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Energy Efficiency Improvements for New Yorkers

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Throughout New York, residents are looking for ways to conserve energy. Aside from creating a more sustainable future, energy efficiency improvements will save you money in the long-run, and can even increase your home’s resale value. Every home in the Empire State is different, as are the benefits associated with various upgrades. These will depend on your priorities, the age ... Read More »

Support for Solar Across the Political Spectrum

Americans unite

Americans may be divided when it comes to political beliefs, but there’s one movement that both parties can agree to support—solar energy. Harnessing sunshine was initially embraced by environmentalists devoted to reducing greenhouse gases emissions. When President Jimmy Carter signed the National Energy Act in 1978, one provision enabled private citizens to generate their own solar power and sell the ... Read More »

Utility Partner: Fort Collins Utilities

Riverside Community Solar Array

Nationally recognized for its sustainability leadership, Fort Collins Utilities serves a city of roughly 158,600 residents with more than 70,000 electric meters. As solar energy gains traction across the nation, more municipal utilities are recognizing the benefits of offering their customers the option to go solar. “We’re now in an era that is more supportive of solar, where marketplace factors are aligning to ... Read More »

Sustained Solar Growth and an Abundance of Jobs


The holidays may be over, but the best present solar advocates received is just starting to take effect. The U.S. solar industry rejoiced a week before Christmas when Congress passed a three-tier extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), allowing the 30 percent credit to remain in place through 2019, and then decline gradually over the next two years. The ... Read More »

Texas Utilities Embrace Solar Energy

TX utilities embrace solar

With a state economy largely reliant on oil, natural gas and fuel processing, Texas is adopting solar power more rapidly than its history foretold. The Lone Star State installed an estimated 212 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity in 2015 alone, according to GTM Research. Predictions for this year are more than double that amount. Researchers expect at least 550 MW of ... Read More »

How Does Community Solar Compare to Rooftop?

community shared solar

The cost of residential solar electricity has dropped 45 percent since 2010, making the sun an attractive source of energy for more Americans. While researching solar systems and collecting quotes, many residents and business owners are faced with a decision—install rooftop solar panels or subscribe to a community solar array? Both options possess benefits and drawbacks. However, because community solar ... Read More »

Maximizing Denver’s 300 Days of Sunshine

Denver sunshine

Denver residents are taking advantage of the city’s sunny days and mild temperatures—and turning the sunshine into solar energy. At the end of 2014, the Mile High City had 58 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity installed, ranking it the 8th top solar city in America. The cities were evaluated by Environment Colorado and released in the 2015 report, Shining ... Read More »

Renewable Energy – What’s All the Fuss?

hydro dam in New Zealand

– GUEST BLOG BY DEREK MARKHAM – It really wasn’t that long ago that many of us considered alternative energy technology, such as solar panels or wind turbines, to be somewhat of an expensive hobby rather than a viable source for affordable clean energy. But over the last few decades, and especially in the last five years, renewable energy has really started ... Read More »

What Does the Future Hold for Community Solar?

community solar future

Each day, more Americans are recognizing the benefits of solar energy and considering an installation on their home or commercial property. But many are discovering their rooftop is unsuitable to host a solar electric system, and thus—the community solar movement is taking off. Community solar allows residents and business owners to share the solar power produced by a large-scale array ... Read More »

Fossil Fuels and Renewables Can Coexist


The enduring “us” versus “them” mentality: renewable energy and fossil fuels. Environmental advocates argue that the United States could be powered entirely by renewable sources from both a technical and economic standpoint. Proponents of fossil fuels argue that the only viable method for meeting our nation’s energy needs for the foreseeable future is to tap the earth’s natural resources. But nobody ... Read More »