Nonprofits: A New Frontier for Solar

The nonprofit sector would seem to represent a natural fit for the solar revolution. Nonprofits exist primarily to do good. A community center, a food bank, a nationwide health-related charity: all these try to give a helping hand to needy people in a particular geographic area, or to a specific group, or to the sick […] Read more

Sunrun Teams Up with Nest on Energy Efficient Homes

You’ve installed solar on your roof — now how do you make the most of it? That’s a question we’re always asking around these parts, and today Sunrun is helping to provide an answer. (Note: SunRun is an installer partner of’s parent company, One Block Off the Grid.) Through a partnership with Nest, the […] Read more

Retail and Hospitality Embracing Green

Green building is taking off in the hospitality and retail industries, says McGraw Hill in a new study. This year, retail owners that are building green for over half of their projects rose to 38%, up from just 18% in 2011. That’s expected to rise to 52% by 2015. The percentage is higher for the […] Read more

Electric Cars: $1 Gallon of Gas

Remember the days when a gallon of gas cost $1 or less? While those days are gone for cars that run on petroleum, people that drive electric cars are enjoying the good ‘ole days. The national average for an eGallon is $1.14 – the amount of electricity that equals a gallon of gas in terms […] Read more

Energy Benchmarking: $9 Billion Savings Potential

Energy benchmarking can unlock $9 billion in energy savings by 2020, suggests a recent report by the Institute of Market Transformation. Despite our lofty aspirations of energy independence and tackling global climate change, we are only beginning to implement the first step in the multifamily building sector – understanding our energy use. Multifamily housing has […] Read more

Solar Savings Used to Fund Teachers Salaries in California

California is one of the top solar states in the United States, and it is now using solar to do more than reduce carbon dioxide emissions and generate electricity. The California school system, which has struggled with constant budget reductions in recent years, has found that solar installations can free up money to keep teachers […] Read more

Residential PV Federal Tax Credit

At, we are often asked about the federal tax credits that apply to customers who use solar electric systems to power their homes.  Though we’re not tax experts, we’ve spent some time gathering information about these federal tax incentives for residential PV installations.  Here’s what we’ve learned:  The federal government offers tax credits to […] Read more

Electric Cars= $1 a Gallon Gas for Life + $1,200 Cash per Year

Green advocates may tout the many benefits of owning an electric car but for those with a love for internal combustion engine-run vehicles, it’s no contest. EVs are more expensive than gasoline-based cars, their range is limited and the hassle of plugging them in for a charge just doesn’t seem worth it. A new study […] Read more

15 California Schools Go Solar

Solar energy is now electrifying 15, K-12 schools in South San Francisco’s Unified School District. Combined with energy efficiency retrofits, the district will save $20 million in utility bills over 25 years. Solar panels are on elementary, middle, and high schools across the district, producing a total 1.68 megawatts (MW). That will cut its fossil fuel use in half. In 2010, voters […] Read more

Top 5 Reasons People Go Solar

Did you know that most solar customers are not rich? Most have an annual household income under six figures, and way below that $150,000 mark many consider wealthy. What’s more, 70 percent say they’re actually penny-pinchers, or, to be polite about it, “savvy spenders.” These are just two observations reported in a new infographic released […] Read more

Appliance Standards: Saving $1 Trillion by 2035

There is a great debate amongst utilities about how to get customers, large and small, to cut peak load. There are carrot approaches, such as rebates, and then there are sticks, like mandatory commercial critical peak pricing. Another approach, which is more long-term and not discussed as often, is increasing appliance and equipment standards for […] Read more

Mitt Romney Could Be $89,000 RICHER if He Went Solar

Republican presidential front runner Mitt Romney makes more money in one day than the average American makes in a year. With $20.9 million in income last year and a lower tax rate than most middle-class Americans, perhaps he’d be willing to join the thousands of homeowners around the country who are investing in solar? A […] Read more

Extra Electricity Bills Make Solar Look Even Better

Not every family has to worry about owning and maintaining two properties. It is usually more common in regions of the central and western U.S. where real estate prices are generally lower. Many people might think that anyone who can afford two homes would not need to worry about electricity bills, but particularly in those […] Read more

How Going Green Can Save You Money

Going green isn’t just good for the environment; it can also save you money. Whether you’re able to make a serious change or just a minor adjustment, these 15 tips will help you feel good about doing something for the environment and your financial situation! 1. Adjust Your Thermostat A quick and easy way to […] Read more