New software simplifies residential solar installation

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It's getting easier to add solar photovoltaic power to a home with a new software platform that enables participating installers to manage every aspect of a homeowner's solar system.

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Solar panels convert 60s terraced house into net zero model

Students from Delft University took a 1960s terraced house and turned it into a net-zero home with a new skin that connected solar panels, glass walls and smart technology with the existing structure.

5 warning signs your solar panels are poorly installed

With a whiplash-inducing growth rate of over 400 percent since 2010, the U.S. solar industry is booming, and there’s no end in sight. This is great news for the environment and the economy, but there is a dark lining to the silver cloud of solar.

Use Honda Smart Home designs in your green home project

After making its Smart Home a reality, Honda opened up access to designs and blueprints to make building your own smart home that much easier.

Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

Net Zero test home ends the year with energy to spare

After one of the toughest winters in recent years, the net-zero energy test house in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

ABC Green Home 2.0 ready to break ground

Building on the success of the ABC Green Home 1.0, the 2.0 version of the green building demonstration home will be built and donated to a disabled veteran through Habitat for Humanity.

DOE recognizes Proud Green Home at Serenbe

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Proud Green Home at Serenbe as the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia.

Florida development brings net zero homes to the mass market

A 148-home central Florida development may be the sign that net-zero living has gone mainstream.

Generate your own power with the latest renewable energy technology

Innovations in renewable energy technology make it easier than ever to generate electricity at home.

What do cold and cloudy days mean for solar efficiency?

It is the common belief that solar energy can only be generated in hot and sunny locations. While the sun is clearly an imperative variable of the solar efficiency equation, you may be surprised to learn Sun Bandit® works even better on cold days because of inherent PV module efficiencies.

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Test finds solar panels that handle tough environmental conditions

A series of tests found the solar modules that exceed standards for performance in challenging environmental conditions.

Labor unions gear up for Net Zero building

California electrical workers will be trained to support energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid technologies in the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute in Los Angeles.

Check out the latest hot home building products

The PCBC show honored homebuilding's latest and greatest products with the Parade of Products Awards.

Colorado county signs up for community solar power

Adams County in Colorado has contracted to power homes and commercial buildings with privately developed solar power.

Rehabbed Chicago homes will add solar to green upgrades

The first of five rehabbed homes in the Highland Park neighborhood includes solar panels as part of a package of green upgrades that will increase the homes' market value.

China surpasses Germany as world's biggest solar market

According to a new report, China has taken the top spot as the world's biggest market for solar powe

Leaders launch Colorado new solar home initiative

Builders and solar energy leaders launched a Colorado New Solar Home initiative that would make it easier for builders to include solar options for all home buyers in new subdivisions. Officials from leading home builders and the solar industry said...

Solar energy ready to help states meet air quality targets

Replacing fossil fuel electricity generating capacity with solar power will help states meet new carbon pollution targets, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Generate electricity at home with a plant-oil CHP system

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fueled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for homes and businesses to operate off the grid with a renewable energy source.

US tariff decision could push up the price of solar power

As the U.S. Department of Commerce releases the proposed anti-dumping duty on imported solar panels, solar panel makers say that Americans will pay more to generate their own electricity.

Solar power program offering up to $1500 in incentives

Orange County, Calif., property owners are eligible for a solar incentive program that pays them to go solar. Sullivan Solar Power, a Southern California renewable energy company, is administering a countywide solar incentive program that allows property owners to get...

Builder offers three home designs in net-zero solar homes

Homebuyers near the Sacramento River in California's Delta can choose from three living-space designs in new net-zero home developments. Trilogy by Shea has unveiled eight new floor plans, as well as an entirely new model gallery for attendees to experience...

Efficient LG solar panels exceed current standards

Solar panels are becoming more efficient, with new models exceeding current standards for incentives. LG Electronics' new "MONO X® ACe" solar module, which debuted in July at the InterSolar 2014 trade show, solar module is designed to generate more power...

Low-cost solar panels will make it easier to generate electricity at home

New methods of manufacturing could lead to lower prices for solar panels, making it cheaper than ever for homeowners to generate their own electricity. Siva Power has developed new manufacturing processes that could lead to the cost to make thin-film...

Affordable green townhomes tap solar power to reduce costs

An 18-unit townhouse development provides green living in affordable housing for low-income residents of North Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Fairmount Avenue Townhomes were designed for the Chattanooga Housing Authority to provide low-income housing in the desirable North Chattanooga Neighborhood. HK Architects...

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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.