Passive Solar Heating: A New Century of Innovation

This white paper, sponsored by Solar Innovations, takes a look at passive solar heating, a building technique that utilizes windows, walls, flooring and other non-mechanical or non-electrical devices to gather and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter, and reject heat in the summer.

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Prepping a residential roof for solar PV

The roofing industry continues to see rooftops used as platforms for roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems and this is especially true in residential construction

Attic ventilation delivers building envelope durability

Managing attic moisture will pay off over the life of the home.

Rewatch: Top 10 green building videos for 2014

Take a look back at some of the most popular video content for 2014 on ProudGreenhome.com, featuring the latest techniques and technology to help satisfy the hunger for knowledge regarding creating high performance homes.

Looking back: 2014 green building trends

The coming water shortage, solar power price drops, and performance-based building codes are among the top trends for 2014.

Boost your energy this holiday season

Now that it’s the holiday season again, you may be worrying about planning holiday dinners, mailing greeting cards, and buying the perfect presents—all while struggling to keep up with your normal busy routine.

Use daylight to avoid getting SAD (seasonal affective disorder)

During winter, do you often feel sad, moody or anxious? Do you eat and sleep more? Do you lose interest in your normal activities or gain weight? If so, you may be suffering from...

Zero Energy Ready ICF home wins building awards

A coastal colonial-style home built with insulated concrete forms earned multiple awards for building excellence and performance.

Solar EV charging station designed to power with style

Fueling our vehicles with clean, unlimited renewable energy, makes sense financially, environmentally and socially.

Grow Community blooms with solar power and intergenerational design

The 8-acre Grow Community is the largest planned solar community in Washington state, with ultra-efficient, net-zero energy homes, neighborhood gardens and green spaces, healthy transportation options and other sustainable features.

1920s bungalow gets deep green retrofit for sustainability studies

The ReNEWW House is a multi-year research project in which a 1920s vintage home is retrofitted into a net-zero energy, water and zero-waste-to-landfill structure.

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NEWS


Should you invest in home solar power instead of the stock market?

In 50 of America's largest cities, a home solar power system offers a better return on the stock market.

Top 10 blog posts for 2014

Take a look at the Top 10 blog posts for 2014 on ProudGreenHome.com.

How much solar power could your home generate?

As prices continue to fall for residential solar installations, there's still the question of whether a particular home site could generate enough power for an investment in solar panels to pay off.

Santa lights up winter wonderland with solar power

A Christmas display with 100,000 lights now uses solar power to spread holiday cheer for the neighborhood.

US solar power installations up 41% over last year

Continuing its strong growth, the United States installed 1,354 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics in the third quarter of 2014, up 41 percent over the same period last year.

Lower solar prices will impact market in 2015

Solar isn’t anything new to the U.S home energy market. However, the current systems being offered by solar energy companies at such low prices is has yet to fully impact the market.

Roofing contractors embrace solar installation opportunities

With solar energy becoming more mainstream in many parts of the U.S., roofing contractors who add photovoltaic (PV) installation to their services can greatly expand in their markets.

Geothermal HVAC helps a new home reach net zero

A new net-zero home in California relied on geothermal heating and cooling to help the builders reach the goal of generating as much electricity as the home uses.

Utility rate hikes make generating electricity at home a smart move

Annual utility rate increases lead many homeowners to consider switching to a renewable source of energy.

Solar energy costs fall 14% despite stable solar panel prices

The costs of solar energy in the U.S. has fallen by 14 percent over the last year, despite stable wholesale prices of solar panels and the imposition of anti-dumping tariffs on some imported solar panels.

Solar panels: should you buy or lease?

Even with ten years of constant price drops, the market is still filled with homeowners who can’t afford to buy solar power systems.

More efficient solar panel design cuts system costs

Solar modules that boost output by 15 percent can cut total system costs by up to 8 percent, according to SunEdison Inc.

A pilot program will test battery-based renewable energy storage systems

Two leaders in the solar power industry are teaming up to pilot renewable energy storage-based systems. Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, is partnering with OutBack Power Technologies, Inc. to pilot renewable energy storage-based systems for a select group of Sunrun solar customers.

Renewable energy groups lobby to extend US investment tax credits

The 30 percent federal tax credit for a range of energy efficiency measures is set to expire at the end of 2016 and industry lobbyists are campaigning to extend or reinstate expired the tax credits.

Solar PV efficiency forecast to grow in next 5 years

Opportunities exist for a variety of solar PV technologies to gain in the marketplace, and overall panel power ratings will continue strong upward growth trends.

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Home solar power systems can be a great way to reduce home energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. But is solar power right for your home? Learn about the latest advances in residential solar power systems and best practices for implementation.