Links to Other Green Websites

Learn more about the AlabamaSAVES loan program for renewable enrgy projects with a 10 year or less payback
   www.al-solar.org/tech/ALSaves.pdf 
 
 
 
Download the free 356-page Department of Energy booklet, Energy Saver's Booklet: Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home from     
   http://energy.gov/energysaver/downloads/energy-saver-guide

Solar Energy Industries Association

   source of lots of detailed statistics in the solar industry :

   the national trade association in the U.S., they represent all  
   organizations that promote, manufacture, install and support the
   development of solar energy.

   http://www.seia.org/ 
 
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What is Solar Energy?  History and Cost, Types of Solar Cells, Benefits, Applications, ...
   http://www.solartech-usa.com/solar-quick-facts
 
 
ScienceDaily > Tech > Solar Energy
"Your source for the latest research news ..."
   http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/matter_energy/solar_energy/
Mother Earth News  > Renewable Energy
   http://www.motherearthnews.com/Renewable-Energy.aspx
 
Renewable Energy World > Solar Energy News & Information
   http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/solar-energy.html
 
ALCSE (Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy)
local non-profit organization with the Mission Statement:  Accelerate the transition to sustainable, clean energy throughout Alabama
   http://www.alcse.org
  
Energy Huntsville
local non-profit organization with the Mission Statement:  Merge Industrial energy technology with Academia, Utilities and Government
   http://energyhuntsville.com
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NREL's PVWatts® Calculator

NREL is a national laboratory of the US DoE (Dept of Energy)

Estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world.
It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations.

It has a PVWatts Calculator which allows the user to enter your location, size of solar system, type of panel, mounting (roof, ground, tracking, …), degree of tilt and South/West/East/North orientation (Azimuth)

It even takes into account

  • real system losses

  • the weather/amount of sunlight in our location

  • losses due to ineffiencies of panels in extreme heat

 

   http://pvwatts.nrel.gov/ 
 
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