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Net-Zero Home: One Step at a Time

David & Emily Takahashi - Boulder, CO Emily and David Takahashi are committed to living a low-carbon lifestyle. In 2012, they moved into their 60-year-old, 900-square-foot Boulder, CO home with the dream of going "off the grid" and cutting the cord. Their first...

“It’s a Good Feeling to Know You Can Be Self-Reliant”

8.04 kW high-efficiency SunPower solar system - Ipswich, MA“Today is our third severe storm in less than two weeks. The first storm hit Ipswich pretty hard; it caused astronomical tides and flooding. We were out of town, but our area lost power. Because of our battery...

Solar is an Art

For as long as artist Jacqueline Rieder Hud can remember, she has been an environmentalist. Respect for nature and the creatures of the Earth has been fundamental to her work and her approach to life. Jacqueline taps into the natural world and Jungian archetypes for...

Hey, there’s snow on my solar panels!

There are four major factors that affect solar panel performance: Length of day Angle of sunlight relative to the solar panel Sunlight intensity Temperature. The more hours of sunlight there are in a day, the more energy the panel produces: Energy = panel power x peak...

How to Build a Net Zero Building: Boulder Commons

For the largest multi-tenant net-zero energy project at a commercially leased building in the United States, IPS was selected to design and install 575 kW of SunPower solar panels, which are integrated on to every available square foot of the roofs and east-facing,...

Colorado Auto Dealers Ride Tax Credits into the Sunset

Federal tax incentives designed to get businesses to convert to solar energy will sunset at the end of 2019—and a new initiative hopes to get as many Colorado dealers onto solar energy as possible before then. The Colorado Solar Project 2020, which will begin its...

Greener Greenbacks Moving Through First Bank Headquarters

Earlier this year IPS installed a 63kW solar system on the roof of the First Bank HQ building in Lakewood, CO, contributing to the building’s LEED certification / green footprint. A main challenge was getting 240 panels lifted to the roof of the five-story building....

Tracking the Benefits of Solar

Because of the design of the Wallace's Longmont, CO home, there was not sufficient roof area for panels to generate the power they wanted.  After researching how a ground mount system might look and operate, they decided an AllEarth Solar dual-axis tracker was their...

How Tony Boniface Built a Solar Company

In July 2016, MREA (Montana Renewable Energy Association) talked with Tony Boniface, owner and President of Independent Power Systems, about installing the first net-metered system in Montana and how his small Bozeman business expanded to three states and several...

High Altitude Rocky Mountain Off-grid Solar

Richard Marchese contacted Independent Power Systems seeking an off-the-grid power system for his home which sits above the tiny town of Ward, Colorado at 9,500 feet on a south facing slope with a view of Colorado’s front range. A long-time on-and-off Boulderite, a...

Do Solar Panels Emit Electromagnetic Radiation? 

Over the years, I have been asked whether or not PV systems emit significant levels of electromagnetic radiation or in industry parlance, electromagnetic interference or ‘EMI’. EMI is also called radio frequency interference or RFI. Many electronic devices emit some...

Like a sunflower, solar PV panels track the sun

The benefits of a tracker solar system: on and off the grid Tracking solar arrays are a beautiful thing to behold; like sunflowers, they optimize their energy absorption by following the path of the sun throughout the day. Trackers come in two basic designs: single...

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Hey, There's Snow on my Solar Panels!

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