Three companies file bid for CPS Energy’s rooftop solar program – San Antonio Business Journal

Three companies have filed a bid with CPS Energy to install rooftop solar panels on homes and businesses across the municipally owned utility company's service area.CPS Energy issued an RFP for the solar power program earlier this year but set … Continue reading

Portland Just Installed Water Pipes That Generate Electricity! | True Activist

Lucid Energyportlands-new-pipes, a Portland-based energy company, has come up with a brilliant idea to harness electricity from the water that flows through a city’s pipes. Small turbines are installed into the pipes which send the energy collected from the flowing … Continue reading

San Antonio takes different tack on solar energy

San Antonio is one of the leading cities for solar energy in the United States, with photovoltaic systems on nearly 2,500 roofs and a solar farm in the works that will power the equivalent of 70,000 homes. Leading the effort … Continue reading

Bridges to New Solar Business Models

Creating a sustainable long-term distributed photovoltaic (DPV) market will require aligning the interests of utilities, solar companies, technology providers, and customers. Aligning those interests does not mean discarding the business models that have served the solar market until now. Rather, … Continue reading

The Business Case for Deep-energy Retrofits – retrofit

Commercial building deep-energy retrofits provide substantially greater energy savings—often reducing a building’s energy consumption by up to 50 percent—than traditional retrofits. Yet they offer more than just a low utility bill. When planned and executed properly, a deep retrofit can … Continue reading

A 100-year-old house plugs in

On a damp winter day in Portland, Ore., a pale mint house from the turn of the century blinks awake in an instant. A black glass orb affixed to the wall perfects the air temperature as a another sleek black … Continue reading

For ‘Eco Flippers,’ There’s Green in Foreclosed Homes – Businessweek

When Christine Fisk toured a foreclosed home in Phoenix that had been renovated to be more energy-efficient, she wasn’t sold on its environmental benefits. But the two-bedroom bungalow was just minutes from her office and in good shape, so the … Continue reading

Why Elon Musk’s Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company – Bloomberg

Climate: Now or Never Here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the U.S. utility industry. At a sagebrush-strewn industrial park outside of Reno, Nevada, bulldozers are clearing dirt for Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s battery factory, … Continue reading

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete | Giles Parkinson | Comment is free | The Guardian

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered in and … Continue reading

A Much Cheaper Grid Battery Comes to Market | MIT Technology Review

A new kind of battery that stores energy from solar and wind power cheaply and cleanly has hit the market. It is by far the cheapest of a new generation of large, long-lived batteries that could make it possible to … Continue reading

Reinventing Fire: Electricity – YouTube

Reinventing Fire: Electricity – YouTube. … Continue reading

Solar Power on the Rise: The Technologies and Policies behind a Booming Energy Sector (2014) | Union of Concerned Scientists

Solar power generates electricity with no global warming pollution, no fuel costs, and no risks of fuel price spikes, and has the potential to help move the country toward cleaner, reliable, and affordable sources of electricity. Small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) … Continue reading

The Devil Is In the Details (And So Is the Solution)

Assessing the benefits and costs of distributed solar PV Earlier this month, the decision of APS—Arizona’s largest electric utility—to propose two major changes to its net metering program, one which would do away with the program entirely, has become the … Continue reading

Austin’s Solar Tariff Newly Incorporates RMI’s Energy Price Hedge Recommendation

Renewables scored a major victory recently in the natural gas heartland that is Texas. In a resolution adopted by the Austin City Council on August 28, the city declared solar energy its default generation resource, in part noting “that solar … Continue reading

Solar Continues Trumping Fossil Fuel Pricing, With More Innovations To Come

Solar Continues Trumping Fossil Fuel Pricing, With More Innovations To Come Solar power has come a long way in a short period of time. Just five years ago, the bulk of the energy community viewed it as being unreliable, expensive … Continue reading

Show Me the [Efficiency] Money — Solutions Journal Summer 2014 — Medium

Five real estate executives weigh in on what it will take to unlock $1.4 trillion in net energy savings through commercial building efficiency. RMI’s Reinventing Fire analysis shows how to tap into $1.9 trillion in saved energy costs in U.S. … Continue reading

The Next Big Thing: Solar Freakin’ Carports : Greentech Media

Earlier this year, the internet swooned over the idea of turning everyday roads into solar energy systems that could power cities. The tagline of the inventors: "solar freakin' roadways." Those without a deep background in energy or materials wondered what … Continue reading

Sustainability Reaps Giant Profits in Melbourne

The huge price paid for one of Melbourne’s landmark green buildings attests to the premiums that sustainability can provide to property owners. – See more at: http://sourceable.net/sustainability-reaps-giant-profits-in-melbourne/#sthash.vAFKjMex.dpuf The huge price paid for one of Melbourne’s landmark green buildings attests to … Continue reading

The Economics of Grid Defection

Distributed electricity generation, especially solar PV, is rapidly spreading and getting much cheaper. Distributed electricity storage is doing the same, thanks largely to mass production of batteries for electric vehicles. Solar power is already starting to erode some utilities’ sales … Continue reading

Fortune 500 Companies Declare Their “Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles”

Imagine if several of the world’s largest companies joined together to make clear their common interests in accessing renewable energy. Such an accord, if it contained actionable intent, would send a potent signal to the energy market that corporate renewable … Continue reading