Renewable Energy

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

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.


What Is 'Solarize'?: Save on Solar Power with Community Bulk Ordering

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

You’ve probably seen yard signs for Solarize campaigns around your neighborhood. But what exactly does it mean to solarize? Is it really a new verb? Here we’ll explain the basics of a Solarize program, plus what the pros and cons are for your community.


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Understanding the Costs of a Solar-Panel System

By Vikram Aggarwal

While the most expensive part of going solar is paying for the equipment, it still only represents 25 percent of the overall expense. We break down of all the costs of going solar, and tips on how you can save money!


Compressed Air Solution May Help Store Green Energy Better

By Kayla Matthews

CAES proposes storing excess green energy in salt caverns.


Why Off-Gridders Love Home Wind Turbines

By Chip Means, Pika Energy

The advantages of combining wind and solar go beyond system performance and floating batteries – it’s an enhancement to the off-grid lifestyle as a whole.


How to Count Your Home Solar Savings in 6 Steps

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

You can save a lot of money when you use solar energy. But where do those savings come from, and how do you keep track of them? We’ll show you just how much you can save with solar energy.



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