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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

Incorporate Permaculture Practices into Your Business

By Ryan Hvizda

Permaculture is quickly becoming a word that no longer results in blank stares, and now sparks a light in those that believe in sustainable living and being. Typically when one first starts to learn about permaculture, it is through the garden design process. The garden is a great place to implement this […]

LES Webinar This Wednesday – USDA Rural Development’s Tools for Financing Energy Projects

USDA Rural Development’s Tools for Financing Energy Projects Wednesday May 18th from noon – 1 p.m. Register Today! USDA Rural Development supports rural communities, in part, by strengthening their capacity and diversifying their energy choices. In this webinar, USDA Rural Developments Energy Coordinator, Ken Yearman, and Community Programs Specialist, Eric Law, will review grant […]

Top 10 Reasons Why Solar PV Has Reached Escape Velocity

And why SolarCity and net-metering subsidies are distracting outliers

Solar Panels. Photo courtesy of Living Off Grid via Flickr, Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0).

By Laurie Guevara-Stone

With Nevada rolling back net-metering and solar company stock prices falling, one might think the solar industry is in big trouble. In fact, a New York […]