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Residential PV Costs Within Crashing Distance Of $1 In California

July 1st, 2018 | by Eric Kosak

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, history was made. The California Energy Commission unanimously approved the requirement that all new homes and low-rise apartments built from 2020 onwards include solar panels. The approval was supported by builders, utilities, and solar manufacturers. Now, say it with me — hip hip hooray!


Landscape Architects Argue That Sustainable Design Results In Net-Zero Homes

September 28th, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Landscape architects and clean tech? Sounds like the old nature-versus-society conundrum, doesn't it? Well, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) says that homeowners can implement cutting-edge methods so that residential landscapes support the environment — no matter the location or property size. And the ASLA is backing up its argument with a series of free online sustainable design guides to help spread understanding about sustainable and resilient residential practices


Lancaster Raises Rooftop Solar Mandate, Requires “Zero Net Energy” Homes

March 1st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Lancaster, California, is located northeast of Los Angeles near Edwards Air Force Base. It lies at the edge of the Mojave Desert, where abundant sunshine is the order of the day. The city has been a leader in clean, renewable energy since 2011 and has been requiring builders to install solar panels on all new homes since 2014. Its policies have served as a model for other California communities, including Sebastopol, Santa Monica, and San Francisco. Now, the city seeks to raise the bar by requiring each new home to have a rooftop solar system large enough to meet its full energy needs


10 Cleantech Solutions Your City Should Implement

December 8th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Cities are where most of the world's people live, and they can make the move toward cleantech and away from burning up the planet go much, much — much — faster. In fact, some policies could trump critical levers like ZEV mandates, and if adopted broadly, make the ZEV transition happen faster than most of us think possible



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