Clean Energy Experts Named to Inc. 500|5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies

Los Angeles, CA, August 21, 2014 – Clean Energy Experts, the leading customer acquisition platform and solar leads provider for the US solar energy industry, today announced that it has been named to the 2014 Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Ranked number 79 overall, Clean Energy Experts was honored…

Solar Telemarketing and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991

LOS ANGELES, CA. (November 6, 2013) Most successful solar companies utilize telemarketing within their marketing and sales process in order to effectively promote their products to potential customers (leads) and close deals. Whether a lead has been sourced from a company’s branded campaigns or through third party lead vendors, converting a lead into a buying…

CEE Updates Terms & Conditions to Lead Purchase Agreements (December 4, 2012)

For purchasers of Clean Energy Experts (“CEE“) leads, CEE has updated the terms of certain of its Lead Purchase Agreements. For those companies that have signed up using the CEE client portal, those updated terms can be found here. For those companies that have entered into a written contract with CEE, you can find the…

The U.S. solar market: mixed views

GreenTech Media held its Solar Market Insight Conference Monday and Tuesday in San Francisco, bringing together major players in residential, commercial and utility-scale solar to track the trends in the U.S. solar market at present and going forward. Many of the panels and presentations are still available online for techno-geeks like me who couldn’t make…

Economics of Solar Energy in Hawaii

Hawaii has quietly become one of the top solar states in the US but overall market penetration in Hawaii is nowhere near where it should be. Much of this is simply basic lack of understanding of the economics of going solar in Hawaii which as you will read are favorable. The national average cost of…

What Happens When the California Solar Initiative Runs Out?

In 2006, the Californian legislature passed the sweeping California Solar Initiative, allocating over $2 billion for rebates targeting residential and commercial solar systems. The initiative’s original goal was to expand California’s solar infrastructure by 1,940 megawatts of electrical generating capacity. Last May, all but 477 megawatts of solar capacity had been claimed. At that rate,…

Are Hawaii solar credits hurting the Hawaii economy?

Currently, the use of Hawaii solar energy is skyrocketing due to Hawaii solar credits being offered to citizens who use solar energy to power their homes. These tax breaks allow residents to finance the creation or purchase of systems that can harness natural Hawaii solar power. Some economists are concerned that the Hawaii solar credits…

Where Do We Stand With The California Solar Initiative?

California is the Sunshine State, and it only makes sense to try and switch over to as much solar power as possible. So, in order to tempt businesses and homeowners to try and generate more solar power, California solar incentives have been created, such as the California solar rebates that are offered by the California…

“Solar Issues of the Day: Customer Acquisition” Webinar Featuring Beau Peelle, Co-Founder of Clean Energy Experts

Today, Co-Founder of Clean Energy Experts, Beau Peelle, participated in Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) webinar on “Solar Issues of the Day: Customer Acquisition.” Despite plunging photovoltaic module costs, slowly escalating electricity rates, and new solar business models that has made installation solar PV economically viable for approximately 5% of buildings in the U.S., only about…

New Jersey Enacts Bill to Help Save Solar

On July 23rd, 2012 New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie signed S1925, new legislation that is helping to prop up the state’s solar energy market. New Jersey, the second largest solar state in the U.S., has largely been successful as a result of solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). An SREC represents 1 megawatt-hour of electricity generated…

California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington, and Colorado Lead the Nation in Clean-Energy Leadership

PORTLAND, Ore., May 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Clean Edge’s third annual State Clean Energy Index, released today, provides the industry’s most comprehensive and objective analysis of how all 50 states, and the individuals, businesses, and organizations that operate there, compare across the clean-energy spectrum. According to Clean Edge’s assessment and ranking of more than…

New laws in Maryland could spell major success for solar energy

Solar friendly laws enacted this week by Governor O’Malley This week in Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley enacted two new laws that is expected to bring significant growth to the solar energy industry. The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard for Solar Energy and the Solar Water Heating Systems bills were signed into law on Tuesday this week,…

California, New Jersey still lead nation in solar contributions

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) remains the largest solar-generating utility in the United States, but New Jersey’s Public Service Gas & Electric (PSE&G) provides the most solar power per customer, according to a new ranking by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). The 2011 Utility Solar Rankings report showed that utilities across the United…

California Expands Rooftop Solar-Power Program

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)–California regulators approved a plan Thursday to expand a subsidy for rooftop solar power generated by homeowners and businesses, handing a victory to the solar industry. The plan, adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission, allows more homeowners and businesses that install their own solar-power systems to sell unused power to their…

Five Reasons Why California Cities Will Build One Million Solar Roofs and 12 Distributed GW by 2020

At the end of 2011 there were approximately 100,000 installations and 1GW of solar PV in California (1).  The state has dual goals of one million solar roofs by 2018 and 12 GW of distributed generation by 2020.  Can California cities scale their clean energy infrastructure by an order of magnitude over the next six…

US Solar Market Will Explode within Five Years

Experts predict good business opportunities at The Solar Future conference NEW YORK, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Within the next five years solar energy in a large portion of the US will be cheaper than power from the grid. Costs of solar panels and installation keep moving down, while the transportation costs of…

PSE&G Ranked 2nd In Nation For Solar Energy

Solar capacity increased 142 percent in 2011 NEWARK, N.J., April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) had the second most solar capacity of any American utility added to its electric system last year, according to Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). The designation came from SEPA’s 2011 Utility Solar Rankings…

Will the GOP Notice Florida’s Thriving Clean Economy?

When voters go to the polls in Florida tomorrow for the GOP Presidential primary, the economy and jobs will weigh heavily on their minds and rightfully so. The state’s unemployment rate is close to 10 percent, down from a peak 12 percent in 2010, and the state was hit hard by the housing market crash.…

Mixed Reviews for Office of Clean Energy’s Solar Plan

If a state agency was expecting to quickly reach a consensus on how to fix New Jersey’s solar market, it may prove as elusive as legislative efforts turned out to be earlier this month. The Office of Clean Energy’s two options for stabilizing the solar sector won mixed reviews at best from some of the…

San Diego leads the state in number of solar installations

San Diego has more rooftop solar power than any other California city, with nearly 37 megawatts installed on more than 4,500 homes, commercial and government buildings, according to a report released Tuesday by Environment California, a statewide environmental advocacy group. Los Angeles ranked second with 36 megawatts and more than 4,000 installations. San Jose is…

U.S. Solar Installations Continuing to Increase

Early indications are that 2011 will be the strongest year ever for solar installations, although not quite as strong as most people believed. For the third quarter of 2011, solar installations in the U.S. were approximately 449.2 megawatts which was an increase of almost 40% over the prior quarter, 324.3 megawatts, according to Solar Energy…

Oahu Homeowner Cashes in Big with Hawaii Solar

One homeowner living in Manoa on the island of Oahu is a prime example of the benefits of solar power. Kenneth Chang is the first homeowner in the state of Hawaii to take advantage of the feed-in tariff program. In 2009 the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), which is the state’s largest utility, put the Hawaii…

Massachusetts Solar Rebate and Grant Programs

Solar development is gaining momentum in Massachusetts. There is a Renewable Energy Generation division of MassCEC. It is benefiting citizens and businesses in the state. The fund, Renewable Energy Trust Fund, is responsible for assisting over two-thousand projects to promote the development of solar energy. There is some negative feedback since it is being financed…

Warren Buffet Stamp of Approval Expected to Invigorate Solar Energy Industry

A promising ray of sun shines down on the solar industry in California. Warren Buffet, in the guise of MidAmerican Energy Holdings, recently entered into an agreement to invest $2-billion in a photovoltaic farm. Buffet’s vote of confidence in the solar energy segment of the fuel industry speaks volumes about its projected success. The 550-megawatt…

New York Trying to Create New Solar Market

New York solar advocates are pushing for the adoption of a new bill that would create a solar renewable energy credit (SREC) market. If enacted, the New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act would launch an SREC market starting in 2013. An SREC represents the environmental attributes from a solar facility and is generated…

New Jersey Solar Advocates Pushing For Policy Change

Last June, Governor Chris Christie ruffled the feathers of many in the clean energy community by released a draft of his administration’s Energy Master Plan (EMP) which called for more focus be devoted to larger projects that would be located in brownfields and larger commercial warehouses. This would less support for smaller scale projects, such…

Florida Solar Power Struggling to Lift Off

Some of the best states for solar power have enacted renewable energy portfolio standards as a way of forcing state utility providers to diversify their sources of energy production. California, for example, has mandated that 25% of its electricity must come from renewable sources by 2020 and Gov. Schwarzenegger, before he left office, signed an…

Solar Financing Impeding the Growth of Solar in Colorado

A recent round table with Colorado-based solar executives and senior executives from national and regional banks explored the major roadblocks to solar companies in Colorado. The meeting, hosted by the Colorado Bankers Association and the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (“COSEIA”), identified financing as the biggest impediment to substantial growth for solar in colorado. According…

Why Did Evergreen Go Bankrupt?

Recently, Evergreen Solar, one of the first casualties in the U.S. solar manufacturing business, declared bankruptcy and has received approval from the courts to sell off all of its assets. Thinking about the company, how did they get here? Evergreen made its claim to fame with its String Ribbon technology: basically, instead of traditional silicon…

Hawaii Solar Growth Facing Potential Barrier

Most people may not know that Hawaii is emerging as a great leader in solar power. In fact, in 2010, Hawaii ranked 9th in the U.S. with approximately 18.5 megawatts of installed solar power. In fact, Hawaii is currently 2nd in installed solar power per capita, ahead of California! And according to the most recent…

The Fall of Solyndra and the Rise of the Solar Industry

Solyndra, after given a controversial $535 million federal loan guarantee went bust casting a shadow over the solar industry. As in many, the debate is weighting more over political issues. Two questions are at the center of the debate.  Whether the loan given was optimal stimulus policy and whether it was a sound investment in…

Why Did Solar Develop in Arizona?

Arizona was once called as “The Persian Gulf of Solar Energy” by a former governor because of its huge potential of producing solar power. This 400 miles long and 310 miles wide state receives 10 – 11 hours of sunlight everyday which means it can generate 100 Megawatts of solar power each day saving up…

San Diego Gas & Electric Making San Diego Solar Power More Expensive

In a potentially damaging move for San Diego solar customers, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has recently asked permission to bill its customers for the use of its electric grid. The goal is to effectively unbundle grid use from the cost of electricity through a “network use charge” that would be based on the…

Clean Energy Experts Launches Program to Provide Boots on the Roof Alumni with Qualified Solar Leads

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clean Energy Experts, a leader in solar lead generation, is pleased to announce the launch of a program to provide qualified solar leads to alumni of Boots on the Roof, the nation’s leading renewable energy training provider. This program is designed to provide graduates of Boots on the Roof’s comprehensive solar installation training…

Solar Leasing Model Taking Off in New Jersey

When I talk to friends about investing in solar power, they love the idea but not the cost. It’s true, even with rebates and incentives, the up front cost of solar can still be anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000 depending on the size of the solar system. Fortunately for the state of New Jersey, more…

Ten Tips for Choosing the Right Solar Installer in the United States (Part II)

Last week, I discussed some of the top tips for choosing the right solar installer for your home or business project. The top reasons included making sure that your solar installer has been certified, that the solar installer (as well as it subcontractors – if any) maintains the proper insurance/licenses to  a solar installation, and…

Layman’s Guide to Arizona Solar Rebates

Last week I was in Tucson visiting an old college buddy and he kept asking me what I do so naturally the conversation gravitated towards solar. It was fun as he seemed genuinely interested in solar energy, how economically viable solar was and what it would take for him to go solar.  However, I was…

California Extends Expired Solar Rebates Creating Free Energy

Last December California Solar Initiative (CSI) funding for non-profits ran out too soon. Schools, churches, and other non-profits were using up their utility rebates for solar too fast. This week, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that pumps additional money into the program. The CSI program has resulted in nearly 1 GW…

Thin film solar market to grow 1,500 percent by 2017

Thin film solar technology is confirming its place as a booming market, with new figures suggesting that it will grow to make $44 billion worldwide by 2017. From its 2010 levels of $2.9 billion, this signifies a significant growth rate for the technology and will be driven primarily by developments in cadmium-telluride (CdTe) and copper…

Ten Tips for Choosing the Right Solar Installer in the United States (Part I)

Deciding to install solar panels on your home is a big investment: you make a payment now and expect a substantial return in the future. One way to ensure return on your investment and success of your solar panels is to make sure you hire the right solar installer who can guide you through the…

CEE Updates Terms & Conditions to Lead Generation Agreements

For those clients of Clean Energy Experts (CEE) that are not utilizing the new CEE client portal for managing the purchase of their leads, CEE has entered into written contracts with such clients containing supplemental terms and conditions attached to those agreements. Accordingly, CEE updated its terms and conditions for these contracts. Please click the…

Installed Cost of Solar Declines

A report just released by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) indicates that the installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell throughout 2010 and continues to fall in the first half of 2011. According to Berkeley Labs, the average installed cost of residential and commercial…

New Jersey Surpasses California for Commercial Solar Power

According to a report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), New Jersey has surpassed California as the hottest and largest commercial solar market. According to SEIA, the commercial solar market in New Jersey jumped 170% from the first quarter of this year to the second quarter. As a result, New Jersey’s photovoltaic (PV) installations…

Benefits of Commercial Solar Power

As residential solar power adoption rates continue to increase, commercial solar power has the potential to save businesses and building owners even more money each year. Unfortunately, many businesses have not taken the time to truly study the operational and finance benefits of solar power and they see solar power as being all up-front cost…

Solyndra Continuing to Impact Solar Industry

Solyndra’s demise is continuing to have ripple effects throughout the solar energy industry. Just last week, the FBI raided the company’s Fremont, CA headquarters further ratcheting up the political fall out over Solyndra’s bankruptcy. With the public and Republican opponents focused on the Obama administration’s role in approving a $500 million loan to Solyndra, the…

China Changing the Solar Market

In its latest five-year plan, released in March, the Chinese government set forth its goal to construct 235 gigawatts (GW) of power generation capacity from clean energy sources over the next five years….5 GW of which are expected to come from solar power. Accordingly, China subsequently announced a nationwide feed-in tariff that could make China…

What Does the Solyndra Bankruptcy Really Tell Us?

The announcement this week from solar pv manufacturer, Solyndra, that they will enter bankruptcy has received a great deal of press and consternation from solar advocates throughout the country, including an intense amount of speculation about what went wrong. After learning more about Solyndra’s product and the pv manufacturing market in general, I think a…

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Solar Markets Facing Short Term Pain

Recently, I wrote about how the incredible success of the New Jersey solar and Pennsylvania solar markets was beginning to have adverse consequences with respect to each state’s primary solar incentive, the Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC). Two months later the trend is continuing to get worse but solar advocates in both states are beginning…

Arizona solar markets potentially losing focus on residential and commercial solar projects

Arizona solar advocates are becoming increasingly concerned that commercial solar funding in Arizona will be cut or severely reduced. Specifically, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is focused on bringing in large utility scale projects while ignoring smaller commercial projects in the local area. The Arizona Corporation Commission has set an aggressive goal of generating 15% of…

Renewable Energy Projects Under Pressure from Feds and Environmental Groups

At the close of 2010, the Obama administration announced an ambitious plan to preserve massive amounts of land, particularly in the West. Pursuant to a regulatory change instigated by the administration, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been instructed to survey its vast holdings – some 250 million acres – and designate…

Solar in Hawaii Growing Beyond State’s Small Stature

Who would have thought that one of the smallest states in the country has turned into a leader in solar energy. Hawaii has quietly become a presence in the solar market due to market demands and innovation legislative action. First, how good has Hawaii solar become? In 2010, Hawaii ranked the second highest in the…

SunPower and Citi Team to Finance $105 Million in Residential Solar Lease Projects

SAN JOSE, Calif. and NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWRA, SPWRB) and Citi (NYSE: C) announced a new fund for approximately $105 million in residential solar lease projects. SunPower will use the fund to extend its SunPower® Lease to customers in eight states, expanding the financing options available to homeowners interested in high-efficiency…

New Jersey Residents Take Double Hit for Green Power

Via Foxnews When New Jersey residents pay their monthly electricity and gas bills, they also have to shell out money for two alternative energy programs, one of which has been tapped to cover $42.5 million in electric bills at state facilities. Critics say New Jersey consumers are getting short-changed: first by bankrolling the purchase and…

Christie’s Energy Master Plan up for public discussion

By Eliot Caroom/The Star-Ledger The public will get its first chance to comment on the Christie administration’s Energy Master Plan today, and so will industry stakeholders like PSEG, which will offer to take the reins of an expanded solar initiative for polluted industrial properties. Since the plan’s release in June, critics have taken aim, from…

Smart grid growing pains? Hawaii solar hits a snag

By Doug Peeples Smart Grid News Editor As Hawaii’s solar installations approach mandated limits in several areas, more and more home and business owners are backing away from plans for solar projects because they could be required to pay for an expensive study to determine if the increased solar load would affect grid stability. The…

New Jersey solar energy installations reached record numbers in June

Via newjerseynewsroom.com Over 10,000 solar arrays now exist statewide New Jersey set new single-month record for installed solar capacity and number of installations in June, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced on Monday. The activity brings the state’s installed solar capacity to more than 380 MW generated from over 10,000 solar arrays statewide, something…

Solar in Southern California Getting a Boost

Solar in Southern California just received another boost. After shutting down its solar incentive program in April, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, has announced that it will restart its solar incentive program once again. LADWP initially shutdown its solar program in April is it was overwhelmed with applications…

Aggressive Planning Helping Massachusetts Achieve Solar Power Success

When I was in high school, my older brother used to call home from college in Massachusetts every Sunday sounding like he had never experienced a happy moment in his life. I used to ask what was going on and he would say, “You try living through a winter here…I haven’t seen the sun in…

Despite Small Size, Hawaii Solar Flourishing

People who visit Hawaii are typically struck by the same things that every other tourist is: crystal clear water, epic surf and lush landscapes. What many people fail to realize is that the tiny little state of Hawaii is one of the national leaders in solar energy. For starters, Hawaii is the largest state market…

Arizona Solar Advocates Propose Initiative

Arizona solar energy advocates are proposing a ballot measure to increase Arizona’s income tax credit for solar energy devices and create a new trading exchange for the state to sell energy credits at a profit. Supporters of the initiative must collect petition signatures of 172,809 voters by July 5, 2012 to qualify the measure for…

How Will New Jersey Energy Plan Impact State Solar Power?

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently released the state’s 2011 Energy Master Plan (EMP) with an overarching goal of trying to promote energy solutions that are cost-effective as well as efficient, particularly in a time of economic uncertainty. “The Administration is committed to the formulation of incentives that promote a renewable energy portfolio that is…

Utility Integrated Solar Power Grew 100% in 2010

Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released its latest report which showed that U.S. electric utility providers are including more and more solar power generation in their portfolios and much of this increases is happening outside of California. (Click here for the Executive Summary of the report) The Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA) fourth annual…

Fight for solar power heats up in Pennsylvania

During the past three years, solar energy has blossomed in Pennsylvania, creating a green sustainable energy source and new jobs, but a hiccup in the state requirements could have a detrimental effect on the industry. The Pennsylvania solar industry exploded when state tax incentives were initiated in 2009, called the PA Sunshine Program combined with…

Colorado Climbing to the Forefront of Clean Energy

As the United States struggles to add jobs on a consistent and robust basis, we are always on the look out for success stories on the job front. Well, one glimmer of hope comes from the state of Colorado, which has seen tremendous job growth in the clean energy space, well ahead of the national…

Solar PV Boosts the Sales Price of California Homes

A recent report by the Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) provides the latest and greatest evidence that the addition of solar panels on homes increases the resale value of these homes. The LBNL analyzed date from the sale of over 72,000 homes in 31 California counties from 2000 through mid-2009, approximately 2,000…

Hawaiian Electric Among National Leaders in Solar Electric Power

According to the 2010 Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) annual ranking, Hawaiian Electric Company has again been named third out of 230 electric utilities nationally for the amount of solar power added to its system per customer in 2010. In cumulative or total solar watts per customer, Maui Electric Company remains at fifth in a…

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Solar Renewable Energy Credit Markets Choking to Death

The pace of solar installations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania is ironically destroying the incentives that make such installations possible. Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), existing in states that have Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), represent the environmental attributes from a solar facility, and are produced each time a solar system produces one megawatt-hour (MWh) of…

Oregon Has New Mechansim to Finance Solar Power

Citizens of Oregon scared away from the high up front cost of solar may have found the answer to their problems. The Portland branch of SolarCity, a California-based company, recently unveiled a lease program enabling homeowners to put up panels for low monthly payments, cutting their electricity bills and carbon footprints. SolarCity says Oregon homeowners…

Pennsylvania’s solar energy industry suffering from success

The Pennsylvania solar energy industry is collapsing under the weight of its own good fortune. Spurred by hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state incentives, solar developers have built so many projects in recent years that they have created an oversupply of solar-energy credits, the market instruments that provide the developers with a…

Massachusetts Developing Solar Farms on Old Landfills

Former municipal landfills in Massachusetts that have been covered and left unused for years are being eyed as locations for renewable energy production. State officials are encouraging local municipalities to consider turning the former dumps into solar farms. According to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, more than two-dozen communities across Massachusetts are in process…

Clean Energy Experts’ Solar Leads Support groSolar Residential Growth & Acquisition

LOS ANGELES, CA. (February 28, 2011) Clean Energy Experts, a leader in solar lead generation, congratulates groSolar, North America’s premier provider of commercial solar integration and distributor of residential solar solutions, on the sale of its residential solar installation business unit to Solar City. groSolar continues to grow its other two channels as a leading…

Debunking Some Solar Power Excuses

When I pitch the virtues of solar power to my friends, I usually get two very long winded criticisms back regarding solar power in general: (1) solar power is a pet industry and would not exist as a commercial technology absent substantial government subsidization and (2) even with government subsidization, solar power is still too…

4 Factors to Optimize Your Solar Power System

There are a number of different types of solar panels on the market today such as monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin film.  However, the effectiveness of virtually all solar panels will impacted by the following four factors: (1) Insolation As you would imagine, the primary factor to enhance the effectiveness of your solar power system is…

Georgia Power Strikes Solar Power Deal

Georgia Power recently acquired a series of solar projects of up to 1 megawatt (MW) in Murray County, Ga., co-developed by United Renewable Energy LLC and Mack Creek Energy LLC. Georgia Power will sell the output from the facility to Dalton Utilities. The plant will be constructed on Looper Bridge Road in Dalton by United…

New Jersey: Springsteen, the Shore and Solar Power

When you ask people about New Jersey quite often the first things that will come up are Springsteen, the Soprano’s and the Jersey Shore.  What many people would not realize is that New Jersey is one of the best states in the country for solar power with substantial incentives to make solar power affordable for…

Understanding Solar Panel Warranties

When considering a residential solar power system, homeowners have numerous concerns before they commit to an installation. First and foremost, they are concerned about cost, then they want to know what the structural impact will be on their home and then they will, of course, be concerned about performance of the system. When considering performance,…

Oregon Has New Mechansim to Finance Solar Power

Citizens of Oregon scared away from the high up front cost of solar may have found the answer to their problems. The Portland branch of SolarCity, a California-based company, recently unveiled a lease program enabling homeowners to put up panels for low monthly payments, cutting their electricity bills and carbon footprints. SolarCity says Oregon homeowners…

Pennsylvania Solar Power: Struggling to Stay Sunny

Surprisingly enough, Pennsylvania receives as much solar radiation as South Texas making Pennsylvanians ideal candidates for solar! In the past few years, government, private and public institutions in Pennsylvania have shown dedication (and deep pockets) in their pursuit of clean alternative energy. While a great deal of the funding in the state has been exhausted,…

Top 10 US Green Conferences for 2011

With the start of the New Year, energy advocates are gearing up and setting out to make the energy effort even stronger. Here is a list of 10 green conferences in the United States that are worth considering: Fortune Brainstrom GREEN April 4-6, Laguna Niguel, CA This program brings together CEOs of Fortune 500 companies,…

Arizona Solar Giant Acquires RayTracker

Pasadena start-up, RayTracker, has been acquired by Arzona based First Solar, a major maker of solar power panels and systems. RayTracker makes devices that allows solar panels rotate and follow the sun as it moves throughout the day, as well as other hardware and software systems used in solar power plants. Specifically, the RayTracker GC…

Clean Energy Experts Announces Hiring of Executive Vice President and General Counsel

LOS ANGELES, CA. (October 1, 2010) Clean Energy Experts is pleased to announce that it has hired Reggie Norris as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Norris comes from Nika Water Company, the first carbon-neutral bottled water company in the U.S. that donates 100% of its profits to support projects that bring clean water…

Multifamily Residential Buildings Present Huge Opportunity for Energy and Financial Savings

One the largest opportunities for saving energy and lowering utility costs exists with multifamily residential buildings.  Multifamily residential buildings are a type of housing where multiple separate housing units for residential inhabitants are contained within one building.  The most basic example of a multifamily building is an apartment building but another common example would be…

California Approves World’s Biggest Solar Thermal Plant

Large power solar farms are on the move in California!  According to the New York Times, California regulators have authorized the construction of, for the time being, the world’s largest solar thermal power plant, a 1,000-megawatt complex called the Blythe Solar Power Project to be built in the Mojave Desert. A commission spokeswoman said the…

Worst Excuses for Not Using Solar Power

Over the past couple of months as the team at Clean Energy Experts has talked to a number of friends and other colleagues about solar power, we’ve been hearing a lot of the same excuses for not going solar.  Time and time again, we have to explain to them why their reasoning is unfounded but…