Renewable Energy

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

The Future is Bright for Residential Solar in Nevada

By Ryan Willemsen

A newly signed Nevada assembly bill (AB 405) brings the Nevada solar industry roaring back to life. Changes in late 2015 made to net metering laws in Nevada created an extremely unfavorable climate for solar, but new changes allow for the industry to recover and once again prosper.


Energy Cooperatives Make ‘Solar Gardens’ Bloom

By Lydia Noyes

Make renewable energy a more affordable option for your home or business by joining a local energy co-op.


Zero Net Energy Ordinance

By Lydia Noyes

A small U.S. town hopes to become one of the world’s first net-zero cities.


Solar Rooftops and Tesla’s New Solar Roof

By Ryan Willemsen, Solar to the People

Tesla's new solar roof has created an enormous buzz in the solar world. We take a look at the upsides, downsides, and economics of the solar roof.


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Can Solar Panels Survive Hurricanes and Withstand Hail?

By Vikram Aggarwal, Energysage

Like any outdoor equipment, solar panels are subject to the changing weather. Luckily, they are perfectly capable of withstanding intense weather conditions.


Sell Your Excess Solar Power Back to the Grid with Net Metering

By Ryan Willemsen, Solar to the People

Net energy metering, is the process through which homeowners with solar power receive credit for the excess power they generate. In this article, we dig into how net metering works, which states offer it, and how homeowners can participate in net metering programs.


When Will Tesla's Solar Roof be Available, and Should You Wait for It?

By Vikram Aggarwal

The Tesla solar roof expected to reach homes before the end of 2017, leading many homeowners to wonder – is it worth waiting for, or should you install solar panels now?


DIY Wind Turbine

Story and photos by Robert D. Copeland

Turn a car alternator into alternative energy by building this cheap and easy homemade wind generator.



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