by Pete Danko, October 4th, 2011Read More
Solar Energy Cost
Would you like to own your electricity? Want to stop worrying about rate inflation from your utility company, charging you whatever they like? Did you know that rates have been rising by about 6% each year in California for example? They will only keep going up and up unless you do something about it!Read More
Sweet looking design, snazzy solar panels, and nearly net zero in energy consumption and cost. What a great idea to make an up front investment in something you know is going to help the environment and your wallet/pocketbook in the long run. Check out the article below on this unique, but hopefully becoming more common, net zero house.Read More
What's up Wisconsin? You had such a great Focus on Energy program that supported solar and renewable energy projects. The Ashland current writes, "So far this year, RENEW says the state's Legislature has reduced funding for Focus on Energy, suspended the statewide rule regulating the permitting of wind turbines, and weakened the state’s renewable energy standard by allowing utilities to count Canadian hydropower toward their requirements." With the Focus on Energy program fully funded, jobs in clean energy had increased by 4,000 jobs and they had accounted for, "2.7 percent of all jobs in the state, compared with 2.5 percent for Iowa, 2.1 percent for Minnesota, 1.9 percent for both Indiana and Michigan, and 1.8 percent for Illinois." The wages for these jobs were also higher than the average job ($37,931 versus $35,906). And of course solar doesn't emit pollution into the air we breathe, always a good thing!Read More
What do you think? Is the social entrepreneurship model the right path toward fixing problems facing developing countries? Or are NGOs and charities the way to go?
Take a look at this cool new solar light bulb that lasts five years and is inexpensive enough to be purchased by developing countries without access to electricity. Stephen Katsaros invented the bulb and decided that social entrepreneurship is the path toward fixing problems facing developing countries. He sells his battery powered LED light supply to non-profits and NGOs, for a profit, who then sell the product to some of the 1.4 billion people without access to electricity. "He believes in creating 'smaller entrepreneurs around the globe' that can further foster local economic growth, according to an Aug. 14 CNN report.Read More