Renewable Energy

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

Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 1: Resources

By Christopher James Marshall

This is the first of a series of articles on how I made the transition to off-grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable old-school techniques practiced for thousands of years of human history. Currently I’m entering the first winter of full-time off-grid living at my mountain homestead after completing the construction of my small home.


Understand Solar Financial Benefits with the Solar Panel Payback Period

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you’re reviewing multiple quotes for solar power, there are plenty of metrics that can help you make a decision about which solar option is best for you, but studies show most solar shoppers rely on one metric in particular: the solar panel payback period.


Can I Go Off the Grid with Solar Batteries?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Energy storage technology is moving closer to mass-market adoption. As solar batteries become cheaper and more accessible for homeowners, more people are wondering, “Can I use solar batteries to go off the grid with my solar panel system?”


Solar Energy Prices at All-Time Low

By Kayla Matthews

The cost of solar power has dropped to its lowest yet, making it a competitive option for residents outside of the solar-happy Southwest.


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What is PACE Financing for Home Solar Power?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you want to install a solar energy system on your property, one of the first questions you’ve probably asked is, “how will I pay for it?” In many areas, an increasingly popular option for home energy improvements like solar is property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing.


Top 5 Cities That Incentivize Solar

By Vikram Aggarwal

The benefits of your solar energy system significantly increase when you take advantage of available rebates, tax credits and incentives. Incentives will reduce upfront installation costs, and as a result accelerate your payback period – paying less up front means breaking even more quickly. These programs can reduce the upfront costs of your system by 30 to 50 percent, but vary state-by-state as well as city-by-city. See if your city makes the top 5!


5 Unique Ways to Use Solar Power

By James White

Solar power is taking the world by storm. People are not only using solar power to produce energy by placing solar panels on their roofs, but they are starting to use the technology in new ways. This post highlights ways solar power can provide homeowner benefits but are less often discussed.


The Wise Grid Series, Part 2: The Hudson Valley ‘Energy Highway’ Transmission Project — An Idea Whose Time Has Passed?

By Timothy Schoechle, PhD, National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy

A 150-mile transmission line project proposed in 2012 costing up to $1.3 billon is a “dinosaur” that is still haunting the Hudson Valley. But rooftop solar energy, battery storage, and community microgrids can replace the ancient, costly, and vulnerable centralized generation and transmission electricity system that has dominated New York and the entire nation — and advanced little technologically — for over a century.