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Vermont Leads Nation in Solar Jobs Per Capita, Again

A new report by The Solar Foundation cites Vermont as a national leader in the solar industry, ranking third for the number of solar jobs per capita. Between 2015 to 2016, solar jobs in Vermont grew by 29 percent, with an additional 400 solar jobs created in the state last year.

“Each solar job means […]

Our Prosperity Depends on Protecting the Planet

Interview with Geoffrey Heal Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) www.ucsusa.org.

Geofrey Heal. Photo: © European Union

Geoffrey Heal is a UCS board member, a professor at Columbia business school, and a leading expert on economics in the environment. He chaired a national Academy of Sciences committee on ecosystem services and is a coordinating […]

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Rises to $3.2 Billion in Q1 2017, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Debt and VC funding up, Increased M&A activity

AUSTIN, Texas – April 10, 2017 – Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the first quarter of 2017.

Solar Corporate Funding Q1 2016 – […]

Funding Available for Biomass Feasibility Studies! Deadline 3/29

Is your town, school, or business considering this type of switch? Now is the perfect time to audit your facility to see what type of biomass system can work and at what cost. This is a valuable service made possible through a US Forest Service grant at little to no-cost to your organization or […]

Going Solar – Do Your Due Diligence

Part Two of Three – Net Metering Value

A graph of predicted value using different assumptions of solar panel degradation (either none or 0.7% per year) and electric rate inflation (either 3.5% or 2.5% per year). Each case starts with production of 6,000 kWh in year 1 at a value of 15 cents/kWh. Over […]

USDA Rural Development Grant Applications: Applications Due Soon

Apply for Rural Energy for America Funding by Mar. 31 Businesses interested in increasing their bottom line through investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements can apply to USDA Rural Development for grant or guaranteed loan funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) this spring. The REAP provides grants to businesses that […]

Solar Is Booming … Costs Keep Falling

The Climate Reality Project, EcoWatch, Reposted with permission from EcoWatch

Today, solar power is everywhere. It’s on your neighbor’s roof and in tiny portable cellphone chargers. There are even solar powered roads. And as solar power heats up, prices are going down. In fact, over the past 40 years, the cost of solar has decreased […]

Green Revolving Funds Transform Opportunities

By N.R. Mallery

City of Montpelier, VT participates in Billion Dollar Green Challenge with a $30,000 Net Zero Revolving Loan Fund. Photo from greenbillion.org/participant/montpelier/

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge is transforming energy efficiency upgrades from perceived expenses to high-return investment opportunities.

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge (The Challenge) encourages colleges, universities, and other nonprofit […]

Greenbanc

North Lennox in the Inspire Space. Photo courtesy of GMP

By George Harvey

Last spring, North Lennox was working on starting a business in Brooklyn, New York, with a goal of fostering the transition to sustainable homes. These, he reasoned, would ultimately be net-zero energy consumers.

There was a slight […]

Perfecting the Search for Green Homes

Home buyers may benefit from using the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Home Energy Score. This free tool enables home seekers to check the energy use and potential improvements for prospective homes. Photo: DOE Better Buildings Solution Center.

By Hope O’Shaughnessy

Today’s home buyers are becoming increasingly interested in a prospective home’s energy efficiency […]