If you ask for any action from your representative, demand that they get their fingers
out of the till, end government interference,
and let us, “we the people,” get on with it.
Cut my taxes some more and I just might
be able to afford a nice bird-safe Oy Windside
wind generator, solar thermal panels, and
more insulation, reducing my need for bio-heat oil and stove wood.
My Solar Home?
I find Richard and Yoko Crume’s article in
the September/October SOLAR TODAY issue
especially timely (see “Low-Energy Housing
for Aging Boomers”). We have lived in a solar-envelope house in southern New Hampshire
for the past two decades. As a retiring clinical
social worker, I would love to live in a community of like-minded ecological individuals. To
be in close proximity to services and be able to
be carless is especially appealing. Are you aware
of any resources that I can contact to sell my
home? We are downsizing and have already
gone through traditional realtors who are not
quite savvy in marketing solar homes.
Joanne C. rhodes
Richard Crume responds:
Thanks for writing about our article, and I
am happy you found it interesting. I have read
that energy-efficient homes sell for $8,000 to
$10,000 more than traditional homes — the
trick is to find the right buyer who is not
afraid to move into a home that is a little different from the status quo.
Finding an agent who is comfortable with
solar, energy-efficient technology is essential.
Try calling your state’s energy office (they probably have a solar energy program) and ask if
they can recommend an agent. Or call local
solar energy vendors or the state real estate
agent association to see who they recommend.
Be sure to have some literature at your house
that describes the money-saving features of
solar energy, and try advertising in any local
or regional magazines that promote a healthy
lifestyle. I hope this is helpful, and good luck
with selling your house! r
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Suntechnics Folds into
In conjunction with a global restructuring spearheaded by Conergy’s headquarters in
Germany, the Conergy Americas region is consolidating the Sun Technics and Conergy brands
under a single name. Internal reorganization of
the two companies has been underway for a year
to streamline operations and take advantage of
significant economies of scale. The single brand
will be integrated completely by year end.
“A single-brand strategy gives us the opportunity to increase brand visibility and position
ourselves as the go-to company to anyone
in the market for solar electricity,” said Kim
McLawhorn, CEO of Conergy Americas.
Conergy’s large distribution network of solar
energy solution providers meets the needs of
residential, off-grid and small commercial customers. Conergy’s new Projects Group, formerly
Sun Technics, focuses exclusively on commercial-scale projects.
“We are currently finishing construction
of a 3-megawatt project in Pennsylvania and
we have several multi-megawatt projects under
way,” said Sarah Hetznecker, sales director of the
Projects Group. “This is a unique skill set. Not
everyone can do large projects successfully.”
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