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     Welcome, News, Guidelines and Chat
Welcome!
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208 18 Real world cable losses (experience, not calculation!)
by myk3y
News
Community News & Announcements
15 3 Simply Solar Forum Created - 11/14/2012!
by gbwillson
General Discussion and Chat Page
This is the place to ask your questions and for general discussion of topics not specific to the other forum categories. Got a question, a brainstorm or something interesting to share? Please use this forum, click New Topic and post it here!
4423 511 General Discussion & Camaraderie - The Simply Solar Lounge!
by SolarInterested
Forum Chat - Suggestions for Content, etc.
Use this forum to suggest any organization, content and features for the forum site.
246 20 Place test posts here.
by SolarInterested
Links
Please post any interesting solar related links (that are not advertising and conform to our links policy) here!
225 46 Solar Technologies Of Days Gone By — Solar Thermal Trains, Solar-Powered Ice Cream Makers, & Solar Steam Engines
by stmbtwle
     Getting Started With Solar
Solar Basics 101
The very basics of solar.
427 46 The world is watching California open the way for the development of clean electricity
by stmbtwle
Getting Started with Solar
First steps and help getting started with your first solar projects.
448 53 Solarguy2018
by gbwillson
     Member Projects - Please use a topic title that includes your name and brief description.
Member Projects!
Everyone is encouraged to post descriptions and pictures of all your projects here!
6580 217 handymandhdw collector # 2 repiping to cpvc
by SolarInterested
     Solar Collector Types
Solar Hot Air Collectors
Topics related to solar hot air collectors.
4164 233 Drainpipe Collector Question
by Bruce
Solar Liquid (Hydronic) Collectors
Topics related to liquid (hydronic) solar collectors
1344 115 Coroplast Collectors
by myk3y
Solar Electric (PV) Collectors and Systems
The emphasis of this site is solar thermal heating systems. Solar space heating and hot water systems best lend themselves to DIY as they are the easiest to build, have a quick payback and are the safest, but our site wouldn't be complete without a place for PV enthusiasts too!
741 79 New Panels
by stmbtwle
Solar Collector Hybrids (Air and Liquid in one panel)
A forum for discussion of hybrid air and liquid panels, combined in one collector box.
141 6 Hot air and Water just not simultaneously...
by jezter6
     Solar Thermal Storage and Distribution
Solar Thermal Storage
Methods for storing heat.
461 49 Is 55 gallons a useful amount of thermal storage for a bedroom?
by myk3y
Solar Heat Distribution
Methods for distributing solar collected heat to your living space.
127 19 Hydronic rug?
by stmbtwle
     DIY Solar Experimentation and Performance
DIY Solar Experimentation & Performance
Discussion of experimentation, side by side testing and performance expectations of various collector designs.
1479 97 Rand solar cooker
by sundug
     Construction Corner
Overall System Design
Topics related to overall system design.
816 85 simple RV solar system
by stmbtwle
Construction and Parts
Construction techniques, parts (glazing, pumps, blowers, differential controllers, etc.)
906 116 What do you recommend to use for a clear glazing?
by SolarInterested
Quick Tips
Everything from how to run your wiring inside your ductwork, a trick you learned on cutting insulation, painting, etc. In other words, how to do something better, as well as tips on how NOT to do something. We've all made mistakes and learned a better, faster or safer way to build our collectors. These should not be long, drawn out explanations, but little nuggets to share with others.
122 21 Electrify your bike
by stmbtwle
     Greenhouses, Sunspaces and Gardening
Greenhouses
Greenhouses are of course great solar collectors by default. They can be enhanced even more through effective thermal storage and additional collector area.
276 28 Year-Round Citrus in Nebraska with Solar and Earth Tubes
by stmbtwle
Sunspaces
Sunspaces are an excellent approach to capturing the Sun's free heat and provide more living space too! Please post any specific builds in the Member Projects section, but all general discussion of Sunspaces is welcome here.
31 3 My sunspace
by gregkn73
Gardening, Hydroponics and Aquaponics
Solar can be incorporated into your garden for higher yields and a longer growing season. Inside a greenhouse or out, whether simply heating your soil with underground pex or more exotic approaches to raise plants and animals, here is the place to brainstorm solar gardening, hydroponics and aquaponics.
129 12 Compost Heat Generator
by Bert


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