2016-06-03. A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy.

posted Jun 8, 2016, 1:16 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 1:17 PM ]
By Diane Cardwell, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: FONTANA, Calif. — ...a large-scale testing ground for an energy system of the very near future. With a combination of rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, advanced water heaters and other high-efficiency features, the homes are all built with a similar goal: to make at least as much energy as they use over a year. It’s a concept known as zero net energy, and the cluster of homes here represents one of the nation’s largest experiments to see if zero net energy can be put into wider use. “It’s not that it cannot be done,” said Ram Narayanamurthy, technical executive at the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit utility-funded group that is conducting the study. “The question that we’re trying to answer is, ‘Can it be done for everyone?’” That question has particular urgency in California, whose goal is that all new homes be net-zero or the equivalent by 2020.  ...Denver is a leading market, with thousands of zero-energy homes on the way in developments like Stapleton and Sterling Ranch...although there are many others in New England, New York and the Carolinas....  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/04/business/energy-environment/solar-power-energy-efficient-net-zero.html