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Solar Equipment-Typical St Louis Home-CAD Designs


CAD Examples and Components Needed for a Typical Roof Mount Solar System
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CAD Diagram-Exterior View of Materials Needed-Typical Solar System



CAD Diagram-Interior View of Materials Needed-Typical Solar System




A solar inverter, or PV inverter, converts the ‘Suns Rays’ variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic(PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network [home]. It is a critical component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary commercial appliances. Solar inverters have special functions adapted for use with photovoltaic arrays, including maximum power point tracking and anti-islandingprotection.

Solar PanelsA solar panel (also solar module, photovoltaic module or photovoltaic panel) is a packaged, connected assembly of photovoltaic cells. The solar panel can be used as a component of a larger photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity in commercial and residential applications. Each panel is rated by its DC output power under standard test conditions, and typically ranges from 100 to 320 watts. The efficiency of a panel determines the area of a panel given the same rated output – an 8% efficient 230 watt panel will have twice the area of a 16% efficient 230 watt panel. Because a single solar panel can produce only a limited amount of power, most installations contain multiple panels. A photovoltaic system typically includes an array of solar panels, an inverter, and sometimes abattery and or solar tracker and interconnection wiring.
Smart MeterMonitoring and meteringThe metering must be able to accumulate energy units in both directions or two meters must be used. Many meters accumulate bidirectionally, some systems use two meters, but a unidirectional meter (with detent) will not accumulate energy from any resultant feed into the grid.[13]In some countries, for installations over 30kWp a frequency and a voltage monitor with disconnection of all phases is required. This is done to prevent supplying excess power to the grid, in the unusual case where more solar power is being generated than can be accommodated by the utility, and can not either be exported or stored. Grid operators historically have needed to provide transmission lines and generation capacity. Now they need to also provide storage. This is normally hydro-storage, but other means of storage are used. Initially storage was used so that baseload generators could operate at full output. With variable renewable energy, storage is needed to allow power generation whenever it is available, and consumption whenever it is needed. The two variables a grid operator have are storing electricity for when it is needed, or transmitting it to where it is needed. If both of those fail, installations over 30kWp can automatically shut done, although in practice all inverters maintain voltage regulation and stop supplying power if the load is inadequate. Grid operators have the option of curtailing excess generation from large systems, although this is more commonly done with wind power than solar power, and results in a substantial loss of revenue.[14] Inverters have the unique option of supplying reactive power which can be advantageous in matching load requirements.[15]

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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs


Rough Estimate on projected costs to add a 2nd Floor Room Addition to an existing 1 story building in St Louis.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired 2nd Floor Room Addition

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs

Estimated Addition Size 12′ x 25’=300sq ft
Estimated Roof Size 18’x27’=486sq ft
Estimated Flooring Size=300sq ft

Description Estimated Costs in $ for Materials

  1. Building Permits- 350-700
  2. Dumpster x1 750-1,000
  3. Solar (the money you save with solar will pay for the addition)
  • Lease               0
  • Lease + 1,000-1,500

Windows 150-250 ea

Lumber Framing

  1. Walls 250
  2. Ceiling 180
  3. Flooring 180

Lumber Sheeting

  1. Roof 500
  2. Walls 400
  3. Flooring 300


  1. Walls 200
  2. Ceiling 300
  3. Floor 300

Stucco 600-1,500

Roofing 2,000

Total: $8,000+
Labor $16,000

Additional Notes

  1. This is just a basic estimate on materials made from guesses with my drawing. Without knowing exact dimensions of planned addition, materials chosen, and how you plan to finish the interior of the addition I can’t determine a cost. (use $70-$100/sq ft for Total Costs)
  2. Home Depot Kingshighway, St Louis MO for Material Costs
  3. Labor Computation= Materials x 3 – Materials (for rough estimates only)

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How Alternative Renewable Energy Helps Fuel the Economy and Create Green Jobs

How Alternative Renewable Energy Helps Fuel the Economy and Create Green Jobs

Alternative energy is here to stay. With new advances in energy comes new industries, and with that comes new jobs. Simply put, lots of jobs are created every month in the green industry. With incentives from the government propelling this growth, the green job arena is sure to grow. While other people are struggling in a floundering economy, people who work in the green energy arena are chugging along. So, here are five ways alternative energy helps fuel the economy and create green jobs.


A lot of people work in front of a computer now. However, many without the skills or desire to work in front of a computer still need work. With factory closings, and so many things done automatically now, jobs requiring hard labor are becoming more scarce. However, alternative energy has provided many more jobs like this. Usually this involves installing solar panels or wind turbines. Those these jobs are manual labor; they are not menial tasks. Not only that, these people require training to do their jobs, and so jobs in management are also increasing.

One great thing about green energy jobs is the pay. Sales people, technicians, and even scientists all make good money in the green sector. High paying jobs are great for the local and national economy, because they are sustainable and contribute to further growth.

Many companies love to outsource their labor. They outsource IT, software, and even call centers. In the world of green energy, it is nearly impossible to outsource most jobs. People in the sales and installation department have to work within the community they serve, and corporations do much better when they are headquartered within the United States.

Long-Term Health
Most people do not think of the long term ramifications of green energy on individuals, but thanks to green energy, we all live in a cleaner planet with cleaner air. This means that we healthier people. A lot of people get sick due to our polluted air, and with sickness comes hospital stays and missed work. Over time, this becomes costly to our long term economic prospects.

Young People
Green jobs are especially great for the people who need jobs most – young people. Job-seekers right out of college are suffering disproportionately from unemployment. Many young people have the required skills and education to be successful in the green sector though.

Green energy has truly helped us improve our society. While many people do not directly work in green energy, they still benefit from it.

Rod Marigold writes about green energy, economics and education. His most recent work showcases the best online colleges for accounting degrees.

Targeted Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Have History of Cost Savings Success



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Targeted Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Have History of Cost Savings Success

Washington, D.C. (December 12, 2012): Well-targeted energy efficiency tax incentives will result in significant energy savings and will get more energy-efficient products into the market faster, according to Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, who testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today. The Senate hearing focused on appropriate uses of the federal tax code for promoting investments in energy efficiency, particularly in the context of emerging discussions on tax reform.

Nadel provided the results of an ACEEE analysis which found that a five-year federal tax credit for several high-efficiency products and services cost the government less than one-tenth the cost of the energy resources saved over a 15-year period. According to ACEEE, the options with the "most bang per buck" are tax incentives for commercial buildings (both energy-efficient new construction and energy-saving retrofits), energy-efficient new homes, heating and cooling equipment, and appliances, and combined heat and power systems. ACEEE also found that whole house energy-saving retrofits and replacing old chillers are very cost-effective.
ACEEE’s analysis reviewed tax incentives passed by Congress in 1978 and 2005 and found that the 2005 tax incentives were more effective than the incentives of the 1980s, which were too small and promoted tried-and-true energy efficiency measures that many consumers and businesses were installing on their own. The 2005 tax incentives were more targeted, Nadel said, emphasizing advanced technologies and paying higher incentives.

In his testimony, Nadel suggested that Congress should continue to target advanced technologies and practices that currently have a low market share with federal support over a defined period of time, usually around five years so that the technologies’ market share can grow and prosper on their own after the tax incentives end.

"The most useful tax incentives target long-term structural changes in the market, using temporary federal assistance to build the market for energy-efficient products so that tax incentives can be phased out," said Nadel. "Adoption of these recommendations will result in substantial energy savings, large energy bill reductions, and stronger U.S. manufacturers and businesses."

About ACEEE: The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visit


Fake or Real Xmas Trees- Green or Not

Have you ever wondered are the Real X-mas trees you buy green or is it better to use a Plastic Tree?

What’s Greener: Real or Artificial Christmas Trees?
Christmas Tree
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Have you ever wondered if it’s more eco-friendly to buy a real or an artificial Christmas tree? Even the most well-intentioned greenies fall on both sides of the debate. Could it actually be good to cut down a tree? Should you buy something you can reuse over and over?

Believe it or not, real trees are always the eco-friendlier choice. Read the reasons why, and try a new type of tree this holiday season.

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How To Save Money And Make Your Business Sustainable

For businesses large and small, there is a continuing quest to make operations more eco-friendly and sustainable as part of the growing clamour to be a leader in social responsibility. In many cases, running a more sustainable operation means that there are also significant money savings to be made. What are the best options available to both large and small businesses, which will reduce their carbon footprint as well as make their bottom line look healthier?

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One of the growing trends in building design is that of the ETFE roof. As well as being prominent in many modern designs, the understanding of the impact an ETFE roof can have on a business has seen it become a highly sought after solution by many business owners. Whether it is building their own premises or renting a commercial property, ensuring the building has an ETFE roof can lead to many ecological and financial benefits for a business.

Benefits of using an ETFE roof include:

· Cheaper and greener construction than glass, as well as weighing only 1% of the equivalent area of glass, meaning other environmentally damaging construction materials do not need to be used as much in supporting the roof structure.

· Much higher levels of light transmission than glass, meaning the building can benefit from much lower lighting costs – both an environmental and financial plus!

· An ETFE roof acts as a natural insulator for a building, so similar to the last point, a building will see their heating usage and subsequent bills reduced massively. With most heat from buildings lost through the roof, ETFE could well be the answer you need.

Owners of small business are often paralysed by the feeling that they are unable to have any wide impact on the overall environment; however by choosing a premises with an ETFE roof they will be doing exactly that. The financial benefits also associated with ETFE roofing can also be a huge incentive to new businesses looking to reduce costs.


There are other many widely used alternatives that business owners can use to save money. Building a premises, or renting one, with an ETFE roof is not always possible, so what are the other options available?

· Cut down carbon emissions caused by journeys to work – are any of your team able to work from home? Even considering a property with an ETFE roof, do you need a premises at all?

· Use energy monitoring and saving appliances throughout your business to reduce usage and costs.

· Ensure you recycle as much as possible.

By carrying out these small, simple, yet massively effective steps, you can potentially save your business a lot of money moving forward. Try and affiliate yourself with an environmental awareness group or another that produces certifications, so you can build your credibility as an environmentally aware and friendly business, while all the time continuing to grow profits.

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Small Business Saturday

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Region 7 SBA News

Shop Small Business Saturday – November 24, 2012

By Karen Mills

In between the Black Friday sales and the Cyber Monday deals is Small Business Saturday (November 24th) – a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country.

Small businesses are the back bone of our communities. And when we shop small, we not only get great products and services, but we support our neighbors and strengthen our local economies.

Over the last two decades, small and new businesses have been responsible for creating two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S., and today over half of all working Americans own or work for a small business.

Last year, Small Business Saturday gave a boost to many of these Main Street businesses, with more than 100 million Americans shopping at independently-owned small businesses. And this year we can do even better!

So what can you do to participate?

  • If you are a business owner, register your business at so your customers know where to find you and you can receive free Small Business Saturday promotional materials. You can also make sure you’re prepared for the holiday season by checking out SBA’s advice at
  • If you are a customer, learn which businesses in your community are participating in Small Business Saturday at The website provides information on businesses currently registered and how you can rally your community to support the initiative.

By shopping small, we can help America’s small businesses do what they do best: grow their businesses, create good jobs, and ensure that our communities are vibrant.

I encourage you to join small business owners and the more than one hundred million people who were part of Small Business Saturday last year.

Shop small this holiday season. I know I will.

Date: 11/19/2012 June Teasley, Region 7 Communications Director

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1st Floor Weatherization-Benton Project


  1. R22 Insulation installed in 2×6 Wall Framing Members
  1. Vapor and Air Filtration Barrier
  1. Additional HVAC Cold Air Return Duct
Scotts Contracting Installs R22 Insulation

R22 Batt Type Insulation-Friction Fit-
Johns Mansfield No Itch Insulation

Photo is the Water and Vapor Barrier used to seal the wall frame-Scotts Contracting,St Louis Renewable Energy
Water and Air Barrier

The Above Photo is the Water and Vapor Barrier used to seal the wall frame. This material is recycled Billboard Sign Material. The true R-Value of the Material is not known. We do know that the material is Ten Times stronger and thicker than normal vapor barriers on the Market today.


I added an additional HVAC ‘Return’ Air Duct to help
the Efficiency of the Electric Furnace

Scotts Contracting-St Louis Renewable Energy
before Modern Day Insulation they used Hair, Newspaper,
and other Miscellaneous Materials

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Benton Gut Rehab Green Blog Series
Part 1: History
Part 2: Stone Foundation Repair
Part 3: Tuckpointing the Brick Walls pt 1
Part 4: Tuckpointing the Brick Walls pt 2
Part 5: What were they thinking?
Part 6: Paint Pro Tip #35
Part 7: Repairing Water Damage-Exterior Wall

Part 8: 1st Floor Weatherization Labels: Adding Insulation, Air Infiltration, Air Movement, Benton Rehab, Energy Efficiency, green home Insulation, Insulation

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Paint Pro Tip #35

Pro Tip Supplied by:Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy

*As seen in the following photo: Use an Old T-Shirt to cover the Tank on a toilette bowl before painting for easy clean up. See the Benton Rehab Green Blog Series at:

Paint Pro Tip #35 by Scotty, Scotts Contracting-St Louis Renewable Energy

* * * I recommend to remove the Tank Lid before placing the T-Shirt around the Tank before painting. This will alleviate the possibility of breaking an expensive Tank Lid when removing the T-Shirt after painting.

Send your construction tips to scotts contracting and I will gladly post them on this Green Blog. Build a Green St Louis, Scotty

This Tip was used in the Benton Rehab Project- Total Rehab of a 4 Family Building see the Blog Series via Google + or at

See More of the
Benton Gut Rehab Green Blog Series
Part 1: History
Part 2: Stone Foundation Repair
Part 3: Tuck-pointing the Brick Walls pt 1
Part 4: Tuck-pointing the Brick Walls pt 2
Part 5: What were they thinking?
Part 6: Paint Pro Tip #35
Part 7: Repairing Water Damage-Exterior Wall

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