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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

New York Solar Tax Credits, Rebates, and Incentives

NY Solar Incentives and Rebates

Currently New York state is, financially speaking, one of the best places to “go solar.” The New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard has mandated that 82 megawatts (or 93,806 MW-hours) of solar electric power system be installed by the end of 2015. In order to meet this goal they have enacted the Electric Incentive Program.... read more

DIY Solar Thermal Water Heaters

Installing solar panels seems like a great idea, but finding that spare $30k can be rough. Solar Thermal Water Heaters are a great alternative to installing a full photovoltaic solar panel system.

These water heaters will help greatly reduce your energy use. They are much smaller than a PV system, making them much cheaper. Also, converting the sun's energy into heat is much simpler than turning it into electricity. To have a solar thermal water heater installed, you will likely spend about $.... 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

What is Solar Net Metering?

 

Net Metering

There are many environmental and financial benefits of installing PV solar panels or other small renewable energy systems. Many states offer “Net-Metering” to offset your utility use.... read more

Anti-incinerator

A while back Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick reinstated the Incinerator Moratorium. The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has had in place a moratorium on new municipal solid waste combustion facilities since 1990 (greenfutures.org). Incinerators that produce energy are also known as waste to energy facilities (WTE). These facilities burn solid waste (garbage, trash, etc.) and produce energy from the incineration of trash. Many hope this moratorium will increase and expand recycling efforts.

In a perfect world we wouldn’t need incinerators or landfills. The Governor is pushing towards a zero waste society. No society like this currently exists.

Trash still exists even without new incinerators being built. The trash is instead many times being trucked out of state to landfills. This is far from environmentally friendly. Large trucks hauling trash far distances create a large amount of emissions from the diesel trucks exhaust.

Incinerators automatically get a bad rap from people. They're not as evil as most people think. Modern incinerators create energy and power themselves. Most modern incinerators create enough energy to put back into the grid. In Pittsfield, MA a waste to energy facility powers itself and helps power a paper making facility down the street from it.... read more

Earth Hour is THIS Saturday!

earth hourWhat is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is one hour of the year where people around the world will turn off their lights.  This year it is at 8:30 PM on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

When was the first Earth Hour?

In 2007.  It began in Sydney, Australia.  

Why do people do this?

It's to create awareness of global climate change.  ... read more

Go Solar! -- Oakland, California Photovoltaics

Mary S. of Oakland, California describes her experience with Save-A-Lot Solar as part of our Go Solar! series.... read more

Federal Solar Tax Rebates

All of us remember the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka the Stimulus Bill). Leaving the politics aside, the bill did some very important things for solar, including extending the tax incentives put forth in 2005 for solar installation.... read more

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