Renewable Energy

The best advice on energy efficiency, solar power, wind energy, living off the grid, and more.

Solar Panel ROI Guide

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

How to get the greatest return on investment for your solar power system.


Abundant Clean Energy Design Competition: You Can Compete

By Toby Grotz

A design competition is open to the public for an Abundant Clean Energy Prize.


Tips on How to Talk to Your Solar Installer and Save Money in the Process

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

Do you know how to negotiate for your solar power system? Use these tips to save on your up-front costs and reap the benefits for years.


Make Homemade Biogas Energy, Not Food Waste, at the ‘Complete Biogas’ Workshop

By David William House

Here’s the deal: Food waste, bad. Methane, worse. Biogas, good. You can make it, burn it, gain energy (and high quality fertilizer!), using [The_Cube] and follow-on designs, and you will then be responsible for withdrawing food waste from the landfill and thus doing a very good thing.


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DIY solar: how to Build Your Own Solar Panel System

By Vikram Aggarwal

When you install solar panels, your home produces its own clean, zero-emissions electricity. If you’re DIY-minded, you can build your own solar power system. In some cases, you can even build your own solar panels.


3 Predictions For Solar Energy in 2017

By Sarah Kezer, 123 SolarPower

Renewable energy sources are expected to make up 80 percent of the new electricity-generation capacity in the U.S. during 2017. How big of a part will solar energy play in that total? Experts agree that solar power is finding its place in the U.S. energy marketplace. Find out what energy trends in 2017 mean for solar power.


Learn How Solar Rebates and Incentives Can Reduce Your Installation Costs

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

A home solar energy system is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint, increase your home value, and lower your electricity costs for decades to come. Learn about the income tax credits, rebates, and tax exemptions for solar that could be available where you live.


Solar On Its Way to Being Cheapest Power Source Everywhere

By Kayla Matthews

For the first time ever, solar energy is projected to become the least-expensive energy source in the world.




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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

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