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The Environmental Business Cluster Casino Night Fundraiser Connects California Green Businesses

Casino Night

On May 12, 2011, cleantechnology “green” business professionals from around California's Silicon Valley gathered together for an evening of entertainment, food, and gambling! “Baby needs a new pair of shoes!” - While this phrase was exclaimed more than once in the evening, we all knew the new pair of shoes was more than a material want; it was a community desire to support growth in the cleantech industry as a whole.... read more

Solar Companies: Sungevity Solar Named "Innovator of the Year" 2011

Solar Lease Sungevity

Sungevity is one of the nation's fastest growing residential solar companies – in part due to the commitment to the communities they serve and programs such as Solar Lease, which makes solar a reality for many consumers who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it.... read more

CleanTech Business: Environmental Business Cluster, Casino Night 2011

Join KeenForGreen at a night of fun in support of greentech, cleantech start-up businesses! The Environmental Business Cluster (EBC), a non-profit, cleantech business “incubator” in San Jose California hosts their annual Casino Night Fundraiser on May 12, 2011 in the heart of Silicon Valley. KeenForGreen readers receive a 30% discount by registering here!... read more

What is a Solar Feed In Tariff (FiT)?

A Feed In Tariff (Fit) is a one of many financial incentives that can be offered in order to promote the use of renewable energy. It was first seen in Germany in 2000 and has since spread to countries such as China, Australia, and Ireland and several US states including Hawaii and Michigan.

Regions that mandate FiTs require utilities to purchase each kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy from individual residential and commercial producers of renewable energy (usually solar or wind). In essence this makes the producer a small-scale utility, selling ALL of the power you produce back to “the grid.” The person or business will sign an initial contract with the utility, locking in a certain rate for a set period of time (usually 15-25 years).... read more

Solar Panel Installation: REC Solar, Inc. Company Profile

When considering installing solar panels on your home, choosing an installer can be a daunting task. There can be hundreds of local and larger installers in your area. One of the growing companies you may want to check out is REC Solar, Inc. REC started out in 1997 in San Luis Obispo, California and has since become one of the largest installers in the nation, serving California, Hawaii, Oregon, New Jersey and Arizona.

While REC is a big company, they have a local feel. There are locations in each of their areas served so that you have a direct relationship with the company instead of just being a number on a page. They work on projects ranging from large scale commercial projects to residential projects and hold your hands a long the way to help you with financing options to make solar a reality for many who thought it was out of reach.... read more

Earth Day 2011: Habitat for Humanity Earth Day Build-a-Thon

Volunteers in East Oakland, California celebrated Earth Day this year by pulling out their hammers and doing some green building. Once a year, Habitat for Humanity of the East Bay holds their “Earth Day Build-a-Thon.” Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization which links low-income families with affordable homeownserhip opportunities. 

habitat for humanity - oakland

The 5-day Build-a-Thon is a fundraiser where hundreds of volunteers (about 75-110 people per day!) dust off their hammers and hard hats to build homes for low and very low income individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Volunteers are sponsored (much in the way walk-a-thon or bike-a-thon participants are) in order to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of the East Bay.... read more

What is a Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC)?

 

SREC Market

Solar Renewable Energy Credits/Certificates (SRECs/ S-RECs) aka Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) aka “Green Tags” create an open market for individuals to sell the rights to the energy produced by their small-medium scale solar system.... read more

Celebrity Solar: Who's Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is (...and who's not...)

Many celebrities hopped on the Prius bandwagon a few years back. But, let's face it: with the type of money many of them are making, celeb environmental efforts should go further than a few gallons of gas per year. So, who's walking the walk by installing solar on their 7-bedroom-6-bath-2-pool Hollywood hills home?

Johnny Depp: Johnny Depp's private island (yes, island) is completely solar powered.... read more

Solar Rebates, Tax Credits, and Incentive Programs by State

 

Across the nation, legislation is being passed to make investing in renewable energy more affordable to homeowners and small business owners. In addition to the 30% federal tax credit, many states offer a variety of programs via tax credits, rebates, and incentives. Click on your state for more detailed information.... read more

The Rubber Meets the Road

Will someone please tell me whether I should buy snow tires? Living in Boston, I've survived decades of commuting, carpooling, and even ski trips without buying snow tires. I just didn't need them. Then came last winter -- sidewalks like icy canyons, weeks below freezing, and I frequently found myself stuck at home when my mere summer tires couldn't get me out of the driveway. My dad said he hadn’t seen a winter like it since he was in college -- when they had cars called “Packard”. So what’s going on?... read more

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