General PV Information
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment. This site provides information about the use of solar energy as an alternative power source, and provides links to many programs that promote the use of solar power. This is a good site for general information.
Florida Solar Energy Center
The Florida Solar Energy Center provides general information pertaining to the use of solar energy. Contained in the site are links to different types of applications and uses of solar energy. The site also contains links to additional sources of information. This is another site for general information.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Center for Photovoltaics
This organization was created to mobilize national resources in photovoltaics through research and development, promoting partnering and growth opportunities, and serving as a forum and information source for the photovoltaics community. This website focuses on solar energy as a power source, with links to various projects that are being developed as well as detailed technical descriptions of past projects.
New York State Solar Energy Industry Association
This association is a New York trade association for solar energy companies. The website contains information about how to join the group, and allows participation in the many programs aimed at enhancing the use of solar energy. For non-members there are still many links that outline the benefits of solar energy as well as a listing of New York State programs that offer incentives to users of solar energy systems.
North Carolina Solar Center
This organization serves as a clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, and offers information, research, technical assistance, and training for the residents of North Carolina and for others. This website contains links to informational sources of an educational nature for teachers and interested students, outlining the many different uses for renewable energy, and offers news items pertaining to various renewable energy programs around the world.
Solar Electric Power Association
This association is a collaboration of utility companies, energy service providers, and the photovoltaic industry that work together to promote the use of renewable energy resources. This site contains information on state/local agencies and utilities that offer incentives for the use of renewable energy resources.
Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA)
Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants, and marketers. The site provides links to different conferences and events dealing with solar energy that are taking place. Also included on the site are new developments and general news about solar energy policy developments in the national and state governments.
Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC)
Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) is an organization that administers certification, and a rating and labeling program for all solar systems. This site is useful for companies wishing to have a system design certified by the corporation. The site offers a set of standards and ratings that will be used to certify the design as well as companies that are participating in the program.
U.S. Department of Energy Information on Making Your Own Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy provides general information about PV systems, connecting to the utility grid, operating a PV system off-grid, codes & requirements, and more.
U.S. Department of Energy Million Solar Roofs Program
The U.S. Department of Energy Million Solar Roofs Program is an initiative to facilitate the installation of solar energy systems on one million U.S. buildings by 2010. The site provides guidelines for participation in the program that allow the participants to receive federal grants to subsidize the cost of installing a solar energy system.
Montana Green Power
Montana Green Power is an organization dedicated to providing energy from renewable resources to the residents of the state of Montana. The Montana Green Power website contains information about solar, wind and renewable energy technologies as well as information about renewable energy that can be applied to solar systems in other states. The site also features curriculum prepared by NCAT for the Montana “Solar on Schools” program.
PV Systems for Agriculture
PV Systems for Farms
This National Renewable Energy Laboratory site contains information about the uses of a photovoltaic system on a farm or ranch as well as information about installing and maintaining such a system. For the farmer who is unsure about the type of system needed, this site contains links to help identify the right solar system for the region. It also offers additional renewable energy sources that can be used on the farm, such as hydroelectric power and biofuels.
Solar Water Heating for Agriculture
This National Renewable Energy Laboratory site offers ways in which a solar water heater can help reduce the operating costs of a farm by providing links to various federal programs aimed at helping existing farms obtain this technology. For the residential consumer who is considering integrating a solar water heating system, this website provides a worksheet which allows the user to calculate the amount of solar energy that is available in one's area.
Real-Time PV Performance Data
Solar (PV) performance data from schools located in the State of New York.
PV Data from schools located throughout the State of New York
Provided by Heliotronics, Inc.
PV Data from the Albany Hockey Facility
This site provides daily, monthly, and yearly data from the 40kW dc Albany Hockey Facility PV system. The data presented dates back to October 3, 2005.
The University of Vermont's Solar Energy Project
This site provides data on the daily power output of solar panels located at the University of Vermont. It also gives good general information dealing with the usage of solar power.
Solar Water Heating Systems
Reduce Swimming Pool Energy Costs
This U.S. Department of Energy website focuses on energy efficiency in a heated pool in general, even those that aren't heated by solar energy. This site offers useful facts such as the correct covers to use and temperature monitoring. Also included in this site are links that provide more detailed, specific information regarding energy efficiency with a pool heater.
U.S. Department of Energy information on solar hot water heating & cooling
This website contains information concerning solar water heaters, the different types of systems and solar energy collectors and applications.