Archive for April, 2011
On Wednesday, I will share the stage with Gary Konkol to share our experience with the project as part of their EarthWeek event: 4/20/11; 10 – 11am; North Hennepin Community College. Link
The March electricity bill and meter readings show that the home was zero energy during the month. After a long and cloudy winter we are now observing surplus energy generation, which will offset the winter-use of electricity.
On a related note, the energy monitor is showing that the PV systems produce at near the nominal output they are rated. Over the last week we’ve seen 4.4kW and more out of the 4.68kW-rated arrays.
Meanwhile, we are on the quest for carbon-neutral operation. Again, with a very cloudy winter that yielded neither great passive solar heat gains, nor plentiful active solar electricity and hot water, we are excited to see all sources pick up now on the way to carbon neutral operation.
We are welcoming students from the University of Minnesota this weekend for a tour and lecture at the Passive House in the Woods. Unfortunately, the event is not open to the public but we hope to offer public viewings again some time this year. Stay tuned.