New Home Solar Laws Could Triple US Solar Base By 2045, Save Homeowners $19K over 30 years

A 2018 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study found that these advancements in the relationship between homebuilders and solar system manufacturers could collectively reduce the price of solar systems by 59%. “In states with pro-solar policies, homeowners with solar energy can save between $10,000 to $30,000 over a 20-year period,” the report suggests. Installing solar panels during construction lowers solar …

Powerhouse solar shingles are cheaper than Tesla’s and have $127 million in preorders

December 28th, 2018 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica The snail-slow solar shingle race is moving once again, as Real Goods Solar accepts the first of its $127 million worth of Powerhouse preorders on December 27. The company also announced plans to ramp up production every quarter during 2019 toward a 5 megawatt annual capacity guarantee from its manufacturing partners. The announcement coincides …

Seattle moves to new transportation level of service guidelines and responsibilities for developers

By Robbie Webber, Seattle moves to new transportation level of service guidelines, January 14th, 2019 at SSTI, in land use, mitigation policy, Seattle, TDM On January 14, the Seattle Council is set to vote on new regulations for developments to support changes in adopted transportation level of service. As part of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan, LOS was redefined to reflect specific target rates for different modes in eight …

Getting to zero in heating, in conjunction with utilities, in urban/development policy, and with the Green New Deal

Empowering Utilities to Participate in the Clean-Energy Transition – Part II, Part 2: Aligning Energy Demand with Renewable Energy Production in Oregon January 9, 2019  |  By Todd Zeranski & David Labrador This is the second blog in a three-part series. The first blog, Renewable Heating in Juneau, Alaska, is available here. One of the central challenges in transitioning to a more distributed and …

Mass renovation project halves energy use of existing homes

By Sami Grover, January 9, 2019 CC BY 2.0 Energiesprong International What if we declared climate change a crisis and put some serious resources to this type of initiative? We’ve seen plenty of projects putting solar on affordable or social housing. But every good TreeHugger knows that, before looking at renewable generation, we should first figure out how to reduce overall demand so …

Where The Clean Tech Jobs Are — Infographic & Interactive Guide

January 8th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica  Jobs in clean tech in America are outpacing employment in the fossil fuel sector. According to Clean Jobs Cities, “The Top 50 metro areas for clean jobs now employ 1.8 million workers in clean energy technologies, accounting for more than one out of every two clean energy jobs in the country — which alone outnumbers …

World’s first building-integrated field test of a one square meter perovskite solar panel

January 8th, 2019 by Charles W. Thurston on CleanTechnica.com  The world’s first building-integrated field test of a one square meter perovskite solar panel, made by Saule Technologies, has just begun on Sanska’s Spark office in Warsaw, with a projected 5 cent per kilowatt-hour levelized cost of energy, according to Saule. The pilot test panel is 1.3 by 0.9 meters, containing 52 photovoltaic free-form …

2018 policy notes on jobs guarantee programs

By Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project, 2018 Discussion around the idea of a job guarantee has picked up of late (CBPP, The Nation, Sanders Institute I, II). As with any idea that attracts a sizable number of adherents, the term “job guarantee” means lots of different things to a lot of different people, which makes it a difficult thing to talk about in …

Most apartment buildings have really terrible air quality

By Lloyd Alter December 17, 2018  CC BY 2.0 A really ugly pressurized corridor/ Lloyd Alter And if you live on the lower floors, it’s even worse, according to a study by RDH. Building more multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) is critical for reducing transportation and for increasing affordability. But one of the big problems with most buildings in North America is …