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Report: Clean power is moving (gradually) into Americans’ homes


Americans are increasingly relying more on natural gas and renewable energy for heat, power and transportation. From 2007 to 2012, natural gas use grew from 23.4 percent to 27.2 percent, while renewable energy consumption rose from 6.4 percent to 9.4 percent, according to a report. At the same time, the use of coal fell […]

US renewable-energy capacity doubled from 2009-12

Bloomberg Businessweek

Renewable-energy capacity in the U.S. almost doubled from 2009 to 2012, helping reduce the nation’s carbon-dioxide emissions last year to the lowest since 1994, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. The cumulative installed solar, wind, geothermal and biomass-based energy sources in the U.S. climbed to 85.7 gigawatts in 2012, compared with […]


Design World

Is it entertainment or engineering? Car races are a huge deal in the US and around the world. It’s fun to see how fast we can make our machines go. The Indy 500 and Formula 1 racing, attract massive crowds and millions of dollars of investment. Drag racers compete to drive the fastest […]

PA Sunshine Grants are BACK Fully Funded – no waiting list!


The PA Sunshine Program is, as of Jan. 24, 2013, out of the Waiting List phase and back in an active rebate mode, thanks to $7.25 million in funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. DEP is reserving a portion of these funds to satisfy rebate reservations and applications for projects previously submitted and […]

Home solar systems to be an option for Honda customers

The New York Times Automakers have long resorted to incentives like zero-percent financing, rewards points and rebates to inspire customer loyalty. Now Honda is offering a different deal — inexpensive home solar power systems for customers. Through a partnership with SolarCity, a residential and commercial installer, Honda and Acura will offer their customers home solar […]

Winning the DOE’s new energy tax credits: Crucial application tips

Solar Industry magazine Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Internal Revenue Service released $150 million in unused advanced energy manufacturing tax credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects across the U.S. The credits are the remnants of $2.3 billion in funding authorized under Section 48C of the American Recovery […]