Renewable Energy—Insight Communications debuts This Renewable House

Renewable Energy—Insight Communications debuts This Renewable House

By Dan Slattery, Alternative Energy Activist

Mark your calendars for the following dates and times: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 12 noon, and Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., because here in Rockford, Insight Communications will be airing a very special program on renewable energy called This Renewable House—the definitive guide to renewable energy, on cable public access channel 17.

This Renewable House, patterned after This Old House on PBS, is the brainchild of Xantrex Technology, Inc.; Astro-Power, Inc.; Light Energy Systems of California; and Executive Producer Scott Cronk of (, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Until now, it has only been circulated among certain PBS TV stations in California, and select Hollywood video stores there, too.

UNTIL NOW! That is, after I got my hot little hands on it, thanks to Executive Producer Scott Cronk and Julie Court at Xantrex.

This program is a great entry-level look into some of the most important aspects of applying renewable energy systems to your home or small- to medium-sized businesses. Such as:

l Determine if solar or wind energy is right for you.

l Discover how the technologies work.

l Learn about purchase incentives.

l Avoid pitfalls by learning from experts.

l How to select a contractor to install your system.

l See and hear how solar and wind energy have improved lives and businesses.

Plus, a special announcement from Lee Iacocca. It is a highly professional production. AND WHAT’S REALLY COOL is that Xantrex and Astro-Power teamed up as technical partners and provided the solar electric power system used to run the production equipment for most of the filming and editing! Outstanding!

You may not hear from me every week, but this just goes to show you—I’m always working on something.

Very special thanks to Insight Communications Programming Director Barb Viola-Stiffler for her help in airing this program and walking me through the contract procedures.

Dan Slattery is a member of the following organizations: the American Solar Energy Society, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Illinois Solar Energy Association, and the Illinois Coalition Against Unfair Utilities.

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