Monday, March 17, 2008
Encinitas 101 Coordinator Peder Norby Off the Grid (almost)
Carlsbad man builds zero energy house
By: DAVE DOWNEY - Staff Writer
CARLSBAD ---- For those who live in this upscale seaside city, it's hard to miss Peder Norby. He's the big, jovial, 40-something guy who tools around in an open-air, oversized golf cartlike car to the beach, church, bank, post office and grocery store.
And he never has to go to a gas station.
"My gas is our sun," his license plate frame explains of the solar energy that powers the batteries that run his car.
Norby, 46, the former executive director of the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association and who is now coordinator of a Highway 101 restoration program, plugs into the sun through an outlet in his garage.
That outlet taps into the 4.4 kilowatts from 21 solar panels on his roof that also provide energy for the home that sits on a half-acre overlooking Agua Hedionda Lagoon.
"It's a zero energy home," Norby said. "That means it produces as much energy as it uses."
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