So You Think You Know Solar?

Love this solar quiz from The Climate Reality Project. Fifteen questions about the history and technology of solar energy. I consider myself to be relatively knowledgeable on this topic, yet missed quite a few of the answers. Question #2, in particular, surprised me. Solar energy is the most abundant energy source on the planet. In

Solar Glass + Solar Rooftops = 100% Electrical Power

Or very nearly so, according to Richard Lunt at Michigan State University. With 5 – 7 billion square meters of glass surface, researchers estimate that “transparent solar technologies have the potential of supplying some 40 percent of energy demand in the U.S.” and a similar potential for rooftop solar energy production. Lunt, the Johansen Crosby

Live in Central Miami-Dade and want to go solar?

Have you considered installing solar panels on your home, but concerned about the upfront costs? Here’s an idea: solar co-ops. Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FLSUN) is helping homeowners throughout the state form community solar cooperatives to benefit from bulk purchase discounts for solar panels. Neighbors across the Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, City of Miami west to

Tesla’s SolarCity to open Florida facility

SolarCity, a subsidiary of electric car maker Tesla Motors and the largest solar panel installer in the U.S., has announced it is opening an operations center in Clermont, near Orlando, and has plans to expand into other areas of Florida. According to a company spokesperson, a typical operations center employs about 100 people and SolarCity is

In Honor of #GridWeek in Washington DC

An infographic from Energy.gov: Understanding the Grid Ever since Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla battled it out during the War of the Currents in the late 19th century, electricity has been a central part of life in America. We are constantly connected to the power grid, which keeps our food refrigerated, our homes heated, our

Ida Went Solar (You Can, Too)

Last week, the Obama Administration announced the “Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative“. Included with the White House press release was this cute and informative video: Ida lives in Baltimore with her family. There was a time when she had to choose between buying groceries and paying her electrical bill. But a couple weeks

Florida International University and Florida Power & Light Unveil Solar Research Facility

On Wednesday, at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus,  FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg and Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light, held a conference to introduce the just completed $3.5 million solar power array that is also a parking canopy and a research facility. The 1.4-megawatt solar array is comprised of more

The Biggest Green Building Trends for 2016

What will be trending in green building for 2016? Citizen’s General Insurance Brokers put together this excellent infographic with their ideas for a more eco-friendly new year: Their 2016 predictions include: Net Positive Energy Homes Water Reuse and Supply Drought Resistant Yards Health Conscious Building Cool Roofs Nanotechnology Sustainable Flooring Recycled Countertops A Return to Steel Down

Sweden Plans to Be a Fossil-Free Country By 2030

As in fossil-fuels, not dinosaur bones. Sweden is already ahead of other nations in reducing fossil-fuel use by producing energy from their waste – so much so that they have to import garbage from the UK, Norway, Denmark and other neighboring countries. But Sweden wants to go even further by becoming entirely fossil-free by 2030,

Florida Power & Light Ends Most Energy-Efficiency Rebates

Florida Power & Light has again reduced or eliminated rebates for various energy-efficiency residential upgrades. As of Oct. 1, rebates for the following residential programs have been discontinued: Duct, Roof Coating and Membranes; Roof Replacement; Solar Photovoltaics (PV); Solar Water Heating; and all air-conditioning units except for straight cool, air cooled units with a SEER