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4 common mistakes when pitching building efficiency

Technology vendors are frustrated because building owners don't greenlight excellent sustainability proposals. Owners are frustrated because vendors …

Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage for Solar

The German government has responded to the next big challenge in its energy transition -- storing the output from the solar boom it has created -- by …

Japan’s Solar Market Surge Blows Away Earlier Forecasts

The newly projected 350 percent growth of Japan’s solar market from 2012 to 2013 dwarfs estimates made earlier this year.<p>“The Japanese feed-in tariff …

Solar Energy Was America's Sole New Power Source in October

Get ready for a photovoltaic building boom.<p>In October, power plants generating 530 megawatts of electricity came online in the United States. And every single electron put on the grid came from the sun, according to a report released today.<p>It’s possible to make too much of the fact that solar …

Pennsylvania Looks To Double Its Renewable Energy Standard, For Real This Time

<b>Published on</b> November 15th, 2013 | <i>by Guest Contributor</i><p>1<p>November 15th, 2013 by <b>Guest Contributor</b><p>On Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach …

A Carbon Tax Would Cut The Deficit By $1 Trillion

A carbon tax of $25 per ton of emissions would cut the deficit by $1 trillion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).<p>The …

A Timeline of Google’s Clean Energy Investment

This week, Google announced an $80 million equity investment in six solar photovoltaic projects being developed by Recurrent Energy in Arizona and …

The US has 43 nuclear power plants’ worth of solar energy in the pipeline

The boom in solar energy in the US <b></b>in recent years? You haven’t seen anything yet. The pipeline of photovoltaic projects has grown 7% over the past 12 months and now stands at 2,400 solar installations that would generate 43,000 megawatts (MW), according to a report released today by market research …