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Single-Turbine Project in Vermont

Will Help Sustain Family Dairy Farm in Holland

Dairy Air Wind Wins Bid to Provide Stably-Priced Wind Power to Vermont Utilities

The proposed location for the single wind turbine in the cornfield of Dairy Air Farm in Holland, VT. Photo courtesy of Dairy Air Farm.

On May 31, Dairy Air […]

Panasonic Reintroduces HIT® Solar Panel to the U.S. Residential Market

Installing Panasonic HIT® solar panels that use 96 cells and provide optimal use of space compared to the typical 60-cell panel. Photo: Panasonic Eco-Solutions.

by Hope O’Shaughnessy

2016 marks the launch of Panasonic Eco Solutions North America’s solar panel that incorporates the company’s most innovative solar technology. The company’s photovoltaic module HIT® N330 […]

Rooftop Solar Potential

By George Harvey

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a report, “Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment.” Its conclusions were surprising, partly because they showed earlier estimates were far off the mark. The report can be seen at

The new calculations […]

Does rooftop solar make sense in the northeast?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that home rooftop solar only makes sense in certain parts of the U.S. with proper incentives as opposed to where the sun shines the most? — Esther Knox, Wilton, NH

The short answer is yes. In the United States, whether […]

The Andersons’ Renewable Energy Adventure

Rooftop solar array at the Anderson residence. Photo courtesy of Revolution Solar.

By Stuart Anderson

When we built our house in Otego, New York in the late 1980s, we did lots of things right: southern exposure, long overhangs, R-45 walls and ceilings, split-frame cavity walls, sealed vapor barriers, and a roof slope of […]

Vermont Legislative Update

Victories for Energy Siting, Weatherization Funding, and Carbon Pollution Tax Progress

The State House in Montpelier, Vermont. Photo courtesy of VNRC

By Johanna Miller

There were several important victories for clean energy and climate action in the Vermont Legislature this past session, including an energy-siting bill that was saved in the last […]

NHPUC Awards Will Help State Achieve Its Renewable Energy Goals

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission recently awarded $1.025 million to fund four renewable energy projects in New Hampshire. Funded by the State’s Renewable Energy Fund, the grants help pay for a range of renewable energy installations which will contribute to reducing New Hampshire’s dependence on fossil fuels and to achieving the state’s renewable energy […]

Hanover, NH Adopts C-PACE

Approved at Annual Town Meeting

Hanover, NH – New Hampshire’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Finance Program is ready to help commercial building owners finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects now that Hanover is leading the way. As the first New Hampshire municipality to adopt RSA 53-F, Hanover established the entire town as […]

Electric Cars – Easy as 1-2-3

Plug-in electric cars are widely available in the Northeast. With 20 models in dealerships across the region, the chances are good there is at least one that could fit your household’s needs. We’ve put together this summary of the top three things to consider the next time you’re in the market, including types of electric […]

Transforming Energy Use in New England

Electric-assist tricycle with solar panel on roof. Photo courtesy of Organic Transit.

By Dr. Alan Betts

It has been an unusual spring. After a warm winter, the early daffodils bloomed in late March here in Vermont, but their blooms were killed by a very heavy frost in April. But spinach and lettuce that […]