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Solar Power International 2010 Day 1: Lakota Sioux Leading Nation Away From Fossil Fuels

Rebekah is spending the week nerding out on all things solar at Solar Power International 2010 in Los Angeles. She’s picking one item as the “cool solar thing of the day” and blogging on Huffpo about it. Henry Red Cloud is a respected Lakota elder and a fifth-generation descendent of the last Lakota war chief Red Cloud. Now he’s fighting a new war against poverty and unemployment on the reservation and against our nation’s dependence on planet-killing fossil fuels. For his sustained leadership in this field, Mr. Red Cloud was awarded an Innovation Award by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. 2010-10-12-henryredcloud.jpg Henry Red Cloud talks with Solar Energy International‘s Johnny Weiss after receiving IREC’s Innovation Award on Monday evening. Henry Red Cloud heads Lakota Solar Enterprises, a Pine Ridge, South Dakota reservation-based manufacturer that produces solar air heaters for local residents. In the past four years they’ve not only built and installed over 1,000 solar air heaters, they also created the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. At this facility, Native Americans from around the country can received training on solar technologies from other Native American trainers. Read the original article on The Huffington Post. Stephen and Rebekah Hren are the authors of The Carbon Free Home and, most recently, A Solar Buyer’s Guide for the Home and Office.

Solar homes sell 20% faster, for 17% more

It has been over 10 years since we’ve seen a new report on the relative benefits of selling a house with solar installed. Homeowners pondering installing solar frequently ask whether the resale value of the house will be positively effected. So we were glad to see this new comparative study from the National Renewable Energy […] Read More..

Solar Buyer’s Guide Table of Contents

Most solar books out there just focus on introductions to solar electricity. Ours provides a comprehensive overview of the three main solar technologies (photovoltaics, hot water, and heating), understanding financing, dealing with installers, and much more. Here’s the Table of Contents to give you a better understanding: CH 1: Types of solar CH 2: What’s […] Read More..

Carbon-Free Military?

Here’s some news that we would hesitate to call “good” but is certainly ironic! The military, already hip to the reality of peak oil, is ordering less dependence on fossil fuels. They better be careful, because if we succeed as a nation to wean ourselves from those bad boys, we just might not need a […] Read More..

Lots of Rooftop PV = Steady Power

One of the concerns with renewable electricity such as solar and wind is the variability of the power generated. We’ve always suspected that a diverse array of renewable energy installations would average out into a steady supply, and it’s great news to see this confirmed with a recent study by US Department of Energy. Rebekah […] Read More..

Farewell, My Lovely: Bidding Adieu to Our National Parks

We had an amazing trip this summer doing research for a new book. Along with visiting sustainability activists of all types, we had the opportunity to stay a few days in Glacier National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the world. We even got to see a mountain goat! Very exciting. One thing […] Read More..