Solar Permitting Guidebook Offers Local Governments Strategies

A new guidebook outlining ways for California cities and counties to make permit processing and inspections for home rooftop solar electric systems quicker and more uniform is now available from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). Increasing solar energy adoption is a key component for many local jurisdictions in achieving goals for energy efficiency, greenhouse […]

Solar Energy Adds Up To Big Savings For U.S. Schools

Schools throughout the U.S. are using solar installations to stretch their budgets and develop hands-on learning opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently reported that 3,752 U.S. schools are using solar energy to power their facilities, cutting their utility bills by nearly $78 million each […]

2014 Energy Conscious Gift Guide

In the 1950s, the average American home had 1 or 2 electrical outlets per room. This was more than enough to accommodate the limited range of appliances that most homeowners had. Nowadays, standard homes come with 2 to 3 outlets per wall (per room). Total energy consumption has soared over the past several decades as […]

Over one-third of new U.S. electricity came from solar this year

For the first three quarters of 2014, more than one third (36 percent) of the new electricity capacity built out in the U.S. came from solar systems, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association. During the first three quarters of 2013, a bit less than a third (29 percent) of new […]