Some experts say there are only 30-50 years left to save our planet. That’s shocking. This could mean in our lifetime, or our children’s – but for sure our grandchildren’s lifetime – we could see the irreversible result of our collective neglect.
We can no longer afford to stay uninvolved.
Each one of us creates a carbon footprint – how much carbon dioxide we produce through living. Carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas behind global warming.
Using fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal sends carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, trapping heat. It is estimated that the average American emits 9.44 tons of carbon dioxide a year.
The impact of our lifestyle choices affects our environment. Frogs are one early indicator. Their thin skin absorbs air and water. When the environment is sick, frogs react. Today, entire frog populations have been wiped out. They are diseased, born deformed and dying in record numbers.
There are choices we each can make to reduce our personal carbon footprint. For example, we can recycle, drive less, carpool more and take a serious interest in saving energy and using clean, renewable energy sources.
For over 40 years, TEMO products such as sunrooms and pavilions allow us to appreciate nature’s gifts. Our respect for nature also means that we use earth-friendly materials that are health safe, recyclable and durable so they stay out of landfills. Now, we have added a unique solar energy system.
TEMO formed the American Solar Alliance to make a commitment to our planet. Our members are home improvement companies across the nation that shares our dedication to solar energy as one solution to our planet’s problems.
The US government supports solar energy initiatives with sizeable incentives to encourage Americans to act now. We believe it is our moral responsibility and patriotic duty to participate. Please join us. Time may be running out to leave a sustainable earth to our children.
Photovoltaic Laminate Technology…So Advanced, So Efficient
Today’s technology gives us flat, flexible solar panels that attach easily to an aluminum surface. They are made of thin-film amorphous silicon, versus conventional crystalline silicon for higher performance. They generate more energy despite season and weather conditions (cloud cover, snow or rain) with unmatched durability.
Higher kWh energy output (per Wp installed) than most conventional crystalline products
Works in low or diffused light conditions, partial shading or soiled conditions (rain, snow)
Produces up to 20% more electricity in high temperatures compared to crystalline solar modules of the same power rating
UV stabilized, weather-resistant polymers perform in extreme conditions
Aesthetically pleasing, allows design freedom, conforms to surface contours
Easy to handle, will not interfere with a structure’s weight- or wind-load restrictions
Minimal wiring required. Connection is made directly to existing breaker box by a qualified electrician.
Little or No Maintenance
Each panel operates independently. In the unlikely event one should become disabled, it will not impact the function of other panels. Replacement panels attach directly over existing panels.
Rebates and Incentives
Database for State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Measuring Tools and Calculators
Annual Insolation vs. Panel Orientation
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently published new weather data for over 1,000 locations in the U.S. called TMY3 data, for “Typical Meteorological Year 3”. Using this data, Solmetric has calculated insolation values in kWh/m2 for a range of fixed tilt and azimuth values and produced a color grade chart for each of these NREL locations. The example chart below highlights the main elements of the plot.
Roof Azimuth Measurement Tool
In order to design a PV system properly you will need to deterimine the proper roof azimuth. Use this tool to draw on the home you want to design a system for and it will give you a corresponding azimuth for your calcuations.
PV Watts Calculator
The PVWattsTM calculator allows users to select a photovoltaic (PV) system location from a defined list of options. For locations within the United States and its territories, users select a location from a map of 239 options. For international locations, users select a location from a drop-down menu of options.
Solar Radiation Data Manual for Flat-Plate and Concentrating Collectors
The Solar Radiation Data Manual for Flat-Plate and Concentrating Collectors is available on the RReDC in HTML and PDF format. Individual PDF files are available for the main body of the manual and for each of the 50 states, the Pacific Islands (Guam) and Puerto Rico.
Sun Path Chart Program
University of Oregon
This program creates sun path charts in Cartesian coordinates for: (1) "typical" dates of each month (i.e.; days receiving about the mean amount of solar radiation for a day in the given month); (2) dates spaced about 30 days apart, from one solstice to the next; or (3) a single date you specify. You can select whether hours are plotted using local standard time or solar time. In addition, there are a number of options available to allow you to alter the chart's appearance.
UNI-SOLAR provides innovative photovoltaic laminates to the manufacturing industry. UNI-SOLAR laminates integrate easily with roofing system to create ideal solutions for residential, commercial, government, military, and education rooftops.
Solectria Renewables' components can be integrated with any renewable DG technology in the 1kW to multi-MW capacity management to address virtually any end use application.
The Sunny Boy solar inverters are optimally suitable for use in small and mid-range systems. They impress with first class efficiency, user-friendliness and reliability.
Energy Savers - Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home
US Dept. of Energy
Energy Savers provides homeowners with tips for saving energy and money at home and on the road. By following just a few of the simple tips found on this Energy Savers Web site, you can make your home more comfortable and easier to heat and cool—while you save money.
Home Energy Saver
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Investing in a home on your street could be more profitable than investing on Wall Street. Find resources to make your home more energy efficient.