Solar Power When The Sun Has Set
November 20, 2013
What if we could use solar energy when the sun has set, or wind energy when the air is calm? Donald Sadoway is working on a way to make that happen. The professor of materials chemistry at MIT is leading an effort to develop a new kind of battery — a “liquid metal battery” — that would enable the economical storage of energy from solar, wind and other sources so that it could be used when homes and businesses need it. Sadoway’s work landed him on TIME’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people this year and last month he was a guest on the Colbert Report.

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Solar Panels: Not Just Big Rectangles on the Roof Anymore
November 12, 2013
In designing the 28th Street Apartments in South Los Angeles, architects at KoningEizenberg had several underlying missions: To restore an 80-year-old structure, to add a new residential wing, and to modernize the entire complex, making it more sustainable. In sunny L.A., adding solar energy was a no-brainer. But where exactly to add that solar is becoming an increasingly difficult question.Part of this affordable housing project is an historic 1926 YMCA originally designed by Paul Williams, the first African American to be certified as an architect west of the Mississippi. The building is a gem, both aesthetically and culturally, and it was incredibly important to keep Williams’ vision as intact as possible.

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Tea Party, Environmentalists Partner To Push Solar Energy
November 12, 2013
Here’s a riddle to vex the Washington political class: When do tea party Republicans stand together with Sierra Club environmentalists? The answer is on their support for solar energy against the monopoly power of traditional utilities in some of the most conservative U.S. states. A Georgia splinter group known as the Green Tea Coalition, which is part of the broader anti-big-government movement, is reviving the Republican link with the Sierra Club that dates back more than a century to President Theodore Roosevelt’s work to protect the environment. Its influence is being felt in other states, from Arizona in the West to North Carolina on the East Coast.

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Solar Power Begins to Shine as Environmental Benefits Pay Off
November 11, 2013
Amid polemics over rising electricity prices in Europe and the level of green energy subsidies in various countries, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the growth in clean-energy generation is a huge success story. Solar photovoltaic generation, known as PV, like wind power before it, is coming into the mainstream — at great environmental benefit.

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Local Experts Say Now Is The Time For Solar Power
November 10, 2013
Now is the right time to purchase solar panels for your home or business according to a group of solar panel experts. On Friday representatives from various solar power businesses, advocates and energy production companies spoke in favor of the alternative energy saying now was the time to ditch your local power company and invest in solar power.

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Cuomo Signs Rooftop Solar Installation Loan Bill
October 24, 2013
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week signed legislation that will allow Long Island homeowners to fund the purchase of their rooftop solar energy systems through state loans that are paid back through their energy bill. The bill, originally proposed two years ago by Assemb. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) but sponsored by two upstate legislators, is expected to give a needed boost to the local solar rooftop market, which this summer was beset by a temporary gap in funding from the Long Island Power Authority. The funding has been restored.

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Solar Power Helps to Increase Home Value
October 9, 2013
A recent study by Wells Fargo Bank and the Journal of Appraisers stated that adding a residential solar electric system adds value at a rate of 20-to-1 of the savings in utility savings. This increases the value of a home by 3-4 percent. CAM Solar has many years of experience as one of San Antonio’s oldest solar-only company. Their team understands just how much value solar energy adds to homes, condominiums, low-income housing, hotels or apartment complexes.

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