There is a lot to show, not tell, about solar! Below are some examples of the videos ReVision Energy has put together covering our diverse array of clients (The Solar Road Tour) plus animations of how systems work and educational presentations.
Solar Road Tour Web Video Series
Solar Road Tour Episode 6: OceanView at Falmouth Uses Solar for Smart Growth
Just up the road from our Portland showroom is Oceanview at Falmouth, a unique retirement community that makes smart growth a core part of its mission. We speak with Oceanview’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Gloria Walker, and resident John Radebaugh, M.D. We learn a little bit about Oceanview’s environmentally-minded vision of growth and how solar hot water is a crucial part of that vision.
Solar Road Tour Episode 5 – Highlands Solar Hot Water, Bowdoin College
In 2007 The Highlands installed what was Maine's largest solar hot water system at the time, a 540 evacuated tube system expected to pay for itself in 6 years due to its dramatic reduction in fossil fuel use. The Highlands expanded this year with 24 flat plate solar hot water collectors on their Maine Lodge.
Solar Road Tour Episode 4 – Future Looks Sunny at SMCC
We head to Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) and talk to John Brautigam, program director of SMCC's alternative energy program, to learn about SMCC’s dedication to training students how to install the renewable energy technologies of the present and future. A diversion then takes us to Scratch Baking Company where we have the ultimate delight: the solar cupcake.
Solar Road Tour Episode 3 – Net Zero Apartment Building in Portland, Maine
Thought you couldn’t build an apartment building in Maine without depending on fossil fuels? Think again! Paul Ledman proves with his new 3-unit dwelling in Portland that exceptional insulation and smart mechanical systems can work to make a home that requires no source of energy other than the sun… even in Maine! Even with tenants!
Solar Road Tour: Episode 2 – Melissa Coleman Talks LEED, Freeport Libary
In the second installment of our new series The Solar Road Tour, Fred continues his adventures in Freeport, meeting with Beth Edmonds of the Freeport Public Library and Melissa Coleman, author of the new memoir This Life is in Your Hands who lives in a LEED Platinum home.
Solar Road Tour: Episode 1 – Solar Powered Brew at Gritty’s, Hot Hot Water at LL Bean
Solar News Videos
Solar power savings for homes
Nov 6th, 2011
A 2008 ReVision Energy customer, Cindy Carusi, talks about her experience with solar. "The money savings is an extra benefit," she said. "If I can reduce the amount of oil that I'm burning, that was my motivation."
Report: Mainers Can Save 7 Million Gallons of Oil Each Year with Solar
March 14th, 2011
Video coverage from NECN:
In a press conference last Thursday Environment Maine released a report finding that Mainers can save millions of gallons of oil a year with solar hot water.
How Solar Power Works
Grid-tied photovoltaic systems – or PV, use solar panels to create electricity. When the sun strikes these panels, they generate direct-current, or DC power. This power then flows to an inverter, which converts the DC power into the alternating current, AC power used in your home.
How Solar Hot Water Works
Solar hot water systems work by capturing the thermal energy present in sunlight and turning it into usable energy in your home.
Fortunat Mueller Shows How 1 BTU of Solar Can Save 4 BTU of Oil
March 5th, 2010
Fortunat Mueller, one of ReVision Energy’s resident professional engineers, gave a presentation at the first annual MABEP professional training conference held Jan 12-13 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay.
Fortunat’s presentation was geared towards home energy auditors who want to better understand the economics of solar hot water and in what situations solar hot water can result in tremendous energy savings.
Solar Testimonial Videos
MOFGA Grows Energy Independence with Solar Electric Array
This 21st century system marks the latest step in the restoration of a 200 year old barn – a true symbol of old tradition meets new technology! This unique and highly visible project was a great opportunity for some video coverage, and in this 7-minute feature we hear from Vernon LeCount from MOFGA and John Luft from ReVision Energy’s Liberty office about the installation and MOFGA’s long-term ambitions about renewable energy.
Suzanne Huard’s Solar Home is a Dream Fulfilled
A recent retiree, Suzanne fulfilled a long-time solar dream with the installation of an evacuated tube solar hot water system and grid-tied photovoltaic array on her home. She’s pleased to report that “things are going great … I can say now that our daily usage of hot water went down 16+% from our Jan/Feb bill to the prior Dec/Jan bill and the residential electricity went down 11+% (they are metered separately).”
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