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Virgance Acquires 1 Block Off the Grid

Virgance, a company that scales new activism ideas, announced the acquisition of 1 Block Off the Grid (1BOG), the community based solar purchasing group. The addition of 1BOG to Virgance's portfolio of sustainable projects will allow 1BOG to launch its next solar purchasing campaigns in 20 new U.S. cities, the company said.

"While we have successfully started to scale internally developed campaigns like Carrotmob, the non-profit organization that creates incentives for companies to make responsible business decisions through leveraging networks of consumers, 1BOG is Virgance's first test to see if we can acquire an external campaign and then scale it,” said Steve Newcomb, founder and CEO of Virgance. “Today, I am proud to announce that we are expanding the 1BOG campaign to 20 new cities effective immediately and are setting our sites on extending to hundreds of cities over the long term."  
Earlier this year, 1BOG successfully completed its pilot campaign in San Francisco. During a two-month period 1BOG had more than 180 residents register for the program and 70 residents prequalify to receive a complete on-site solar evaluation. In three weeks, 35 homes contracted to have solar installations.


Quantifying Returns: Does Energy Storage Coupled with PV Offer Big Savings?

Andrew Burger, Contributor

Still in their infancy, battery-based intelligent storage systems haven't built up the performance track record most banks and investors like to see when committing capital to a new technology, project or company.

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Global Renewable Energy Employment Surges 18 Percent to 7.7 Million

Andrew Burger, Correspondent Ongoing growth in renewable energy investment and deployment is creating jobs worldwide — and lots of them. This job growth is helping governments address a fundamental economic problem plaguing developed and developing cou...
Beach sand

Italian Company Uses Sun-Heated Sand to Produce Energy

Flavia Rotondi and Alessandra Migliaccio, Bloomberg

Italy’s well-known sun and sand form the basis of many beach holidays. An Italian company has also found another purpose for the combination: energy production.

Panasonic Japan solar module manufacturing

Panasonic Ramps Up Japanese Solar Manufacturing to Meet Domestic Rooftop Demand

Junko Movellan, Correspondent Panasonic Corp, a Japanese electronics company, announced that it will expand its domestic solar cell and module production to meet the rooftop solar demand in Japan. The company will invest a total of 9.5 billion yen (US$7...


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