Simply Sustainable Villages

is a division of Renewable Energy Center


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What we do:

The Renewable Energy Center (REC) specializes in affordable small dwellings, small home villages, Structural Insulated Panel Homes, High performance foundations, solar and energy storage, We advise and facilitate sustainable living nationally.

Our Experience:

The Renewable Energy Center has worked in the Grass Energy field since 2009. Enduring countless hours of research and development. We have overcome challenges and gained knowledge in harvest, storage, densification (the manufacturing of pellets and cubes into solid fuel), heating appliance testing and installation.

Collaboration with three grass energy projects and their partners;

  • Pennsylvania Native Grasses for Energy (PA Fuels for Schools - USDA/NRCS/RC&D Council, Ernst Biomass, Buskirk Engineering)
  • Hudson Valley Grass Energy Project (USDA/NRCS/Lower Hudson Long Island RC&D Council, NYSERDA)
  • NYSERDA PON 2652 (which included, Southern Tier Biomass / Fingerlakes RC&D Council / Hudson Valley Grass Energy / Buskirk Engineering and the Pocono Northeast RC&D Council Mobile Pelletizer). Project title - Grass pellet fuel vs Wood pellet fuel re: emissions testing & evaluation in a commercial boiler- final report scheduled for release in 2018.

REC Solar overview: Residential installation, sales, field energy consultation and presentation. Commercial ground mount arrays, community solar, (also known as solar gardens), third party solar system ownership and maintenance, power purchase agreements (PPA). Coming soon, solar walkways, driveways and roadways!

REC Automotive overview: Conventional internal combustion engines & early hybrid & electric vehicles with three German Automobile Manufactures in retail sales & service, product development and testing, competitor vehicle procurement and evaluation and a national roadside assistance provider. Current electric vehicle evaluation for Plug In America, Drive EV Events and EV Dealer test drives including Zero Motorcycles.

REC Small & Tiny home overview: Living and working at a Small / Tiny Home Village in North Carolina provided an awesome learning platform. It was a crash course of challenges, ranging from a failed rental management program to aging infrastructure. That said, when creating a community or village for small and tiny dwellings do your research! I have provided valuable information to RV parks looking to increase their monthly recurring revenue as well as start-up communities and villages in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

"Our New Project"

Small home village in Bristol Virginia!

This pilot project has been in development for over a year, we celebrated the ground breaking on May 2, 2018!

The concept:

Small Homes/Cottages ranging in size from 1,000 to 550 square feet of heated and cooled living space. Sustainable structures utilizing passive solar design and placement, rainwater catchment, solar carports, energy storage, EV charging stations, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for the homes, insulated/high performance slab on grade foundation, conditioned crawl space foundation, Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV), geo-textile underlayment fabric in driveways, walkways and patios.

"More detail upon request"

The residents/share holders: 

Most Live It Tiny  in 400 square feet or less. They believe the sweet spot for a home is 750 sq. ft. built on a permanent foundation. They believe in owning a share of a project and their small cottage with like minded friends. They have a shared desire to build an environmentally conscious energy efficient village with a community pavilion with a kitchen, large dinning area and fire-pit. They required the village be located in an agricultural area for food, serenity and a deep connection with nature. And lets not forget room for the Pets!

No overpriced, oversized, leaky, stick built trophy homes in this village:

Our goal, $50,000 to $60,000 for a 600 to 800 sq ft dwelling with a 30 day turn-key, once your foundation is complete.  Build an affordable, environmentally friendly, energy efficient home for less. And, have it built with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) !!!

Our Passion:

Sustainable, affordable small dwellings for those interested.

Our Why:

"Our Planet - Our Responsibility" Climate Change is real. "Let us not take this planet for granted"

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