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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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.

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.

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First LEED v4 Platinum home will go to New Orleans neighborhood

Aiming to be the first LEED v4 Platinum home, and created in collaboration with LivingHomes, Make It Right and the International Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Insititute, the home will be presented to Make It Right Foundation for placement in...

US businesses saving with solar heating and cooling systems

With projected savings in some cases as high as $1.5 million,a report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association demonstrates the many benefits achieved by utilizing innovative solar and heating cooling systems on U.S. businesses and commercial buildings.

Solar tracker boosts home PV output by 40%

Homeowners Steve and Wendy Rogers wanted to get the most out of the solar panels system they were installing on their Escondido, California home. So they added a solar tracker system that will ensure their solar panels produce as much energy as possible.

Natural gas back up option takes solar water heater off the grid

For homeowners looking for water heating that will work without a connection to the power grid, a solar hybrid water heating system with natural gas back up may be the answer.

Solar panel financing fund makes green energy more accessible

Even as the price of solar panels drops, financing remains a barrier to many homeowners who want to adopt renewable energy. There are solar leasing and power purchase agreement systems, but many people prefer to own their solar panels and related equipment.

Solar power could be the largest electricity source by 2050

Calling for “clear, credible and consistent signals from policy makers,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Sept. 29, 2014, released two reports saying solar could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050.

Huge disparities across Californian cities impact solar power adoption

Even though California has the most residential solar installations in the U.S., cities across California have different permitting fees and wait times, making the experience of switching to solar vary drastically across the state.

Water heaters may be the answer for renewable energy storage

Storage has long been one of the challenges for managing grid-scale renewable energy, but the answer maybe hiding in every home in the country.

Data shows energy efficiency pays off for multifamily housing operator

Jamboree Housing Corporation reports that, based on an internal review of its 2013 operating expenses, the combination of energy efficient design and advanced construction techniques used in its newer developments does, in fact, reduce utility costs.

Prefab builder delivers first net-zero home

A sustainability minded university professor chose a new prefab home design for a net zero home in Maryland.

Solar panel quality assurance takes the guesswork out of generating electricity at home

For homeowners wary of solar panel and inverter quality, one solar provider launched a quality assurance program to give consumers peace of mind.

Solar power makes show home shine

The $7 million Coastal Living Showhouse features a solar power system that could offset 60 percent of the home's energy needs

First Maine Net Positive house will also earn Passive House rating

The Viridescent House, the first net-positive building in Maine, will actually produce twice as much energy as it uses.

More than 500,000 US buildings generating solar energy

Adoption of solar power in the United States hit a milestone in the second quarter of 2014, with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy.

Solar company offers zero-down solar with savings guarantee

Integrated Building Systems, a solar power installation company based in Wisconsin, launched a program to provide equipment leasing for solar PV and natural gas co-generation systems with no money down.

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