasts, and even participate in an online solar forum.

"When we constructed our home, the issue of treading lightly on the environment was uppermost in our minds," says Bill, "though my wife suspected that the gizmos in the basement— inverters, pumps, and controllers—had a certain attraction to my male mind."

Despite its high-tech bent, the Lords' very normal-looking, contemporary-styled saltbox home has all the amenities and conveniences of a typical American home. "We basically live like everybody else,'' Debbi says, ''but the sun is providing our energy.''

Solar thermal collectors, which provide water and space heating, cover half of the Lords' south-facing roof. The other half harvests the sun's free energy for electricity: The 4,200-watt PV array generates approximately 4 megawatt-hours annually, completely meeting the home's electrical needs. Bill says that their utility bill—a $7.47 monthly connection fee for being hooked up to the grid—is "a pleasure to pay."

Even during Maine's legendary winters, the home shines. Passive solar design and the solar thermal system keep the home warm. Bill reports that

Debbi & Bin Lord, solar pioneers.

"interior temperatures rise above 75°F if a window isn't kept open. Our feet are greeted in the morning by the welcoming warmth of our radiant floor."

"There is a free lunch and dinner with solar energy, as long as you can afford the breakfast," says Bill. The up-front costs are "not to be scoffed at, but they are an investment in a lifestyle that is personally rewarding, financially beneficial in the long run, and socially necessary. Do join the solar generation. It is worth the effort."

—Ian Woofenden

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