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Solar Architecture and Green Building

William Kamkwamba Windmill

William Kamkwamba built a windmill of wood, plastic pipes and discarded bicycle parts and pieces of junkyard machinery to create electricity for his home in Malawai, Africa.  ©2009 William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba Gets High on Wind

by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer - In 2002, I built my first of several windmills to provide my family with electricity and irrigation. This was in Malawi, where a terrible drought and famine had destroyed our maize crops and killed thousands of ...more

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Solar Power Calculator (USA)

Ever wonder what size a solar panel system you need or how much one costs? Use our solar power calculator to estimate the cost and size of a solar ...more

Psychrometrics Calculator for Air Properties

Air conditions can be quickly characterized by using a special graph called a psychrometric chart. Only two properties are needed to characterize ...more

SunAngle Calculator

Calculates solar angles based on location, date, and time. It's useful in passive solar building design, PV and solar thermal system design and ...more

SolaCalc (UK)

Simulates passive solar houses by calculating heat losses and solar gains in residential buildings, using interlinked worksheets and very ...more

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Renewable Energy Tracker at University of Virginia (Charlottesville)

This online tool uses real-time data to help students, faculty, staff and the community stay up to date on the University of Virginia’s ...more

University of Virginia (USA)

More than half of the academic departments at U.Va. offer individual undergraduate and graduate level courses in sustainability and environmental ...more

Solarity Architecture (UK)

Solarity is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to help anyone involved in property to make the most of the free energy the sun supplies. ...more

SunDAT (Fee-Based)

SunDAT is a software plugin developed at FTC Solar for the SketchUp 3D environment that enables automated design and optimization of photovoltaic ...more

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