Off Grid Solar At Aquaponics Greenhouse

A rural customer recently hired me to install an off-grid 1,200 watt solar PV system to operate the fans and pumps in their greenhouse behind and to the right of the solar array in the picture above. With the help of Bill Swann, a retired but active solar enthusiast, we added a solar tracking unit […]

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Tiny House from Shipping Containers

Happy New Year everyone!! This is 2015 if you can believe it…some call it a new beginning but starting over isn’t the way I look at the new year. My mission has been to build a business model that helps train foster kids, graduates of homeless programs, veterans that have gone through PTSD programs and […]

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Larry Haines, Founder of has hired Shelly Portoff’s firm Architend to design an affordable, sustainble, healthy house to be built in Houston, TX. Architend is an architecture, community design, sustainable consulting, and research & development firm focused on leading edge, regenerative design. The design will use two recycled shipping containers modified into a beautifully […]

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Aquaponics Partnership wins United Way Grant

Gulf Coast Trades Center was just awarded a 3 year grant from Montgomery County United Way to collaborate with Healing Hands Ranch to teach students ages 15 to 18 about aquaponics under their Independently Healthy Program (IHP). Leading the effort to build and train over a 1,000 students in the next three years will be […]

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Land Plan for Eco-Village Done…and it’s great!

As previously announced, Sunconomy is developing an eco-village in conjunction with Healing Hands Ranch to develop and eco village with tiny houses, a farm area including aquaponics (growing fish and veggies) and utilizing permaculture design. Architend, commissioned to complete the preliminary land plan produced  a comprehensive layout for the 46 acre facility that helps homeless men […]

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Healing Hands Eco-preneuring

The homeless aren’t helpless. In fact, ingenuity is a trait that can help a homeless man go from the streets to productive in short order. I ran across this article when doing some research on the “Maker Movement” an wanted to share the concept of engaging street smarts and ingenuity into our Healing Hands Eco […]

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Healing Hands Eco Village & Showcase of “Tiny Houses”

Sunconomy is pleased to announce an awesome partnership with a faith based non-profit ministry known as Healing Hands Ranch. Sunconomy will take the lead to build eco-friendly affordable tiny housing as afforndable rentals on the 46 acre ranch. Healing Hands Ranch provides a safe place for men to earn a new lease on life through […]

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What do tiny houses have to do with a “Household”?

The old adage claiming that “change is the only constant” seems to apply to the make up of the family unit according to a new study put out by the US Census Bureau. This graphic representation shows how the makeup of the family unit has changed since 1970. When you take a look at why […]

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Why Think “Tiny House”?

I saw an interesting post on about the destruction of the middle class. It promotes a web site at the end but the first 6 minutes are concise, factual insights into a major crisis of America’s middle class and provides a few good pieces of advice. The first few minutes go over some alarming conditions that […]

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LSU’s Ultimate Tailgater Design is Available Now.

Brad Strickland and I have been working on this special project to bring the “Ultimate Tailgating” experience to college and professional sports. Here is the latest Smart, Small, Sustainable, Structure that should blow your socks off. The design includes a complete graphics package for the LSU Tigers. (also available in your team’s colors) The unit […]

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