Renewable Energy

The best advice on energy efficiency, solar power, wind energy, living off the grid, 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New Generation of Microgrids Hampered by Outdated Utility Rules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Microgrids are inching along to full commercialization, but they are being held back by interconnection challenges and outdated utility rules.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.

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.

Green Hydrogen: An Energy Storage Solution for the Western U.S.

By Ted Flanigan, EcoMotion

Hydrogen is known to be used in planes, trucks, and mining. But it also can be used to decarbonize the power sector, industry, heating, and transportation.

Super-Small-Scale Solar with a Portable Generator and 100-Watt Panel

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

Portable solar generators are a small-scale and affordable way to get solar power into your life. My family tried out the Aeiusny 400-watt unit for a variety of household uses.

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