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Is Your Home Solar-Ready?

By Mike Watkins, Omaha World-Herald

That’s the main question David Holtzclaw of Transduction Technologies will be asking visitors October 28 at his exhibit during the Smart Energy Talk Conference at the UNO Milo Bail Student Activity Center.

“It’s important to walk them through the steps before they get serious about buying solar panels for their homes,” he said. “They need to make sure their houses are ready before taking this expensive but valuable step toward total home energy efficiency.”

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Photo Credit: Consumer Reports Magazine

New connection technology is cutting cost of solar installation

By Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of electrical work required. “It allows you to inject the solar on the customer side of the meter prior to getting into the home,” said Michael Shonka, a solar installer who has put the new equipment in a half-dozen homes in the Omaha area.  “This means we can cut out $1,000 to $2,000 worth of cost in the system because you don’t need electricians to go through foundations trying to get to the service panel, and you don’t need to rearrange the panel.” Read more here.

Photo: The ConnectDER device allows a solar array to be connected directly to the meter, eliminating the need for electrical work inside the home.

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Presentations, demonstrations to highlight Smart Energy Talks

 Written by Mike Whye, World-Herald Correspondent

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This year’s Smart Energy Talks event is designed to help you identify and correct barriers to your health and comfort at home through presentations, demonstrations and discussions with experts. The free event is scheduled for Saturday at the Milo Bail Center on the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Dodge Street Campus near 62nd and Dodge Streets. Starting at 9 a.m., author and lecturer Corbett Lunsford will present his “Home Performance Crash Course” — a 90-minute presentation about improving performance in existing homes and how to build a healthy, efficient new home. Lunsford will also discuss and show video of his #TinyLab — a 210-square-foot home. Attendees will receive a free “Proof is Possible” workbook written by Lunsford. Click here for additional event details and opportunities.

Photo: Corbett Lunsford poses near his #TinyLab and an array of solar panels. Lunsford will speak Saturday during the Smart Energy Talks at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Milo Bail Student Center.