Establishing a single national policy and regulatory standard for residential solar energy systems that grants "homeowners the right to install a standardized, under 10 kW system, using UL-listed components, following National Electrical Code standards, installed by a qualified contractor subject to a single local inspection," should be the first step taken, SFN contends.
Nexus Energy Homes Inc will be the first home builder to offer DOW POWERHOUSE™ solar shingles on the East Coast of the United States. These DOW solar shingles are not just a more attractive way to build solar panels, but they are also literally shingles — they are classified as official roofing products. "Dow Solar Shingles are among the most cutting-edge renewable solutions on the market, making DOW POWERHOUSE the ideal partner for NEXUS EnergyHomes,” said … Read More
The Department of Energy (DOE) has been on a tear over workplace electric vehicle charging, and it seems that corporate America is falling all over itself to keep up. Barely six weeks ago, the agency launched the Workplace Charging Challenge with the goal of nudging the private sector into a tenfold increase in the number of companies offering workplace EV charging within the next five years. Thirteen major U.S. employers signed on to kick it … Read More
Significant improvements to solar cell efficiency are now possible because of a new technique created by researchers at the University of Toronto. The new technique greatly improves the efficiency of colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics, which is a design that was already looking attractive as a path to cheap, very efficient solar cells. Previously, though, these quantum dot photovoltaics were not very efficient in the infrared portion of the solar spectrum. Infrared makes up about half … Read More
The Colibri, a one-seater EV for under €10,000, will be hitting the market in 2015. The tiny and economical electric vehicle was unveiled by Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH (IMA) at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show that is occurring this week. Small EVs such as this have the significant advantage of having a long battery life-cycle and being very fast to charge. “The Colibri, which means ‘hummingbird,’ seats one and has a top speed of 120 … Read More
Clean energy job growth was broad based geographically and across industry sectors despite opposition and inconsistent support in Congress, according to Environmental Entrepreneurs' clean energy jobs Q4 and 2012 year in review.
Well, “just” might only apply to a few of our readers (if that). $585,000 (or €388,000) is, believe it or not, a little outside the budget of this cleantech blogger… and about 99.9% of the people on earth. But the good news is that we get to read and write about it! (And hey, that’s half the fun anyway, right?) The Exagon Furtive-eGT, which we’ve written about once or twice here on CleanTechnica, was just … Read More