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Community Solar Catching Fire - Tennessee Solar The concept of community solar is spreading quickly across the country, particularly in states with favorable legislation, such as Colorado and Minnesota, and utilities are starting to take notice and join the trend. With nearly 50 percent of households and businesses unable to host rooftop solar systems, community solar is a largely untapped market for consumers looking to invest in solar electricity, which is becoming cheaper than retail electricity in parts of the country. Both state policies and utilities have driven the growth of the industry. The majority of projects today are utility-sponsored. Customers pay up front or on a monthly basis to support establishment of a solar project in their local community.

Apply GrantsKeepers of the Earth Fund[English] [Français] [Español] Our goal through the Keepers of the Earth Fund is to increase access to funding for Indigenous communities and support Indigenous-led projects that create greater Indigenous control of Indigenous assets.We support strategies that address culturally appropriate Indigenous development (e.g., land use and conservation, traditional decision-making, climate change, food security, etc.).FUNDING CRITERIAAll applicants must: be an Indigenous-led grassroots/local organization or group.have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor; copies of fiscal sponsor’s terms and requirements will be requested.ensure project activities will be completed outside of the United States. Grant amounts range between $250 and $20,000 USD. First time awards generally range between US $2,500 to $5,000.

How A Young Physicist Is Making Solar Power Work, Even When The Sun Is Down It is not unreasonable to expect that the renewable energy collected by the world’s solar panels and wind farms is being stored somewhere, ready and waiting to power our microwaves and hairdryers at a moment’s notice. Bad news: mostly, it’s not. Sure, there are a few methods in practice--expensive batteries that degrade over time, a medieval-sounding technique that involves pumping water up and down a hill--but by and large, if there’s a lot of wind blowing but not enough lightbulbs to use it, that energy simply goes to waste. Hopefully, that’s about to change. Electricity from the sun and the wind Major Objectives To reduce the economic and institutional barriers between people and sustainable housing. To begin reversing the overall negative effect that conventional housing has on the planet. To create a less stressful existence for people in an effort to reduce the stress that they in turn place on the planet and each other.

Cleantech and Renewable Energy News and Analysis 2013 was both a year of tremendous growth and the start of an important transition for the US residential solar market. Year-over-year growth in the residential sector (60%) outpaced the overall U.S. market (41%) for the first time, driven by an increase in the availability of third-party financing and the rapid expansion of established market leaders. This 35-page update to our 2013 report explores key trends in the residential solar market, including: Changes to the competitive landscape, primarily due to mergers and acquisitions, new business models, and market entrants. The resurgence of direct ownership as a result of lower system costs, changing consumer preferences, and broader financing options offered by the industry’s leading players.

Ben and Jerry's Foundation Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. undertook a public stock offering to support its ongoing growth. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation was created at the same time, with an initial gift from Ben of 50,000 shares and an unprecedented decision of the company’s Board of Directors to commit 7 ½% of the company’s annual pretax profits to philanthropy. Foundation and company staff held a retreat with experts in social change work and philanthropy to think about the Foundation’s strategies and effectiveness. The outcome? There's no better way to communicate the company’s progressive values than by empowering employees to participate in decision-making.

High Efficiency Solar Panels Using Holographic Film Clean Power Published on January 30th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown Holographic film used with highly efficient solar cells to create “game-changing” solar panel. New Car Engine Sends Shock Waves Through Auto Industry Despite shifting into higher gear within the consumer's green conscience, hybrid vehicles are still tethered to the gas pump via a fuel-thirsty 100-year-old invention: the internal combustion engine. However, researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids. Their so-called Wave Disk Generator could greatly improve the efficiency of gas-electric hybrid automobiles and potentially decrease auto emissions up to 90 percent when compared with conventional combustion engines.

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