Rooftop solar energy could satisfy 25% of the country’s electricity needs

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Solar energy could have a major impact on electricity consumption in the US Rooftop solar energy is gaining more attention in the United States and the demand for photovoltaic systems is rising among homeowners and businesses. This demand is growing due to the falling cost of solar panels, which has improved prospects for return on investment for those interested in solar energy. Currently, approximately 1.5% of all homes in the United States are equipped with their own solar power systems. This has removed the need for nearly 14 terawatt-hours of…

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Residential solar energy is gaining ground despite opposition from retailers

Utilities are unable to stop the growth of residential solar energy Solar energy is quickly gaining popularity within the residential sector of the United States. Rooftop solar has become a very attractive prospect for many homeowners, especially now that photovoltaic systems are becoming much less expensive. Rooftop solar power systems are used as a way to allow homeowners to generate their own electrical power. These energy systems have, however, come under fire from utilities, many of whom suggest that solar power could great significant price disparity among consumers. Voters chose…

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Arcadia Power aims to bring renewable energy to renters

Renters will soon have access to renewable energy Arcadia Power, a company that specializes in clean power, has launched a new product that aims to provide renters throughout the United States with access to renewable energy. The company hopes to ensure the growth of solar power, in particular, within the residential sector. While homeowners have had access to solar power for many years, renters typically do not have this same access. Many renters, or non-homeowners, have expressed interest in supporting renewable energy, but their limited options have prevented them from…

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How to Find a Sustainable Condo in Montreal

Most people who buy Montreal condos for sale are mostly concerned about the proximity of the building to their workplace and to good schools for their children. They also care about the square footage, which shops are nearby, and whether it has a nice view. But a growing number of condo buyers are interested in condos that are well suited for renewable energy. Not all realtors bother with this info, so you may have to do your own research. Here are some questions to consider if you’re keen on using…

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Green invention lets homeowners convert waste to energy

HomeBiogas has created a compact anaerobic digester that recycles organic waste into gas and fertilizer. Homeowners have the chance to transform their organic waste, such s food scraps (including meat and dairy) and pet manure, into cooking gas and liquid fertilizer, thanks to a waste to energy machine developed by Israel-based startup, HomeBiogas. HomeBiogas produces enough fuel to cook three daily meals. According to the HomeBiogas Indiegogo page, the anaerobic digester system “maintains a closed-loop eco-cycle.” The organic matter that is fed into the machine is broken down by microorganisms,…

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Solar energy set to hit a major milestone in the US

Solar power is growing aggressively in the residential sector Solar energy has been gaining ground in the United States. The country is quickly approaching a major milestone when it comes to solar power systems installed at homes. More than 1 million homes should have solar panels installed on their rooftops by February 2016, which highlights the aggressive growth that the solar sector has been seeing over the past year. Solar energy will still account for a relatively small portion of the country’s overall energy production, but may become a very…

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Energy saving tips for the hottest days of summer

Enjoy a greener summer by using a portable battery charger and conserving other power. The hottest days of summer are here and while this can be fantastic weather for beaches and to lounge poolside, it can also be significantly demanding on energy, which can be harmful to the environment, cause greater expense to residents, and be a huge drain on the power grid. For this reason, employing energy saving tips can go a long way in helping people save on their energy bill and be friendlier to the environment at…

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SolarCity to offer energy storage solution as well as solar energy systems

Solar energy company will make Tesla’s Powerwall storage solution available to homebuilders SolarCity, a leading solar energy company that has made it possible for thousands of homeowners to embrace solar power, has officially announced that its new energy storage solution will be available for new homes in California. The storage solution, called the Powerwall, comes from SolarCity’s parent company, Tesla. The storage solution designed to make renewable energy more feasible for homeowners. The Powerwall is also meant to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Powerwall will be acquired through the…

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Californian homes to be provided with free solar panels

A new plan in California will bring free solar power to disadvantaged neighborhoods. While there are already many government incentives in the state of California to encourage the use of solar power among residents, a new plan will result in free solar panels being installed on the rooftops of homes of some of the state’s low-income homeowners, saving each of these residents hundreds of dollars in electrical costs, annually. Solar energy continues to be an expensive home improvement. According to a 2013 study by the Center for American Progress, a…

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Tesla Motors unveils solar power storage system

A collection of batteries for homes and businesses was unveiled by Elon Musk. Tesla Motors, the well-known manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles, has revealed that it is venturing into the solar power storage market and is working toward meeting the challenge of how to use solar energy when the sun is not shining via a suite of solar battery backup systems designed for utilities, businesses, and homeowners. The Tesla Powerwall consumer battery was derived from the batteries Tesla uses in is Model S EVs. A spokesperson from Tesla, Khobi Brooklyn,…

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Company makes progress on its new hydrogen fuel cell stack

FCO Power continues to make progress on its fuel cell stack that will be used for residential power FCO Power, a developer of fuel cell technology, has announced that it has made progress on the development of its next generation solid oxide fuel cells. These fuel cells are relatively large and stationary, but produce large quantities of electrical power. Because of this, solid oxide fuel cells have been used in several industrial sectors, but these energy systems are beginning to see more attention for their potential uses in the residential…

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Largest U.S. geothermal energy community to be constructed in Kentucky

Norton Commons announced the construction of the biggest geothermal residential community in America. The 600-acre development of more than 850 single-family homes and 50 businesses in northeast Jefferson County in Louisville, Kentucky, known as Norton Commons, recently announced its plans to build what it says will be the biggest 100% geothermal energy residential community in the United Sates. Geothermal heating and cooling will be constructed inside Norton Commons’ North Village community. Eventually, the North Village community will have around 1,800 lots. The 100% geothermal residential community will provide homeowners with…

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Is Renewable Energy Worth It?

Clean energy has become a priority for many countries throughout the world. These countries are working to reduce their negative impact on the environment by cutting down on the emissions that they produce and distancing themselves from fossil-fuels, such as oil and coal. Some are doing so for environmental purposes, hoping to mitigate the effects of climate change, while others are focusing on the economic prospects of clean energy. New forms of power are not inexpensive, however, and the cost of renewable energy may be offsetting its viability. Clean technology…

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Landfill gas facility to double its power

Waste-to-energy plant will produce more electricity for businesses and homes. The Waste Management Columbia Ridge Landfill and Recycling Center, a landfill gas power plant south of Arlington, Oregon, will be doubling its capacity, enabling it to generate more power for Seattle businesses and homes that are 260 miles away. An estimated 2 million tons of garbage is handled by the landfill plant annually. Of the 2 million tons of trash that the Columbia Ridge Landfill and Recycling Center receives every year, about one third of it comes from Seattle Public…

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Hydrogen fuel cells to power homes in the UK through pilot project

Pilot project aims to examine the viability of fuel cells A new pilot project is being launched by property managers in the United Kingdom. Your Housing, Rykneld Homes, Housing 21, and South Essex Homes have come together to put hydrogen fuel cells to use in the residential sector.  These energy systems have seen a small amount of use as residential energy systems outside of Japan. The pilot project aims to examine the viability of these energy systems and how they could be used to reduce energy consumption. Interest in fuel…

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NRG Energy to focus on bringing solar energy to homeowners

NRG Energy announces plans to acquire Roof Diagnostics Solar NRG Energy, a leading energy company based in the U.S., has taken steps to begin playing a larger role in the rooftop solar power sector. The company has announced its plans to acquire Roof Diagnostics Solar, one of the largest installers of rooftop solar energy systems in the U.S. The terms of the acquisition have not yet been released to the public, but the acquisition itself shows that NRG Energy is beginning to focus more heavily on bringing solar power systems…

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