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Book Review: Travels with a Hungry Bear

Travels with a Hungry Bear Kramer, Mark Houghton Mifflin, 1996 This book is a background sketch to some of the author’s essays and articles in periodicals.  As a recognized writer in the agricultural arena, he was one of the few … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 9: Joining the Smartgrid

A few days ago a postcard showed up in my mailbox advising me of an impending deadline for an energy storage incentive for households with installed solar arrays. Interested, but assuming it was a scam of some nature, I did … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 8: Through the first year

It has now been 1 year since my system started producing electricity, which seems to be a good point to stop and look back over the data. System overview: The system is a 2.7 kW (DC) / 2.3 kW (AC) … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing – startup economics

When I first began thinking about keeping bees I figured the costs would be fairly minimal – a couple of wood boxes, some bees, a smoker, a bee suit, and that was about it. When I made the beehouse, mainly … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 2: System Investigation

The first step of any project is to identify what is desired to be accomplished. For my solar project, I began with the following points: • Grid tied – I’m already on the grid, and my usage profile sits best … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 1: Background Information

When I was living in Germany in the early and mid 1990’s renewable energy was just beginning it’s rise into a commercially viable option, and the German economy was a guiding force in that direction. I specifically recall the enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Standing still is going backwards – how Indiana is missing the residential solar bus

In her 2009 book “Sleeping Naked is Green” Vanessa Farquharson highlights many of the ways in which simple changes can both conserve resources and serve as vehicles to increase awareness of what other changes can be made to support a … Continue reading

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