Solar Electricity Just Keeps Getting Cheaper and Cheaper

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In 1977, the average cost of solar panels was about $77/watt .

Today, the cost is a little over $.60/watt.

Utilities, commercial buildings and even home-owners are responding as you might expect … solar installations are booming.

In fact, for the first time ever, more new renewable electric generating capacity is being added to the world’s power grid (dominantly solar) than capacity… Read More

Chicago Roars Ahead In Energy Efficiency!

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The Windy City is moving in the right direction when it comes to energy efficiency.

The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) just released its second City Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings.

Chicago sailed from #51 to #6 and is the top city in the Midwest.  It is also one of the most improved cities in the country, with a… Read More

Want To Save Energy? Go Downtown!

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Much of our energy-saving efforts are focused on cities.

Why?

Two reasons.

First, though they represent about 2% of land use, they consume about 70% of the world’s energy.  So, they are where the biggest potential lies.

Second, cities are the right governmental level for maximum impact. They control codes and regulations. Cities have the infrastructure (inspectors and licensing agencies) and the proximity… Read More

Solar Power without Panels in Minnesota?

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If you want solar power at a lower cost than conventional electricity, you can do it without any solar panels on your property, if you are in Minnesota (or other states looking to apply this concept in the coming months).

The concept is called a “solar garden.”

Here’s how it works. Minnesota passed legislation in 2013, allowing solar developers to… Read More

Engaged Employees Pay Out

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Why bother with programs that get employees more “engaged?” After all, isn’t just a lot babble?

Some interesting research indicates that it’s not babble at all.

  • Engaged employees at Molson Coors were five time less likely to have a safety incident, and seven times less likely to have a lost-time safety incident.
  • Engaged employees in the U.K. take an average of
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