40 Years of Northwest Solar

SIMPLE SOLAR POWER

  • The sun provides ten times all our energy needs everyday.  Technology now gives us the tools to use solar energy as a world community.

  • Subsidizing nuclear power guarantees war.  The rest of the world no longer needs to subsidize bomb production.  Everyone can use simple, clean sunshine for energy needs.
  •  By its very nature sunlight is evenly distributed.   
  • By its very structure sunlight is decentralized.

  •  The sun meets all our needs with no pollution to our atmosphere.
  •  The sun requires no maintenance work.
30555 N. Meadow, Athol

first grid-intertie PV system for rural electric coop utility – KEC. Small solar electric system equals conservation for any utility.

  • Because it is decentralized sunlight can best be collected and easily used at its end point – both passively and actively – with minimal transmission losses.
  • Where there is direct solar only part of the year, mother earth gave us abundant indirect solar energy including but not limited to wood, water and wind.  Now there is cogeneration, thank God.

 

  • The dams of our magnificent northwest rainforest equal storage costs which are half the cost of renewables power production.  Because of this simple fact, in 1977 my husband and I moved to Spokane.  I was asked to design the opera house complex but turned it down when asked to also design prisons.  Instead we moved to CDA and I worked with Architects West and did some fine projects.
  • American Indian – Spo-kan = children – sun
  • Thanks to Ron Tan and Bill Dahlberg I remain in the area.

Post Falls, Idaho

1977-1978 solar project at Architects West – Greenview Condominiums, Post Falls, Idaho on Spokane River
48˚ north
62 units – 1 BR to 4 BR

Greenview Condominiums 2013 from Templin Resort docks

plus variety of other projects including Kootenai County Courthouse Annex (photo anon)

and Schuler Auditorium

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1979-1980  Adler Passive Solar Residence, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

9 times thermal mass to window area ratio so minimal temperature swings

Myrtle Adler 1980Myrtle Adler 1980

passive solar system – direct gain 9 times thermal mass to window area ratio using sensible heat storage with water. design parameters – concert hall, classroom, art studio & greenhouse exterior – steel siding & liver rock quarried by Myrtle and son Bob.

 

Willams Solar HomeAtagahi Solar Healing Lodge 1998
new owners require privacy. They are modifiying the house to meet their particular needs. It will be even more beautiful.
Site originally was a sawmill. Myrtle taught science at Shaw JHS, Spokane. She designed and built the first house. Fire destroyed. God wanted her to have a solar house.

 

Kootenai County Work Release Center1980 Kootenai County Work Release Center

Schematic Design done with Bob Rickerts, business partner, who also designed and built the earth-sheltered house at Hwy. 95 and Dalton – using pre-stressed concrete panels for the roof.

PASSIVE SOLAR PLAYHOUSES 1981

NIC Passive Solar PlayhousesDesigned and built for North Idaho College Headstart – demonstrating solar works to children. 3 basic passive solar systems = Direct Gain, Trombe Wall, & Greenhouse.
Designed to be portable, they were built with donated materials, wonderful volunteers and $400 grant from Curt Nelson, Engineering Dept.

Site ElevationSouth Site Elevation – left to right – 1.GREENHOUSE with water storage 2.TROMBE WALL with 8″ reinforced CMU wall directly behind glazing 3.DIRECT GAIN with 4″-thk. reinforced concrete back wall

Purpose: demonstrate solar works and monitor solar performance.  Plans are available upon request.

Each playhouse has a 6’x6′ footprintconstruction of solar playhouses
R50 roof
R30 walls
R10 Insulated reinforced concrete slab
fixed glass collectors = double-glazed slider refills
doors and slider windows for controlled ventilation.

top photo -volunteers
middle photo – volunteer Gary Telford
lower photo – volunteers Shelley Salter & Duane Primozich

1981          WASHINGTON WATER POWER (WWP) – SOLAR HOT WATER HEATER WORKSHOP with Blaine Peterson

1981-1982     WWP – SOLAR DOMESTIC WATER HEATING DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM – as per IPUC order, how much energy can be saved using solar energy to heat water in May and June?                     Results: 61% – 80%             Reports available upon request.

BPA Solar House 1982BPA Solar House 1982 Spokane WA

Entry Perspective.
Combination of active and passive solar features. viz., attached central sunspace + direct gain + concrete thermal mass floor and wall. Attached garage with connecting breezeway. Flexible 2-3 bedroom floor plan allows site access from north or south side of dwelling.

 

East Perspective BPA Solar House 1982 Spokane1982 BPA Solar House Spokane WA East Perspective

Direct Gain + attached central sunspace.

 

 

BPA SolarHouse Cooling Mode Section
Composite Building Section – Summer Cooling Mode

For external cooling mode – temperature-activated fan at top of sunspace and/or easy-to-open upper window in sunspace. Cooling breeze created through dwelling from northside windows through doors and slider and out through sunspace. Doors and windows = dampers. Additional concrete thermal mass in floors and chimney keep temperatures cool. For internal cooling mode turn on fan only and circulate house air through concrete floor tubes.

Composite Building Section – Winter Heating ModeBPA Solar House Winter Heating Mode Section

Solar Heating Mode: fan turns on when temperature reaches 85 at top of sunspace and slowly circulates warm air through insulated duct(s) and concrete chimney and floor tubes. Wood heating mode – internal loop through concrete chimney and concrete floor tubes. See diagram.

 

 

1981-1982  Solar education classes at North Idaho College.  Touring educational classes with Bob Rickerts for the Idaho Energy Office. Cassettes available of Rickerts talks.

Caldwell Double-Wall Solar Home1981-1985 CALDWELL DOUBLE-ENVELOPE SOLAR RESIDENCE   North Idaho
son David in foreground
1984 ADDITION

son David at job site

 

 

Completed Caldwell AdditionCOMPLETED CALDWELL ADDITION

 

 

 

 

Caldwell South Elevation

CALDWELL SOUTH ELEVATION TODAY

Caldwell Entry today

CALDWELL ENTRY TODAY

Taylor Solar Redux1983 Taylor Solar House located at Hackney Airfield near Athol in north Idaho.

Photo shows dwelling as seen today – Dunhams are now present owners.

Original structure was an airplane hanger.

In the 1970’s Art Fall helped start the North Idaho Building Contractors Association.  He developed the waste-heat from septic tank system. Report available upon request.

Art designed and built various experimental solar and energy-saving houses in our area and in Moscow at the University of Idaho.  Before his transition in 1989, Art Fall transferred the title of “energy nut” or “e-nut” to me – thank you, Art.  Future section at my website will present and share some of Art’s projects, thanks to his wonderful wife, Sue Fall.

 

Art Elliot's Homeshow House1984-1988 NIBCA Homeshows

NORTH IDAHO BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION Homeshows
Some solar house designs.
For each homeshow participant I provided a perspective rendering and floor plan for advertising purposes.

 

Schmand Split-Level
Schmand Split-Level Solar House
1985
Stay tuned for more Homeshow renderings.

From 1984 to 1995 I designed a variety of projects including sanctuaries and dwellings for various clients – building designers, architects, realtors, builders and assessors – including Dave Salois, Gordon Longwell, Bill Dahlberg, Roxanne Gunther, Paul Heutter, Scott Weston, and Jim Miles.

Wombolt Lake Residence

1995
Wombolt Residence, Squaw Bay, Coeur d’Alene Lake
Deborah Katrina Warner with completed de la Salle statueDeborah with de la Salle statue 1997 St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA
de la Salle was a Catholic priest who educated the Indians. The 9-foot tall kneeling bronze statue is the campus focal point and from the entry looks like a perched eagle. Deborah helped artist Bruce Wolfe design and get manufactured the white terra cotta clay base – manufactured by Gladding McBean. She also helped design the Ceremonial Plaza.

de la Salle clay mold of head

de la Salle head before casting – oil- based clay over foam core
artist Bruce Wolfe working on oil-based clay atop foam core body in background at Artworks Studio, Berkeley March 1997

wax miniature in foreground

Wax miniature in foreground at Artworks studio in Berkeley – March 1997. Artist Bruce Wolfe working on full-sized hand (oil-based clay over foam core) in background.

Foundry team + St. Mary's College team

Berkeley Foundry team plus St. Mary’s College team
posing in front of bronze sculpture base.

May 1997

Dedication ceremony for de la Salle sculptureDedication ceremony for de al Salle sculpture atop terra cotta base (by Gladding, McBean) at Ceremonial Plaza in front of St. Mary’s College Cathedral, Moraga, CA

June 1997

Ceremonial Plaza DD PlanCeremonial Plaza in front of Chapel, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA with de la Salle statue surrounded by water pond.

April 1997

 

 

Some projects with architect & longtime design friend, William E. Dahlberg  (sudden unexpected transition in May 2007)

William E. Dahlberg, Architect and longtime design friend
Martin Residence Entry, Carlin Bay, Lake CDAMARTIN RESIDENCE ENTRY ELEVATION Carlin Bay, Coeur d’Alene Lake, ID
2005 Major Remodel and Redux of former two-story artist’s studio and home into three-story residence

 

 

Martin Residence, Carlin Bay, CDA LakeMARTIN RESIDENCE SOUTH PERSPECTIVE
Carlin Bay, CDA Lake
2005
NORTHWOODS VETERINARY HOSPITALNorthwoods Vet Hospital
NW corner Hwy 54 & N Meadow St
North Meadow Subdivision Athol, ID 2005

KIDD ISLAND CABINKidd Island cabin

2005

Kidd Island Cabin from lakeside

KIDD ISLAND CABIN
from lake side
Bill and I designed many other residences
and multi-dwellings over the years.
To honor his memory I continue his good attitude
and service to all sectors.

 

 

 

FAMILY DENTAL CLINICFamily Dental Clinic
west of Silver Lake Mall
Dalton Gardens
2003

St. Pius Addition 2003

ST. PIUS ADDITION
Coeur d’Alene ID
2003
Professional office building - now Bone Density Clinic, CDAPROFESSIONAL OFFICE BUILDING
Lincoln @ 95 south, CDA
2003
Bill Dahlberg, design friend and design partner for 30 years.
To honor his memory I continue his good attitude
and service to all sectors.

William E. Dahlberg, Architect and longtime design friend

          • Ten times the amount of sunlight we need each day falls on our heads and homes.

          • The sun does not break down and need repairs.

          • The sun does not pollute.

          • When there is not enough direct solar energy there is stored solar energy in the water, wood and wind.  Now thanks to technology and certain intellient souls, there is co-generation.   We are learning how to harness and use that stored renewable energy twice over.

 

 

 

before Joy Redux 702 Government Way, CDA2004 FUTURE JOYS SOLAR REDUX
702 N Government Way Coeur d’Alene, ID

(northeast corner of Foster and Government Way)

EXISTING 1928 RESIDENCE

before Joy Solar Redux

EXISTING 1928 RESIDENCE
Southwest perspective
Southeast ViewEXISTING WELL-LOVED HOME
Southeast perspective

Joys Solar Redux

REMODELED RESIDENCE
JOYS SOLAR REDUX
Southeast perspective
Joys Solar Redux West ElevationWEST ELEVATION
JOYS SOLAR REDUX
northeast corner of Foster and Government Way,
Coeur d’ALene, ID

Joys Solar Redux South Elevation

SOUTH ELEVATION
JOYS SOLAR REDUX
stay tuned for more details