10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change … Continue reading

Batteries to Bolster Solar

When SolarCity and Tesla last month announced they were teaming up to offer battery backup for residential solar PV systems, they generated much excitement … and a disproportionate amount of press. From Greentech Media to the New York Times, stories … Continue reading

The Grid Edge: How Will Utilities, Vendors and Energy Service Providers Adapt? : Greentech Media

The Grid Edge: How Will Utilities, Vendors and Energy Service Providers Adapt? The intersection of grid modernization and the rise of a new end-to-end energy system is already upon us. The term “smart grid” is getting a bit long in … Continue reading

Read This Retiring Utility Commissioner’s Candid Words About Energy Policy : Greentech Media

Read This Retiring Utility Commissioner’s Candid Words About Energy Policy “I suspect that [utilities] would still dearly like to strangle rooftop solar if they could.” When public servants leave office, they sometimes offer up the most candid words of their … Continue reading

2030 District initiative coming to San Antonio – San Antonio Express-News

Architecture 2030 challenges the global architecture and building community to implement strategies to reduce energy and water consumption and vehicle emissions by 50 percent by 2030. Becoming a 2030 District offers San Antonio an ideal model for monitoring emissions and … Continue reading

How Wall Street suddenly fell in love with solar : Renew Economy

Over the weekend, the New York Times noted that the solar power “craze” is partly responsible for Wall Street’s recent good times. The Times used the example of solar giant SolarCity, which has seen a sevenfold increase in its share … Continue reading

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Find Simple, Cheap Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells. Their modification can increase solar cell efficiency by more than … Continue reading

Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy

A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical … Continue reading

NREL: Soft Costs Now Largest Piece Of Solar Installation Costs | CleanTechnica

Two reports published by the US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL show that soft costs — such as financing and other non-hardware costs — now make up the largest section of solar installation costs, coming in at 64% … Continue reading

Sustainability’s Next Frontier | MIT Sloan Management Review

In this 2013 report, new research by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group looks at companies that “walk the talk” in addressing significant sustainability concerns. So-called “Walkers” focus heavily on five fronts: sustainability strategy, business case, measurement, … Continue reading

Debunking the Renewables “Disinformation Campaign”

According to Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, renewables are successful in Germany and not in the U.S. because Germany has “got a lot more sun than we do.” Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded during her … Continue reading

A New Proposal From Arizona’s Ratepayer Advocate Seeks to Fix Net Metering : Greentech Media

A new proposal from Arizona’s ratepayer advocate seeks to resolve the hostility between utilities and solar advocates over net energy metering. Regulators “will look to us because their main function is to make sure residential ratepayers get fair treatment, and … Continue reading

Enlightened economic interest – the argument for energy efficiency and renewables. Focus on outcomes not motives. Energy wisdom over Climate problems. Bidirectional value tariff

What's in store for the future of energy? VERGE SF 2013 concluded with this 27 minute freewheeling discussion among sustainability heavyweights. The New York Times reporter Andy Revkin caught up with Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute and … Continue reading

This Tiny Pod Car Runs On Air | GizmoCrazed

Top speed 50 mph, Range 125 miles, runs on compressed-air at a cost of 1 cent per mile and costs $10,000. In September 2013 it was announced that the car would be manufactured in Sardinia, Italy, for sale in summer … Continue reading

San Antonio: Ground Zero for Renewable Energy in an ‘All-of-the-Above’ Energy Market – Yahoo Finance

In Texas' 21st century energy economy, San Antonio has it all. It enjoys abundant renewable resources, enabling CPS Energy to include solar-generated electricity in its generating portfolio. San Antonio also is the largest city in South Texas, home of the … Continue reading

Sargent « Great Things from Small Things .. Nanotechnology Innovation

A new technique developed by University of Toronto Engineering Professor Ted Sargent and his research group could lead to significantly more efficient solar cells. In a paper published in the journal Nano Letters, the group describes a new technique to … Continue reading

New ‘High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal’ System Will Collect 80% of Solar Energy | The Daily Fusion

Scientists have announced yesterday that a collaboration consisting of ETH Zurich, IBM Research, the Interstate University of Applied Sciences Buchs and Airlight Energy is to develop an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating solar radiation 2,000 times and converting 80 … Continue reading

New Financing Structures For Clean Energy Can Help Bring Down Solar Soft Costs

Hardware costs for solar have substantially dropped over the past years. Solar module prices have decreased by 70% from 2010 to 2012. The attention is now directed towards soft costs and financing. An NREL study published in September 2013 analyzed … Continue reading

After Public Concern, CPS Promises To Scale Back Bonus Pay, Rate Hike – News and Politics – San Antonio Current

After taking heat for trying to increase customer rates while top-level executives receive sizable bonus checks, CPS Energy is doubling up on efforts to save face. During a presentation before City Council last Thursday, CPS CEO Doyle Beneby said the … Continue reading

Blog | Mission Verde Alliance

A Regional Forum on Our Future October 15, 2013 . 10am – 2pm . The Historic Pearl Stable Program 11:30am – 1:30pm, Exhibits 10:00am – 2:00pm This critically important, first of its kind, forum goes well beyond education and outreach. … Continue reading