Dow POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles Now Available in 10 States

I have been following the progress of solar shingles, including Dow’s POWERHOUSE line, for several years, so I was encouraged to read that Dow has expanded their availability into seven additional states. Solar shingles seems like a “no-brainer” to me – “Building Integrated Photovoltaics” (BIPV) roof shingles that mimic traditional roofing materials including the S-tile

Europe Installed Two-Thirds of the World’s New Solar Power in 2011

In 2011, the United States ranked 31st for “Total New Solar Power per Million People”, while Florida ranked 17th in the country. However, according to SEIA’s “U.S. Solar Market Insight Report 2011 Year-in-Review”: “2011 was a historic year. On the positive side, the market for solar installations continued to boom, as the U.S. installed 1,855

Ten Facts About Solar Panels – Guest Post by Karen Smith

Ten Facts About Solar Panels (via http://greenbuildingelements.com) Thanks to Karen Smith from Australia for providing this list of facts on solar panels. There is an increasing awareness in Australia about the obvious advantages and benefits of switching to solar power. Not only does it contribute to a more ecologically sustainable environment, but in the long

Renewable Electricity Nearly Doubles with Obama in Office

Renewable Electricity Nearly Doubles with Obama in Office (via Clean Technica)  Non-hydro renewable electricity generation has nearly doubled since President Obama took office, reaching 5.75 percent of net electricity, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration. In 2008, before Obama entered the White House, non-hydro resources like solar, wind, geothermal…

The Politics of Clean Energy: Conservative South Carolina Republican Going Nationwide with Clean Energy Plan

The political persuasion of a clean energy advocate shouldn’t matter, but former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis says it lost him an election. Here is his plan: Conservative South Carolina Republican Going Nationwide with Clean Energy Plan (via Clean Technica)   Eliminate subsidies for developing new clean energy technologies while at the same time adding the cost of

The Next Trend in Green Construction: The Net Zero Building

The Next Trend in Green Construction: The Net Zero Building (via http://greenbuildingelements.com) It’s an exciting time to be in the renewable energy or green constriction industries. Year after year, new standards bodies are formed and enable all kinds of exciting new building standards and adoption of eco-friendly materials. In 2012, green building trends are moving

20% by 2020 – US Air Force Sets Goal for Renewable Energy Sources

energyNOW! is one of my favorite sources for non-partisan, science-based information on current energy and environmental issues. This week, Lee Patrick Sullivan presents “Energy Innovations in the Armed Forces.” One quote in particular had an especially strong impact. Army NAC Director Paul Skalny said, “[a] 1% increase in fuel efficiency for the military means 6,444 less soldiers involved