SLOWLY, the corrugated galvalume metal siding is making its way onto the exterior walls. after months of looking at housewrap and a grid work of overlapping 1×3 strapping, the house is receiving its outer layer of skin. it looks great; it’s durable; requires no maintenance; has high recycled content; is 100% recyclable; and, my client LOVES it!
Solar Hot Water is up and running. We’re making hot water!
Hot water tank. Glycol mixture is heated at the solar panels on the roof and pumped through the copper pipes which are connected to a coil in the bottom of the tank. The coil heats the water in the tank.
This monitor tells us that the glycol temp at the collectors on the roof is 156.3°F. The temperature in the tank was 139°F. Readings were taken yesterday morning at 9AM.
Solar PV is up and running, too. Yup, we’re making electricity!!!!
This is the inverter. It converts the DC electricity generated by the PV panels into AC electricity. Yeah, I know, you might think it would be called a converter, huh? But, a converter changes AC into DC. As I type this, I’m simultaneously shrugging shoulders and rolling eyes! Kindly note that geek-O feedback that will further understanding on this point is DEFINITELY welcome. ;-)
As of yesterday, Mr. Sun (with a little help from some silicon, aluminum, etc.) has saved 339.8 lbs CO2 since being activated – sorry, I don’t know when activation occurred. A more detailed blog post on all things energy-related is forthcoming. BTW, gotta love the name of the inverter – SUNNY BOY! (man, the marketing-types were thinkin’ overtime on that one!).
Revision Energy of Portland is our renewable energy consultant/contractor (you can find their contact info on the “team” page). 363HOUSE will be featured in Revision’s June email newsletter.