A brief history of photovoltaic

The Discover of the Photovoltaic Effect  The photovoltaic (PV) effect was discovered by accident in 1839 when nineteen-year-old Edmund Becquerel. The French experimental physicist, discovered the photovoltaic effect while experimenting with an electrolytic cell made up of two metal electrodes. Findings Influence by the Photovoltaic Effect In 1873, Willoughby Smith discovered the photoconductivity of selenium, […]

How do we teach our children the meaning and importance of eco-awareness?

How do we teach our children the meaning and importance of eco-awareness? Here’s a few enlightening tips on educating our youth and preserving our environment. Connect with nature. Children already love to play in the dirt, so why not incorporate some learning into this activity? Plant a tree and watch it grow, or buy some […]

6 simple “greening” tips to cut your home’s energy use

Living greener doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself of life’s comforts. Small and simple changes can often make a big impact on your home’s energy use. And, spring is a great time of year to make such changes. Here’s a list of six, simple, cost-free things you can do to save energy and live greener this […]

Why People Make Clean Energy Purchases

A green gender gap? Recent research has shown women are “greener” than men. That’s led to speculation that women may view environmentalism as important to protecting their families and themselves. It’s also consistent with our own survey results: About 37 percent of women said they buy clean-energy products and services for the chance to reduce […]

Appraising Solar Energy’s Value

New research sponsored by the Department of Energy shows that buyers are willing to pay more for homes with rooftop solar panels — a finding that may strengthen the case for factoring the value of sustainable features into home appraisals. The study, conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, examined sales data for […]

U.S. installs 6.2 GW of solar PV in 2014, up 30% over 2013

Applauding a record-breaking year, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review report, the definitive source of installation data, forecasting and policy analysis for the U.S. solar market. Newly installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity for year reached a record 6,201 megawatts (MW), growing […]

The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

More than 600,000 homes in the U.S. have solar panels today — up dramatically from just a few years ago, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Leasing programs that require little or no money up-front have played a key role in that growth. But here’s a question for homeowners: Is it better to lease […]

A Solar System Is Installed in America Every 2.5 Minutes

The high volume of installations in 2015 was the result of $15 billion of investment. In 2014, we reported that a solar installation was being completed every four minutes in America. Installation volumes have increased considerably since then. According to new data from GTM Research, the U.S. solar industry completed a project every two and a […]

15 Helpful Ways to GREEN Your Home and Enhance Your Lifestyle

We’ve all heard about green homes and green building practices, but what are the practical steps each of us can take to save energy, reduce indoor air pollution, increase the comfort of our homes, and reduce our impact on the Earth? Here is a distillation of the best changes, upgrades, and improvements that will make […]

Apple plans $1 billion solar plant to power all California operations

Apple will power all its Californian operations with solar. Apple has committed nearly $US850 million ($1.09 billion) to help build a solar energy farm that will generate power for its California facilities, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook announced Tuesday. Speaking at a technology conference hosted by Goldman Sachs, Cook revealed that Apple to construct the […]