Blog ~ Category: News
This time of year encourages many of us to retreat into our houses, where we can curl up with a good book and a steaming cup of hot tea. Even with the good fortune of sunny days, it's hard not to notice the waning daylight hours. Lightening up the inside of your home can go a long way towards giving the heart of winter a warm, cheery glow.
Ranging from quick and easy DIY to full-blown home improvement projects, here are a few ideas to brighten up dark rooms:
The two day event took place over the Solstice weekend and the buzz around the event was contagious! Partnering for a sustainable economy is what Green Works Idaho the producer of the event is committed to and in turn Expo goers were treated to a first class event with over 150 exhibitors showcasing their "green" products & services.
Micro inverters in Solar Energy is a recent phenomenon which has started replacing solar string inverters in residential small solar installations in a small way in USA.
The Coachella Valley’s vision of a clean power utopia recently got a big boost from the state legislature and new Governor Jerry Brown when they passed a bill into law requiring one third of the power generated by utilities to come from renewable sources by the year 2020. Clean energy is nothing new for Coachella; they have some billion dollars of wind turbines, geothermal plants, and home solar panels already.
A recent renewable energy conference in Salt Lake City sponsored by the Utah Technology Council and the Utah Solar Energy Association had a unique focus: to spread the message that clean energy is no longer reserved for just millionaires and “off-the-grid fanatics”.
With help from a free design program called Google SketchUp, Philippe and Thao Jeanty of Fairview, TN decided that a self-sufficient, solar-powered, energy efficient home was within their reach. Check out the article on USA Today here.
The Historic Grove Park Inn recently decided to install solar water heaters for its sports complex locker room in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, as covered by the Citizen Times. This green upgrade boasts 12 solar panels which produce around 600 gallons of hot water every day.
Everywhere around us it seems universities, neighbors, and homeowners are talking about ways to be greener and save on energy costs; “going solar” is the first thing that often comes to mind. Increasingly, that means harnessing the power of the sun to provide magnified lighting to all areas of the building or home. Check out this short article about the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s decision to embrace these technologies.
Boise has leased 160 acres at the city’s 20 Mile South Farm to Sunergy World for the creation of a 20-megawatt solar power plant. Plans for this Boise/Sunergy World partnership were announced last June, and this new location “maximizes the size of the project,” said the company’s President Mark van Gulik, in a recent IdahoStatesman.com article.
Every day more and more residents and communities are finding ways to utilize solar lighting and energy to save money on their electric bills. Voice of America has a great story about how The Mount Pleasant neighborhood in Washington has gone a bit further to organize a cooperative of 75 households to do just that.