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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 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 …

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