We’re playing a bit of catch up on our weekly reviews. Nothing like a good vacation to get behind. Here’s some green news and reviews from the week of July 19th.
In honor of our trip to New Jersey, this is a timely piece. I am very interested in how these microinverter and wireless connected panel do in NJ. If a single panel connected to the grid can work, I think this opens up the possibility for people to install small PV systems at home such as 1-3 panel (less than 1kW) PV systems for under $1,000 rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars or more likely not spending anything to go solar.
TreeHugger: Setting a Price on Carbon Will Help US End Oil Addiction – Not Just Combat Climate Change
Anything that brings what we pay for energy closer to the true cost the more people will understand the consequences of their action or inaction. I think a price on carbon is more straight forward and easier to understand than a cap and trade system, but given our political system and all the lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry, I don’t think it will happen.
The Cash for Caulkers (actually named Home Star) Bill needs to get passed and soon. I hope it does not suffer the same fate as the Climate legislation at the hands of the very united Republican Party in the Senate.
Record temps in the US is not necessarily a sign of global warming, but record hottest-ever temps around the world sure feels like one.
Glad to Seattle on the list of awarded clean air projects. My parents grew up in Seattle and I have a fondness for the region not to mention a lot of family in and around Puget Sound.
$22.5 billion in costs per year to save $41 billion per year seems like a no brainer to us. I hope the private sector recognizes the opportunity to invest in energy efficient retrofits for their buildings and factories to save on energy.
- TreeHugger: Ask Pablo: Why Should I Switch My House Over To All-Electric?
- CNET GreenTech: A technology race to curb peak energy demand
- TreeHugger: Ditching Ethanol Subsidy Will Save US $6 Billion – Won’t Hurt Domestic Production Either
Stay tuned for more Green Weeks in Review coming soon.