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A solar-powered house is being built south of Portage la Prarie by Will and Bev Eert. They are retired and building their self-sufficient home into a hill that shields the house from north west winds and keeps the home cool in the summer.

  • Solar home built by Will and Bev Eert; the exterior is complete, but not rear of the house built into hill, and two solar panels in front of the house. The hill shields the house from north-west winds and keeps the home cool in the summer. They are also using 6x8 Douglas Fir beams inside the house, which is located just south of Portage la Prairie.

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    Solar home built by Will and Bev Eert; the exterior is complete, but not rear of the house built into hill, and two solar panels in front of the house. The hill shields the house from north-west winds and keeps the home cool in the summer. They are also using 6x8 Douglas Fir beams inside the house, which is located just south of Portage la Prairie.

  • Solar panels that power the home.

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    Solar panels that power the home.

  • Will and Bev Eert next to the solar panels that power their home.

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    Will and Bev Eert next to the solar panels that power their home.

  • Old technology of wood powers the wood stove as the solar heated pipes warm up the concrete floor.

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    Old technology of wood powers the wood stove as the solar heated pipes warm up the concrete floor.

  • Bev Eert has a few plants growing in the unfinished house. There are lots of south-east facing windows looking out over their large lot on the Assiniboine River.

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    Bev Eert has a few plants growing in the unfinished house. There are lots of south-east facing windows looking out over their large lot on the Assiniboine River.

  • Bev Eert answers phone while coffee percolates on the wood stove in the unfinished solar home.

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    Bev Eert answers phone while coffee percolates on the wood stove in the unfinished solar home.

  • Bev Eert using a wood burning Waterford Stanley wood stove, but the house will have an electric stove when it is finished.

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    Bev Eert using a wood burning Waterford Stanley wood stove, but the house will have an electric stove when it is finished.

  • Will Eert with batteries that store solar energy from his two panels.

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    Will Eert with batteries that store solar energy from his two panels.

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