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California community college strives to improve energy efficiency

According to Campus Technology, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) has created an energy efficiency project aimed at reducing waste and creating a better management system across its three colleges and 82 buildings.

A guide to buying a solar panel system

Deciding to take the step to commit to a solar power system is a significant one. Before rushing into anything, it is worth considering all options such as whether to buy or lease. In an effort to help aid prospective solar energy customers in their search, the Federal Trade Commission released a list of questions, answers and considerations as a guide for buying or ...

Solar rooftops left out of recent California legislation

California is pushing for greater solar energy capacity in the coming years, as seen through both houses of the California legislature producing bills that mandate the state derive 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources. However, San Jose Inside reports that rooftop solar is not included in either of these bills.

MIT states solar energy is already sophisticated enough

MIT has released a new report titled The Future of Solar Energy, which states that solar energy technology is currently advanced enough to provide all of the world's energy in the future. Researchers believe we should now focus on obtaining the money needed to expand the use of this technology, and that convincing governments to adopt solar-friendly policies is ...

Iowa signs bill to add tax credits for utility solar projects

Iowa is joining in on the solar movement popularized in other states such as California to save money and ward off climate change. The Newton Daily News reports that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the HF 645 bill into law, which will add production tax credits for utility solar projects and also increase the state's solar energy tax credits. It was passed with ...

Bans on inter-state electricity transmissions lines impede energy efficiency progress

State legislators have been increasingly jumping on renewable energy. Recently, some states have passed bills that would mandate incredible increases to their clean energy generation. Climate Spectator reports that states are increasing their renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which are state or local level policies that tell electricity suppliers to provide a ...

More cities should embrace solar energy

Each day, more cities are embracing the potential of solar energy. A report called Shining Cities: Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America by Environment America Research and Policy Center found that the potential for rooftop solar to meet electricity demands for each state is better than expected — almost 20 percent. Furthermore, 65 cities around the ...

Solar customers offer net benefits to electric companies

The main outcry of utility companies over the rise in solar panel sales has been that solar costs far too much. They claim that the benefits do not outweigh the initial investments for a PV system. However, recent studies have shown that this is not the case. The Huffington Post found that the median value of solar in all studies was almost 17 cents per unit, while ...

United States teams up with Brazil for renewable energy push

World leaders are coming together to find solutions to the climate change dilemma. This was the case when President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff announced their joint plans to triple the amount of renewable energy in electricity generation to 20 percent by 2030. Presently, the United States receives 7 percent of its electricity from renewable ...

Renewable energy still on the rise

Deployment of renewable energy has been consistently on the rise — reaching its highest level in around 70 years. Solar power is also dramatically increasing, as the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates that the nation's current solar capacity will double within the next two years, putting to use 20,000 MW in newly solar capacity.

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