The “‘How Solar Users Think’” Study

Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, but one UA study is gaining insight into what truly motivates them to go green. A University of Arizona professor is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a study of why individual households choose to install their own rooftop solar panels. According to the news release, […] Read more

Solar: Leading the Nation in Job Creation

The last couple of weeks have seen a number of great stories published about the benefits that solar is bringing to the economy and the planet. Not only have we seen state rankings for solar potentialfrom the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a look back at the incredible solar boom of 2013, and a roadmap for reaching 100 percent […] Read more

5 Reasons Clean Energy Technology is Booming

You may have heard about the recent 60 Minutes segment that inexplicably reported the cleantech sector was in steep decline. There are quite a few reports out there breaking down the many fallacies of that segment, with most correctly concluding the sector is not dead, it is in fact booming and evidence of that surging momentum is everywhere you look. Consider these […] Read more

Ocean Energy Tries Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is everywhere today, reaching out to individuals in our field to fund documentaries on climate change,solar schools in England, solar systems in the US, and a wind turbine in the Netherlands. Now the ocean energy industry has launched its own platform, Clean Reach. Designed to address a lack of early-stage funding for this high potential energy industry, it wants to help entrepreneurial start-ups, coastal […] Read more

How Crowdsourcing is Democratizing Solar Power

New community and crowdsourced financing models for solar will expand the availability of cheap capital — if regulatory risk can be cleared. No more than 25 percent of U.S. rooftops are suitable for standard solar, GTM Senior Editor Stephen Lacey noted in introducing the Democratizing Solar panel at the GTM Solar Market Insight conference. A huge pool of […] Read more

New Micro-Reactor Can Study Catalytic Nanoparticles

Anatoly Frenkel, a professor of physics at Yeshiva University, is collaborating with materials scientist Eric Stach and others at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop new ways to study the behavior of catalytic nanoparticles. “We are developing a new ‘micro-reactor’ that enables us to explore many aspects of catalytic function using […] Read more

Solar Parity: Arriving by 2025

The idea of parity for solar power, the day when power from solar panels costs as much as other electric generation sources like coal or natural gas, is coming closer, but when exactly will we hit that mark? The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative seeks to reach that point by the end of this decade—and […] Read more

How The DOE is Taking Care of Solar

In the history of our country, our government has repeatedly been willing to invest and take risk in unproven technologies that have radically transformed our country. Technologies from GPS, radar, internet, and many others all started in the labs of government buildings and soon were used by the general public. The Department of Energy (DoE) has […] Read more

The Future of Solar Crowdsourcing

Let’s get one thing straight at the outset: the solar crowdsourcing company Mosaic isn’t a community-owned solar developer, and it is not the “Kickstarter of solar” as so many have labeled it. Under community solar, local customers purchase power directly from the system or actually own some of the panels. And under a Kickstarter model, […] Read more

Microsoft Joins The “Renewable Energy Purchase” Club

Microsoft is using money from its corporate carbon fee for its first major renewable energy purchase – it is buying all the output from a wind farm in Texas. Last year, the company began charging business divisions for the carbon they emit. Besides encouraging greater focus on efficiency inside the corporation, the money is used for efficiency projects and now, to buy renewable […] Read more

Renewable Energy Standard: Coming Soon to the United States?

Two bills calling on the U.S. to create a renewable energy standard (RES) were introduced in the Senate this week. Both bills were introduced by Senate Democrats, and both call on the U.S. to source 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2025. The bills could be a […] Read more

Alternative Energy ETF’s and Mutual Funds are Killing It

Alternative energy MFs racked up extremely robust gains in the past year. Returns range from a low of 16%, to a high of 64% for a mutual fund that is heavy into solar investments. ETFs also did well, but returns are much more variable. They range from a loss of 34% for a carbon ETF, […] Read more

In Focus: Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff Changes

Since the province of Ontario’s municipal government passed its Green Energy Act in 2009, the world of clean energy has seen major changes — most notably, the rise and dramatic fall of solar hardware costs. So it’s not surprising that the program is in need of updating, and that some of those updates will reduce […] Read more

Energy Storage: The Next Big Industry?

Energy storage is emerging as an important industry where there’s lots of room for innovative new companies. Large-scale technology cost-effectively supplies utilities with available energy regardless of fluctuating demand with minimal waste and small-scale technology can keep the lights on during storms and power interruptions, for example. Energy storage also facilitates integration of variable sources of renewable energy – solar and […] Read more