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  • Renewable Energy Contractors Benefit from PACE Financing
    One third of all energy is wasted. Is PACE the solution? According to current energy data, commercial and industrial buildings use about 60 percent of the energy generated in the U.S. and about a third of this energy, especially in older buildings, is wasted due to inefficiency. But how do we know which third, and what can we do about it? The answe
  • Community Solar Allows Utilities to Adapt, Thrive as Energy Landscape Evolves
    Adaptability is the key to survival ? both in nature as Charles Darwin observed, and in the business sector. As the solar industry continues to flourish, utility companies across the U.S. are beginning to witness how the traditional electric grid is transforming. As tens of thousands of residents have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the
  • Sustainability Takes Center Stage
    ?Environmentally friendly,? ?green,? ?sustainable? ? these words have become ubiquitous, plastered on products from handbags to home décor and everything in between. As a society, we?re more aware than ever of the difference we can make purchasing smart, sustainable products and the role we can play shifting to cleaner, green solutions like renewab
  • The Future of Solar Economics and Policy
    Solar power is at a unique place in history. It?s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might seem silly to talk about change.  But the continued expansion of distributed solar power ma
  • Top US Companies Increasingly Turning to Solar Energy
    What do Walmart, Costco and Apple have in common besides selling cell phones and computers?  These iconic brands, and many others like them, are all investing big in solar energy.  Today, 129 million Americans ? more than 40 percent of our nation?s entire population ? live within 20 miles of a solar-powered business.  And that number has doubled si
  • City Poised to Adopt First-in-the-Nation Partnership with Energy Utilities
    Ever wonder what happened to the notion last August that the city of Minneapolis (MN) would take over its energy utilities? While it may seem like the issue vanished, last Monday the Minneapolis City Council held a hearing on another way forward to a better energy future. On the table is a novel partnership between the city and Xcel Energy and Cent
  • Will an Energy Proposal in New York Institutionalize Power Monopolies?
    Co-written with Natara Feller. On August 22, the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) issued a proposed rule on the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and comments were submitted throughout September. In short, the PSC intends to transform NY?s utilities into Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs), which will create, operate
  • Net-Zero Neighborhoods Gaining Traction
    The largest net-zero neighborhood in North America will be constructed more than a mile above sea level. All 308 houses in the Geos Neighborhood in Arvada, Colo. will harness sunlight and the earth?s core to generate as much energy as the homes consume. But before the solar and geothermal technology comes into play, the design of these cottages and
  • 3 Reasons Why Renewable Energy Is The Prudent Choice for Your Business
    Renewable Energy is still something that many UK businesses dismiss as an issue that only really concerns domestic customers, but could this be a worrying misconception? Love Energy Savings? Charles Whitworth takes a look at three key reasons why utilising renewable energy methods at your place of work could be a no-brainer for all involved! Here a
  • German Renewables Output Tops Lignite
    Renewables became Germany?s most important power source for the first time this year, according to Agora Energiewende.
  • Renewable Gas from Wastewater Treatment Plant Fueling UK Homes
    Extracting energy from ?processed poo? to help power homes in the Birmingham area is what Severn Trent Plc, Britain?s second-largest publicly traded water company, is now doing to generate a cost-saving renewable gas.
  • Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship
    As a businessman exploring investments, I need simple answers, however complicated the problem. I wish to know: Are microgrids economical? How much investment is needed and for what? What are the factors that principally affect profitability, within the system and in the environment? If microgrids are not profitable at the present, when will they be? I recognize that understanding microgrids as a system requires complicated mathematics and modeling. I?m sympathetic to and respect those who do that.
  • Why Local Energy Ownership Matters
    Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities ? but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands. This economic self-interest motivates rap

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