Why Taxing Solar Energy is a Horrible Idea

In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. The measure, which sailed to passage on a near unanimous vote after no debate, is likely to be […] Read more

The Future of American Energy

Imagine a world where homes not only run on clean electricity but also generate, store, and sell it. A world where power companies get paid for conserving energy, not just producing it. Where, when supplies are tight, the power grid gives customers the option of being paid to reduce and even shift their energy use […] Read more

In Focus: Solar Powered Gadgets

At a time when we’re all becoming more dependent on our electronic gadgets, power prices are soaring. It’s hard to imagine life without our laptops, smartphones, tablet computers and all of the other electronics we use every day, and it can be hard to strike a balance between using less power and keeping up with […] Read more

How Crowdfunding and Distributed Generation are Changing Everything

Last year, the Edison Electric Institute released a report titled, “Disruptive Challenges,” which identified current and future serious threats to the  electric utility system. The report identified a number of factors causing the major changes in the electricity industry: Recent technological and economic changes are expected to challenge and transform the electric utility industry. These […] Read more

Volkswagen Makes Electric Car Push in China

According to Volkswagen CEO Prof. Dr. Winterkorn, the company will be “launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history.” The initiative gets underway with the launch this year of the Volkswagen brand’s electric up! and e-Golfmodels. While the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid is already in the showrooms in China, the Group will be launching two further plug-in […] Read more

Con Edison Goes Solar at NYC HQ

Atop a skyscraper in New York City utility Con Edison is using solar to power its headquarters. The company said today (April 21) that it installed a 40 kilowatt solar array using more than 200 Suniva PV modules on the 19th story of its building in Manhattan, which can power two of the building’s floors. […] Read more

Minnesota’s Value of Solar

In March 2014, Minnesota became the first state to adopt a “value of solar” policy. It may fundamentally change the financial relationship between electric utilities and their energy-producing customers. It may also serve as a precedent for setting a transparent, market-based price for solar energy. This report explains the origins of value of solar, the […] Read more

Fracturing Maryland?

The case to ban fracking is growing more popular in a society that is becoming more environmentally aware. Fracking, technically known as hydraulic fracturing, is defined as the process in which “fractures in rocks below the earth’s surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas […] Read more

Home Solar Will Have Another Boom Year in 2014

This year’s outlook for cleaner fuels is bright, according to a recent report from the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). But it is much brighter for some technologies than others. Solar and wind specifically, which remain the cleanest of the cleantechs in the emerging global renewables market, have a very promising future. The same […] Read more

The SunJack 20W Portable Solar Charger

Harold Tan, one of the team members at GoGreenSolar.com, has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to build and market SunJack, the world’s most portable 20-Watt solar charger and battery pack for off-grid applications and emergency mobile power. The campaign will also benefit the rural villages of Papua New Guinea with smoke-free lighting and energy. As an off-grid […] Read more

The MatHero Project: Greener Organic Solar Cells

A new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), called “MatHero”, aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts by enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells, reducing their production costs and increasing their life-time. “Green” processes for materials synthesis and coating play a key role. To reach these objectives, the European project […] Read more

Free Nissan LEAF Charging

If you live in a strong market for electric cars, Nissan is offering two years of free charging when you buy or lease its Leaf. Starting July 1, Nissan will distribute EZ-Charge cards in 10 markets: San Francisco; Sacramento; San Diego; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Phoenix; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston, Nashville; and Washington, DC. It plans to add another 15 cities next year. “Public charging is […] Read more

In Focus: The Honda Smart Home

Although Honda is a company that is best known for their cars and motorcycles, the company has started to venture into other, non-vehicle based projects. That’s what the Japanese car maker is trying to do with its latest project, dubbed Honda Smart Home. It’s a smart home concept, that the company claims is one of the […] Read more

Quantum Dots = Efficient Solar Windows

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Their project demonstrates that superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be applied in solar energy by helping more efficiently harvest sunlight. […] Read more