Solar Synergy 2.0

We at the Green Living Journal believe that the solar photovoltaic (PV) system, combined with in-home battery storage, is the only sensible, sustainable tool that individuals can use to reduce their impact on the environment, protect themselves from rising electric rates, and provide energy security in the event of disasters (natural or otherwise). In other … Read More.

Crossroad in the 21st Century

The Future of Our Energy
Solar?
Wind?
or
Fossil Fuels?

America is changing the way it produces energy, and that change is taking place at an increasing rate as the years go by. In order to get an idea of the magnitude of these changes, we at Green Living checked out two recently released reports that tell the story with … Read More.

Good News for Solar Energy

According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q2 2014 Solar Market Insight Report, the     U.S. solar industry is nearing 16 gigawatts (GW) of  installed capacity. This is enough to power more than 3.2 million homes.
“Solar continues to soar, providing more and more homes, businesses, schools and government entities across the … Read More.

Solar Oregon, Solar Drinks in the New Year

[ January 22, 2014; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
January Solar Drinks
Solar and Renewables at New Columbia
Wednesday, January 22, 6-8pm
Join Solar Oregon for the first Solar Drinks of the New Year and hear New Columbia’s Solar Story. New Columbia’s 82 acre redevelopment in 2006 incorporated a broad range of solar and sustainable approaches. Learn about this unique development and get an update on Home … Read More.

We’re Growing in 2012

We are excited about 2012.
And yes, we know that there are still too many political and social problems. What with high unemployment, home foreclosures, rising fuel prices, and a volatile stock market casting a pall of pessimism over us all.
Still, we feel there is good reason for optimism.
In our own small world we are growing … Read More.

The Facts About Solar Energy

We just received the following message from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and we want to pass it along:

“You have undoubtedly seen the news that Solyndra, a domestic solar panel manufacturer that received a Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee, recently filed for bankruptcy.
This is not indicative of what’s happening with solar, and it … Read More.

Where were you in 1991?

Solar Energy International Was Just Getting Started Teaching the World About Renewable Energy Technologies.

Solar Training and Renewable Energy Education – Celebrating 20 Years

For 20 years, Solar Energy International has been dedicated to hands-on and online solar training and renewable energy education in wind, micro-hydro, sustainable building and developing world technologies. Solar Energy International also works … Read More.

Community Solar Farms

Here’s a great idea that makes so much sense you wonder why it hasn’t happened long before now.
Community Solar Farms.
Solar panels are appearing on more and more roofs. But what about people who rent, live in a condominium, have shaded roofs, who might move or live in a historic district or home owners association? This … Read More.

Fiber Cells + Pokeberries = Solar Power

Here’s an exciting article by Alicia W. Roberts, Wake Forest University and posted on RenewableEnergyWorld.com website.
Seems Wake Forest University holds the first patent for fiber-based photovoltaic, or solar cells, granted by the European Patent Office in November. A spinoff company called FiberCell Inc. has received the license to develop manufacturing methods for the new solar … Read More.

Solar Panels On The White House

Here’s an interesting Earth Day idea from the Renewable Energy World blog posted on April 22, 2010 by Tor Valenza. Seems that 17 solar pros and companies have offered to install a 17kW solar array on the White House free of charge.Read all about it here.
If you remember Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed back … Read More.