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Labor of Love: How My Small WV Town Launched a Game-Changing New Model to Go Solar

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, my small town in West Virginia cut the ribbon on a solar project that isn't just the largest crowd-funded solar project in the state, but a...

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Financing Can Finally Eliminate the Kerosene Lamp

Victoria Arch | Posted 08.18.2014 | Technology
Victoria Arch

Today in Africa over 600 million people live without access to electricity; that's between 60 - 65% of the continent's population. To meet basic energ...

'Alarming' Rate Of Bird Deaths At New Solar Plants

AP | ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN LOCHER | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's co...

Where Divesting From Fossil Fuels Was Born

Wade Norris | Posted 08.12.2014 | Denver
Wade Norris

Thanks to John Powers for being the visionary for the Alliance Center and to all the people who are part of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado for helping navigate the way in which we plan our Renewable energy future.

Now Is America's Moment to Assert Itself as a Solar Superpower

Brad Mattson | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Brad Mattson

With the current domestic natural gas boom serving as a bridge to this solar future, the United States has a chance to claim its role as a "solar superpower." But we must first recognize the need for a course correction in our industrial policy.

What Can a Single Flashlight Do

Anna Sidana | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Anna Sidana

The child itself is full of wonder and amazement at what the world has to offer. Hopeful even in the remotest areas of the world with the minimum of worldly possessions. There is a spark in the child's eyes and a will to survive.

Solving Solar's Shade Problem

Mother Nature Network | Sami Grover | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. It's fairly obvious to most of us that solar panels aren't a great investment on a shady r...

Are You Ready for a Coal Town Turnaround?

Rocky Kistner | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Rocky Kistner

In West Virginia's largest newspaper this week, journalist Ken Ward Jr., a veteran chronicler of the coalfields, spotlights poll numbers that might surprise the politicians in his state -- most of whom are already bemoaning President Obama's new carbon pollution standards as a "war on coal."

Why and How Fossil Fuel and Utility Interests Are Attacking Clean Energy

Gabe Elsner | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Why would Koch Industries and other fossil fuel interests want to make clean energy seem expensive? Because they have a financial interest in squashing that market.

Obama's Southern Power Play

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

President Obama gets to appoint the people to fill them. It's a rare opportunity to directly determine through presidential power of appointment how quickly America shifts to clean energy.

Solar Freakin' Roadways Electrify Clean Energy Generation (Video)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.29.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the once far-fetched idea of "solar roadways" gains a huge convoy of supporters -- from the US Department of Transportation to Google to the Times of India to even Fox News -- a new video aimed at the millennial generation is set to go viral again, according to clean energy advocates.

Energy On-Demand: The Challenges for Sustainable Energy

Jason Haraldsen | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Jason Haraldsen

Since our energy demands are ever increasing, it is unlikely that current alternative energy sources are going to take over as a majority, and that is the problem. That is the energy crisis.

How Large-Scale Solar Power Can Reduce Pressure On Farm Land

Mother Nature Network | Sami Grover | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. Solar power has been growing like crazy in recent years, particularly in terms of utility-...

How Japan Replaced Half Its Nuclear Capacity With Efficiency

Justin Guay | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

After the Tohoku earthquake three years ago in March 2011, Japan was in a seemingly impossible situation. But miraculously, or seemingly so, in just a few short weeks Japan managed to avert the rolling power cuts that many believed inevitable.

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

What d.light's $11 Million Investment Means for Off Grid Solar

Justin Guay | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh the off grid solar market is posting eye popping growth rates. But despite that impressive performance access ...

Utility Interests Push Protectionism in the State of Washington

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently released a model resolution calling for the weakening of solar net metering policies that threaten the traditional utility industry business model.

Utility-Backed Anti-Solar Bill On The Move in Kansas Statehouse

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

As it was introduced, HB 2458 would have ended net metering, and the amended bill would also gut the program in favor of a pro-utility industry policy.

Hawaii's Test Case for Solar Grid Penetration

Scott Cooney | Posted 04.23.2014 | Hawaii
Scott Cooney

Two years ago, the state of Hawaii made history in the U.S. by becoming the first place where solar reached, and then exceeded grid parity with dirtier sources of energy.

U.S. Challenges India's Solar Industry, Again

Ilana Solomon | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Given the dire costs of the climate crisis that both the United States and the WTO have acknowledged, it is imperative that all governments have the ability to develop the renewable energy industries necessary to fight climate disruption.

HECO, Will You Be My Valentine?

Anne Smart | Posted 02.14.2014 | Hawaii
Anne Smart

Dear HECO, The sun is golden The sky is blue I want my system To interconnect with you Love, Hawaii Solar Customers Hundreds of HECO customers will...

WATCH: Haunting Video Shows Sun In All Its Superheated Glory

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science

In the frigid month of February, it's easy to forget about that huge ball of fire at the center of Earth's orbit. But a trippy new NASA video show...

New Ad Reveals Duke's Monopoly Protection Plan

Anne Smart | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Duke has entered the fray and should also fear the overwhelming public support for rooftop solar and an alternative to the monopoly.

Coloradans to Xcel: Don't Stifle Rooftop Solar

Anne Smart | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Last week, hundreds of Coloradans gathered at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to express their support for rooftop solar and net metering (and t...

Apple Might Power Up Batteries With Solar Energy

The New York Times | Posted 02.03.2014 | Technology

The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power. Instead, it could pul...