14 off-grid luxury
The Wigingtons choose to power their remote estate with renewable energy—it would have cost them twice as much to bring in the grid.
24 RE expansion
Learn how this on-grid family switched over to renewable energy by starting with a small system and then jumping into a larger one.
34 heat pump intro
Heat from the earth is so cool! Efficiently heat your home with a ground source heat pump.
42 PV in Burma
Hands-on workshops in Burma are spreading renewable energy throughout the country.
54 solar pumping
Ken Kelln & Paul Hanley
This cattle watering system keeps water from freezing—providing high quality drinking water to the herd all winter long.
On the Cover
Dane and Minga Wigington in front of their PV array— near Lake Shasta, in northern California.
60 PV training
SEI's women-only PV workshop installed 1,485 watts of green power on the grid and provided professional RE training.
68 hot air
Solar air collector systems provide heat without some of the complications of solar hot water systems.
76 how-to battery maintenance
Keep the weakest link in your RE system at its best by following this maintenance regimen.
82 RE view
Outback Power Systems PV Combiner box.
86 PVs & trees
Clearing your solar window can be an emotional experience.
90 DC to DC
How to use direct current to expand the capability of your RE system.
100 EV battery charging
10 From Us to You
2003 Solar Tour.
32 What the Heck? Chuck Marken
106 Code Corner
Features an off-grid, code-compliant system.
116 Power Politics Michael Welch
The Solar Sebastopol model.
120 Word Power
122 Home & Heart
136 Ozonal Notes
RElief for the grid.
80 HP Subscription Form
126 RE Happenings
130 Letters to
144 Advertisers Index from us to you
Folks living with renewable energy (RE) systems know that they work. So what's the best way to educate people who are curious about RE? Show them these systems at work!
This is exactly what happened on Saturday, October 4, 2003 with the American Solar Energy Society's eighth annual national Solar Tour. Forty-five states and over 160 cities participated in this year's tour. Newcomers to RE had an opportunity to see sustainable technologies in action, and talk with people who live with the technologies every day.
Here in southern Oregon, the city of Ashland, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and Home Power magazine co-sponsored and organized a tour of six local homes and businesses. Almost 100 people from our small southern Oregon community took part in the tour.
In this day and age, when a lot of people don't even know their neighbors, the recent solar home tours stood out in stark contrast. Homeowners opened their doors to people they had never met, and shared their sustainable homes and lifestyles.
As a result, the national Solar Tour went way beyond its goal of spreading the word about renewable energy—it helped to bring communities across the U.S. a little bit closer together. And that is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
— Joe Schwartz for the Home Power crew
Purely from a financial standpoint, people on the grid without solar hot water are way behind the times, and people with solar electricity are just a little ahead of their time.
—Andy Kerr, Solar Tour host
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