What We Do

Home Power Systems We offer design assistance, education and problem-solving, sales and service. WE LISTEN to your needs, and approach your problems with ENERGY MANAGEMENT, growth strategies and long-term economy in mind. Solar Water Pumping We offer design assistance, education, wholesale and retail sales. Flowlight manufactures Solar Slowpump , Flowlight Booster Pump and several other solar pumps. We are an international leader in solar pumping. Flowlight serves a nationwide clientele for...

Mechanical Technology

Dear Home Power, I am a recent subscriber and also have had access to back issues of your magazine. After reading them, skimming some articles, I have a much broader knowledge of alternative technology. I have one small PV panel which charges an old car battery that runs my radio tape deck. Otherwise, I have no electricity, I use ice in an old fridge frozen in a neighbor's freezer. I don't have access to a lot of money to buy the equipment needed to electrify my house so I'm interested in...

Battery Charge Control Panel

Surplus Unused & in Excellent Condition. Ideal for battery systems & engine generators. Contains DC Voltmeter (0-40) DC Ammeter (0-150) Hobbs Digital Hour Meter DC rated 110 Amp circuit breaker Five indicator lights & fault indicator module Panel lights with switch Two momentary contact switches 2 Amp DC cricuit breaker three DC realys terminal strips and more Complete control panel as described- 149. Panel with non panel mounted 125 Amp. breaker- 99. Panel less...

Figure Small System

Photovoltaic (PV) modules have something in common with batteries -- they both can supply power even at times when it is not wanted. From a safety point of view, the National Electric Code requires that we be able to turn off or disconnect these sources of power at certain times to service or remove equipment in the PV system. As PV users, we must not only be aware of safety, but also of performance, cost in the design, & selection of disconnect components for our alternate energy systems....

Business

The man who on his trade relies Must either bust or advertise. Maximimum Vertical Ad size is 9 inches Maximum Horizontal Ad size is 7.5 inches We can set up and lay out your display ad. Camera ready advertising is also accepted. For current, detailed reader demographics, call us. Long term display advertising is discounted, so buy ahead and save 10 on 3 insertions and 15 on six. Home Power is published bi-monthly. Ad Deadline for the Dec Jan 90 91 issue (HP 20) is 16 Nov.1990. Call 916-475-3179...

The Winner

Dear Home Power, I would like to thank you for publishing an informative magazine. As a recent subscriber I found it desirable to have all of the back issues in order to have as much information available on alternative energy as possible information based on real experience. This same search for more knowledge prompted me to attend your Midwest Energy Fair at Amherst, Wisconsin. It was there that I purchased a raffle ticket for the illusive Home Power 1, and by good fortune, I was the lucky...

Wiring And The Trace

Dear Friends, I was at Amherst and had an enjoyable two days. I learned a lot but I still have one question which I never got clarified. My home is completed with conventional AC wiring, 14 ga. for lighting and 12 ga. for outlets. According to the way I read some of your articles dealing with this, I should be able to add PV panels, batteries and inverter wired into my house wiring and be off and running. I understand that I'll have to modify my electrical use as described in HP 14 page 11 and...

Backwoods Solar Electric Systems

For an Earth Restored And A World At Peace Independent Electric Power Systems For The Remote Home Solar Electric, Wind, Hydro We are a family business, living with our products for over 10 years, and offer the knowledge to help you set up your energy system. Our catalog includes lower than usual prices on solar modules, lights, pumps, Trace inverters, Sun Frost refrigerators, and more. Free consultation. Questions are personally answered. Our own 30 amp Backwoods Charge Controller standard...

Australia

BOX 765 ATHERTON, 4883 NORTH QUEENSLAND Home Power specializes in hands-on, practical information about small-scale renewable energy production and use. We try to present technical material in an easy to understand and easy to use format. If you want to contribute info to Home Power, then here's how it is done. Please include all the details Be specific Write from your direct experience- Home Power is hands-on We like our articles to be detailed enough so that a...

Well And Good

Dear Home Power, I am writing in regards to Windy Dankoffs article in issue 17 pp 25 (running submersible well pumps on inverter power). First, let me tell you that it can be accomplished- But one may encounter several problems in the process. So your readers might learn from my mistakes, I'll tell you what I experienced. 1) My well is 346' deep, static water level is 159' & produces 7 gpm 2) Have a Trace 2012 w standby and turbo fan (12V) 4 0 copper cable, distance to batteries-7 feet 3)...

Sewing Machine Conversion

Dear Home Power, I converted my sewing machine to 12 volt. I did put it on a treadle base for a while, but it took up too much space and I like to have both hands free when starting seams. The conversion to either method will work with any machine that has a visible motor and belt. Unless you are very brave and own a hacksaw I used a car blower motor (used 15) and a universal horn button on a 2x4 scrap for the foot pedal. The motor was mounted in line with the hand wheel on a block of wood in...

Energy Specialists

Box 188710 Sacramento, CA 95818 916-392-7526 November 11,1990 - 2nd annual SOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLE SYMPOSIUM, sponsored by the American Tour de Sol of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Assoc., Manchester, NH Contact NESEA 413-774-6051 March 1-3, 1991 - 8th annual ADVANCED RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE, sponsored by the Quality Building Council of the NESEA, Springfield, MA. Contact NESEA 413-774-6051 May 21-25, 1991 - 3rd annual AMERICAN TOUR de SOL, The solar amp electric vehicle...

Solar Powered Flight

This summer's flight of a photovoltaic-powered airplane from California to Kitty Hawk, N.C., was a double milestone, making history in both aviation and photovoltaics. The cross-country jaunt by hang-glider specialist Eric Raymond, of Lake Elsinore, California, was by far and away the longest fuel-less flight ever, while the use of PV power to drive his 198-pound plane's three-HP motor marked a major, attention-grabbing breakthrough for renewable energy technology. This flight, which began in...

The Handson Journal Of Homemade Power

Issue Printed on recyclable paper, using soy bean based inks, by RAM Offset, White City, OR Solar Vehicles -6 Things that Work - 47 SunSeeker Flies Coast to Coast Sangean Radio Ifl Energy Fair Reports -12 i Things that Work - 48 SEER '90 and MREF SunAmp PV Regulator Ifi Photovoltaics - 18 fi System Shorties - 49 PVs to Recharge Small Nicads Reader's Systems Alternative Transportation News Overfilling Batteries Rewinding Alternators Renewable Energy Events PV Concentrators Renewable Energy...

Plumbing Configurations

Vacuum Breaker Spool

Basically there are 5 variations of plumbing arrangements in solar DHW systems. 4 PASSIVE CONVECTION tank on roof type 5 PASSIVE PUMPED geyser type The main concerns in choosing a system type are 1 availability to operate active pumps and electronic controls 2 amount of below or near freezing weather in your area 3 efficiency and maintanence requirements of design Below follows a brief description of each plumbing arrangement with advantages and disadvantages for each. When the control senses...

Homebrew Hot Water

Dear Home Power Friends I met you at the Earth Day festivities in Mt. Shasta and took a picture of your booth enclosed . I also built the solar water heater from Kathleen's plans issue 11 and it works well except that I want to put it up on the flat roof where it will get sun all day, so I will need a slow flow pump to bring the water down to the tank. Can you recommend one Thanks for your great magazine and your help. Sincerely, Randy Bofinger, Mt. Shasta CA I remember meeting you, Randy, and...