Energy Loop Blog

Call for greater solar accessibility and better integration into the grid

Although California far exceeds all other states in solar electric capacity, it’s falling short in efforts to support community solar programs that can make accessing solar more equitable and allow distributed solar systems to better support the electricity grid.

Outreach and program design strategies that put people first

Energy efficiency is personal. This is especially true for home improvement projects that require significant investments of time, effort and money, such as adding insulation or replacing an old HVAC system.

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project takes electric vehicle test drives to inner city

Eastside Sol, a festive annual celebration of community and sustainability in Boyle Heights is a harmonious affair that always leads to fun and a treasured community gathering in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA).

Geared toward helping fleet managers fully realize cost and operational benefits

After more than 70 fleet audits, transportation experts at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) have identified the most successful electric vehicle fleets in the nation. These fleets put more mileage on electric vehicles on average, therefore achieving some of the greatest emission reductions per dollar spent by fleet operators in the country.

Increasing awareness and addressing barriers to BEV adoption

Although some recent work by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Consumer’s Union shows encouraging signs about electric vehicle (EV) awareness generally in California, roughly 75 percent of those surveyed did not know the state offers significant rebates for electric cars and 80

Helping car shoppers better correlate cost and power factors

It can be rather confusing when shopping for a new car to compare a conventional gas-powered model to an electric vehicle (EV). Beyond the look, fit and finish exists a complex matrix of costs for acquisition, fueling and operation that is difficult to analyze, even for experts.

Value proposition for solar power has never been higher

Generating your own electricity with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels works anywhere in the U.S. year-round. There’s plenty of sunshine for PV, even in winter, although at a slightly lower production level. Germany leads the world in solar power output and it doesn’t have a sunny climate. Its solar radiation is about the same as Alaska’s.

Multifamily housing tenants have limited access to solar revolution

Nationwide, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are being installed in record numbers, with the total solar capacity approaching 50,000 megawatts of power. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, that’s enough solar output to run more than 9 million homes.

Empowering residents of disadvantaged communities to become part of a clean energy future

California remains the nation’s guiding force with the most progressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and bold environmental justice policies.

Actions can serve as model for other PACE loan programs nationwide

Since the launch of property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans in 2008, some 150,000 California homeowners have used them to finance energy and water efficiency improvements and install solar electric systems, making payments through their property tax bills.