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This Social Network Connects Solar Homeowners

Can a social network, crowdsourced performance data, and collaborative analysis of home solar power systems lead to smarter solar power, and more of it? If the direction that Generaytor is heading is any indication, then the future of wiser solar will come, at least in part, through connecting people, data, and insights from real-world solar […]

November 17th

Patagonia Invests $13M in Hawaiian Rooftop Solar Projects

What do you do to further your goal of using business to help solve environmental issues, when you already give back a percentage of your profits to environmental organizations, you’ve become a B Corp (benefit corporation), you’re convincing your customers that they can repair their old gear and that they don’t need your latest product, […]

October 20th

New Solar Investing Platform Connects Investors to Vetted Commercial Solar Projects

The launch of a new financing marketplace for commercial solar projects could make solar investing as easy as investing in the public markets, and give investors the healthy returns from renewable energy investments that many large institutional investors currently enjoy. Wunder Capital, a graduate of Techstar’s tech accelerator program, is essentially reimagining commercial solar finance […]

October 8th

Net-Zero Is the Holy Grail of Commercial Green Buildings

It wasn’t that long ago that the term ‘green building’ was seen as something extra you did or tried to incorporate into construction in order to greenwash it or give it a ‘touchy-feely’ green aspect for marketing purposes. Because the general public doesn’t have a good grasp on what a green building truly is, I […]

September 30th

Supercapacitors from Hemp Fiber Could Be Half the Cost

Hemp. Is there anything it can’t do? Hemp may not be able to save the world on its own, as some proponents claim, but it certainly can yield affordable and planet-friendly solutions for everything from building to clothing to food to paper products, and recent research suggests that it could also provide a low-cost material […]

August 25th

More Efficient Clothes Dryers Could Save $4 Billion in Energy Each Year

One incredibly common household appliance, the electric clothes dryer, is responsible for a whopping 2% of electricity consumption in the US, often consuming as much as the refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher combined. And while many other appliances have received much more attention, and therefore benefited from advanced energy efficiency technologies, electric clothes dryers have […]

June 12th