Solar Should Be Simple – Contractor #2

Tweet Pin It Guest post by Ian Clarke about their journey to solar in New Jersey, part of the Solar Should be Simple series written for Green Lifestyle Consulting. Previous chapter: Contractor #1  Contractor #2 We embarked on a quest for another contractor and identified one who seemed to be on the ball and whose […]

The Real Reason Solyndra & Evergreen Solar Failed

Tweet Pin It Politicians love to point fingers at the other guy when something fails even if it has nothing to do with the real reasons behind the failure or collapse.  The whole ordeal around the Solyndra Scandal and the finger pointing has me outraged, but I’ve already written about that in Fact Checking Political […]

Fact Checking Political Campaigns – Solar Company Loans

Tweet Pin It Image credit: Mary Altaffer/AP Photo The whole “Solyndra Scandal” has bothered me from the beginning, but not for the reasons you probably think.  What annoys me is the amount of hypocritical political finger pointing that the GOP has been doing as a result of the bankruptcy.  The Department of Energy loan program […]

Solar Should Be Simple – Contractor #1

Tweet Pin It Guest post by Ian Clarke about their journey to solar in New Jersey, part of the Solar Should be Simple series written for Green Lifestyle Consulting. Previous chapter: It Just Makes Sense First, we needed to select a contractor. I had begun building a rapport with the consultant I met at the […]

Solar Should Be Simple – It Just Makes Sense

Tweet Pin It Guest post by Ian Clarke from their journey to solar in New Jersey It seems like it should be pretty straightforward: a state decides that it wants a minimum of its power generation to come from specific types of renewable resources. It designates target percentages for each type of renewable energy and, […]

Going For Solar – DIY Small Scale Solar

Tweet Pin It Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could buy a solar panel and just plug it in to an outlet without needing to hire an electrician? Well, now you can! Be sure to read the cautions below for why you still might need a licensed electrician. I learned about solar micro-inverters about 4 […]

Reaching for Net-Zero

Tweet Pin It With all the sunny days in April, we reached a milestone with our Solar PV Awning.  We moved being net-consumers of electricity to being net-producers for the year (first four months). Chart generated by SunWatch Meter from SunBug Solar LLC In April our solar awning produced a whopping 733 kWh of electricity, […]

Elizabeth Warren on the Importance of Renewable Energy

Tweet Pin It Elizabeth Warren inspires me and gives me hope, each time I hear her speak.  This time Elizabeth Warren spoke passionately about the importance of caring for the environment and the development of renewable energy at an Earth Day event on Sunday. It was my second opportunity to hear her speak at a small event […]

Solar Thermal Around Boston

Tweet Pin It Today I spent the day at one of the full day workshops kicking off NESEA’s (North East Sustainable Energy Association) Building Energy 12 Conference.   I went to Solar Thermal Best Practices and Performance Data organized by the Mass Clean Energy Center because I am looking into solar thermal options for my community.   […]

Photo Montage from Renewable Sales – A Solar Mecca!

Tweet Pin It On Thursday, I attended “Understanding Risks and Rewards: A Conversation on Community Solar” organized by the North East Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) as a pre-event to their Building Energy 12 Conference in Boston next month. The session was organized by The Cadmus Group and my co-worker was one of the speakers.   Renewable […]