If anyone is near Washington, DC in the next week, it's worth taking
the time to visit the Solar Decathlon that's set up on The Mall. 20
universities built solar homes, shipped them to DC and set them up on
the Mall, and are getting graded in ten categories. I made a special
trip from NY and visited this past Saturday - I highly recommend the
More info at:
Some of us have been a bit carried away recently with shopping locally :-)
I'll have a look at the results, stand-out projects.
I live in an area where solar radiation is normally between 400 and
600watts/m2 - so - why isn't this being harnessed on a vast scale? The
answer is, reticulated power is still relatively cheap and solar power
technology relatively expensive. If the cost-recovery period is 7 years or
more there is little incentive to adopt solar technology. On the other
hand, progress is being made on reducing the grid load from water heating,
and a 'Citisolar' project:
I went, I saw, I noticed two dwellings that with an incredible lot of
detail work and a lot of reworking that I might be willing to dwell in
for a vacation home for short periods of time....
The entrants were so serious that the majority of them used Subzeros for
their fridges. When you are paying for a rendundant motor to run yur
appliance....and it is no better insulated than a lot of cheaper
appliances.....on the other hand, I was hoping to see better new
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