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Trump’s EPA Finalizes Replacement for Obama’s Clean Power Plan

By Ryan Austin On Wednesday, Trump’s EPA finalized its replacement for Obama’s own stringent emissions plan, which would’ve mandated that states reduce energy plant emissions by 32% by 2030. In its stead, Trump’s plan gives states more flexibility with their reduction goals and… Read More The post Trump’s EPA Finalizes Replacement for Obama’s Clean Power…

Best Portable Solar Chargers of 2019

By Kailey Fralick The best portable solar chargers give you the freedom to take your electronic devices into the great outdoors without fear of dead batteries. Solar panel technology has improved, but there are still considerable differences in the quality of portable solar… Read More The post Best Portable Solar Chargers of 2019 appeared first…

Best Solar Lanterns for 2019

By Ryan Austin Solar lanterns are versatile – they can be your best friend on a camping trip, or the perfect option to accent your backyard evening. You don’t have to worry about batteries dying, they’re cost-effective, and they run off an endless… Read More The post Best Solar Lanterns for 2019 appeared first on…

The 5 Best Solar Garden Lights for 2019

By Kailey Fralick Solar lights can give your garden that peaceful, ethereal glow without those ugly power cords or a high electricity bill. These garden lights are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and quality, which makes it challenging to find the… Read More The post The 5 Best Solar Garden Lights for 2019…

Best Solar Car Battery Chargers

By Ryan Austin The best solar car battery chargers are an easy to use and cost-effective way to maintain your car battery. Solar car battery chargers are the perfect way to keep your car’s battery topped-up. They’re extremely easy to use, while also being inexpensive and durable. Our #1 pick for solar battery chargers is…

Best Solar Deck Lights for 2019

By Kailey Fralick For many years, enjoying your deck outdoors either meant sitting in darkness or turning on a blinding floodlight that ruined the ambience. But with the increasing popularity of solar lighting, there’s now another alternative. There are dozens of excellent solar deck lights on the market, but we recommend the OTHWAY Solar Fence…

Best Solar String Lights

By Ryan Austin We’ve found the 8 best solar string lights available today. Solar string lights aren’t just easy on the environment – they’re versatile as well. With their energy source (the solar panel) attached right to the end of the string, you can put them anywhere you can reach, regardless of whether there’s an…

Checking In on the Trump Solar Tariff 15 Months On

By Ryan Austin With Trump announcing a new 25% tariff on Chinese-made solar inverters yesterday, we got to wondering how the 2018 solar panel tariff – much maligned at the time for potentially hindering one of the US’ fastest growing industries – has affected the solar biz over the last 15 months. Has the tariff…

Utility-Scale Solar Vs Trees: A Fight that Shouldn’t Exist

By Ryan Austin Today, Connecticut state regulators denied permission for a developer to build a solar farm on 25 acres of land near Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, CT, a small town of 6,400 located in the middle of the state. Local residents said the solar farm would’ve destroyed forestland next to the state…

Renewable Energy Mandates Raise Electricity Prices

By Ryan Austin Economists at the University of Chicago recently published findings that show state-level renewable energy mandates raise utility prices by an extremely-high 17%. The findings are much higher than an oft-cited 2015 study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab that found RPS rates account for only about 2% of utility price increases. While…

Wyoming Legislature Wary of Replacing Coal Plants with Solar and Wind Power

By Ryan Austin The Dave Johnson coal-fired plant, one of PacifiCorp’s plants in question. PacifiCorp, the Berkshire Hathaway-owned utility that operates in three states, is possibly considering replacing its Wyoming coal plants with solar, wind, and energy storage. But the state legislature in the coal-heavy state, fearing for local jobs, has taken steps to prevent…

Tesla Lowers Solar Installation Cost

By Ryan Austin It’s no secret that Tesla’s been slumping on its solar business over the last few years. Once top-dog in the industry, rival Sunrun has since taken their crown. However, earlier this year Elon Musk said 2019 was going to be Tesla’s year of solar and they’re now fighting back, slashing installation costs…

Electric Vehicles Enjoy Lower Emissions, Regardless of Energy Source

By Ryan Austin No matter where your electric vehicle’s energy comes from – natural gas, solar panels, or even coal – new research from Northwestern University shows it’s still likely better for the environment than conventional vehicles. The study compared air pollution from fully electric vehicles to vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE). Even when…

Idaho Power is Replacing Coal with 100% Clean Energy

By Ryan Austin 100% clean energy pledges are becoming more common these days. Cities, states, and private companies are looking to decrease their emissions by investing in renewable and clean energy. Utilities are also getting in on the mix, but at a slower rate. Just last week, Idaho Power announced plans to move to 100%…

Energy Storage Tax Credit Could Jumpstart Battery Industry

By Ryan Austin Energy storage is still hampered by high costs, but some in the federal government are looking to partially solve that problem. Last week, lawmakers in the democratic-controlled House of Representatives introduced a bill to extend tax credits to energy storage. Pennsylvania representative Mike Doyle introduced the Energy Storage and Deployment Act on…

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