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FACTS: What to expect from a solar panel

Solar has becoming really popular, and for a whole variety of reasons - including the spectacular price drops (look out coal burners...) that I'm not going to get into here.  Selecting solar is no longer...

FACTS: Energy Efficiency versus Nuclear

Let's face it, most of our energy usage today isn't that smart, at a time in history where we have more energy than ever before, we still don't have enough! The old school way of...

FACTS: Generating electricity the hard way

During the recent Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne, the Smart Energy team got a chance to check out the Future Spark pedal power demonstration. This is a remarkable piece of engineering, and I had the...

SMART ENERGY: Marin county is doing renewable energy right

Perhaps the view is different from the other side of a bridge? Perhaps the big redwoods and beauty of the land give the people of Marin an appreciation of what's really important? Either way, the...

INSIDE MY HOME: Cleaner panels make more electrons

It makes sense - sitting out there in the rain and wind and weather, solar panels get dirty. Because the turn light into electrons, it would make sense that the cleaner they are, the better...

SEGMETER: The open community smart grid

You may have heard of the smart grid initiative being rolled out across our cities and run by big utility companies, but have you asked why this initiative only delivers what the utility companies want?...

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