Stephen and Rebekah Hren  @  ChelseaGreen

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Solar homes sell 20% faster, for 17% more

October 31st, 2010 by Stephen and Rebekah Hren

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 [...]

Solar Buyer's Guide Table of Contents

October 20th, 2010 by Stephen and Rebekah Hren

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 [...]

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

October 12th, 2010 by Stephen and Rebekah Hren

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 [...]

Carbon-Free Military?

October 5th, 2010 by Stephen and Rebekah Hren

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 [...]

Lots of Rooftop PV = Steady Power

September 30th, 2010 by Stephen and Rebekah Hren

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 [...]

Farewell, My Lovely: Bidding Adieu to Our National Parks

September 25th, 2010 by Stephen and Rebekah Hren

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 [...]

"Global Climate Disruption" and the Never-Ending Summer

September 20th, 2010 by Stephen and Rebekah Hren

Glad to see that the White House has officially adopted Global Climate Disruption over Climate Change or Global Warming as the name for what is sure to dominate the news for the next few generations. We've been advocating this title for a few years now.
Since greenhouse gas accumulations can do things [...]

As Human Economy Slips, Ten Million Other Economies Stage Unprecedented Rally

March 30th, 2009 by Stephen and Rebekah Hren

While newspapers and websites have been filled with stories of doom and gloom, little noticed by the mainstream media is an unprecedented surge in the economies of the other ten or twenty million species' economic indicators. Some of these economies have been more or less stuck in a protracted bear market for over three hundred [...]