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Solar Energy Powered Refrigeration

September 1, 2013 by Nigel Morris

Like quite a number of solar installers, I am always on the lookout for energy-efficient products and recently, I started looking at portable cool rooms and learned a few things along the way. Always gotta love an opportunity for innovation.[read more]

Enel Green Power Approved for US's First Renewable Hybrid Power Plant

August 18, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

Enel Green Power has received final regulatory approval to construct its groundbreaking hybrid solar and geothermal power plant in Nevada. The renewable energy company will now move forward with its plan to construct a 24-megawatt solar installation at its Stillwater Geothermal Plant in Churchill County, Nevada.  The solar farm...[read more]


Community Power Gains Momentum

July 11, 2011 by Rosana Francescato

You may or may not have noticed, but a grassroots movement in community power is picking up speed around the country. What's community power, you may ask, and why does it matter?The community power movement aims to decentralize electricity generation, which provides benefits to communities beyond local, clean, and more...[read more]

Solar Prices Dive as Inventories Reach Record Highs

May 27, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

According to market analysis conducted by IMS Research, the price of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules is dropping as a result of record high inventory levels. Global PV module inventory levels have reached more than 10-gigawatts in the second quarter of 2011.  Inventories at manufacturers, distributors, integrators, and...[read more]

Connecticut Solar Power: Small State, Large Dreams and Depleted Funds

November 29, 2010 by Reginald Norris

It may the nation’s third smallest state, but Connecticut’s electric rates are among the highest in the country. In 2009, Connecticut’s average rate was more than 74% above the national average and up until the end of October, when New York officially surpassed them, Connecticut’s electric rates trailed only those of Hawaii’s. As a...[read more]

Renewable Energy Opportunities with the U.S. Government

October 20, 2010 by Reginald Norris

This article is the first in a series about the potential for private renewable energy companies to access the large (and growing) market for clean energy within the federal government.By: John K. Norris, Contributing Writer to MyEnergySolution.comThe U.S. General Services Administration, the federal agency in charge of building and...[read more]

Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania Enjoying Increased Solar Success

October 12, 2010 by Reginald Norris

By: Matthew K. Norris, Contributing Writer to MyEnergySolutionWhen people think of the best states for solar power, California is often the first state to come to mind as it has strong financial incentives for solar power but also possesses an abundance of sunshine that makes solar power seem logical. However, many state governments on...[read more]

What green will you find at a liquor store?

June 25, 2010 by Rich Maltzman

What green will you find at a liquor store? …we know you’re probably thinking: Midori (which, by the way is the Japanese word for green) Heineken bottles Crème de Menthe and that’s good.  But that’s not what we’re thinking. We’re thinking about the 602-panel solar roof of Luke’s Super Liquors in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts (Cape...[read more]

Solar’s strange bedfellows

June 21, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Not long ago, it would have been unthinkable for a big utility company to encourage homeowners to put solar panels on their roofs. If people generate more of their own electricity, after all, utility companies will sell less, they’ll need to build fewer power plants and, at least under traditional regulatory regimes, they’ll make less...[read more]

8 Cool Things About Solar Power That Just Might Change the World

June 16, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

Rapid changes in the solar power sector are fueling a green energy revolution.  With so much emphasis on solving the global warming puzzle, technology in solar is advancing very quickly and may be the answer we’ve been looking for.  Let’s take a look at how this industry is changing so quickly. 1. Solar Panel...[read more]

What’s in the IEA’s roadmaps to carbon-free electricity?

June 11, 2010 by Nathan Wilson

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has begun releasing a set of technology roadmaps (IEA Roadmaps ) that describe a 40 year long transition to a low carbon energy future, with targets, milestones, and policy needs.  The individual roadmaps are combined in their “BLUE Map” scenario which yields a 50% reduction in global CO2...[read more]

Being a Solar Hero and Lessons on Leadership

June 7, 2010 by Christopher Williams

I am a solar hero. Well, almost. For the past month I’ve been running a crew installing solar in Roxbury. I’d say we’ve installed about 50kW in the past month, not bad on a pitched roof. This is some of our work to the right. The name solar hero started as a joke around the job site but mainly is used to talk about anyone who kicks...[read more]

PODCAST: Dow Corning Sees Bright Future for Solar in the US – IF We Get the Policies Right

May 31, 2010 by Jesse Jenkins

The solar industry is rapidly evolving, driving both economies of scale and remarkable innovation that gives solar power a bright future in the United States, if we get the policies right, according to Eric Peeters, Business Vice President for Solar at Dow Corning. Mr. Peeters recently spoke to me for a podcast interview exclusively for...[read more]

Is biomimicry a “megacategory” of cleantech?

May 31, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

I had a terrific interview last week with natural sciences expert Janine Benyus, who is the foremost authority on an emerging area of science called biomimicry. In fact, Benyus is credited with coining the term in the1990s. Basically, biomimicry is about innovation that replicates what already works well in nature, whether it...[read more]

Missouri the 21st State to Adopt Landmark PACE Program

May 25, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

Last Friday, Missouri became the 21st state to open the door to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. The innovative and wildly popular financing scheme, which allows homeowners to pay for solar power systems via municipal loans paid back through property taxes, has been spreading fast through states eager to ride the...[read more]