The Failure of Solyndra

  Those of our readers “in the know” probably are aware of the recent bankruptcy of a high-profile solar manufacturer: Solyndra. This is an unfortunate event, but we can assure all of our clients that we have no Solyndra in our installation portfolio. There are plenty of opinions in the media about how and why… Read more »

Federal Solar Incentives Set to Expire

For Commercial solar installations, Federal incentives can reduce the first year cost by up to 55%. At the end of 2011, these incentives will become less attractive.In particular, the Treasury Grant equal to 30% of the installed cost will revert to a 30% tax credit, so you have to carry additional cost until tax time…. Read more »

U.S. Energy Information Administration Solar and other Renewables Supply More Energy to Grid than Nuclear Power Does

National Energy Output: Renewables Exceed Nuclear

The Monthly Energy Review recently reported that US Renewables now supply more energy to the electric grid than nuclear power does. This is the first time in the United States that the output from our portfolio of renewable energy sources has surpassed that of our nuclear power sources. The numbers represent the total power production… Read more »

Rare Earth (RE) Metals and the Future of Lighting

When improving energy efficiency, every light bulb counts. Some of our clients are replacing incandescent, metal halide, halogen and fluorescent lamps with LEDs. In most cases, the energy payback alone is strong enough to make this a sound investment. But soon, LEDs may be an even smarter buy, as global market forces are driving up… Read more »

The Carbon-Constrained World: Companies Ignore It At Their Risk

Last year, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham declared that “cap-and-trade is dead”, signaling the defeat of federal climate change legislation that would have capped carbon emissions. Following this defeat many companies – both large and small – perhaps shelved their carbon reduction programs. Indeed, some companies might think they are now safe to forget about carbon… Read more »

U.S. Pulls Record Energy During Heat Wave

Over the last few days, the extreme heat wave that has been searing the Midwest finally began to move northeast, offering at least some relief as temperatures remain high across the region. Wherever the weather system has hovered, demand for electricity has massively increased as people turned to their air conditioning to cope with the… Read more »

Why It Pays to Be Green…

Some recent studies demonstrate what we’ve been saying all along – sustainable business practices are not just good for our planet; they are good for our businesses, too. How does going Green affect your business?   The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) takes a deeper look at organizations that support sustainability programs, versus those that… Read more »

Solar Energy: Made in America

4th of July greetings from SEIA Policy Specialist Michael Rader Rick, There’s a reason solar advocates love Independence Day. The bright July sunshine means that solar energy systems from Maine to California are pumping out free, clean energy for their owners. These solar pioneers are harnessing our abundant solar resources and are helping make America… Read more »

Largest Rooftop Solar Project in U.S. History

On June 22, 2011, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu publicly announced the offer of a conditional commitment to provide a partial guarantee for a $1.4 billion loan in support of Project Amp. Project Amp has planned installation of solar panels on industrial buildings across the country, where the electricity generated from those panels will be… Read more »

Map Shows New York City Rooftops' potential for solar power

Mapping Sun’s Potential to Power New York

According to a new, highly detailed interactive map from Sustainable CUNY and New York City Solar America City Partnership, two-thirds of New York City’s rooftops are suitable for solar panels… and could jointly generate enough energy to meet half the city’s demand for electricity at peak periods. The map shows the solar potential of each… Read more »