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Charged for Success: Residential Energy Storage Installations Grow

August 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

U.S. solar-panel manufacturers might be hurting these days, but installers’ business is going gangbusters. In 2011, more than 1,800 megawatts (MW) of utility, commercial and residential capacity were installed, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), more than doubling 2010’s record figure of 877 MW. The Solar Electric Power Association says 89 percent of [...]

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Second Home, First Class

October 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

When the owners of this new South Carolina lakefront home were first confronted with what 10,000 sq. ft. can look like laid out on paper, they were taken aback at the potential scale of their future residence. The family-focused second home they’d been dreaming about looked more like a grand château. In the end, Mix [...]

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Control Issues

September 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

The price/functionality equation for home electronics has shifted rapidly during the past several years. Shrinking memory costs, improved wireless capabilities and growing importance of Internet protocol-based solutions are contributing to a profusion of individual home audio, video, security and climate-control options — many available after-market at your local home-improvement or big-box electronics store. Sophisticated home [...]

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