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Solar season approaches

Spring is almost here and it's time to get ready for the sun, and what better way than by installing a new photovoltaic array to help offset your carbon footprint?

Yes that's right, you too can help stop/slow global climate change, one roof top at a time. and now, with the federal government lifting the residential cap on solar incentives, there hasn't been a better time to do so. You can now get a 30% tax credit for any PV installation as well as up to $3 a watt cash rebates from the state of VT. So what are you waiting for? Call your local PV installer and ask for an estimate and site evaluation today.

Okay, maybe that sounds like an infomercial but since I made no attempt to mention any specific place to call or buy from, it's legit in my mind.
Slight change of plans, going to the Searsburg wind farm for today's 10AM tour, in case anyone else was going (sorry for the late notice, I've been under mandatory overtime at work).

Small Houses and Wind Farm Tours

Although this isn't exactly a post about alternative energy, while searching for small house plans online today I came across the following little jewel: http://peaceandcarrots.homestead.com/heathershouse.html

It's the story of a 17 year old girl who built her own small cabin (Heather's House) with the help of some friends. It's really inspiring and, given that it was such a small house, I think it qualifies as a good topic for this forum. It seems to me that small houses are only going to make more and more sense as fuel prices rise and people start to realize that they really don't need that much space anyway (large families aside).

Also, just a reminder, the dates and times for the upcoming Searsburg wind farm tour are Saturday the 20th (which I will be going to)and Wednesday October 8th. The times of the tours are 10am, 11:30, 1pm, 2:30pm on both days

Pellet stoves vs. wood stoves

Does anyone have any good, solid information that compares and contrasts both?  Everything I've read so far indicates that one needs electricity to run a pellet stove.  Part of the reason we want another heat source other than heating oil is that our electricity goes out at least a few times a year.

We will be considering solar at some point, but there's only so much money in the budget right now and winter is looming on the horizon.  So are higher fuel prices.

Hydrogen fueled cars in 1978?

Okay seriously, check this out. This video about hydrogen cars, starring Jack Nicholson, sounds like it is from a news clip that happened two days ago, yet it's from 1978! So let me ask you this, what went wrong and why can't this just be easily revived now? And if it can, why is it that we keep hearing that hydrogen is so "far down the road" when we had working prototypes of hydrogen cars in 1978? Of course the answer is oil companies put it down but still, look at the potential we had and squandered in the 70's and make sure to not let it happen again.

http://www.kontraband.com/videos/13041/Jack-Nicholsons-Car/#show

Searsburg Wind Farm Tour Dates

The following dates and times are available for tours of the Searsburg wind farm.

August 6
August 23 (starting from the Deerfield Valley Farmers Day Fair)
September 10
September 20
October 8

Times of the tours are 10am, 11:30, 1pm, 2:30pm

Let me know if anyone is interested in going on any of these dates.

~Glenn

Searsburg Wind Farm Tour

Okay, I just finished emailing a women who gives tours at the Searsburg wind farm, so if anyone is interested in going on a tour let me know and I'll post up the possible dates as soon as I get them.

Insolation Day #1

Greetings and welcome to the Vermont Renewable Energy Discussion Forum. The purpose of this community is to bring Vermonters and Vermont lovers together to discuss the pros and cons of renewable energy systems, energy policy, new and emerging technologies, and the state of renewable energy in the state of Vermont. This forum is open to all and is intended to spark lively discussions on how we can work towards creating a more healthy and sustainable Vermont for future generations. Topics may include anything related to renewable energy, energy policy, new and emerging technologies, and environmental issues. These topics are not limited to the state of Vermont, but should be related, such as how a bill or law in another state should/could or shouldn't/couldn't be implemented in the state of Vermont. We ask that everyone be respectful of one another and agree to disagree at times when consensus cannot be reached. Although this community is openly biased in favor of large scale renewable energy adoption (something which we will not apologize for) it is open for all forms of civil discourse. Please feel free to join us in discussing the future renewable energy in this little state we call home. NOTE: This discussion forum is not intended to be a place to promote political candidates or political parties. Please reserve topics of this nature for another forum. You may mention local politicians and where they stand on an issue (when relevant to the topic) but please don't use this forum to try and garner votes or argue about political parties.

To start things off, I'd like to pose a question for discussion.

The question is this: Do you, as a Vermont resident or frequent Vermont visitor, support the development of large scale wind farms (where feasible and appropriate) as a means of generating clean energy for in state usage? If yes/no, what is the reasoning to your decision and are there any thoughts or concerns you have that you would like to express?



Note: The moderator of this group is a 2007 graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a practicing renewable energy system installer/educator. He has been in the renewable energy field since the Summer of 2003 and obtained his Bachelor's degree in environmental and public policy. He currently lives and works in the Southern Vermont area doing installations of photovoltaics, solar thermal, and wind energy systems. He is also entry level certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) http://www.nabcep.org/ and is currently working towards his full certification. In addition to this he assists in the teaching of a photovoltaics installation course at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield Massachusetts and he does biological field research on Anadromous fish in the Connecticut River for the controversial "Salmon Resteration Project."