This blog explores changes in the energy industry from an insider’s perspective as it transitions from the old centralized utility model to the new paradigm of distributed generation.
This blog was previously called Inside the Housing Evolution and focused on energy efficient homes. Ultimately, it’s all linked. Soon, every building will have the potential to generate, store, and sell energy. Welcome to the era of the transactive grid – the greatest shift the electricity sector has seen in over 100 years!

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February 22, 2011No Comments

The Only Company that Will Pay You to Use Less of their Product

The Only Company that Will Pay You to Use Less of their Product

Last week I joined a group of leading builders in Toronto to discuss what measures Enbridge can take to help homeowners reduce their gas usage.  Enbridge has been actively involved in promoting energy efficiency improvements for years through their Demand Side Management (DSM) programs.  (Coincidentally, I actually worked with Enbridge in developing their DSM program […]

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January 11, 2011No Comments

Is Renewable Energy Suitable for Low-Income Housing?

Is Renewable Energy Suitable for Low-Income Housing?

There have been a number of examples of net-zero energy homes built across the country that showcase that it is possible to successfully integrate renewable energy into new home construction.  The main drawback to date has been the cost, with these high-performance homes typically costing $100,000 – $150,000 more than traditional homes.  Now there’s a […]

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August 23, 2010No Comments

Solar Shingles – Part II

Solar Shingles – Part II

In my last post I described Nanosolar’s thin film solar cells.  DOW has taken this concept one step further with their PowerHouse Solar Shingles.   There isn’t that much information available about this product yet, but DOW claims that they install just like a standard asphalt shingle so they significantly reduce installation costs.  Although I couldn’t […]

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August 10, 2010No Comments

The Future of Solar Panels

The Future of Solar Panels

It looks like Nanosolar is the first company out of the gates with a process that “makes it possible to produce 100x thinner solar cells 100x faster”. The technology is in fact so impressive that it won the Popular Science Innovation of the Year and Green Tech Grand Award.

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June 28, 2010No Comments

The Kitchen as a System

The Kitchen as a System

Whirlpool is using systems thinking to re-invent the typical kitchen to make the most of waste heat and water. This design is said to use 70% less energy and be 24% cheaper to run… and hell… it looks pretty sexy to boot!

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June 15, 2010No Comments

Solar Technology- So Fun Even the Crazies are Into It

Solar Technology- So Fun Even the Crazies are Into It

I just wanted to share this pic that was sent to me by a solar enthusiast. I guess he read one of my articles on the solar industry and wanted my opinion on his “invention”. Where do I start…. well, I should try and be positive right? It shows great ummm initiative, and …enthusiasm. And […]

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Matthew Sachs

P. Eng. LEED AP

  • COO of Peak Power since July 2016
  • General Manager of Urbandale Construction (May 2008 – Oct 2014)
  • Vice-Chair R-2000 Renewal Committee
  • Member of Energy Star Technical Advisory Committee
  • Greater Ottawa Homebuilders Green Committee
  • Recipient of Canadian Homebuilder’s Association 2009 R-2000 Builder of the Year Award
  • Participant in Natural Resources Canada’s Technology Roadmap for Sustainable Housing
  • Energy Consultant with Marbek Resource Consultants (Feb 2002 – May 2006)

ABOUT PEAK POWER

Peak Power is a Microgrid project development company focused on delivering innovative solutions to offset the most expensive hours of electric demand. We specialize in optimizing the revenue streams from energy storage, advanced building automation, and renewable technologies for customer sited and utility scale projects. Please visit www.peakpowerenergy.com.