Renewable Energy

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

3 Predictions For Solar Energy in 2017

By Sarah Kezer, 123 SolarPower

Renewable energy sources are expected to make up 80 percent of the new electricity-generation capacity in the U.S. during 2017. How big of a part will solar energy play in that total? Experts agree that solar power is finding its place in the U.S. energy marketplace. Find out what energy trends in 2017 mean for solar power.


Learn How Solar Rebates and Incentives Can Reduce Your Installation Costs

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

A home solar energy system is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint, increase your home value, and lower your electricity costs for decades to come. Learn about the income tax credits, rebates, and tax exemptions for solar that could be available where you live.


Solar On Its Way to Being Cheapest Power Source Everywhere

By Kayla Matthews

For the first time ever, solar energy is projected to become the least-expensive energy source in the world.


How to Profitably go Solar in 2017: Tips from Hawaii

By Eric Hill, Alpha Technologies

Solar users around the world can learn from Hawaii about how to profitably leverage solar energy.


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Can’t Put Solar on Your Roof? Consider One of These Creative Uses

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

There are a variety of alternative solar options for every situation. If you can’t install rooftop solar, there’s a solution available that can suit your needs.


The Best Batteries for Your Off-Grid Battery Bank

By Allan Sindelar

This advice will help you choose the best battery for backup energy on your off-grid homestead.


Grid-Tied vs. Off-Grid Solar: Which is Right for You?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

One of the biggest decisions solar shoppers have to make is whether to install a standard grid-tied solar energy system, a solar battery backup, or a fully off-grid solar energy system. Here’s everything that you should keep in mind when making your choice.


Dual-Mode Hot-Water System Heated with Solar and Wood

By Christopher James Marshall

Here’s a DIY, year-round hot water system that switches between solar hot water in summer and woodstove-heated water in winter.