PACE Financing 101

With all of these solar acronyms flying around, the renewable energy conversation can often times get a little confusing. One of the more common acronyms we continually hear is PACE financing. So what exactly is PACE? Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) arrived on the scene in 2008 and continues to be a strong renewable energy development mechanism used […] Read more

The Solar Toilet Has Arrived

Researches at the University of Colorado Boulder are developing a solar-powered toilet to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe and sustainable sanitation. The invention will be unveiled in India this month. The self-contained, waterless solar-powered toilet, designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, […] Read more

Illinois Fast Tracks the Smart Grid

In a victory for Illinois residents and the environment, Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) today formally proposed to the Illinois Commerce Commission an accelerated timetable for completing its deployment of four million smart meters. ComEd began installing smart meters last fall as part of the Energy Infrastructure and Modernization Act of 2011. With this proposal, the Illinois utility […] Read more

Solar for Low Income Families

Although solar panels for homes have dropped in price over the last decade, they still require an investment to purchase outright and install. While this is an affordable possibility for many middle class families, especially given the long term energy savings, it may be difficult for low income households to save money and make such […] Read more

3 Nonprofits Changing The World with Solar

When it comes to jumpstarting renewable energy programs in developing nations, much of the focus is on how local governments can drum up the necessary financial and political will to create a sustainable program that attracts outside investors and has room to grow. Unfortunately, however, many developing nations that could benefit the most from establishing […] Read more

In Focus: Recent Green Technology Advances

Attempting to make the world an improved and pollution-free place to live is not a straightforward task, and there are no settled principles. This is one of the tests we confront when making, executing and depending on different sources of energy; since no single source of energy is 100% ‘clean’. Nonetheless, year-after-year we continue to make […] Read more

Elon Musk Disses Chris “Bridgegate” Christie

After reading “To the People of New Jersey,” I think it’s fair to say that Elon Musk deserves to win a prize for best blog post – not to mention best one liner! – of the week. Check it out. On Tuesday, under pressure from the New Jersey auto dealer lobby to protect its monopoly, the […] Read more

In Focus: Natural Gas Vehicle Technology

Natural gas is being used by more than half of all household in the U.S. to heat their homes, as well as to power various appliances, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and furnaces. This widespread use of natural gas in American households is mostly due to the fact that it’s much cheaper than electricity and […] Read more

Tesla’s Chinese Eco-mark Lawsuit

A previous post reported on Tesla’s Chinese trademark problem.  Apparently, a businessman named Zhan Baosheng had registered the TESLA (or “Te Si La” transliterated) trademark in China, blocking  the American automaker from using the mark there. Mr. Zhan was also operating a web site using the Tesla China domain (, and operating a Tesla-branded account on the […] Read more

The Need of Green Construction

The Green construction aims at efficient use of resources to create healthier and energy efficient homes. It helps in creating a balance between the environment and the construction process. This article will make you aware of the Green Construction and its impact on the environment. The green construction is less noisy and more eco friendly. […] Read more

SunPower to Issue Asset Backed Bonds

In a bid to secure inexpensive capital, SunPower (SPWR) is pursuing alternative funding sources. According to a number of reports, SunPower, intends to issue bonds backed by solar assets later this year. Asset backed securities (ABS) pool together power purchase agreements from utility scale plants or residential solar leases, and pass on the payments from […] Read more

Solar Comes to Best Buy

Are solar panels becoming consumer electronics? While the majority of devices at the local Best Buy suck more and more of the energy in your home—albeit more efficiently if you opt for Energy Star products, the store is starting to offer solar arrays so homeowners can power their new toys and tools with the sun. Through a […] Read more

The Thinnest LED EVER

University of Washington scientists have built the thinnest LED ever. It can be used as a source of light energy in electronics. The LED is based off of two-dimensional, flexible semiconductors, making it possible to stack or use in much smaller and more diverse applications than current technology allows. “We are able to make the thinnest-possible LEDs, […] Read more

Illinois: The Greenest State

Illinois’ cornfields aren’t the only thing that’s green in the state, nearly 100 communities in the the state are 100 percent powered by renewable electricity. That’s according to a new report, Leading from the Middle: How Illinois Communities Unleashed Renewable Energy. As such it’s likely the greenest energy state in the nation on a per capita basis. […] Read more