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Our new in-house sustainable lecture series kicked off in January with the first “Fire” topic – a discussion of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and solar thermal technologies. Leading the discussion of the ups and downs of using these technologies (including what happens when your solar panel provider stops making panels half way through your project and how to determine the domestic hot water requirements for a convent of nuns so devoted to the tenants of sustainability that they limit showers to 2 minutes every other day), the teams from the Plainsboro Public Library and Community of the Holy Spirit Convent presented the basics of BIPV and solar thermal systems. Read the rest of this entry »