VOLume 23, NO. 5 juNe 2009 sOLartOday.Org
ON THE COVER, the all-electric 2009 Aptera
2e, coming this fall, claims 100-mile-per-charge
range for the three-wheel two-seater. A roof-
mounted solar panel runs the heat pump to keep
the interior comfortable. List price is expected
to be $25,000 to the mid-$40,000s. See “How to
Choose a Low-Carbon Car, 2009,” page 44.
Photo Courtesy of BruCe BenediCt.
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Gear Up for Your Solar Career
Now is the time to position for the coming boom. Liz
Merry, SOLAR TODAY’s “Ask Ms. Liz” columnist, describes
how to prepare for your dream solar job.
ford motor Co.
26 Going for Solar Gigawatts at Utilities
By Jill K. Cliburn
A lot of the benefits of distributed solar systems are on the utility side, but it
will take collaboration to assure they get counted and shared between utilities
28 Smart Grid Increases PV’s Value
By Forrest Small and Shannon Graham
31 CASE STUDY | Villa Nueva: An Energy
Retrofit for Low-Income Housing
By Seth Masia
A photovoltaic system is the key to new life for this 1970 San Diego complex.
36 Carbon Regulation: What’s the
Most Effective Path?
By David G. Hill, Ph. D.
For certain, economy-wide emissions reductions, ASES urges Congress to
adopt an upstream cap-and-auction system immediately.
40 Solar Water-Heating: A Good
Investment for Homes in Cold Climates?
By Andrew McNamara, Jeffrey Perlman and Richard Perez, Ph. D.
New York study findings suggest lessons to jumpstart northern markets.
44 GET STARTED | How to Choose a
Low-Carbon Car, 2009
By Seth Masia
For efficient transport, you can now choose hybrid, biodiesel or electric.
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