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Portable Solar Power, Purified Water for Disaster Areas

(Originally released June 7, 2011) DTI Solar has just announced their new line of self-contained solar-powered buildings made from shipping containers. These rugged metal freight containers allow fast and easy transport to remote communities or disaster relief areas. The exterior … Continue reading

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UVA Team Partners with DTI Solar to Win Design Expo Award

(Originally released April 14, 2011) A team of University of Virginia architecture and engineering students won the EPA’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award in the National Sustainable Design Expo, a student design contest for sustainability. U.Va.’s entry, “The Learning … Continue reading

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Solar Store and Educational Center Now Open in Hadensville, VA

(Originally released October 25, 2010) DTI Solar Inc. has announced they have just completed their move into new and much larger facilities in the Midpoint Commercial Center, located at the Hadensville Exit #152 of I-64, halfway between Richmond and Charlottesville … Continue reading

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Solar Power 101: Solar arrays

Many people contact me each month and want to power their all-electric four-bedroom home with three or four solar modules. I am going to use Part 4, the final installment of our Solar Power 101 series of articles, to dispel … Continue reading

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Solar Power 101: Inverters

Since all solar photovoltaic modules generate DC electricity, unless all of the lights and appliances being powered are DC, an alternative energy power system will need to include an inverter. This device is used to convert the DC electricity from … Continue reading

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Solar Power 101 Batteries, Part II

This is Part 2 of a two-part discussion on battery storage systems. Most solar or generator based backup and off-grid power systems will require a battery bank to store energy for use later when the sun is not shinning or … Continue reading

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Solar Power 101: Batteries

I am getting numerous requests from readers wanting very specific guidance on how to install their own solar electric systems. Many have already found that this process is a little like trying to build an automobile by purchasing parts from … Continue reading

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A solar primer 101

Buying a solar power system is not like buying a kitchen appliance or power tool. These, unlike a solar system, have published capacity and performance data that does not change with each hour of day or geographic location. In some … Continue reading

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Build a simple solar powered outdoor light

Originally posted in Issue 92 Mar/Apr 2005 of Backwoods Home Magazine In our last issue, I discussed how to use solar energy to power a remote well pump. In this issue, I will describe how you can build a simple … Continue reading

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