INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

June 17, 2015 by  
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Want to save some green while going green? You may want to start with solar : a source of renewable energy that’s more affordable now than ever. As one of the most energy efficient resources in the country, solar is one of the best long term and low-risk investments that homeowners can make. And according to JK Mechanical’s infographic, the average return on investment for the installation of a residential solar-powered system is roughly 9 years. Read through to learn more on why you should invest in the future of solar. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “solar energy” , infographic , reader submitted content , solar , solar panels , solar powered system

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Which U.S. States Have the Best Solar PV Interconnection Policies?

October 24, 2011 by  
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New Energy Choices /Screen capture Overall, the U.S. is Moving in the Right Direction While it’s great that solar photovoltaic systems (aka solar PV) are becoming more affordable to the average person thanks to ever lower production costs and companies like SolarCity that lease out and install whole systems, a big factor in the equation of whether solar PV catches on or not remains grid interconnection policies. In the U.S., those policies vary from state to state, and the Network… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Resolution 4 Packs A Lot Into A Poolhouse

October 24, 2011 by  
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Image Credit Resolution 4 Whenever I write about the work of Resolution 4 I have to run for cover, from the complaints about showing “trophy homes for investment bankers driving a Hummer packed full of over-privileged kids.” So it is nice to be able to show one that is only 832 square feet, designed for a cheesemonger and an actress. OK, it is a second home and it is a poolhouse, but it turned out to be as much as they needed.

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Smaller Wind Farms More Cost Effective Than Bigger Ones

October 24, 2011 by  
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It seems logical that, like buying in bulk at Costco, the more turbines in a wind farm, the lower the cost per turbine and the lower the cost of electricity for that project, but the U.S. Department of Energy found that when it comes to wind farms, smaller is actually cheaper. A new report on the wind technology market from the DOE finds that the cost per kW of electricity for a wind farm is actually at its lowest in the 5 to 20 MW range, not the biggest 200 MW and above wind farms, like one would think.  The probable reasons for this come down to added costs associated with the biggest of wind farms that don’t apply to smaller ones. Wind farms above 20 MW have to go through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which can cost extra time and money for developers. Large wind farms need special financing which can only be handled by a select few large firms that likely charge a premium for their services. The biggest reason could be that the largest of projects require the addition of new transmission lines, which can be extremely expensive. This finding may encourage smaller, more affordable projects on a local level, much like how distributed solar projects have really taken off compared to larger solar farms.  Communities could own their own wind farm and reap the cost and environmental benefits.  Small projects may even want to take advantage of vertical axis turbines that have been found to produce more electricity in less space than horizontal axis ones. via Grist Image via Energy Self-Reliant States

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Bringing Organic Tees to the Masses

August 9, 2010 by  
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In the mid-2000s, when interest in eco-friendly apparel was increasing and most greener brands sold for a premium, Anvil Knitwear saw something missing from the marketplace: A more affordable range of organic and recycled shirts that came in more than just earth tones.

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Ford Partners with Microsoft to Bring Energy Management to EVs

April 1, 2010 by  
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Microsoft has a new partner for its Hohm software :  Ford Motor Co .  The two companies are pairing up to outfit Ford’s electric vehicles with Hohm’s energy management tools.

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Upgrade to LEDs or the Easter Bunny Gets It!

April 1, 2010 by  
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Cree is a leading manufacturer of LEDs and the circuitry and components needed to bring them into our homes and businesses.

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Ships Face New Emissions Rules in North American Waters

March 31, 2010 by  
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The EPA and the International Maritime Organization have announced stricter emissions regulations for ships operating in the waters off the coast of the U.S. and Canada. Starting in 2012, ships within 200 nautical miles of the shores will either have to use cleaner, more expensive fuel that contains less sulfur or be equipped with scrubber devices that clean the sulfur dioxide from the exhaust.  By 2016, new ships will have to use advanced emissions control systems

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