Solar Energy

These blog posts will demonstrate how and where solar energy has become prevalent.

Solar Eclipse: Starting an Energy Conversation

Tue, 2017-08-22 13:32

Three-year-old Olivia was annoyed at her older sister, Katie, for forcing her to watch the something Katie kept calling a “solar eclipse,” rather than allowing her to watch her favorite cartoons.

While the rest of the adults around her kept talking about the significant event happening, Olivia didn’t understand why it was such a big deal. She just wanted to play with her dolls and watch her cartoons.

Top 10 States for Solar Energy

Thu, 2015-09-10 09:09

Last Updated: 2017-06-26 12:33

In-depth research from the Frontier Group was released last week regarding the top states that helped drive America’s solar energy boom in 2014. The report, which is the third annual of its kind, analyzes the policies in each of the top states and explains why these programs helped to grow the solar energy industry.

7 Things to Consider Before Going Solar

Thu, 2015-07-16 08:47

Last Updated: 2017-03-08 12:47

The rise of solar power means individuals, communities, our society, and the earth can reap the benefits of renewable energy. This is such an exciting time for us as we embrace personal responsibility, lower energy bills, and just the plain satisfaction found in being resourceful enough to harness the free and reliable power of the sun. But before you jump in headfirst, make sure you are well-versed on the initial investment, the type of system you specifically need, and how to get the most out of solar power.

Solar Market: Trending at Unparalleled Rates

Thu, 2014-04-17 11:48

According to the 2013 U.S. Solar Market Insight® Report, solar energy is currently trending at rates never before seen until now. The quarterly publication, published by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)®, indicates that solar photovoltaic (PV) installations increased by a whopping 41% in comparison to 2012 data – that is 4,751 megawatts worth of PV installations. Just to give you a grasp on this figure, a single megawatt of solar can power an average of 164 homes.

How Can Solar Help with LEED Certification?

Tue, 2014-04-15 11:14

The LEED standards have been updated since the publishing of this post. For the most up-to-date information, please enroll in a LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course.

6 Key Sources of U.S. Renewable Energy

Fri, 2013-12-20 11:28

Advancements in technological innovations in the renewable energy industry have yielded a growth of stronger energy production capabilities. According to the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA), renewable energy supply continues to increase on a yearly basis, spread out among various renewable energy sources. What are these sources, and how is energy produced? In the following section, we will review the many areas of renewable energy sources currently utilized in the United States as well as the forecast for the future.

EPA Green Power: Top 10 Energy Partners

Fri, 2013-10-04 07:27

In a previous blog post on the Power of Sustainability Partnerships, we discussed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership as an avenue for Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and universities to report their renewable energy investments. Among these members, the use of green power helps to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity usage needed to maintain operations as well as facilitates the development of future renewable generative capacity nationwide.

Online Platform Brings Solar to More People

Wed, 2013-04-17 07:42

When it comes to rooftop solar, the space, the sun, and the technology are readily available to deploy. But, when it comes to raising the capital to fund projects, progress often stalls. Projects that are too small to pursue traditional financing through a bank often cannot overcome the cost barrier, especially in an economic climate where financial institutions are more hesitant to lend.

Solar Shines During Sandy Recovery

Wed, 2012-12-05 09:09

“Superstorm Sandy” struck the northeastern coast with a vengeance at the end of October, leaving extensive damage and destruction in its wake. As residents struggled to regain a sense of normalcy and rebuild their lives after the storm, restoration of power was a top priority. As stories of heartbreak, hope, and heroism took shape in the storm’s aftermath, solar energy emerged as a bright spot. Solar energy was able to offer some relief from blackouts and a positive outlook for a future threatened by climate change.

5 Reasons To Invest In Solar Energy

Thu, 2012-10-04 12:48

As discussions about renewable energy heat up in the national discourse, many individuals are wondering about the benefits of solar technology to U.S. Energy Independence. Ultimately, there are several reasons why alternative energy solutions, like solar power, will greatly impact economic and ecological structures. Below are five specific reasons why solar power is an important investment: