Site Assessments: The Alternative Energy Potential of Homesteads

An in-depth look at the alternative energy potential of homesteads, including site assessments of renewable energy on land such as solar, wind, natural factors and harvesting advice.



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Photovoltaic panels, which directly convert sunlight to electricity, should be placed in an unshaded location and oriented for maximum annual power production.
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Good solar or wind potential can return thousands of dollars per year in energy savings—or even in income from power sold to your area utility—and can offer your family security in a future of uncertain energy availability.
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Siting passive solar buildings may involve compromises between wintertime solar heating and summertime cooling when shading and orientation are considered.
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Figure 3: Solar diagram.
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Accurate assessment of wind energy potential is a chancy proposition. One approach is to build an inexpensive machine—such as MOTHER's design shown here—to test the resource.
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Figure 2: Solar diagram.
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Figure 1: Solar diagram.
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Figure 6: Solar diagram.
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Figure 7: Solar diagram.
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Figure 4: Solar diagram.
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Figure 5: Solar diagram.
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Figure 9: Solar diagram.
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Figure 8: Solar diagram.
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Figure 10: Solar diagram.
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Wind metric measurements table.
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Figure 2: Wind diagram.
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Figure 1: Wind diagram.
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Wind power formula for calculating increase in power.
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Figure 5: Wind diagram.
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Figure 6: Wind diagram.
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Figure 3: Wind diagram.
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Figure 4: Wind diagram.
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Figure 8: Wind diagram.
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