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Power On Puerto Rico

In response to the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico, a group of U.S. solar companies and a global disaster relief agency are mobilizing to bring portable emergency power trailers to remote areas of the unincorporated U.S. territory.

Roughly 40% of Puerto Rico is still without power and clean drinking water after the catastrophic Hurricane […]

We Are in Trouble

Museum specimin ( Didier Descouens, Wikimedia Commons)

By George Harvey

From an environment point of view, we are in serious trouble. Most people are entirely unaware of how bad things are.

Studies published in 2015 gave a peek into the situation. That year, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds […]

Andover Town Offices Move Toward Net Zero

Andover town office building. Photo by Larry Chase.

By George Harvey

Andover, New Hampshire, a town of almost 2,400 people, has a long commitment to conservation. It has been thirty years since an ordinance was brought before the town meeting to make recycling mandatory. It passed unanimously.

Readers of Green Energy […]

NH Solar Shares Over the Top

The New Hampshire Electric Co-op Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to NH Solar Shares, which will allow the group to break ground on their first solar electric array. Marking the occasion were (from left) NHEC President/CEO Steve Camerino, Dunkin Donuts Plymouth owner and Solar Shares contributor Chris Swanson, PAREI Co-Director Sandra Jones, Plymouth […]

Keep Your Solar Installations Tax-Free in NY

WARNING TO NY SOLAR USERS: CHECK YOUR SOLAR TAX STATUS

It has come to our attention that some town boards in New York State have voted to eliminate the tax exemption from RP 487, or may not have submitted your form RP 487 to the state authorities.

This could have the effect […]

Funding Available for NY Communities

To Implement Clean Energy Programs

By Joanne Coons

NYSERDA’s (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) Clean Energy Communities Program (CEC) offers a local opportunity to engage in energy savings, cost savings, create jobs and improve the environment. The program is clear to follow, offers motivating technical assistance and a handsome prize awaits the […]

Ten Action Steps for Sustainability

udith Enck gives the key note address at the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in Rensselaer, NY on October 28, 2017. Photo John Ciovacco of Aztec Geothermal, LLC.

By Joanne Coons

Judith Enck, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Director under President Obama, gave the keynote address at the 2017 Renewable […]

Montpelier is Finalist in National Competition

Georgetown University Energy Prize recognizes top-performing communities for increasing energy efficiency, reducing municipal and household energy budgets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montpelier, Vermont, is among 10 cities and counties that have advanced to the final round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), a national competition to rethink […]

Power When the Grid Goes Down

Power lines downed by storms are an all-too-familiar sight lately. Wikimedia Commons

By Nancy Rae Mallery

If you have, or plan to have, a solar photovoltaic system, it is important that you address the question of what will happen when the grid fails. Without planning specifically for grid failure, most net-metered systems […]

Renewable Energy Leading U.S. Employment Growth

Wind technician on the job Photo: Energy.gov

By George Harvey

The U.S. Department of Energy recently released data for employment in energy fields for January, 2017. According to the data, solar generation has grown to employ the most people of all generating technologies, with 373,807 nationwide; wind power took second place at […]