rooftop solar power Articles

  • Imagine a podcast from a federal agency. Then listen to this.

    The U.S. Department of Energy just jumped on the podcast train — and what it’s bringing on board just might surprise you. Far from a dry, self-promoting description of government-funded research or admonishment to buy energy-efficient appliances and drive less, the first installment of ...


    By Ensia

  • Schneider Electric Case Study

    Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. At their North American headquarters in Boston, the company wanted to create a visible example of their microgrid technology in action, while offsetting energy costs and creating a backup power source during outages. REC Solar built and will operate the canopy and rooftop solar arrays that power the microgrid, which ...


    By REC Solar

  • The Swedish Connection

    IKEA Group is fully committed to renewable energy, waste reduction, and more. Stefan Sjöstrand, the company’s Canadian president, walks us through the instructions. IKEA is more than just a household name, it is a world leader in sustainable business practice, with ...


    By GLOBE Series

  • Avoiding the Power Grid with Renewable Energy

    For approximately one hundred years, thriving countries have been dependent on only one form of distributing power; electricity sent over large transmission grids from plants generating electricity, to customers in businesses, homes, and factories.  Generators extract energy from rooftop solar panels, garbage, and sewage, which replace or assist coal, nuclear, and natural gas plants. A ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment

    Even master chess players can miss a great move when they have been primed to look for a different one. To explore this phenomenon, researchers tracked master chess players’ eye movements when given chessboards with different layouts. With the first board, players could reach checkmate using a familiar move. When given the second chessboard, the players' eyes kept looking at the pieces ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Solar:The Next Shale?

    That is a key question asked in a February 2nd Press Release from Wood Mackenzie, a world leader in commercial intelligence for the energy, metals and mining industries. Just as shale extraction technologies took oil and gas markets by storm, solar technologies too hold the potential to ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • How some climate “wins” can lead to other uphill battles in the clean energy fight

    Proponents should consider all possible reactions in order to create a smoother path forward for clean energy. As the adage goes, following every action is a reaction. As elsewhere, this is true in politics, where every move is followed by a series of countermeasures. Lately, climate and energy have increasingly been at the political fore. It follows then, that climate policy ...


    By Ensia

  • Coal-fired power on the way out?

    The past two years have witnessed the emergence of a powerful movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States. Initially led by environmental groups, both national and local, it has since been joined by prominent national political leaders and many state governors. The principal reason for opposing coal plants is that they are changing the earth’s climate. ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity

    Power companies that take initiative now can position themselves for a bright future in tomorrow’s clean energy economy The growth of distributed energy generation, particularly in the form of solar energy, leaves the aging, monopolistic electric utility system a daunting choice: Come out swinging in defense of the status quo or boldly jump into the cockpit, put on the ...


    By Ensia

  • What can blockchain do for the environment?

    “A lot of crypto-currency proponents say that blockchains are going to save the planet. Well, I just can’t see it.” This is not the resounding endorsement you might expect from widely acknowledged blockchain expert Michael Mainelli for the technology most famously associated with the internet-based currency known as Bitcoin. ...


    By Ensia

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