BECOMING YOUR OWN POWER COMPANY
The Teller/Park area has gotten some national recognition for its alternative energy efforts. An issue of Home Power magazine has a very good article on the 4-Mile Station's new solarized emergency services building.
The article, written by local area solar businessman Rich Hunter, details the design and implementation of the system at the new building. You can find a copy of the magazine at the Guffey library. The library has a subscription to the magazine and has back issues available also.
Congratulations to Rich for becoming a world-famous author (Home Power has a world-wide distribution) and for making the Teller/Park area famous all over the globe. I wouldn't want any of you to think that the only good source of renewable energy information is The Greater Guffey Community News. There is a wealth of information available both in print and on the Internet.
Home Power magazine is an excellent source of information on renewable energy resources. It contains articles on practical solutions to power needs as well as technical information on electrical code compliance. It also has a section devoted to electric vehicles. I highly recommend that anyone considering renewable energy obtain a subscription to the magazine. It contains information you can't get anywhere else. Their subscription number is 1-800-707-6585.
There are also a number of other online information sources for renewable energy. Sandia National Laboratories has a web site. Sandia is involved in basic research into all forms of energy. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, CO has more information on their research efforts.
There are also a number of individual sites on the Web. A family in Florida who is designing and building their own renewable energy home has a site at that has drawing and technical information as well as narrative information on their approach to home-building.
The William Lord family in Maine has an extensive web site devoted to their utility intertied renewable energy home in the Northeast. I'll talk about utility intertie in a future column. For those of you who want a head start on that information the Lords have photos and technical data on how their home works and the equipment they use.
There is also a wealth of printed information. Both Sandia National Labs and NREL have documents available for anyone interested in code compliance and design and safety information.
When we first started on the design of our house we contacted Sandia and received 4 very helpful books free for the asking: Working Safely with Photovoltaic Systems, Maintenance and Operation of Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems, Photovoltaic Power Systems and the National Electric Code: Suggested Practices and Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems: A Handbook of Recommended Design Practices.
Though the titles of these books may sound a bit intimidating they are a goldmine of helpful information for anyone who is interested in doing their own work. I also found the folks at Sandia to be more than willing to answer any questions and help any way they could. You can reach them by phone at 505-844-3698.
Real Goods Trading Company has a publication that I have mentioned before that has lots of excellent information (it also acts as a catalogue for their products). The Solar Living Sourcebook is available from the folks at Real Goods by calling 1-800-762-7325.
Most of these on-line locations have further links to sites related to renewable
energy information. The print sources also have bibliographies and lists of other
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