Renewable Energy Opinion & Commentary

Listen Up: Ten Predictions for Rooftop Solar in 2015

We're in the middle of winter. But pretty soon the rain will stop, the snow will melt, the home and garden shows will gear up and solar customers will start to plan their investments...

Pamela Cargill - 3 hours ago

Efficiency Is Not Effectiveness: How the Cost Reduction Race Hurts the Value of Solar

Australia boasts solar installations on at least 1.2 million homes and has on of the highest amount of installed residential solar per-capita in the world. According to recent figures,...

Michael Panfil - January 28, 2015

Demand Response: A Valuable Tool that Can Help California Realize its Clean Energy Potential

A tool only has value if it’s used. For example, you could be the sort of person who’s set a goal of wanting to exercise more. If someone gives you a nifty little Fitbit to help you...

Joel Stronberg - January 27, 2015

Climate Change: The Need for a More Consistent Baseline and Immediate Action

The UN climate conference in Lima set the stage for Paris in 2015. Next year’s accord is to provide a working, albeit not a final, answer to the question: Is it possible to keep global...

Mahesh Bhave - January 27, 2015

There Is Solar, And There Is Solar

There is solar, and there is solar. Centralized solar generation — large fields of solar panels feeding electricity into the grid — must be distinguished from distributed generation,...

- January 23, 2015

Photoessay: A Day in the Life of a Wind Farm Operator

Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a wind farm? You’ve seen all the amazing photos taken from the tops of turbines, but do you know what the technician is actually doing up...

Sean Garren - January 23, 2015

New York Governor Cuomo Delivers a Sunny 2015 State of the State

Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York has quickly become one of our nation’s top 10 solar markets. The state’s growing solar industry employs 5,000 New Yorkers up and down the...

Mahesh Bhave - January 22, 2015

Microgrids as Fact and Metaphor

In visualizing microgrids as smaller versions of the existing grid, we ignore a whole new dimension of the impending electricity revolution that I wish to call “microgrid as metaphor,”...

Pierre Bull - January 19, 2015

Single-Family Residential Solar Power Investment Beats S&P 500 in Most US Cities

If I were a newsboy, here's the headline I'd shout out on the street corner this afternoon: "Single-family solar power beats Standard & Poor's 500, in 46 out of 50 American cities!...

Jim Lane - January 19, 2015

Er, About That Stunning Improvement in Biofuels Enzyme Performance…

There’s been a tremendous buzz in the neo-scientific press in recent days over reports of an “Enzyme That Could Create Biofuels 14 Times Faster than Current Methods.” Fairly robust...

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