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70% Decline in Solar Panel Prices

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Great news for consumers. Solar panels prices have fallen a whopping 70% in the past 2 years. However, solar manufacturing companies are being required to reconsider their old ways of doing business. Only those with the lowest manufacturing costs can continue to profit in this new solar landscape. This is causing a few of the [...]

Maryland Edits Solar Water Heater Grant Status and Values

Wed, Jun 1, 2011

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A recent bill passed by the MD Senate (SB717) has expanded the ability of residents to produce SRECs by including all solar hot water systems commissioned on or after June 1, 2011.  Eligible systems will be able to produce a maximum of 5 SRECs per year, which could generate anywhere from $400-$1,800 a year for the system owner, depending on SREC market prices.
In response, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is reducing the maximum grant amount for residential solar hot water  systems to a cap of $500, starting June 2, 2011.  

The bill states that eligible SWH systems are those that are not used solely for heating a pool or hot tub and are either metered by a device that meets the standards of the International Organization of Legal Metrology or are OG-300 certified.

Happy Earth Day 2011

Sun, Apr 17, 2011

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Earth Day Is Coming, What Will You Do To Celebrate? 
This year, Earth Day’s theme is themed after A Billion Acts of Green: the people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20. See how you can get involved, at earthday.org.

Experimental ‘Net-Zero’ House to be Built on Maryland NIST Grounds

Sat, Feb 26, 2011

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Redundant alternative energy system technology and state-of-the-art energy efficient techniques will be tested in a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom test home built on the NIST grounds in Gaithersburg, MD. The home is designed to generate as much energy as it would consume while occupied by a family of four, and will test the impact of various technologies towards this net-zero goal.

Unlike most existing ‘net-zero’ projects, which tend towards very modern shapes and high-end finishes, this bungalow-style home is designed to fit right into neighborhoods like Takoma Park, Hyattsville, or Bethesda. It was designed with the help of local high-end residential ‘green’ builder Bethesda Bungalows.

For the full Washington Post story, click here.


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