VOLUME 25, NO. 9
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ON THE COVER: The experiences
of our global competitors in China,
Europe and Japan suggest it’s time for
the United States to move beyond our
approach of subsidizing the purchase
of renewable energy to also focus on
bolstering a competitive manufacturing
industry. Story on page 30.
Photo courtesy of suntech.
COMING IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY:
• SOLAR TODAY celebrates 25 years!
• solar’s Visionaries on the next 25 years
• 2011 solar Decathlon highlights
• Passive solar techniques
• showcase: PV systems, Inverters
Articles appearing in this magazine are indexed in Environmental Periodicals Bibliography and ArchiText Construction Index: afsonl.com.
30 Falling Behind?
By Douglas A. Ruley
To regain the global lead, the United
States needs to bolster its renewables
industry through supportive national
energy policies and cheap capital.
36 Building a Solar
Market in Milwaukee
By Amy Heart
Lessons learned on the road from
Beer Town to Solar City.
40 CaSE STUdy | By R . Carter Scott
At the Homes at Easthampton
Meadows in Massachusetts, market-rate high-performance homes are a
44 To achieve Net-Zero,
you’ve Got to
By Marc Rosenbaum, P. E.
A yearlong study of eight high-performance homes confirms that
performance ultimately comes down
to household size and behavior.
48 Choose the
By Norbert M. Lechner
PV may be the sexy strategy, but
solar-responsive design is cheaper
and, by reducing a building’s energy
consumption, more sustainable.