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Crowd-Funding Solar for your Home

March 6 -- Homeowners who want to go solar but don’t have the cash now have a new alternative, courtesy of Oakland startup Mosaic:

Crowd-funding.

The company announced Wednesday that it will offer homeowners a way to get rooftop solar panels for no money down and pay off the costs over 20 years. >>View Article

DOE to Save $24 Million with New Energy-Saving Program

March 6 -- The Hawaii Dept. of Education is going green.

The department announced Wednesday a new five-year sustainable energy program called Ka Hei, which will install sustainable energy equipment in all public schools, including solar photovoltaic panels, solar hot water heaters and recycling bins. The program is expected to save more than $24 million in operating expenses over the next five years. >>View Article

Mayors Call on Congress to Revive Stimulus Efficiency Program

March 6 -- A federal infusion of energy efficiency and conservation funds to cities, counties and tribal governments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was a smashing success, according to a recent report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The report, released February 27, also bemoans the fact that the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program funded by the federal stimulus was not renewed, and since then local partnerships with the federal government on efficiency and renewable energy projects have plummeted. >>View Article

Hydropower Enjoys Broad Public Support

March 5 -- Americans view hydropower as a clean, reliable and renewable resource, and support hydro-specific initiatives for tax credits, federal reinvestment in facility upgrades, and federal investment in research and development, according to a new poll of 1,006 adults conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on behalf of the National Hydropower Association. >>View Article

Solar Market Insight Report 2013 Year in Review

March 5 -- The U.S. solar industry has much to celebrate about the year 2013. Photovoltaic (PV) installations continued to proliferate, increasing 41% over 2012 to reach 4,751 MW. Solar was the second-largest source of new electricity generating capacity in the U.S., exceeded only by natural gas. >>View Article

New Measure would Push State to Set More Ambitious Renewable Energy Targets

March 5 -- Clean-energy advocates have long maintained that the state should ramp up its goals to produce 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar -- a position not favored by the Christie administration.

Legislation (S-1475) sponsored by Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer) and introduced last week. could reignite the debate between lawmakers and the administration over how expansive the state’s renewable energy goals should be. >>View Article

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