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for renewable energy projects. Renewable energy projects often live or die on the financials. Learn how
to calculate them accurately.
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collection input to a system of electronic forms or to continue using paper forms. Download the study from:
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View slides from the ASA presentation at the 2010 Green U, "Harnessing Solar Power"
Learn more about the AlabamaSAVESTM loan program for renewable enrgy projects with a 10 year or
less payback at www.al-solar.org/tech/ALSaves.pdf.
Read the 25 x '25 Meeting the Goal: Progress Report. This oganization wants 25 percent of America's energy needs met
by domestic farms, forests, and ranches. We stood at at the end of 2009. Read how we are doing and how you can help at:
Learn about a very efficient method of cooling using water from solar-powered chillers to cool large rooms or
Learn how you can save money while you reduce your carbon footprint. Download the free 356-page Department of
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Solar, Going Green in Industry An introduction to increasing your bottom line while reducing your
carbon footprint in industry. A presentation to the Casting Industry Suppliers Association (CISA) on
April 18, 2011.
A Geothermal Primer - Finding Burried Treasure An introduction to harnessing the solar energy
beneath the earth's surface. A presentation to the Huntsville Chapter of the American Association of Heating and Refrigeration
Engineers (ASHRAE) on April 21, 2011.
Using the sun to beat the heat --
How you can use solar power to cool things off in the summertime
Alabama Power Interconnection Process
How to connect a grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) system to the utility grid in Alabama
NOTE: The process for those customers served by TVA in Northern Alabama is slightly different.
Solar 101 from ASA Solarite Solar World an information-packed PDF and study it
at your leisure. Learn the history of solar, how a solar cell works, how solar cells are made, and
Solar for the Real World,a presentation to the the Energy Huntsville Vision and
Strategy IPT Meeting, March 15, 2011.
Read and learn
Is now the time for you to go solar? Solar panel prices have dropped dramatically, while
efficiency has soared. Oil prices are rising again. Learn if solar is right for you now.
Read and Learn
Affordable Solar, presented to the
ASA members on August 9, 2012. We have reached "Grid Parity" in Alabama, tha is, home and business
owners can produce their own electricity onsite cheaper than they can buy it from the utility company.
Learn if now is the time for you to go solar and how to make it happen.
Read the Huntsville Solar Ordinance This ordinance was passed at the August 2012 meeting of the Huntsville City Council.
While the ordinance represents a step forward for the local solar industry it still needs some
improvement. You can read the actual ordinance here:
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Solar Water Heating For Your Home
presented to ASA members and guests on Thursday evening, October 4, 2012. ASA Vice President
Doug Elgin explains the different types solar water heaters, how they work, and how they fit
into your family budget. Learn how geothermal heat pumps can save on your heating and cooling bills
while recovering waste heat whenever the system is in cooling mode -- in Alabama, that's a lot of
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"Ethics of Sustainable Design"
presented to the American Society of Civil Engineers( ASCE), December 4, 2012. Since civil
engineers build things that last a long time, it is especially important to minimize the impact
these projects will have on the environment and future generations. This presentation examines the
codes of ethics of four professional societies regarding sustainable designs and eight specific
ethical challenges of engineering and construction practives.
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"Solar for Less than the Cost of Grid Power" (Part 1 of 2) and
"Solar for Less than the Cost of Grid Power" (Part 2 of 2)
presented to the Huntsville Association of Small
Business in Advanced Technology (HASBAT) on December 6, 2012.
Solar power can help your business cut costs, reduce your carbon footprint, and improve your
company image while helping the environment. Photovoltaic (PV) systems work well in any business,
especially those using a lot of electricity. A new PV system in the Tennessee Valley will produce
electricity for about three cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the next 25 years with almost no
maintenance or repair; TVA currently charges $0.11 per kWh, and that cost is expected to rise to
$0.38 by 2037. Passive solar hot water systems can save more money for businesses that use a lot of
hot water, such as restaurants, laundries, and nail salons. All solar systems provide reliability,
as many Hurricane Sandy victims are now finding out.
Green Jobs--Download the slides from
Energy Jobs for the 21st Century
presented to Still Serving Veterans on February 20, 2013.
Prices for solar equipment continue to drop as energy prices continue to climb. Oil prices are
rising again, and all energy prices, even coal and uranium, historically follow the price of oil.
Solar is more viable than ever, provided that we can supply a well-trained, professional work force
to install systems. We need technicians ready to fill this void. This is an excellent opportunity
to retrain workers idled by the failure of other industries to fill this void.
PV Solar for Less-Than-Ideal Locations--Download slides from the
March 28, 2013 Alabama Solar Association Meeting. We all know that the ideal location
for solar PV is on an unshaded roof with a 30° roof slope (7:12 pitch), but what if we
don't have such a place? Learn what alternatives will work for you.