Storage Is the New Solar: Will Batteries and PV Create an Unstoppable Hybrid Force? : Greentech Media

When Wes Kennedy started engineering solar systems in the mid-1990s, he pretty much had one integration option: batteries. At that time, Kennedy designed and installed systems for Jade Mountain, a Colorado-based distributed energy retailer that eventually merged with Real Goods … Continue reading

Buying Into Solar Power, No Roof Access Needed – NYTimes.com

Like many consumers, David Polstein had already done much to reduce energy use in his large Victorian home in Newton, Mass. He replaced his appliances with energy-efficient models, installed better heating and put in new insulation. But he was unable … Continue reading

Smart Cities — A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity – Forbes

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “India is to be found not in its few cities, but in its 700,000 villages.” Though that may at one time have been true, it is no longer the case. With about 30 country dwellers moving … Continue reading

Energy storage seen as next step for ‘green’ power

First, Randy Ross bought a Chevrolet Volt. Faced with the need to charge his car and eager to cut his utility bill, he installed solar panels on the roof of his Pleasanton, Calif., home. Now Ross, 61, has taken the … Continue reading

How Solar Will Destroy The Power Companies, In 5 Easy Steps – Yahoo Finance

Barclays recently downgraded the entire U.S. electric utilities sector to "underweight" on the threat posed by widespread adoption of solar-storage. These systems allow homeowners to use rooftop solar panels and a battery to cut all but the figurative emergency backup … Continue reading

Creating Investor-Ready Efficiency: The Industry Can’t Just Be a ‘Bunch of Cowboys’ : Greentech Media

Will efficiency projects get sliced and diced like mortgages, car loans and rental units? Only if the industry gets serious about standards. For proof of how securitization can grow a market really quickly, consider the single-family home rental market. After … Continue reading

Scientists Politely Remind World That Clean Energy Technology Ready To Go Whenever | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Stating that they just want to make sure it’s something everyone keeps in mind going forward, an international consortium of scientists gently reminded the world Wednesday that clean energy technologies are pretty much ready to go anytime. “We’ve got … Continue reading

The New Energy Landscape: Impact and Sustainable Energy Investing

Energy is set to be a key global concern for the foreseeable future—and to continue to be an important focus for impact and sustainable investors. In this, the first in a two-part series on the new energy landscape, Marta Maretich … Continue reading

Unlocking Solar Energy’s Value as an Asset Class

2014 is predicted to be a breakout year for solar financing, as the industry eagerly pursues finance innovations. Many of these methods aren't really new to other industries, but they are potentially game-changing when applied in the solar industry. Not … Continue reading

Intelligent Efficiency: Innovations Reshaping the Energy Efficiency Market : Greentech Media

A free special report Greentech Media is pleased to present a special report on “intelligent efficiency,” a new paradigm emerging in the market based on information awareness and data analytics. We present the first chapter of our report below. For … Continue reading

We Need to Accelerate the Development of Sustainability Metrics | Steven Cohen

If we are to make the transition to a renewable resource based economy, we need to do a better job of measuring the sustainability of our organizations, cities and nations. In an excellent article published in 2002 entitled "Using Sustainability … Continue reading

A battle is looming over renewable energy, and fossil fuel interests are losing – The Washington Post

In state capitals across the country, legislators are debating proposals to roll back environmental rules, prodded by industry and advocacy groups eager to curtail regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gases. The measures, which have been introduced in about 18 states, … Continue reading

Reinventing Existing Buildings: Eight Steps To Net Zero Energy

Net zero energy buildings are becoming more mainstream as technologies and processes improve, and renewable energy becomes less costly. Increasingly, innovators are focusing on how to take existing buildings to net zero. Whether for new or existing buildings, getting to … Continue reading

Solar Parity Map – Institute for Local Self Reliance

This interactive map illustrates the coming of cost-competitive solar based on a comparison of the unsubsidized cost of solar electricity with retail electricity prices of all 3100 utilities in the United States. The numbers on a state indicate the number … Continue reading

New Report: San Antonio Ranks 6th in Nation for Solar Energy | Environment Texas

SAN ANTONIO – A new report ranks San Antonio 6th in the nation for the amount of solar installed, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities. The Environment Texas Research and Policy … Continue reading

Microsoft Will Work With UTSA on Sustainable Energy Development

Microsoft and UTSA will work together to develop more sustainable technology to power huge and energy thirsty data center, like the one Microsoft operates in Westover Hills, 1200 WOAI news reports. The agreement, announced today at a pep rally hosted … Continue reading

The Method and Meaning of Minnesota’s New Value of Solar Policy

In March 2014, Minnesota became the first state to adopt a “value of solar” policy to set a fair, transparent price on solar energy. It may serve as a national precedent and fundamentally change the financial relationship between electric utilities … Continue reading

San Antonio shines as solar city – San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO — Let's look at the sunny side of life: San Antonio is one of the nation's leading solar cities. The sixth-ranked city, per a report from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, a nonprofit. The report ranked the … Continue reading

Investment and Home Solar Energy Projects | The Energy Collective

The residential solar installation and finance market is remaking itself through new alliances, vertical integration and hybrid sales channels, as well as with access to increasingly cheaper capital. We are in a post-CSI era and yet installation prices continue to … Continue reading

Solar Power Continues Explosive Growth

The use of solar power as an alternative energy source is growing at an explosive rate, according to recently released industry reports. In the US, the growth was recorded at more that 40 percent from the previous year, with the … Continue reading