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Hemp Home Collection By Scotty

Hemp Home Birds Eye View 2
Hemp Home Complete Birds Eye View 2

Read and See more CAD Photos and Design Illustrations for this Industrial Hemp 4 Bedroom Home that showcases Sustainable Construction Design at St Louis Renewable Energy Hemp Home Design Collection.

Collection of Hemp Home Design CAD Drawing photos showcasing the sustainable lifestyle that this net zero energy efficient home, gardens, pergola, solar panels, solar water heating, pool, garage, safe room, basement, fireplace, 4 bedroom, 2 bath…

hemp-home-stucco-birds-eye
hemp-home-stucco-birds-eye
Hemp Home Complete Birds Eye View 3
Hemp Home Complete Birds Eye View 3
Hemp Home Stucco Finish 1
Hemp Home Stucco Finish 1
Hemp Home Neighbors View
Hemp Home Neighbors View
Hemp Home Side Yard Stucoo
Hemp Home Side Yard Stucco
Hemp Home Pergola Arbor Garden Feature
Hemp Home Pergola Arbor Garden Feature
Hemp Home Rear Street View
Hemp Home Rear Street View
Hemp Home Rooftop Back Yard View
Hemp Home Rooftop Back Yard View

Industrial Hemp Home CAD designs by Scotty-Energy Efficient Post Frame and Hempcrete creating a Net Zero- Energy Efficient Sustainable 4 Bedroom 2 Bath, Gardens, Pool, Basement, Safe Room, Green Roof, Sky Lights, Dual Pane Windows, Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, Radiant Heating, Indoor Garden, Hedge, Landscaping, Water Features 

Read and See more CAD Photos and Design Illustrations for this Industrial Hemp Home “Sustainable Construction” Design at Scottys Website St Louis Renewable Energy Hemp Home Design Collection.

Background on Industrial Hemp Building:

Builders have been building Homes and Commercial Buildings using this design in Europe for many years now. With the legalization of Industrial Hemp in the USA. Now Americans can adopt this Sustainable Building practice into our designs to create homes that can grow and be built in 2 years.

In this example of Hemp Building I’ve eliminated much of the excess lumber that is not needed in the build because of the Post Frame Structure. When the Natural Lime and Hemp Fibers are mixed together it creates a concrete like material that is also high in insulation value- you get the best of both worlds:

  • A strong and durable Building that is also energy efficient that can withstand the abuse from the elements.
  • This Natural product that can also be grown most anywhere in the USA.

Thank you for checking out the CAD designs on the use of Industrial Hemp for creating an Energy Efficient Home.  

If I can assist you in your quest to design or build using this type of construction technique utilizing hemp or other natural green building products drop me a line and let me know. Scotty

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CAD Solar SketchUp Design Layout For Shading Issues

I use a CAD program for optimum Solar Panel Layout for the challenging buildings in the StLouis Region. This allows me to remove the Panels that are affected by Shading Issues. I then Place the CAD drawing onto a Google Earth Location and can provide a Clean Energy Output Report based on the location in relation to the Suns Position on the Location.

Step One Design the Building for Solar Array

Step One Design the Building for Solar Array

Install Solar Modules 'Notice Shading Area'
Install Solar Modules ‘Notice Shading Area’

Remove Solar Panels Located in the Shaded Portions
Remove Solar Panels Located in the Shaded Portions

Insert SketchUp CAD Design into Google Earth for Clean Energy Production Report
Insert SketchUp CAD Design into Google Earth for
Clean Energy Production Report 

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Proof Positive Clean Energy Solar PV Works

It is a 7 kWh system consisting of 32 panels and two inverters, On a very good day we will produce 52 kWh. Average is 42 kWh. We normally produce more electricity then we can use.

“This is directly copied from a fellow Google Plus Friend” I’m sharing it with my readers of the blog to show that it is possible to have great things that are run by solar power.”


Last year we added a Nissan Leaf and now drive around town for FREE.  Saving over $3000 in gasoline a year. And no longer subservient to middle east oil prices.


One of the biggest energy reduction was installing a variable speed pool pump. Reducing usage form 12,000 watts to 1,200 watts a day.

Addition reduction was changing to LED light bulbs through the house and garage.

Here’s the Google Plus Conversation in full:

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Great things are happening because of solar power and the clean energy it produces. Are you considering adding a solar system to your place? I can help and will provide the most cost effective system that is on the market today. Scotty

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StLouis Property Owner Public Meeting Notice-Set The PACE StLouis

Low Cost Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Upgrades now Available to City of StLouis Residential and Commercial Building Owners.

  • Who: StLouis Propety Owners
  • What: Public Meeting Financing for Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Financing Resources
  • Where: SLDC- 1520 Market St, StLouis MO
  • When: July 17, 2013
StLouis Renewable Energy supports-Set the PACE St.Louis

The City’s Set the PACE St. Louis program is a great opportunity. If building owners use this financing tool, it will promote energy efficiency, save money, help the environment and create jobsMayor Francis G. Slay

  • Streamlined qualification process
  • Low, fixed payments
  • Over 150,000 eligible products
  • Positive cash flow through energy savings
  • Balance transfers to new property owner upon sale
  • Interest is tax deductible*
    *Consult your tax attorney or accountant

Eligible Projects



Public Meeting for

Property Owners
July 17th, 2013 at 6:00 pm – 
St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC)
1520 Market Street, St Louis MO (google map)

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Eliminating Solar Panel Fires from Wire Faults

What
could have stopped the solar panel fire on the

Webster
Grooves School in StLouis MO
?

 Solar
Panels that utilize the M215 MicroInverters made by Enphase Energy
could have stopped the Solar Panel fire
before
the fire started
.

I realize
that is a rather boastful statement made by someone who promotes,
sells, and installs
Solar
PV systems for the StLouis Region

and
chooses to utilize
Green
Building in all their Construction Activities.

But
the Great Minds behind [
The
Next Generation of Microinverter] the
Enphase
M215 MicroInverters

that
provide
96%
CEC efficiency

equals
more energy production also built the M215 MicroInverter with a
GFI
[Ground
Fault {Detection} Interrupt
]
shut off.  Similar to
GFI
Electrical Outlets

pictured in the photo below.

GFI-Ground Fault Interrupter Wall Outlet Electrical Plug
Must Have For Safety 

GFI
Electrical Plugs are required by all USA building codes
 and are
located in your Kitchen, Bath, and Laundry Rooms and other areas
close to water sources-
Scotty,
Scotts Contracting

All
M215 MicroInverters will shut off if there is a fault detected.
inside of every microinverter is a
GFI (Ground fault {detection} interrupt) switch and if there is a fault, it will stop exporting
power within
30 milliseconds
per
UL1741standards
.

  • {Scotty Adds

      • 20 milliseconds — cycle time for European 50 Hz AC electricity or mains grid
      • 24 milliseconds — minimum ignition time for a U.S. Rockets company solid rocket motor
      • 31.25 milliseconds – a hundred twenty-eighth note at MM = 60
      • 33.3 milliseconds — the amount of time one frame lasts in 30fps video
      • 41.708 milliseconds — the amount of time one frame lasts in 24fps video or film (actually 23.976fps for most films)
      • 50 milliseconds — cycle time for the lowest audible tone, 20 Hz}

      M215 MicroInverter from Enphase Energy
      Enphase Energy M215 MicroInverter
      Overview

      The Enphase M215 is the world’s most efficient
      microinverter.

      Based on Enphase’s third generation
      technology, the M215 incorporates the latest innovations in power
      electronics and custom microchips to deliver
      96% CEC efficiency and a
      range of patented performance features that maximize the performance
      of 60-cell solar modules.

      In addition, the M215 is light weight and
      offers a “single-bolt” mounting bracket that makes installation
      easier than any other inverter on the market. 

      {Scotty-Faster, Safer, and Requires Less Labor on the Installation-Translates into saving for the Client on the  Installation and produces more Clean Energy ! }

      General
      Features other than the
      25
      year limited warranty
      (PDF)

      • Integrates with Enphase Engage Cable

      • CSA listed per UL 1741/IEE1547

      • Works with 60-cell modules ONLY

      • M215 Metrics

      • 96% CEC efficiency

      • Output power: 215W

      • Recommended max input power: 270W

      • MPPT Range: 22-36V

      • Low-voltage operation capability

        Learn more about the Great Product at the following Links

      Here’s my conversation with the Good People of
      Enphase Energy and links to the Articles about the Solar Fire




      Scotty:

      Recently
      in St Louis, MO a solar panel supposedly caught on fire on the roof
      of a local school…it hasn’t made much news other than deemed solar
      fire on school. Could one of your Innovative MicroInverters215
      sensed the ground fault and stopped the production of electricity
      and thus eliminated the fire since it would have stopped creating
      electricity? There is a few local builders who have been considering
      adding solar but have raised questions in re. Thank you for your
      time and assistance. Scotty”

      Enphase Energy 1st response:

      Hello
      Scotty,

      Thank
      you for contacting Enphase Energy!

      That’s
      a scary situation! Sorry to hear that it happened!

      Safety
      is one of the aspects of our system that we are very proud of. The
      old style of solar array uses solar panels in series, which ends up
      with High Voltage DC wiring. Our Microinverters converter the DC to
      AC right at each panel, which is inherently safer. Here is a link to
      our informational page that speaks to our safety, which also has a
      link to
      PDF:

      http://enphase.com/explore/enphase-technology/safe/
      Here
      also is a link to a video demonstration on our YouTube channel,
      which shows the difference between a DC and AC arc
      fault
      :

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKtmPMjrbVA
      Please
      let me know if you have any other questions.

      Rob
      Tierney

      Inside
      Sales

      Enphase
      Energy

      Scotty:

      Thank
      you for responding to my question.  I’m already a fan of the
      M215.  
      Can
      the M215 sense a ground fault and stop producing electricity?

       “Could
      one of your Innovative MicroInverters215 sensed the ground fault and
      stopped the production of electricity and thus eliminated the fire
      since it would have stopped creating electricity?”

      Thank
      you for your time and assistance.
      Scotty 

      Enphase Energy (2nd Answer):

      Yes!
      Our Microinverters do detect ground faults and halt production. 
      Please
      let me know if you have any other questions, or if there is anything
      else I can do to assist. 
      Thanks,
      Rob
      Tierney

      Enphase Energy (3rd Answer from Contact Form on their
      website):

      Hi
      Scotty, 
      The
      inverter will shut off if there is a fault detected. inside of every
      microinverter is a GFI (Ground fault detection interrupt) switch
      and if there is a fault, it will stop exporting power within
      30milliseconds per UL1741 standards. 
      If
      you’d like to watch the recorded session of the webinar feel free to
      use the link below. That link will take you to all of the recorded
      sessions that we have. 

      https://enphasetraining.webex.com/ec0606l/eventcenter/recording/recordAction.do?siteurl=enphasetraining&theAction=archive

      Jarett

      Enphase Energy (4th Answer via a Twitter
      Post)

      Enphase
      Energy
       ‏@Enphase
      If
      a phase line drops, units stop producing immediately

      @stlhandyman
      @chjch
      I was just on their site and;
      @Enphase  and asked the same question.



      Solar Panel Fire Articles

      Solar
      panels on the roof of Webster Groves High School caught fire
      today. The fire, which was contained, caused no interior damage.
      Some water used to put out the fire seeped into a
      classroom.

      The cause of the fire has not been
      determined.

      The High School will have classes on Monday.

      Like I wrote earlier the Great Minds at Enphase have
      already factored this safety feature into the Design and Construction
      of their Innovative MicroInverter the M215. Couple that with the
      great and timely feedback from their Websites, Twitter Accounts, and
      Email Correspondence-

      Whats not to Love about the Dynamic and
      Innovative Products at
       
      Enphase Energy!

      Scotty writes on June 5th 2013-2 Typos were corrected-GDFI-to GFI.

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      Grand Opening Invitation

      Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy  will be at Karmic Korners Grand Opening Mar 16-17, 2013 at 3131 Morgan Ford, St Louis MO from 11:00 AM-8:00 PM.

      Everyone is invited to see the: Free Solar Cells, Green Building, Natural Products, Home Made Wares, Up-cycled Items, Natural Beauty Supplies, Arts and Crafts, Soy Candles, Aromatherapy, and more.


      Scotty, Scotts Contracting will have actual Solar Cells for you to take home and experiment with and will also be on-hand to talk about any Green Building Projects that you are interested in.


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      Mr Dollinger has put together an easy to read and understand information on ways that you can go green from your own clean energy system. This e-book will give you a greater understanding of: Wind, Solar, and Geo Thermal. If you are thinking about Going Green and Creating Electricity- this affordably priced e-book will give you the tools and understanding you need to generate your own electricity for home or business. Yes you can create your own Electricity!

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      Free Green and Sustainable EBOOK Today Only



      If you have ever wanted to learn about Solar, Wind, GEO Thermal, and other clean energy producing systems now is your chance with this free EBOOK offering


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      This review is from: Green Power Homes – Quick And Easy Guide to Wind, Solar and Geothermal Energy (Kindle Edition)

      Mr Dollinger has put together an easy to read and understand information on ways that you can go green from your own clean energy system. This e-book will give you a greater understanding of: Wind, Solar, and Geo Thermal. If you are thinking about Going Green and Creating Electricity- this affordably priced e-book will give you the tools and understanding you need to generate your own electricity for home or business. Yes you can create your own Electricity!

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      Battery Hook Up for Small Solar System CAD detail

      Simple Line Drawing-Example of Hooking up a Battery Bank Solar System

      Battery Bank CAD drawing-www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com/solar
      Battery Bank CAD drawing-www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com/solar

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      StLouis Made In America Solar Systems Now Available

      Scotts Contracting Authorized SolarWorld Distributor
      Authorized Installation and Sales
      Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy 

      Made in the USA

      What does it really mean to be made in America?

      For SolarWorld, being made in America means more than simply assembling foreign components in the USA, which does little to benefit the economy. By carrying out the entire value chain in the USA , we are creating American manufacturing jobs not only at our factories but at our suppliers’ factories as well.

      American components and materials

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