Progressives certainly disdain New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, don’t they? It seems that at the rate of at least once a week he does something to irritate the common American. Today we learn that he’s blocking Tesla’s efforts to build a direct sales model in his state, i.e., one that circumvents the traditional dealer model. That’s not going to go over (more…)
Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) sold the first securities backed by bonds tied to U.S. energy-saving projects in a deal that follows a federal agency’s objections to the underlying homeowner borrowing.
Incandescent light bulbs had a good run, but with the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 now in its final phase, you’ll probably begin to notice that it’s getting harder and harder to find traditional incandescent light bulbs in stores.
In a nutshell, EISA has taken a three year approach to converting the United States to energy-efficient lights by prohibiting the manufacturing or importing of non-compliant incandescent light (more…)
Last week, Governor Cuomo and NYSERDA announced a new round of innovative NY-Sun programs focused on scaling up solar adoption throughout the Empire State. We’re proud to report that Vote Solar’s GroupEnergy team will be partnering with Sustainable CUNY to administer one of those programs: NYSolar Smart – SunShares. (more…)
The microinverter business is heating up. Installers and consumers alike are finding out that microinverter technology provides better return on investment than a string inverter. Using a conventional solar installation, any drop in a module’s performance will reduce the output of every other module in the string. With a (more…)
The world needs to make a transition to renewable energy as part of a global sustainability project, but until solar, wind and other renewables become the norm, there’s one solution that is available now: energy efficiency. More energy efficient buildings means less energy and fewer emissions, besides huge savings. However, financing projects is not (more…)
A previous post reported on Tesla’s Chinese trademark problem. Apparently, a businessman named Zhan Baosheng had registered the TESLA (or “Te Si La” transliterated) trademark in China, blocking the American automaker from using the mark there.
Mr. Zhan was also operating a web site using the (more…)
The closing of the doors last week at a mid-Atlantic states solar installer highlights the uncertainty of the photovoltaic market and brings to the fore the vagrancies of renewable energy credits (RECs) and in particular solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). (more…)
Atlanta is the fastest growing market for electric cars in the U.S., according to an analysis by the electric vehicle charging network ChargePoint. Electric vehicle (EV) sales in Atlanta jumped by 52 percent from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of 2013, with more than 3,000 EVs sold in the final three months of the year, according to state motor vehicle records. (more…)