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Low Carbon Yogurt?

The Village of Minster in Western Ohio just unlocked a major green power achievement through an agreement to buy power from Half Moon Venture’s newly commissioned 4.3-MW solar power system coupled with a 7 MW/3 MWh battery. Yes, battery!  (Minster is not only on the cutting edge of green power but is also the home of Dannon Yogurt) The system, […]

May 18th

Egypt’s Solar Energy Plans Are Heating Up

Participating in an initiative to finance rooftop solar power units, National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and Banque Misr are offering loans to citizens in Egypt. As a preliminary stage, the initiative is being offered only within specific areas of Cairo. However, plans include expanding soon into Egypt’s other governorates. Energy Committee Head Magid Eldeen Almanzlaoy […]

January 19th

Solar Harvesting System Works Transparently on Windows

Finally, there’s a new type of solar concentrator being developed to generate solar energy without blocking the view. When it is placed over a window, it harvests solar energy while still allowing people to see through the window. Researchers from Michigan State University call this new solar harvester a transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrator (LSC). The […]

November 3rd

Is It Solar Investment’s Time to Shine?

For years, solar investment has been viewed warily by the markets, as negative comparisons to more traditional energy sectors led to a view that solar stock was overpriced, unpredictably volatile and growing too slowly. Recently, though, that viewpoint appears to have been changing and several major fund managers are placing their faith in solar shares […]

September 19th

How Solar Energy Is Powering Off-Grid Health Clinics

Solar energy continues to show huge promise for bringing clean affordable power to those living off the grid, but many of the off-grid solar applications, especially in developing countries, focus on small projects, such as charging mobile devices and providing light after dark, not powering entire buildings and organizations. However, that is changing, and some […]

August 26th

Invest in solar for community institutions with Crowd Solar

Investors can help community institutions save money, reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, and become more resilient, by helping to fund solar installations at schools, libraries, or local nonprofit organizations with Crowd Solar. By investing money in solar for community institutions at places that do good in the community, it’s a win/win situation, as the […]

December 5th

Solar Schools Can Empower Communities and Power Classrooms

How can schools cut their energy costs, while at the same time helping communities to diversify their energy sources and support clean renewable energy? It might seem like a no-brainer, but one direct approach is to install solar photovoltaic systems on school campuses and use the generated electricity to offset their fossil fuel energy consumption […]

October 22nd

Nonprofit Solar Installer Empowers Low Income Neighborhoods

Investing in solar power is a great choice for homeowners and businesses alike, but one big obstacle to entering the solar revolution is the high initial cost for both the equipment and the installation, which can deter many people from choosing to install solar panels that could offset some or all of their energy costs. […]

October 14th

First Solar Leads U.S. in Solar Installations

Solar Power World has published its ranking of top U.S. solar contractors. The ranking lists the solar industry’s top 100 companies in order of total megawatts (MW) installed in 2011. The ranking includes a wide variety of solar installers, with both publicly traded and privately owned companies dispersed throughout. The top 100 companies installed a combined […]

December 24th

People want Renewable Energy. Who will give it to them?

Two new polls out this week show that Americans want their future energy supply to be renewable. A mid-January USA Today/Gallup poll found that 83 percent of Americans want incentives for alternative energy, which put it at the top of their list for Congress to work on. And a February 7 Pike Research survey on […]

February 7th

Solar or oil: is that a legitimate question?

Last week, a story titled Texas Oil Baron Is Promoting Solar Energy ran in the New York Times. Written by freelance environmental journalist Todd Woody, it was about a commercial featuring Larry Hagman, posing as the Texas oil tycoon J.R. Ewing that he played on the TV show Dallas. In the commercial, the former faux-oilman […]

July 23rd