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s o l ar in yo u r neighb or h ood | Sa tu rday , Oct . 5 Connect with Local Solar Leaders Grabill Plumbing & Heating Inc. | Beach City, Ohio Green Energy Ohio Tour Green Energy Ohio, greenenergyohio.org F OHIO B y GINA R. JOHNSON or y e ar s, G ra bill P lumbing & He a ting h a s sh o wc a se d tw o s o l ar the r m a l s y stem techn o l o gies a n d a da t a c o m par is o n o n the a nnu a l t o u r. This y e ar , the business will a ls o d is p l ay its new 5 0-kil o w a tt (kW) p h o t o v o lt a ic s y stem with 2 1 6 m od-ules a n d six inve r te r s . Inst a lle d b y C ar b o n Visi o n, the s y stem is pro jecte d t o prod uce 60 meg a w a tt -h o u r s a nnu a ll y. A f e d e ra l t a x c r e d it r e d uce d the s y stem c o st fro m $ 2 1 6 ,5 00 t o $151,5 00. G ra bill P lumbing & He a ting ex p ects t o s a ve $ 7 , 000 o n its a nnu a l utilit y bill a n d e ar n s o l ar r enew a ble ene r g y c r e d its p lus a n y net -mete r e d prod ucti o n . L KI M BERLY DAVI S P HOTOGRA P HY ooking for an oppor-tunity to meet solar advocates, profession-als and ready buyers in your area? Then you won’t want to miss the ASES National Solar Tour, the nation’s largest annual demonstration of installed renewable energy technol-ogies and energy-efficient business practices. More than 100,000 participants are expected to visit some 9,000 buildings in com-munities across the Unit-ed States. The 2013 event is set for Saturday, Oct. 5, in most locations. Sign up today to participate, whether as a tour organizer, sponsor, site host or tourgoer. For details, visit ases.org/tour or contact info@ases.org. Gin a R . J o hns o n ( r j o hns o n@ s o l ar t oday.or g) is e d it or/ p ublishe r of SOLAR TODAY . Marsik-Donaldson House | Dillingham, Alaska Dillingham Home Energy Tour Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology, acat.org O ADA M KANE ALASKA n Sa tu rday , May 4 , the Unive r sit y of Al a sk a F a i r b a nks– B r ist o l B ay C a m p us h o ste d the 3rd a nnu a l Dillingh a m So l ar T o u r in c o njuncti o n with the Al a sk a So l ar T o u r a n d the A S E S N a ti o n a l So l ar T o u r. Al o ng with s o l ar , sm a ll win d a n d efficient w ood b o ile r techn o l o gies, a highlight w a s T o m Mar sik a n d K r istin D o n a l d s o n’s h o me . L ar gel y b a se d o n the Pa ssive H o use st a n dard , the 600-squ ar e -foo t (5 6-squ ar e -mete r ) h o use f e a tu r es 28-inch -thick ( 7 1 -cm -thick) w a lls a n d is he a te d a lm o st enti r el y b y inte r n a l he a t g a ins . The h o use w a s r ecentl y r ec o gnize d a s the tightest r esi d enti a l buil d ing in the w or l d b y the W or l d Rec ord Ac ad em y. 3505 #10 Villa Court | Austin, Texas Austin Cool House Tour Texas Solar Energy Society, txses.org F TEXAS e a tu r e d o n the 1 7 th Annu a l Austin C oo l H o use T o u r in June, this h o me is o ne of 1 3 in a neighb or h ood of m od est -l y size d fa mil y h o mes, 1, 39 5 t o 1, 76 1 squ ar e f eet, built t o five -st ar Austin G r een Buil d ing st a n dard s . PS W Re a l Est a te built the h o mes t o insu r e th a t ene r g y efficienc y w a s a chieve d pr i or t o the inst a ll a ti o n of s o l ar. Lighth o use So l ar inst a lle d Lum o s 2 55 -w a tt pa nels o n seven of the h o mes, the array s ra nging in size fro m 4.08 kW t o 5 .04 kW . Bec a use the d esi r e for s o l ar in Austin is s o st ro ng, PS W Re a l Est a te h a s n o w m ad e s o l ar P V a st a n dard f e a tu r e o n a ll thei r h o uses . Jeantheau House | Berea, Ky. Berea Solar Tour Sustainable Berea, sustainableberea.org A M ARK JEANTHEAU KENTUCKY sust a in a ble living sh o wc a se in r u ra l Kentuck y , Mar k Je a nthe a u’s pa ssive s o l ar h o me f e a tu r es ra inw a te r c a tch -ment, a g r eenh o use, s o l ar w a te r he a ting, ge o the r m a l he a ting a n d a i r-c o n d iti o ning a n d a 5 .4-kW P V s y stem . Inst a lle d b y J o sh Bills of S unbeliev a ble S e r vices in 2006 , the P V pa nels ar e m o unte d o n twin d u a l -t ra cking p e d est a ls, which b oo st t o t a l po we r o ut p ut 2 5 t o 30 p e r cent o ve r a fixe d-array s y stem . The s y stem is g r i d-tie d with a n inst a nt a ne o us U PS/ b a tte ry b a cku p. 36 July/August 2013 SOLAR TODAY solartoday.org Copyright © 2013 by the American Solar Energy Society Inc. All rights reserved.

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Gina R. Johnson

<br /> Looking for an opportunity to meet solar advocates, professionals and ready buyers in your area? Then you won’t want to miss the ASES National Solar Tour, the nation’s largest annual demonstration of installed renewable energy technologies and energy-efficient business practices. More than 100,000 participants are expected to visit some 9,000 buildings in communities across the United States. The 2013 event is set for Saturday, Oct. 5, in most locations.<br /> <br /> Sign up today to participate, whether as a tour organizer, sponsor, site host or tourgoer. For details, visit ases.org/tour or contact info@ases.org.<br /> <br /> Grabill Plumbing & Heating Inc. | Beach City, Ohio<br /> Green Energy Ohio Tour<br /> Green Energy Ohio, greenenergyohio.org<br /> For years, Grabill Plumbing & Heating has showcased two solar thermal system technologies and a data comparison on the annual tour. This year, the business will also display its new 50-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system with 216 modules and six inverters. Installed by Carbon Vision, the system is projected to produce 60 megawatt-hours annually. A federal tax credit reduced the system cost from $216,500 to $151,500. Grabill Plumbing & Heating expects to save $7,000 on its annual utility bill and earn solar renewable energy credits plus any net-metered production.<br /> <br /> Marsik-Donaldson House | Dillingham, Alaska<br /> Dillingham Home Energy Tour<br /> Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology, acat.org<br /> On Saturday, May 4, the University of Alaska Fairbanks– Bristol Bay Campus hosted the 3rd annual Dillingham Solar Tour in conjunction with the Alaska Solar Tour and the ASES National Solar Tour. Along with solar, small wind and efficient wood boiler technologies, a highlight was Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson’s home. Largely based on the Passive House standard, the 600-square-foot (56-squaremeter) house features 28-inch-thick (71-cm-thick) walls and is heated almost entirely by internal heat gains. The house was recently recognized as the tightest residential building in the world by the World Record Academy.<br /> <br /> 3505 #10 Villa Court | Austin, Texas<br /> Austin Cool House Tour<br /> Texas Solar Energy Society, txses.org<br /> Featured on the 17th Annual Austin Cool House Tour in June, this home is one of 13 in a neighborhood of modestly sized family homes, 1,395 to 1,761 square feet, built to five-star Austin Green Building standards. PSW Real Estate built the homes to insure that energy efficiency was achieved prior to the installation of solar. Lighthouse Solar installed Lumos 255-watt panels on seven of the homes, the arrays ranging in size from 4.08 kW to 5.04 kW. Because the desire for solar in Austin is so strong, PSW Real Estate has now made solar PV a standard feature on all their houses.<br /> <br /> Jeantheau House | Berea, Ky.<br /> Berea Solar Tour<br /> Sustainable Berea, sustainableberea.org<br /> A sustainable living showcase in rural Kentucky, Mark Jeantheau’s passive solar home features rainwater catchment, a greenhouse, solar water heating, geothermal heating and air-conditioning and a 5.4-kW PV system. Installed by Josh Bills of Sunbelievable Services in 2006, the PV panels are mounted on twin dual-tracking pedestals, which boost total power output 25 to 30 percent over a fixed-array system. The system is grid-tied with an instantaneous UPS/battery backup.

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