Luminant adds 42-MWh battery system to 180-MW Upton solar project in Texas

Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, announced that its Upton 2 battery energy storage system project has finished construction and began operating on Dec. 31, 2018. The battery system, which is the largest energy storage project in Texas and seventh largest in the United States, is located on the site of Luminant’s 180-MW Upton 2…

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The Best Survival Shelter In The World

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24t1iLipK70&w=640&h=360]Read full article: http://www.thedoityourselfworld.com/articles/article.php?id=11528 A truck camper is the ultimate survival and bug out shelter you can get.

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Harvest Energy Solutions provides 3 MWac of solar to Michigan utility

Harvest Energy Solutions, is the first solar company to provide energy to a utility in Lenawee County via three arrays in the region. The three installations are owned by Stateline Farms, Gerken Paving and Harvest Solar Lenawee. Each of these systems is capable of 1.0 MWac. The power generated by these systems will be sold…

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Find a better job with NABCEP Board Certification

To those solar professionals with NABCEP Board Certification, congratulations! Whether you just passed a NABCEP exam or have had certification for years, it’s important to know how to leverage it to get what you ultimately want: a better job. To help you through this, we’re going to give you a step-by-step guide to differentiating yourself…

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Parabolic Survival Fire Starter Its Awesome

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRraJIzHkIY&w=640&h=360]I just got one of these parabolic solar fire starters from a fellow youtuber to try out. His channel is: http://www.youtube.com/user/douglasfi2re I have seen these …

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Claiming the federal solar tax credit

In an effort to encourage Americans to adopt alternative energy options, federal and state governments offer lucrative tax credits to property owners who install solar energy systems. According to the US Energy Information Administration, these policies helped American facilities produce over 4.03 trillion kWh of solar energy in 2017. Homeowners today continue to take advantage of…

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The DIY Passive Solar Window Heater. How to make a passive solar heater.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOW77Qo47Ac&w=640&h=360]This is a very simple project proving that you can have free heat for just pennies up front. A bit of cardboard or styrofoam and some aluminum foil taped to it.

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Homemade Bicycle Generator – people power for off grid living

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWzxq0aCfLE&w=640&h=360]I took an old bike and a treadmill motor, some old wood and nails and now I have a homemade generator.

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New Jersey BPU releases plan for new solar program after SREC ends

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) staff has issued a straw proposal to assist in the transition from the current Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) Program to a new system. The Clean Energy Act, signed by Governor Phil Murphy in May 2018, required the Board to adopt new rules and regulations closing the…

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Optimize your solar company’s presence on LinkedIn

Many solar contractors are aware that digital marketing is helpful for connecting with prospective commercial and residential solar customers. However, knowing the best ways to make use of the host of strategies available can be a challenge. In this Aurora Solar series, we explore how contractors can design an effective digital solar marketing strategy to…

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