Monday, June 10th, 2013
Commercial and industrial property owners in Stamford can now make their buildings more energy efficient thanks to the city’s new partnership with a clean energy group.
“I have no doubt the city will help lead the state going forward in green energy,” Bryan Garcia, president (more…)
Friday, May 31st, 2013
Ygrene Energy Fund Florida, a leading provider of commercial and residential property upgrade programs for Floridian governments, announced that it has formed a strategic joint venture with EcoAsset Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Lykes Bros. Inc., a 100-year old local, family-owned company and the largest private landowner in Florida. (more…)
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Solar is really shining in Albany’s Earth Day activities this year. This week, the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation to extend the successful NY-Sun program for 10 years and make New York a real solar powerhouse – on to the Assembly! Between the Senate vote and the Governor introducing similar legislation of his own earlier this week, there’s serious momentum for (more…)
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
The Heslin Rothenberg firm’s Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) 2012 Year in Review was published earlier this month. Always an interesting read, the CEPGI is a quarterly publication that tracks grants of U.S. patents directed to clean energy technologies.
The 2012 roundup reports that granted green patents hit an all time high of 3061 for last year, a (more…)
Friday, April 12th, 2013
When I got started in this subject a few years ago, the efficiency of thin film solar (i.e., the percentage of sun’s radiant power that is converted into electricity) was measured in single digits. Here, we just achieved 16.1%, a huge increase from the former record holder at 14.7%. (more…)
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
Frequent commenter Cameron Atwood sent me this article describing Germany’s generous subsidies for solar PV and asked me to react to it.
Yes, the German program was overzealous; no one (no one I’ve come across, at least) disputes that. The program’s meteoric rise and fall over the past few (more…)
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
We hear a lot about grid parity, don’t we? That’s the point at which the cost of energy generated by solar, wind, and other renewables is the same as that generated from conventional sources. The author of this article on Sharp Electronics new 43.5%-efficient solar cell writes: “Sharp shattered the efficiency record with its concentrator triple-junction compound solar cell, (more…)
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Now that the Sequester has officially begun, people are wondering what the impacts will be, both long term and short term. The message from the two sides of the political spectrum could not be more opposite. Republicans are confident that the concern is overstated, and the wasteful federal government needs the motivation to start effectively managing its (more…)
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Frequent commenter Gary Tulie from the UK joins me in musing why the subject of clean energy is so politically divisive in the U.S. He offers the following:
I think it must only be in America that there is such an entrenched degree of animosity between the two camps. In Europe, it is not unusual for major traditional energy companies to also invest (more…)
Monday, February 4th, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers just announced plans for a 400 kW solar array at their new stadium. Going solar and going to the Super Bowl – coincidence? At Vote Solar we think not.
In addition to beer, brats and overpriced memorabilia, stadiums across the US are delivering fans clean (more…)