Renewable Energy

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

Unexpectedly Off-Grid: Dispatches from a Louisiana Hurricane Survivor

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

New Orleans resident Charles P. found himself without power during Hurricane Ida’s 2021 landfall in the French Quarter. His journal recounts the devastation and will to recover.


Adventures in the Early Days of Solar Power

By Aur Beck

Since the 1990s as a teenager, Aur beck has been experimenting with evolving solar-PV technology solutions for powering lighting, a camper, and more.


New Generation of Microgrids Hampered by Outdated Utility Rules

By Ted Flanigan, EcoMotion

Microgrids are inching along to full commercialization, but they are being held back by interconnection challenges and outdated utility rules.


Renewables Pioneer Builds an Off-Grid Hot Tub

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions

Hot tubs use a ton of energy. This solar pioneer figured out how to build an electric, off-grid hot tub.


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Solar Power Pioneer Rebekah Carpenter's Circuitous Path to Success

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Off-grid solar installer Rebekah Carpenter talks her best and worst solar-power jobs, working as a woman in the industry, and what keeps her going.


How the First Earth Day Made Way for the Renewable Energy Revolution

By Ted Flanigan, EcoMotion

In collaboration with 75,000 partner organizations, Earth Day has mobilized a billion people worldwide. Its early days under Denis Hayes fostered the renewables revolution.


Just Transition: Renewable Energy Can Drive Equitable Job Creation

By Ted Flanigan, EcoMotion

We need policies to support a just clean energy future. We need zero-net energy. We also need zero-net job loss, and for jobs to reach the underserved.


Heat Pumps

By Greg Pahl

Tap free energy from the air or ground to heat and cool your home with this superefficient technology.



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