Renewable Energy May Save The World $4 Trillion

June 13, 2016

Doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36% by 2030 could save the world economy up to $4.2 trillion annually in avoided expenditure related to climate change and air pollution, according to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In a new report from IRENA, entitled “Remap: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future”, the starting point is…

Spreading Solar PV to a Broader Audience

June 9, 2016

Community solar programs are budding around the country. These programs are often promoted as a way to spread solar to those who can’t host a system on their roof. But are they reaching lower- and moderate-income (LMI) customers who may want to participate, including those living in multi-family rentals (MFR) such as condos and other high-rises? So far, very…

Apple is Getting Greener and Greener

June 7, 2016

Apple, the electronic giant that is, have worked hard to incorporate sustainable energy into their business and are proud that 93 percent of its facilities worldwide now run on renewable energy, as reported by GTM Research. This is a signal to other RE100 institutions and an achievement that is making good on its environmental promises two years…

Residential Energy Digitalization

June 2, 2016

Residential customers are increasingly taking an interest in generating their own electricity, better controlling their energy consumption, and having a positive impact on the environment. This interest is fundamentally changing the utility-customer relationship and transitioning utility business models away from traditional centralized power toward a much more diverse and resilient grid infrastructure. The resulting broad evolution is being enabled…

Go Solar – Residential Solar Increasingly Competitive

May 31, 2016

In recent news, it is claimed that twenty U.S. states are now at grid parity for residential solar with another 22 states expected to reach this milestone by 2020, under a “business-as-usual” scenario. As installation costs continue to decline and retail electricity rates climb, residential solar economics have become increasingly attractive across the U.S. According to GTM Research,…

China – The Empire of Solar Energy

May 26, 2016

China is aiming to triple its solar PV generation capacity by the year 2020, bringing it up to 143 Gigawatts (GW).  The plan is to add between 15 GW and 20 GW of new solar PV generation capacity per year until 2020, according to the National Energy Administration (NEA). Such a plan calls for the…

Senior Housing and Assisted-Living Properties Adds to Green Housing Demands

May 23, 2016

As the U.S. economy continues to shift toward embracing sustainability, senior and assisted-living options are also changing in response to socioeconomic issues. Bold new ideas, innovative “green” offerings and sustainability breakthroughs are factors necessary to stay competitive in today’s market. New trends offer a wide range of options for senior Americans including eco-friendly housing and…

Solar PV + Storage – The 3rd Generation Energy Strategy

May 17, 2016

The president of the solar industry’s national lobbying group SEIA said recently that “storage is the missing piece of the puzzle” for the future of solar PV, confirmed what we have commented on here in several news articles. As net energy metering policies evolve, battery storage offers an important pathway for maintaining and enhancing the…

The End of The Light Bulb – LED and other “Light Bulb” Innovations

May 12, 2016

Efficient lighting in the streets and in buildings have undergone considerable changes in the past decade and a relatively cheap but essential product – the light bulb “as we know it” – has gone from more energy efficient to almost redundant as part of innovation that is redefining the design, applications, and benefits of lighting.…

Wheelys – The Bicycle Coffee Entre-Preneur Goes Solar

May 10, 2016

Who would not want to buy coffee at a café that is pedal and solar powered, cleans the air around it, and recycles coffee grounds into flowers? The whole idea makes much sense, and the bicycle-based coffee shop by Wheelys that has been around for over two years, have expanded remarkably by selling hundreds of…