Renewable Energy

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

Hybrid Home Energy Systems Offer Both Off-Grid and Grid-Tied Benefits

By Eric Hill, Alpha Technologies and Mark Cerasuolo, OutBack Power

For residential electricity users who want to control and master their electrical consumption, as well as business owners and agricultural users, a hybrid approach offers the best of both worlds: reduced or even eliminated utility charges and backup during critical times, without the need to stay totally off the grid with a system that can draw from the grid when necessary to make up the difference.


Are Solar Panels a Sustainable Product?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Your solar panels’ lifespan is long enough to produce decades of renewable energy for your home. Additionally, solar panel recycling options mean that once your system does finally reach the end of its life, you can be confident that your panels won’t end up in a landfill.


How Much Does an Average Solar-Panel System Cost?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you’re shopping for a solar-energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “How much will it cost?” Reviewing prices for a 5-kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start — that’s the average system size in the United States.


Energy Pros Weigh In on Future of Solar Power

By Jeanne Roberts, UnderstandSolar.com

A friend of mine participated in the Second-Annual State of the Electric Utility survey. He also shared with me the results of the 2014 survey, which tabulates the opinions of more than 500 electric-utility professionals on the subjects of demand growth, distributed generation, power supply, regulatory models, and a number of other electricity-generation, transmission, and distribution-related issues.


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Potential Health Impacts from Photovoltaics

By Paula Baker-Laporte, EcoNest Architecture Inc.

We all know that renewable energy is an important part of a greener, more sustainable future, but are there health risks associated with home-scale photovoltaic installations? The jury is still out in the world of industry-sponsored and independent research, but there is a fast-growing segment of the population who feels ill from our ever-increasing use of electricity and wireless frequencies.


How to Get the Most Out of Your Solar-Power System

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

Learn more on how to get the most from your solar panels and maximize your energy generated.


How To Choose The Best Solar-Energy Equipment

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Installing a home solar energy system is a smart financial investment for many homeowners. As you evaluate offers from solar companies, there are many different factors to consider – the equipment that you choose for your system, your financing options, and the installer that you select all have an impact on your solar savings.


Remembering Renewable Energy Pioneer Dan Alway

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Dan Alway, longtime renewable energy advocate and pioneer, was honored by more than 600 of his friends and colleagues at an award presentation at The Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin.




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