Breakeven Cost for Residential Photovoltaics in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities

Breakeven Cost for Residential Photovoltaics in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities

This analysis provides a look at the trends and sensitivies in reaching the point where the cost of a photovoltaic system equals the cost of electricity purchased from the grid.

Type: Special Report




Solar Photovoltaic Financing: Residential Sector Deployment

Solar Photovoltaic Financing: Residential Sector Deployment

Financing a residential photovoltaic (PV) system remains a challenge despite the various financial incentives available to homeowners at both the state and federal level. This report examines the full range of cash payments, bill savings, tax incentives and solar attribute...

Type: Research




Homeowners Guide to Financing a Grid-Connected Solar Electric System

Homeowners Guide to Financing a Grid-Connected Solar Electric System

Installing a solar electric system that is connected to the utility grid can save energy and money, and even earn you money back. Upfront, the systems are expensive, however. This guide outlines financing options for those considering the purchase of one of these green, grid-connected systems.

Type: Guide




Summary of Gaps for Implementing Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Summary of Gaps for Implementing Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards

The 2010 Residential Energy Efficiency Meeting was held in Denver from July 20-22, 2010, with more than 200 professionals in attendance. Its major focus was overcoming the key barriers to implementing residential energy efficiency strategies in the U.S. market.

Type: Special Report




Small Wind Electric Systems: A U.S. Consumer's Guide

Small Wind Electric Systems: A U.S. Consumer's Guide

Wind energy systems are one of the most cost-effective home-based renewable energy systems. There are many factors to consider before implementing a wind turbine system, however, including whether or not there is enough wind in your region and whether or not you have enough space.

Type: Guide




Financing Solar Energy Systems: A Federal Overview

Financing Solar Energy Systems: A Federal Overview

The Borrower’s Guide to Financing Solar Energy provides information for lenders and consumers in financing solar systems, including thermal and photovoltaic systems. It also offers tips on how to make these systems more affordable and outlines special mortgage programs for energy-efficient homes.

Type: Guide




What's New in Eco-Affordable Housing?: Combining Green Building Innovations with Affordable Housing Needs

What's New in Eco-Affordable Housing?: Combining Green Building Innovations with Affordable Housing Needs

This report provides an overview of the concept of “eco-affordable housing” and identifies significant opportunities for adoption of green building innovations within the affordable housing sector.

Type: White Paper




Flooring

Flooring

As more is learned about the personal health and environmental hazards of carpet and vinyl in their production, use, and disposal, green flooring alternatives are becoming increasingly popular.

Type: White Paper




Designing and Building a More Sustainable Home

Designing and Building a More Sustainable Home

Designing green homes can be confusing, from understanding finances to choosing materials and design layouts/blueprints. Get step-by-step instructions and helpful checklists to make your green home dreams a reality.

Type: White Paper




Nutrition Labels for Homes: A Way for Homebuyers to Make More Ecological, Economical Decisions

Nutrition Labels for Homes: A Way for Homebuyers to Make More Ecological, Economical Decisions

Sustainability labeling can serve as a clear, universal way for homebuyers to evaluate the true worth of a for-sale house. Learn how to use sustainability labeling to make informed choices.

Type: White Paper




Mainestream Green Home Design

Mainestream Green Home Design

Green housing is sustainable to its environment, durable and healthy for occupants and environment. The Mainestream Green Housing primer grew out of MaineHousing's Mainestream Green Home Design Contest.

Type: White Paper




Solar Water Heating: Using the Sun to Heat Domestic Water Makes Sense in Almost Any Climate

Solar Water Heating: Using the Sun to Heat Domestic Water Makes Sense in Almost Any Climate

Solar water heating helps to save energy, reduce utility costs, and preserve the environment. Learn the basic terminology, what buildings solar water heating is appropriate for and how much a system might cost.

Type: White Paper





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