From the media…In today’s San Jose Mercury News by reporter, Matt Nauman: “Tax-credit stalemate imperils green energy industry.” Two lobby groups, the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association put the potential job loss if the credits aren’t renewed at 116,000 U.S. jobs. In testimony given earlier this year, Applied Materials’ Blair…

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What’s a “solar season?” The time of the year when the harvest of the sun ray’s for powering our homes and other devices is the most abundant. Just how far back have we humans used the sun for our purposes? The U.S. Department of Energy provides a fascinating look at “The History of Solar” in…

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An energy audit should address more than an inventory of your electrical equipment. It is important to understand how you use energy. Then we can understand how to reduce your energy usage. However as you can see in the figure above just reducing energy does not ensure a reduction in energy cost. For example, a…

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New California legislation has addressed the movement toward renewable energy and the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. In 2005 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order setting GHG emissions targets for the years 2010, 2020 and 2050. This order has now been passed as the Global Warming Solutions Act AB32. AB32 requires the reduction…

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The “nitty gritty” of why we celebrate Earth Day resonates strongly in the smiles of our children. The installation of solar power systems on every roof on the planet (best case scenario!), is one part of a complex set of solutions. Still, the why of “saving the Planet” is still “saving it for our kids,…

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In today’s headlines, NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric, said Monday much of the technology to make energy generation cleaner and more efficient is available now. The challenge, however, is deploying it and making it cheaper.CNNMoney.com staff writer, Steve Hargreaves, reports from an industry meeting sponsored by the Edison…

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According to the statisticians over at Cooler Planet, by the end of 2007, solar power systems in California have saved over 533 kilotons of carbon emissions from going into our atmosphere. A kiloton is 1000 tons. That’s a whole lot of carbon emissions NOT in our atmosphere. To look at these amazing stats yourself, visit…

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News Update: CNNMoney.com report today: NEW YORK (Associated Press) – Solar energy stocks jumped Friday as analysts said one of the sector’s leaders is well positioned for revenue and earnings growth. PacificCrest analyst Mark Bachman, in a client note about SunPower Corp., said domestic demand is “running ahead of expectations set just three months ago,…

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While some people wonder whether there’s too much hot air in the clean-tech sector, the man who has advised California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on environmental matters says the industry is just beginning to reach its potential. This report according to Green Tech blog writer, Carl-Gustav Linden, today in his recap of a CNET.com interview of…

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Yesterday Solar Santa Monica announced the Preferred Providers selected to support the City-sponsored program, now in its second year. Preferred Providers install solar photovoltaic (electricity) and solar thermal (hot water) systems for homes and businesses at agreed-upon, fixed prices. HelioPower was selected to provide residential installations along with three other firms. “We’re very pleased to…

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The sun is shining bright! The best time to reap the highest returns on a solar electricity system is upon us! You can add a streamlined analysis to your solar panel system research with our “Solar Power System Advantages Disadvantages” document. Download it today for a comparative analysis to help you make the best decision…

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StreetInsider.com – Hebrew Academy Partners with SharpUSA and HelioPower… Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Solar Energy Solutions Group, based near the school in Huntington Beach, and HelioPower worked together with the Hebrew Academy on the solar energy aspect of the school’s Go Green program. A portion of the Karp Federation Challenge Grant and a generous private donation…

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