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Federal Bill Would Give Solar, Fuel Cells a Boost

Federal Bill Would Give Solar, Fuel Cells a Boost

As more U.S. consumers turn to solar power during the current energy crisis, U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) introduced legislation that would affirm the right of consumers to install solar systems on their roofs, while making it cheaper for prospective buyers to go solar.
NIST Improves Rating for Residential Fuel Cells

NIST Improves Rating for Residential Fuel Cells

To help prospective buyers of alternative fuel-cell technologies assess their residential economic value, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a new performance rating system to accommodate seasonal or demand changes. Residential fuel cells now being developed combine hydrogen from natural gas or propane with oxygen from the air to produce electricity.
European Turbine Makers Interested in Enron Wind

European Turbine Makers Interested in Enron Wind

Two manufacturers of wind turbines have expressed interest in buying all or part of the wind turbine division of Enron, the U.S. energy giant that filed for bankruptcy this week.
How to Attract Green Homebuyers

How to Attract Green Homebuyers

The green movement has taken over the market. From eco-friendly fashion to hybrid cars, consumers are constantly looking for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The energy saving trend has even impacted the housing industry. Today's dream home doesn't just boast a big backyard and plenty of windows—it also comes with the assurance that the home was built with the environment and sustainability in mind.
Can Australia Teach the U.S. Real Estate Market How to Value Solar?

Can Australia Teach the U.S. Real Estate Market How to Value Solar?

There have been several studies conducted by the Berkeley Lab on how solar panels increase home values. The most recent study, Selling into the Sun conducted by the Berkeley Lab, evaluated a data set of 3,951 homes spanning 12 years and 8 states. The conclusion was that solar homes carry a premium to non-solar homes and the premium is approximately […]
All in & all done: Solyndra auction dropped, Solon on the block

All in & all done: Solyndra auction dropped, Solon on the block

Two solar PV makers are passing in different directions, trying to get at least some money out of shuttered US operations.
Siemens Bows Out of Solar, Announces Renewed Focus on Wind and Hydro Power

Siemens Bows Out of Solar, Announces Renewed Focus on Wind and Hydro Power

Citing slow growth, low profit and high cost, Siemens AG announced that it would be selling its solar energy business as part of a larger strategy to reorganize the company's overall stake in renewable energy. According to Bloomberg, Siemens also plans to end its involvement in DESERTEC, a joint venture it entered into in late 2011, which would build an immense network of solar farms in the Sahara desert.
City Power Play Report: Part 3 – City Politics Matter

City Power Play Report: Part 3 – City Politics Matter

One authority almost all cities retain is the power over zoning and permitting for renewable energy installations, and practices vary widely. Perhaps unexpectedly, permitting costs can make up a very significant portion of the installation cost of a renewable energy project, like rooftop solar, especially as the cost of solar energy continues to decline.
What is the Resale Value of My Solar Home?

What is the Resale Value of My Solar Home?

By installing a 9.4 kilowatt solar electric system, the owners have possibly increased the value of their home by $36,000 to $60,000.   If your home has a solar energy system, how does this translate into value for a potential buyer when the house is “For Sale”? Today, whenever you purchase a product that uses energy, information provided by Energy Star […]
GE Power Systems to Acquire Enron Wind

GE Power Systems to Acquire Enron Wind

Bankrupt energy company Enron Corporation has agreed to sell the wind turbine manufacturing assets of subsidiary Enron Wind Corp. to GE Power Systems for about $400 million.