The Breitenbush Hot Springs retreat center taps into local, renewable energy, harnessing energy from the river and beneath the earth.

EV batteries

Shari Prange

What you need to know to select the right battery for your electric vehicle.

micro inverters

Kathy Swartz & Kris Sutton

A new generation of grid-interactive microinverters finds a proving ground on a chicken coop roof.

100 efficient computing

Mike Chin

Maximize computing power while minimizing energy use.

106 SHW efficiency

Andrew Goldbaum

Unique ideas for squeezing a bit more performance from a solar hot water system.

112 Ecuador solar

Laurie Guevara-Stone

A small solar-electric system powers LED lighting at a remote farm along the Ecuadorian coast.

118 Code Corner John Wiles

Code calculations

122 Power Politics Michael Welch

Energy agendas

126 Home & Heart



Up the creek

128 RE Happenings

130 Marketplace

132 Installers Directory

135 Advertisers Index

136 Back Page Basics

Khanti Munro

Reading a battery monitor

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Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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