Goodbye Electric Bills; Hello Solar

Have you noticed that your Massachusetts electricity bill seems ridiculously high compared to last year?  That’s because rates are on the rise.  If you look at the Average Retail Price of Electricity report as recorded by the U.S. Energy Administration, the average residential cost of electricity in Massachusetts was $0.1519/kWH in December 2012 and it was $0.2014/kWH […] Read more

President Obama Doubles Down on Renewables

Last Friday,  President Obama took an important step toward supporting a clean energy future by directing the Federal Government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.  This is more than double the current level, making this a significant moment in President Obama’s second term. Renewable energy has become cost-competitive over the years […] Read more

Sustainable Business Practices Yielding Profits

As climate change continues to be a hot topic for the environmental and political world, other sectors are beginning to take notice. Of these sectors, the business realm really has had its interest piqued and is benefiting from incorporating climate change and sustainability risks into their decision-making. Studies show that global clean energy markets present […] Read more

5 Reasons Solar is Beating Fossil Fuels

The solar industry is growing drastically every year, while fossil fuels continue to be phased out. This is why it is frustrating to hear commenters still say that renewable energy is not ready to compete with fossil fuels as a means to power our country. This is no longer true. Here are five reasons why […] Read more

Solar Leasing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In recent years, many solar companies have shifted their focus to leasing solar photovoltaic systems and it has become increasingly popular for consumers. In fact, more than half of all new residential solar installations were financed and owned by a third party in 2012, and many industry experts expect this number to increase in 2013. […] Read more

Apple’s Green Efforts: Too Little Too Late?

Apple is trying to offset its long history of  unsustainable practices through a number of initiatives that include hiring former EPA head Lisa Jackson. Even if the company manages to clean up its act, they may be haunted by their past for years to come. As Apple strives to improve its sustainable performance, the company is being […] Read more

Why Inflation is Good For Solar Panels

As Merriam-Webster tells us, inflation is defined as: “a continuing rise in the general price level usuallyattributed to an increase in the volume of money and credit relative toavailable goods and services.” I know, I know — not exactly the kind of thing you want to be reading on a Friday. But before your eyes […] Read more

Clean Energy: We Sure Are Good At Talking About It

There are a few weapons in my arsenel as an advocate for renewables, and one of them is a fairly comprehensive calendar of events.  I use it primarily to schedule travel, trying, as I have all my adultlife, to maximize the value of each mile flown, by combining trips tosee clients, prospects, book interview subjects […] Read more

How Solar is Good for your Health

You heard about solar power being the right thing to do environmentally and financially, but could it be good for your health?  According to a number ofscientists, the answer to that question is yes.  Renewable technologies, like wind and solar power, replace our need for dirty fossil fuels, and therefore make our world a little […] Read more

Prop 23 Denial Good for Everyone

I live in Boston, Massachusetts.  You would think the denial of Proposition 23 in California would make no difference to the clean energy industry in New England, but it does.  Right now, California is the leader in renewable energy policies that other states are modeling themselves after.  The battle for Proposition 23 is similar to […] Read more

Good Looking Researchers Develop Micro Supercapacitor

A research team from France and US has developed a microsupercapacitor with remarkable potential to power mobile electronics,wireless sensor networks, biomedical implants, RFID tags and embeddedmicro sensors. The supercapacitor developed by the team uses electrodesmade of onion-like carbon, a material in which each individual particlemade up of concentric spheres of carbon atoms is 6-7 nanometers […] Read more

Is A Solar Hot Water System A Good Fit for You?

So you’re interested in solar hot water? We’re happy to hear it.Solar water heating is an effective way to lower your utility bill. And, compared to solar electric — or photovoltaic (PV) — systems, solarwater heaters are typically less expensive. (For more info on thedifferences between these technologies, see our post Solar Hot Water vs. […] Read more

Dow, NASDAQ, Solar Have Good Month July 2010

Economy improving slowly A trickle of confidence in the markets returned in July. U.S. andEuropean stocks recovered much of the losses of earlier months showingdefinite but slow growth while dumping gold and U.S. dollar as a result. The Dow finished at 10465.94, a gain of 41 points or .4% since last Friday. The NASDAQ slipped […] Read more

Solar Gets Huge Good Morning America Shout Out

Being featured on Good Morning America this morning, solar power has been put in a very pleasant spotlight. If any industry deserves its five minutes in the sun, it’s solar, an we’re always happy to hear that topics related to solar, other renewables,and energy efficiency are reaching a broad audience. This segment showed us solar […] Read more