The U.S. stands at an energy crossroads. With or without new direction from policymakers, huge sums will be invested in the electricity system as aging infrastructure is replaced and new infrastructure is built to meet our country’s growing energy needs. In the 11 states that comprise the Western (more…)
The issue, at least on the surface, is “bankability,” i.e., maturity of the technology, along with the obvious fact that the price of PV is falling sharply – 30% in 2010 alone. But at a certain point, I’m hoping (more…)
Generating solar power on the go is more than environmentally-friendly; it is fantastically convenient, too!
One product that recent caught our attention is Solarpod, a solar generator designed by a UK company called Thousand Suns. It is a portable solar power unit that looks more like an Apple computer (more…)
Plastic bottles – they are an environmental disaster. They seem to be everywhere and although they have become, alongside plastic bags, much-maligned icons of mindless consumerism, they still are ubiquitous.
But some organizations in Africa have decided to (more…)
With everyone trying to make their home as green as possible, it seems like most of the attention gets focused on the inside – smart heating and cooling systems, low flow toilets, and eco-friendly light bulbs being just a few examples. But there are also ways we can be green on the outside of the home, doing just as (more…)
One of the most important factors in moving the United States over from conventional to solar energy is making it financially enticing for the average user, as well as for producers. Currently, this enticement comes in the form of rebates, most notably sustainable renewable energy credits (SRECs) and feed-in tariffs (FiTs). (more…)
During the past few weeks, many of the largest automotive companies involved in vehicle electrification have made announcements about using solar power to charge vehicles. While skeptics say that these are merely feel-good gimmicks to promote their vehicles, they are actually the start of something (more…)
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has just approved the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, a 550-megawatt (MW) solar power project to be built in the California desert east of Palm Springs. The solar-photovoltaic facility will create more than 630 jobs at peak construction and infuse an estimated $336 million (more…)