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Solar Deployment Exceeds Wind in 2013

Solar Deployment Exceeds Wind in 2013

More new solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity was added throughout the globe than wind energy in 2013, according to the Clean Energy Trends 2014 report issued by clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge, Inc. Last year also marked a significant transition in the history of clean energy: for the first time since Clean Edge began tracking


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,


WeWi Telecommunications Announces “SOL” Solar Laptop

Laptop computers use just 50 to 75 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually, just one-third of what’s required by their desktop-bound cousins. But most of them still can’t run for a whole day on a single battery charge. While many of the high-tech manufacturers, notably Samsung, have talked about produced solar-powered models for years, so far


Top Sustainability Trends to Look For in 2013

In years past, companies would provide recycling receptacles and install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and consider themselves “green.” But with pressing forces of climate change, strained resources and transparency, corporate sustainability has evolved and become embedded deeper in business decisions. It now defines company culture and corporate reputation. A number of significant sustainability developments


Top Sustainability Trends of 2012 from Greenbiz

As 2012 came to a close, GreenBiz asked executives from a range of companies and organizations to reflect on the past year and look at what lies ahead. They obliged by telling us about their accomplishments, frustrations, lessons learned, their thoughts about the biggest issues of 2012 and what they think will drive sustainability in 2013. A


DOE’s LBNL Study: PV Prices Continue to Fall

In it’s fifth annual “Tracking the Sun” report, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory determined that the price of installed solar has continued to fall, largely because of price drops in the cost of photovoltaics. While the report also found falling prices in the soft costs of solar they were not nearly as


Sustainable Investments Trending Up

11.2% of all investments under professional management in the US meet “sustainable” investment standards, a rise of 22% over the past two years. Whether it’s through mutual funds or individual stocks, investors are continue to increase their exposure to companies that rate high on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors, according to the biennial


Micro Inverters: What You Need to Know

Are you thinking about installing solar panels on your home or business? You may just want to update your current system and add value to your investment. There are two types of inverters that you can install on your solar panel array. These may be either an array inverter, which will convert the DC current

The Partisan Divide on Global Warming

A huge gulf exists between Americans who accept the reality of climate science and those who do not. According to an October 15, 2012, Pew Research Center poll, Democratic voters are more than twice as likely to embrace the facts on global warming than their Republican counterparts. A growing number Americans, including voters who identify