Independent

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Independent Energy Systems, Serving the

Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Area. We specialize in design, installation and sales of residential/commercial PV systems. Our mission is to provide our friends in the community an opportunity to become part of the future in renewable energy. We are based in Santa Cruz, we love what we do and it shows in our work! Ph: 831-477-0943 or visit www.iesolar.com

IDC Solar

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IDC Solar Exclusive products like the Guy-wireless Towers, Modular Wiring Unit and Automatic Battery Watering System for code compliant, worry-free hybrid renewable energy systems. We install locally or nationally. Complete licensing for all residential and commercial devices. Skystream turbines & towers up to 50' now available. 928 636-9864 or [email protected]www.idcsolar.com

Arkansas

Rocky Grove Sun Company has been serving NW Arkansas and the surrounding region since 1986. Design, installation and consultation with two NABCEP certified installers: Flint Richter and Jimis Damet with over 35 years combined experienced in PV stand alone & grid-tied, wind and hydro. Located in the heart of NW Arkansas Ozarks. Contact us at 479-665-2457 or [email protected] www.rockygrove.com

California

Acro Electric is a full service electrical contractor specializing in solar power. We provide turn-key solutions for PV, standby power, LED lighting, and more. Approved by the League of California Homeowners (www.homeowners. org) & Better Business Bureau (www.midcalbbb.org). Free site analysis & brochure. (866)711-ÀCRO • www.acroelectric.com Quality installations backed by 32 years electrical experience.

Symons Electric

Michael Symons Electric, C-10 licensed electrical contractor. NABCEP certified installer. We design, sell, install & service both commercial & residential Photovoltaic systems since 1982. We specialize in grid-tie and stand alone off grid systems including solar wells. We are located in East San Diego County serving Southern California and Baja California Norte. Ph: 619-468-3277 or E mail [email protected]

Offline Independent Energy Systems, Since 1983.

An electrical contracting co., we specialize in utility intertie (with state rebate & net metering) & off grid systems. Owned & operated by Don & Cynthia Loweburg in Central CA East of Fresno. Don Loweburg NABCEP Certified Installer. POB 231, North Fork, CA. 93643, (CA lic# 661052) ph 559-877-7080, fx 559-877-2980, [email protected] www.psnw.com/~ofln

REVCO Solar Engineering, Inc. has been serving

Orange County, LA County and The Inland Empire since 1977. We specialize in Solar Pool Heating, DHW and Solar Electric PV systems. REVCO is actively involved with the League of California Homeowners, the American Solar Energy Society and CALSEIA. B/C-46 Lic# 387219. www.revcosolar.com 800.274.3638

Carlson Solar. has been serving Southern CA since 1988. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured solar-electric installation company, specializing in both grid-tie and off-grid systems. We are NABCEP certified and take great pride in our excellent customer service. Saving the environment one house at a time. Call toll-free 1-877-927-0782 or visit us at www.carlsonsolar.com

Solarecity Electric serves Placer, El Dorado, Nevada & surrounding Counties. We specialize in grid-tied PV systems. C-10 licensed-817001 and no subcontracting insures a quality Sffi.* k h i;-1 rv installation. We provide everything you need to make an informed decision about your investment. We install turnkey systems and carry your rebates. Free site analysis. 916-624-0535. www.solarecity.com

Solar Wind Works specializes in consultation, sales, design, service, & installation of complete RE systems. US Distributor for Proven Wind Turbines. We supply all components. Grid-connected or grid-independent. Truckee, CA 530-582-4503, 877-682-4503, NABCEP Certified Installer. CA Contractor's Lic # 796322 [email protected] solarwindworks.com, www.solarwindworks.com

Canada

Energy Alternatives has been serving Canadians for over 20 years. A licensed electrical contractor (BC Lics # 86683) with professional installers throughout Canada. Expert consultation & design services, turn-key installed systems or DIY packaged system kits. Extensive inventory for fast delivery. Visit www.EnergyAlternatives.ca, Call 1-800-265-8898. Canadian dealer inquiries welcome.

Natural Power Products is Ontario's leading supplier, retailer and installer for solar, wind, domestic hot water, and other renewable energy technologies. Complete design and turn-key packages for home, cottage, rural, businesses etc. All applicable codes are adhered to and inspected by ESA.Visit: www.npp.ca e-mail: [email protected] call: 519-504-1600

Colorado

Burnham-Beck & Sun. Solar and Wind Energy Systems. Grid-Tied and Stand-Alone. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, we make site evaluations, system designs and installations in Colorado and Southern Wyoming. We drop-ship equipment anywhere in the U.S. CoSEIA Certified installer. 970-482-6924. Mail to [email protected]. www.burnhambeck.com

Ñamaste Solar Electric Inc.,Smart. Simple. Sustainable. Ñamaste Solar brings clean, reliable, & affordable renewable energy to homes, businesses, & nonprofits in Denver/Boulder. A values-based, 100% employee owned company committed flmwtf Solar to maintaining the highest standards of environmental - r I i r ij 11" — stewardship, customer satisfaction, community philanthropy, & professional integrity. (303) 447-0300 • www.namastesolar.com

Solar Solutions Ltd. provides photovoltaic, wind & hybrid power systems & components for stand alone systems, grid tied, RV's & remote water pumping. Committed to providing the highest quality service & customer satisfaction. A proud member of Colorado SEIA and a lifetime member of the Colorado RE Society and ASES. Xantrex Certified Dealer. 888 44solar or 888-447-6527 www.solarsolutions.com

Florida

ECS Solar Energy Systems (tel) 352-377-8866 www.ECS-solar.com / [email protected] We service FL, the Caribbean and the Southeastern U.S. FL's first solar contractor since 1977. Solar pool heating, hot water, and electric systems -commercial & residential. Solar lic. # CVC056643 Florida state certified for "grid-connected" systems. Contact us now to receive a free solar informational booklet.

Solar-Fit is one of Florida's oldest active solar contractors. Established in 1975, International Sun Protection, Inc. (dba Solar-Fit), has helped over 8,000 families and businesses >r H.\tZ I I J" "Plug into the Sun". Call (386) 441-2299 for FREE information on solar electric, solar pool and solar hot water systems, and solar attic fans, or visit us on the web at www.solar-fit.com State Certified Solar Contractor #CVC56690.

Idaho

Creative Energies Eastern Idaho's premiere full-service RE company. Solar & wind power for remote cabins, homes & mm ranches, utility grid-tied solar & wind power, solar hot water ii^i & heating, solar water pumping & passive solar home design. We custom design a system that fits your needs & budget. Trace certified dealer. Phone/fax: 208-354-3001 toll free 866-332-3410 [email protected]www.cesolar.com

Maine

Benchmark Solar PV and solar thermal solutions from design through construction for residential and commercial buildings. NABCEP PV Installer's Certification; Master ^^ Electrician licensed in Maine, NH, and MA. Master Plumber/ Heating license. Grid-tie, off-grid, hot water and space heating applications. We also serve the island communities. Call 1-800-9S0LAR1 (976-5271)

Maryland

Standard Solar Inc., serving Montgomery and Frederick Counties, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC. DI AHDAf^D since 2004. Specializing in residential solar electric installations.

_/V Visit our Website: www.standardsolar. 202 Perry Parkway

#7, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20877. Tel. 301-944-1200; email: [email protected]

Massachusetts

NexGen Energy Solutions, LLC is a turn-key, renewable energy integration company serving residential & commercial clients in Massachusetts & southern New Hampshire. Our offerings include site assessments, business NCXGEN modeling, system design, permitting, installation & Iii11p Uku«. i.i maintenance services. Learn more about our Veteran owned & operated company at 978-688-2700 or at NexGenEnergy.com

Michigan

Backwards to the Future Ltd, installing, designing and supplying solar equipment since 1986. 0EM supplier of evacuated tube heat pipe technology for DHW & hydronic heating. Systems building integration by joint venture with registered architect. State licensed residential builder & solar mechanical contractor. POB 409 Fennville MI 49408 tel: 269-236-6179 email: [email protected] www.BTFsolar.com

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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