power outage

Running Our House on Prius Power

Posted on March 31,2015 by phonig in distributed generation

On Sunday morning June 30th, we experienced our first prolonged power outage since moving in to our new passive house in Connecticut. A tree came down on one of the power lines around the corner and power was out for about six hours. It was time to see our inverter in action — the inverter that we bought from Converdant Vehicles to turn our Prius into a backup generator.

Are Solar-Plus-Battery Systems Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in battery

Solar-plus-battery systems that combine photovoltaic panels and lithium-ion batteries are helping a number of commercial electricity customers cut their power bills, but any widespread spillover to the residential side of the market looks to be some time away. Two solar installers, SolarCity, and SunPower, are offering the systems to residential customers, yet the numbers in the pilot programs are very modest.

Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a Disaster

Posted on March 31,2015 by AlexWilson in disaster planning

Some 27 years ago, following a five-year stint as director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (which was then based in Brattleboro), I launched my own company focusing on information about environmentally responsible design and construction.

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