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Meatless Mondays!!

Meatless Mondays

I am all about making small lifestyle changes to decrease my negative impact on the environment. While I may not be able to afford solar panels or an electric car, I CAN by local foods, hang-dry my clothes and do other small things which can add up to a BIG impact by the end of the year.... read more

San Francisco Electric Plug-In Car Project Faces a Few Roadblocks

Plug-in electric vehicles are becoming more affordable, available, and popular. Leading “green” city, San Francisco, passed legislation to help increase the convenience of electric vehicles in hopes of enticing residents to purchase the green cars. The city is challenged with the task of installing 80 public charging stations at 20 locations by 2012.

The city has been working for roughly two and a half years to implement the charging station policy and necessary infrastructure. ... read more

US Green Job Growth Amidst Struggling Economy - 10 cities that are leading the way

Green Job Growth

The Huffington Post and 24/7 Wall Street released articles today naming 10 US cities with the largest green job growth.  The statistics are based on a non-partisan Brookings Institute study.

While the overall US economy has struggled, green businesses added 565,337 new jobs in between 2003 and 2010. The median salary for a green job is almost always higher than that of a non-green job and many of these jobs are in the manufacturing sector, creating job growth in some older cities known for manufacturing that have been hit hard by the recent economy. The report also states that “on a per job basis, establishments in the clean economy export roughly twice the value of a typical U.S. job ($20,000 versus $10,000).“... read more

It Takes a City

Last May I saw a shining vision of sustainable urban living. A couple I know had totally retrofitted their house for full energy efficiency and were giving tours to show how it could be done. The house, a 19th century Boston triple-decker, had leaked btu’s for over a hundred winters but now it’s insulated, ducted, and sealed, and ready to play its part in a 21st century green city.... read more

Independent Study Finds San Francisco the Greenest City in the US

San Francisco Greenest City

An independent study conducted in June found San Francisco to be the “greenest” city in the United States and Canada. This doesn't come as much of a surprise – the city has made headlines for leading the way with policies such as mandatory composting and a grocery store plastic bag ban.... read more

Obama Proposes Dramatic Fuel Efficiency Increases for New Cars by 2025

Obama Car Emission

Last week the Obama administration released information about the proposal for increased auto emission standards.  The proposal includes a 56.2 mpg minimum for all new cars by 2025. American car manufacturers would have to meet this number as a company-wide average.  With the demand for electric cars already on the rise, this move would give electric vehicles the boost needed to become more mainstream.... read more

Solar Panels in San Jose – San Jose, California Schools Go Solar and Incorporate Solar Technology into Curriculum

san jose solar school

Last year, East Side Union High School District in San Jose, California joined forces with Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) to install solar panels on 6 school sites. The solar project's goal is threefold: 1) to save the struggling school district $7.6 million dollars over the next 5 years; 2) to prepare students for careers in the cleantech industry and spark student enthusiasm in science and the environment; and 3) to reduce the city's carbon emissions by 3,100 metric tons per year.

“Our schools will all benefit from these savings, especially in these tough economic times when they’re needed most,” said the Superintendent Dan Moser at that time. “Also, this project reduces our carbon footprint and allows us to incorporate solar into our teaching curriculum so our teachers and students can learn about renewable energy technologies firsthand.”... read more

State Solar Loans


State Solar Loans

Many states in the beautiful U.S. Of A. offer “solar loans” which allow you to finance your solar installation at a low- or no- interest rate. If you're like me, you don't have $30k lying around for your solar project, but the time is right with all of the state and national incentives out there.

With the exception of West Virginia and Utah every state in the nation offers some sort of solar loan program. Some are offered at the state level (woohoo), some at the local level, and others bu the major utilities. Sixteen (16) actual states (plus the Virgin Islands) provide resources for these super loans which allow us regular folks to afford to go solar.... read more

What is a Solar Feed In Tariff (FiT)?

A Feed In Tariff (Fit) is a one of many financial incentives that can be offered in order to promote the use of renewable energy. It was first seen in Germany in 2000 and has since spread to countries such as China, Australia, and Ireland and several US states including Hawaii and Michigan.

Regions that mandate FiTs require utilities to purchase each kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy from individual residential and commercial producers of renewable energy (usually solar or wind). In essence this makes the producer a small-scale utility, selling ALL of the power you produce back to “the grid.” The person or business will sign an initial contract with the utility, locking in a certain rate for a set period of time (usually 15-25 years).... read more

What is a Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC)?


SREC Market

Solar Renewable Energy Credits/Certificates (SRECs/ S-RECs) aka Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) aka “Green Tags” create an open market for individuals to sell the rights to the energy produced by their small-medium scale solar system.... read more

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